April 3th, 2018
Previous Names: Goody's Fast Relief 500 (2011–2012)
Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 (2009–2010)
Goody's Cool Orange 500 (2007–2008)
DirecTV 500 (2006)
Advance Auto Parts 500 (2004–2005)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
First race: 1949
Distance: 263 miles (423.257 km)
The STP 500 is an annual 500-lap Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at the 0.526-mile (0.847 km) Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. It had no name from 1950 to 1955, before taking the name Virginia 500 in 1956. It is the first if two races at the track, the other one being the First Data 500 in the NASCAR playoffs.
Longtime sponsor GlaxoSmithKline returned as race sponsor for the 2007 spring race with their new orange-flavored brand with the race title being Goody's Cool Orange 500; the Goody's 500 was originally the name of the fall race, which since 2008 has also been sponsored by the British pharmaceutical conglomerate, as the TUMS QuikPak 500.
Martinsville Speedway in Virginia is barely a half-mile around, it makes for some great racing action. Although its layout does not allow for high speeds, it almost always produces numerous lead changes along with lots of bumping and some inevitable crashes.
The Martinsville speedway, is not only the shortest track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but the track's long straights and flat narrow turns always provide hard breaking, smooth accelerations, and breathtaking race action! More Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville speedway.
At a distance of approximately .526 miles, the race venue and the race itself at 500 laps. The Martinsville Speedway is a 0.526 mile oval. The race will be 500 laps for a total of 263 miles. It’s basically a flat track with only 12 degrees banking in the turns and no banking on the straightaways at all.
2017 STP Gas Booster 500 Winner: Brad Keselowski
2016 STP Gas Booster 500 Winner: Kyle Busch
2015 STP Gas Booster 500 Winner: Denny Hamlin
2014 STP Gas Booster 500 Winner
Kurt Busch wins the 2014 STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Twelve drivers exchanged the lead a track-record 33 times. Fourteen cautions slowed the action for 92 laps.
2013 STP Gas Booster 500 Winner
Jimmie Johnson dominated 2013 STP Gas Booster 500 from start to finish, leading 347 laps at Martinsville Speedway to win the 2013 STP Gas Booster 500. The victory was the eighth of Johnson's career at the half-mile track.
2012 Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Winner
Ryan Newman won 2012 Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 and he raced ahead when Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer were involved in a late wreck. A.J. Allmendinger notched a career-best second-place finish.
2011 Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Winner
Kevin Harvick drove the victory lane by taking home the checkered flag. Finishing second was Dale Earnhardt Jr, and coming in third was Kyle Busch. For Earnhardt, the drought is still on. Fans were cheering him on as he took the lead late in the race, but he was edged out in the end by Harvick.
2010 Goodys Fast Pain Relief 500 Winner
Denny Hamlin made a late surge on a green-white-checkered finish to get the win in the 2011 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 from Martinsville Speedway. Pre-event favorite Jimmie Johnson finished the race in ninth place. Johnson had 5/2 odds to win the race entering the event.