2015 NASCAR PrimeStar Series (Johnsonverse)

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The 2015 NASCAR PrimeStar Series was the 34th season of the PrimeStar Series, a professional stock car racing tour sanctioned by NASCAR in the United States. It began with the Road America 180 by Howard Johnson's at Road America on January 24, and ended with the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21. Chase Elliott entered the 2015 season as the defending series champion. Chris Buescher won the championship.

The 2015 season marked three major changes; Johnson Industries-owned satellite TV provider PrimeStar replaced Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor of the series, while WBC, Fox, and NBC broadcast the series' races, replacing the Johnson-owned ESPN networks and ABC. In addition, the Car of Tomorrow, introduced to the series in 2010, was replaced by the Strictly Stock Car (SSC) introduced in the Sprint Cup Series in 2014.

This season also saw history being made, as Morgan Shepherd became the oldest driver to win a NASCAR national series race when he won the Tesla 200 on August 28, 2015, at the age of 73 years, 10 months, and 16 days.

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

Chevrolet

  • Derrike Cope Racing (Camaro)
    • 70 Derrike Cope, Matt Frahm, Matt Waltz, Garrett Smithley
  • JD Motorsports (Camaro)
    • 0 Harrison Rhodes (R), Bobby Gerhart, Michael Self, Lawson Aschenbach, Josh Reaume
    • 01 Landon Cassill, Ross Chastain (R), Michael Self
    • 4 Ross Chastain, Harrison Rhodes, Michael Self
  • Jimmy Means Racing (Impala)
    • 52 Joey Gase
  • JR Motorsports (Camaro)
    • 7 Regan Smith
    • 9 Chase Elliott
    • 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Ben Rhodes, Josh Berry
  • King Autosport (Impala)
    • 90 Mario Gosselin, Martin Roy
  • SS-Green Light Racing/Rick Ware Racing (Impala)
    • 90 Jimmy Weller III, Todd Bodine, Tyler Young, BJ McLeod, Andy Lally, Korbin Forrister
  • Richard Childress Racing (Camaro)
    • 2 Brian Scott
    • 3 Ty Dillon
    • 33 Austin Dillon, Paul Menard, Brandon Jones
    • 62 Brendan Gaughan
  • RSS Racing (Impala)
    • 39 Ryan Sieg

Ford

  • Roush Fenway Racing (Roush Mustang)
    • 1 Elliott Sadler
    • 6 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R)
    • 16 Ryan Reed
    • 60 Chris Buescher
  • MBM Motorsports (Fusion)
    • 13 Chris Cockrum, Cody Ware, Derek White, Carl Long, Timmy Hill, Mark Thompson, John Jackson, Josh Reaume, BJ McLeod, Kevin O'Donnell, Tim Cowen, Brad Teague, Harrison Rhodes, Ruben Pardo
    • 40 Derek White, Carl Long, Timmy Hill, John Jackson, Josh Reaume, TJ Bell

Toyota (Only Fields Camry)

  • JGL Racing
    • 28 JJ Yeley
  • Joe Gibbs Racing
    • 18 Daniel Suarez (R)
    • 20 Erik Jones, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Ross Kenseth, David Ragan, Kenny Wallace, Kenny Habul, Matt Tifft
    • 54 Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, Denny Hamlin, Boris Said
  • TriStar Motorsports
    • 8 Blake Koch
    • 14 Cale Conley (R), Mike Bliss
    • 19 Scott Lagasse Jr., Mike Bliss, Charles Lewandoski, Jeff Green
    • 24 Eric McClure
    • 44 David Starr

Dodge

  • Team Penske (Charger)
    • 22 Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Alex Tagliani
  • Richard Petty Motorsports (Challenger)
    • 43 Dakoda Armstrong
  • HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi (Charger)
    • 42 Kyle Larson, Brennan Poole, Justin Marks
  • Mike Harmon Racing (Charger)
    • 74 Mike Harmon, Bobby Reuse, Jordan Anderson, Roger Reuse, Tim Viens

Honda (NEW)

  • Jeremy Clements Racing (Civic)
    • 51 Jeremy Clements
  • Obaika Racing (Accord)
    • 97 Josh Reaumes (R), Peyton Sellers (R), Johanna Long, Dylan Kwasniewski, Parker Kligerman, Mason Mingus, Ryan Ellis

