The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was the 67th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 44th modern-era Cup season. The season began at Daytona International Speedway with the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race, the Budweiser Duels, and the Daytona 500. The season ended with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kyle Busch won the championship, despite missing the first third of the season due to severe leg injuries suffered in an Xfinity Series race at Daytona. Busch also became the first Toyota driver to win a Cup championship. Despite not running the full season, Brett Moffitt was named Rookie of the Year.
The season also marked the first season of a new television contract. During the season, races were televised in the United States on Fox, Fox Sports 1, NBC, and NBCSN. ESPN and Turner Sports, who televised races from 2007 to 2014, did not seek to renew their contracts with NASCAR following the completion of the 2014 season; this marked the end of a 31-year relationship between NASCAR and Turner's primary stations, TBS and TNT. In addition, it was the first season on the newly rebranded Fox Sports Racing in Canada and the Caribbean.
On January 22, 2015, four-time champion Jeff Gordon announced that 2015 would be his final season as a full-time driver, but he did not rule out complete retirement. Chase Elliott replaced him in the No. 24 car for Hendrick Motorsports in 2016.
There were 43 full-time teams in 2015.
|Manufacturer||Team||No.||Race driver||Crew chief|
|Chevrolet||Chip Ganassi Racing||1||Jamie McMurray||Matt McCall|
|42||Kyle Larson 35||Chris Heroy|
|Regan Smith 1|
|Furniture Row Racing||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Cole Pearn|
|Germain Racing||13||Casey Mears||Bootie Barker|
|Hendrick Motorsports||5||Kasey Kahne||Keith Rodden|
|24||Jeff Gordon||Alan Gustafson|
|48||Jimmie Johnson||Chad Knaus|
|88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Greg Ives|
|HScott Motorsports||46||Michael Annett||Jay Guy|
|51||Justin Allgaier||Steve Addington|
|JTG Daugherty Racing||47||A. J. Allmendinger||Brian Burns|
|Richard Childress Racing||3||Austin Dillon||Gil Martin 15|
Slugger Labbe 21
|27||Paul Menard||Justin Alexander|
|31||Ryan Newman||Luke Lambert 30|
Todd Parrott 6
|33||Ty Dillon 5||Todd Parrott 9|
Mike Chance 1
Slugger Labbe 6
Pat Tryson 6
Gil Martin 1
Paul Clapprood 13
|Brian Scott 10|
|Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Michael Annett 1[N 1]|
|Alex Kennedy (R) 13|
|Derek White 1|
|Travis Kvapil 2|
|Mike Bliss 2|
|B. J. McLeod 1|
|Ryan Ellis 1|
|40||Landon Cassill||Mark Hillman|
|Stewart-Haas Racing||4||Kevin Harvick||Rodney Childers|
|10||Danica Patrick||Daniel Knost|
|14||Tony Stewart||Chad Johnston|
|41||Regan Smith 3||Tony Gibson|
|Kurt Busch 33|