Limited schedule

Chevrolet

  • Bobby Gerhart Racing (Impala)
    • 85 Bobby Gerhart
  • Deese Racing Enterprises (Camaro)
    • 35 Chris Cockrum
  • Jimmy Means Racing (CoT Camaro)
    • 79 Matt Frahm, Ryan Ellis, Zachary Bruenger, John Jackson
  • JR Motorsports (Camaro)
    • 5 Kasey Kahne
  • King Autosport (Impala)
    • 92 Dexter Bean, Mario Gosselin, BJ McLeod
  • Chris Cockrum Racing (Impala)
    • 37 Chris Cockrum
  • NEMCO Motorsports (Camaro)
    • 87 Joe Nemechek
  • Viva Motorsports (Malibu)
    • 55 Jeffrey Earnhardt, Jamie Dick, Brandon Gdovic
  • Precision Performance Motorsports (Impala)
    • 55 Brandon Gdovic, Anthony Kumpen
  • Stewart-Haas Racing (Camaro)
    • 41 Tony Stewart

Ford

  • Biagi-DenBeste Racing (CoT Mustang)
    • 98 Aric Almirola, Sam Hornish Jr., Ryan Truex

Toyota

  • Hattori Racing Enterprises
    • 80 Ross Kenseth
  • TriStar Motorsports (CoT Camry)
    • 10 Scott Lagasse Jr., Jeff Green, Charles Lewandoski
  • Vision Racing
    • 17 Tanner Berryhill, Benny Gordon

Dodge

  • Athenian Motorsports (Challenger)
    • 25 John Wes Townley, Dylan Lupton, Alex Bowman
  • Billy Boat Motorsports (Charger)
    • 84 Chad Boat
  • Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing (Challenger)
    • 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb
  • Team Penske (Charger)
    • 12 Joey Logano
  • PEG Racing (CoT Challenger)
    • 66 Benny Gordon

Honda

  • Mike Affarano Motorsports (Civic)
    • 03 Johanna Long
  • Shepherd Racing Ventures (Accord)
    • 89 Morgan Shepherd
  • Team Kapusta Racing (Accord)
    • 56 Charles Lewandoski, Timmy Hill
  • JGL Racing (Civic)
    • 26 Mike Wallace, Kenny Wallace, Ryan Ellis, Kyle Fowler, CJ Faison, TJ Bell, Matt Wallace, Tomy Drissi, Hermie Sadler

Schedule

The 2015 schedule was announced on August 26, 2014.

No. Race title Track TV
1 Road America 180 by Howard Johnson's Road America, Lake Elkhart WBC
2 Alert Today Florida 300 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach FS1
3 Hisense 250 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton FS1
4 Boyd Gaming 300 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas FS1
5 Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale Fox
6 Drive4Clots.com 300 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana FS1
7 Goody's Headache Powder 200 Rockingham Speedway, Rockingham WBC
8 Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Bristol Motor Speedway, Tennessee FS1
9 ToyotaCare 250 Richmond Internationa Raceway, Richmond Fox
10 Winn-Dixie 300 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln WBC
11 3M 250 Iowa Speedway, Newton WBC
12 Hisense 300 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord WBC
13 Buckle Up 200 Dover International Speedway, Dover FS1
14 Great Clips 250 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn WBC
15 Owens Corning AttiCat 300 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet WBC
16 Subway Firecracker 250 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach WBC
17 Kentucky 300 Kentucky Speedway, Sparta NBC
18 Lakes Region 200 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon NBCSN
19 Lily Diabetes 250 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway WBC
20 US Cellular 250 Iowa Speedway, Newton WBC
21 Zippo 200 at the Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen WBC
22 Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Complex, Lexington NBCSN
23 Food City 300 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol NBCSN
24 Tesla 200 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma WBC
25 VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 Darlington Raceway, Darlington WBC
26 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond NBCSN
27 Furious 7 300 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet NBCSN
28 Gravity Falls 300 Walt Disney World Speedway, Lake Buena Vista ABC
29 VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Kentucky Speedway, Joliet NBCSN
30 Hisense 200 Dover International Speedway, Dover NBCSN
31 Drive for the Cure 300 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord WBC
32 Kansas Lottery 300 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City NBCSN
33 O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth NBC
34 DAV 200 Presented by Great Clips Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale NBCSN
35 Ford EcoBoost 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead NBCSN