|Tommy Baldwin Racing||7||Alex Bowman||Kevin Manion 10|
Tommy Baldwin Jr. 26
|Ford||Front Row Motorsports||34||David Ragan 1||Derrick Finley|
|Joe Nemechek 1|
|Brett Moffitt (R) 25|
|Chris Buescher 6|
|Reed Sorenson 1|
|Justin Marks 1|
|Josh Wise 1|
|35||Cole Whitt||Randy Cox|
|38||David Gilliland||Donnie Wingo|
|Go FAS Racing||32||Bobby Labonte 4[N 2]||Clinton Cram|
|Mike Bliss 10|
|Joey Gase 4|
|Travis Kvapil 2|
|Boris Said 2|
|Will Kimmel 2|
|Eddie MacDonald 1|
|Josh Wise 8|
|Jeffrey Earnhardt 2|
|Kyle Fowler 1|
|Richard Petty Motorsports||9||Sam Hornish Jr.||Drew Blickensderfer 10|
Kevin Manion 26
|43||Aric Almirola||Trent Owens|
|Roush Fenway Racing||6||Trevor Bayne||Bob Osborne|
|16||Greg Biffle||Matt Puccia|
|17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Nick Sandler|
|Team Penske||2||Brad Keselowski||Paul Wolfe|
|22||Joey Logano||Todd Gordon|
|Toyota||BK Racing||23||J. J. Yeley 24||Joe Williams35|
|Jeb Burton 12 (R)|
|26||Jeb Burton 24 (R)||Patrick Donahue35|
Joe Williams 1
|J. J. Yeley 11|
|Josh Wise 1|
|83||Johnny Sauter 1||Doug Richert 28|
Gene Nead 8
|Matt DiBenedetto (R) 35|
|Joe Gibbs Racing||11||Denny Hamlin||Dave Rogers|
|18||Matt Crafton 1||Adam Stevens|
|David Ragan 9|
|Erik Jones 1|
|Kyle Busch 25|
|19||Carl Edwards||Darian Grubb|
|20||Matt Kenseth 34||Jason Ratcliff|
|Erik Jones 2|
|Michael Waltrip Racing||15||Clint Bowyer||Brian Pattie 16|
Billy Scott 18
Dax Gerringer 2 
|55||Michael Waltrip 2||Billy Scott 15|
Brian Pattie 20
Dax Gerringer 1
|Brett Moffitt (R) 6|
|Brian Vickers 2|
|David Ragan 26|
|Phil Parsons Racing 11
Premium Motorsports 24
|98||Josh Wise 18||Gene Nead 20|
Jay Robinson 1
Scott Eggleston 4
|Timmy Hill 6|
|Reed Sorenson 5|
|T. J. Bell 1|
|Ryan Preece 5|
|Toyota||Michael Waltrip Racing||Michael Waltrip 1||Bobby Kennedy|
|Premium Motorsports||62||Brian Scott 1[N 3]||Slugger Labbe 1|
Zach McGowan 7
Scott Eggleston 14
Wayne Carroll 14
|Brendan Gaughan 16|
|Reed Sorenson 8|
|Timmy Hill 10|
|T. J. Bell 1|
|Manufacturer||Team||No.||Race driver||Crew chief||Round(s)|
|Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports||25||Chase Elliott||Kenny Francis||5|
|Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||39||Travis Kvapil||Mike Chance||2|
|Team XTREME Racing||44||Reed Sorenson||Peter Sospenzo||1|
|The Motorsports Group||30||Ron Hornaday Jr.||Pat Tryson 2
Dave Fuge 11
|Ford||Leavine Family Racing||95||Michael McDowell||Wally Rogers 14
Kevin Walter 6
|Wood Brothers Racing||21||Ryan Blaney||Jeremy Bullins||19|
|RAB Racing||29||Justin Marks||Matthew Lucas||1|
|Premium Motorsports||66||Mike Wallace||Scott Eggleston||1|
The final calendar was released on August 26, 2014, comprising 36 races, as well as two exhibition races. The schedule also includes two Budweiser Duels, which are the qualifying races for the Daytona 500.