Rule changes

New Car

2015 marked the introduction of the Strictly Stock Car (SSC) in the PrimeStar Series, having been introduced to the Sprint Cup Series the previous year. No changes were made to the SSC, thus making the PrimeStar cars once again identical to the Sprint Cup cars for the first time since 2007. The same models as the Cup Series ran in 2015 (Chevrolet Camaro and Impala, Ford Fusion and Mustang, Dodge Charger and Challenger, Toyota Camry, and Honda Civic and Accord); the sole exception was the controversial Dodge Dart, which wasn't offered for short track and road course events as it was in the Cup Series; in addition, Viva Motorsports was allowed to run the Malibu as part of a promotion by Chevrolet (the Malibu later replaced the Impala as Chevrolet's non-Camaro model in 2019).

Results

2015 PrimeStar Series Results
No. Race Pole Position Most Laps Led Winning Driver Manufacturer/Model
1 Road America 180 by Howard Johnson's Ben Rhodes Chase Elliott Paul Menard Chevrolet Camaro
2 Alert Today Florida 300 Austin Dillon Kyle Busch Tony Stewart Chevrolet Camaro
3 Hisense 250 Joey Logano Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Camaro
4 Boyd Gaming 300 Austin Dillon Austin Dillon Austin Dillon Chevrolet Camaro
5 Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter 200 Joey Logano Joey Logano Joey Logano Dodge Charger
6 Drive4Clots.com 300 Erik Jones Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Camaro
7 Goody's Headache Powder 200 Erik Jones Erik Jones Erik Jones Toyota Camry
8 Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Erik Jones Joey Logano Joey Logano Dodge Charger
9 ToyotaCare 250 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Toyota Camry
10 Winn-Dixie 300 Austin Dillon Joey Logano Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Camaro
11 3M 250 Drew Herring Chase Elliott Chris Buescher Ford Roush Mustang
12 Hisense 300 Austin Dillon Austin Dillon Austin Dillon Chevrolet Camaro
13 Buckle Up 200 Darrell Wallace Jr. Erik Jones Chris Buescher Ford Roush Mustang
14 Great Clips 250 Joey Logano Joey Logano Kyle Busch Toyota Camry
15 Owens Corning AttiCat 300 Austin Dillon Erik Jones Erik Jones Toyota Camry
16 Subway Firecracker 250 Daniel Suarez Brian Scott Jeremy Clements Honda Civic
17 Kentucky 300 JJ Yeley Kyle Busch Brad Keselowski Dodge Charger
18 Lakes Region 200 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Toyota Camry
19 Lily Diabetes 250 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Tony Stewart Chevrolet Camaro
20 US Cellular 250 Daniel Suarez Ryan Blaney Ryan Blaney Dodge Charger
21 Zippo 200 at the Glen Joey Logano Brad Keselowski Joey Logano Dodge Charger
22 Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 Alex Tagliani Alex Tagliani Regan Smith Chevrolet Camaro
23 Food City 300 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin/

Chris Buescher

Kyle Busch Toyota Camry
24 Tesla 200 Juan Pablo Montoya Jeff Green Morgan Shepherd Honda Accord
25 VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Toyota Camry
26 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Kyle Busch Chase Elliott Chase Elliott Chevrolet Camaro
27 Furious 7 300 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota Camry
28 Gravity Falls 300 Joey Logano Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet Camaro
29 VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Daniel Suarez Ryan Blaney Ryan Blaney Dodge Charger
30 Hisense 200 Ryan Blaney Kyle Busch Regan Smith Chevrolet Camaro
31 Drive for the Cure 300 Austin Dillon Kyle Busch Austin Dillon Chevrolet Camaro
32 Kansas Lottery 300 Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth Kyle Busch Toyota Camry
33 O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge Austin Dillon Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski Dodge Charger
34 DAV 200 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota Camry
35 Ford EcoBoost 300 Kyle Busch Kyle Larson Kyle Larson Dodge Challenger

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