Key changes from 2014 include:
|Sprint Unlimited||Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach||February 14|
|Budweiser Duels||February 19|
|1||Daytona 500||February 22|
|2||Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500||Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton||March 1|
|3||Kobalt 400||Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas||March 8|
|4||CampingWorld.com 500||Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale||March 15|
|5||Auto Club 400||Auto Club Speedway, Fontana||March 22|
|6||STP 500||Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway||March 29|
|7||Duck Commander 500||Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth||April 11|
|8||Food City 500||Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol||April 19|
|9||Toyota Owners 400||Richmond International Raceway, Richmond||April 26+|
|10||GEICO 500||Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln||May 3|
|11||SpongeBob SquarePants 400||Kansas Speedway, Kansas City||May 9|
|Sprint Showdown||Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord||May 15|
|NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race||May 16|
|12||Coca-Cola 600||May 24|
|13||FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks||Dover International Speedway, Dover||May 31|
|14||Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400||Pocono Raceway, Long Pond||June 7|
|15||Quicken Loans 400||Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn||June 14|
|16||Toyota/Save Mart 350||Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma||June 28|
|17||Coke Zero 400||Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach||July 5|
|18||Quaker State 400||Kentucky Speedway, Sparta||July 11|
|19||5-hour Energy 301||New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon||July 19|
|20||Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400||Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway||July 26|
|21||Windows 10 400||Pocono Raceway, Long Pond||August 2|
|22||Cheez-It 355 at The Glen||Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen||August 9|
|23||Pure Michigan 400||Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn||August 16|
|24||Irwin Tools Night Race||Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol||August 22|
|25||Bojangles' Southern 500||Darlington Raceway, Darlington||September 6|
|26||Federated Auto Parts 400||Richmond International Raceway, Richmond||September 12|
|Chase for the Sprint Cup|
|27||myAFibRisk.com 400||Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet||September 20|
|28||Sylvania 300||New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon||September 27|
|29||AAA 400||Dover International Speedway, Dover||October 4|
|30||Bank of America 500||Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord||October 11+|
|31||Hollywood Casino 400||Kansas Speedway, Kansas City||October 18|
|32||CampingWorld.com 500||Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln||October 25|
|33||Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500||Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway||November 1|
|34||AAA Texas 500||Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth||November 8|
|35||Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500||Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale||November 15|
|36||Ford EcoBoost 400||Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead||November 22|
+: The Toyota Owners 400 and Bank of America 500 were postponed a day because of persistent rain.
Speedweeks 2015 started with the Sprint Unlimited. Matt Kenseth won the Sprint Unlimited ahead of Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards in a crash-filled race that saw only 12 of 25 cars finish the race. Following the race, tension arose between Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano over how Logano was racing Harvick in the later part of the race.
Qualifying for the front row of the Daytona 500 took place the following day. Jeff Gordon won the pole for his 23rd and final Daytona 500. His teammate Jimmie Johnson joined him on the front row by qualifying second. Group qualifying was used for the first time, and a multicar crash occurred from Reed Sorenson and Clint Bowyer making contact, which also involved Bobby Labonte, J.J. Yeley, and Denny Hamlin.
The following Thursday, the Budweiser Duels took place to set the remainder of the starting lineup for the Daytona 500. The first duel race was won by Dale Earnhardt Jr., who held off pole-sitter Gordon to take the win. The second duel race was won by Johnson from the pole. During the race, an incident occurred between Hamlin and Danica Patrick which resulted in a confrontation between the two following the race.
The Friday before the Daytona 500, Kurt Busch was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR following possible charges of domestic violence against his former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. Regan Smith would replace Kurt Busch in the Daytona 500. The day before the race, Kurt's younger brother Kyle Busch broke his right leg and fractured his left foot in an accident in the Alert Today Florida 300 Xfinity Series race where he hit a wall without a SAFER barrier. Matt Crafton replaced Kyle Busch for the Daytona 500, making his Cup debut.
Round 1: Daytona 500
Jeff Gordon started on the pole and led the most laps, but was involved in a late wreck. Another wreck occurred on lap 41 involving Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth.Brad Keselowski lost an engine with 40 laps to go and caused Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman to collide with each other.Joey Logano would score his first Daytona 500 win on a two lap dash to the finish.
Round 2: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
After a delayed start due to rain, Joey Logano led the field to green. Kevin Harvick dominated the first half of the race but would end up finishing second. Jeff Gordon was involved in a multicar accident with Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray, and Ryan Newman. Gordon had hit a wall without a SAFER barrier and pointed the issue out to NASCAR.Jimmie Johnson would go on to win the race.
Round 3: Kobalt 400
Jeff Gordon won the pole but started from the rear in a backup car. Gordon drove to the front but was collected in a wreck with Jeb Burton after Jimmie Johnson got into the wall. Late in the race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took 2 tires on pit road while Kevin Harvick would take 4 tires. Harvick was able to get around Earnhardt Jr. and score the win.
Round 4: CampingWorld.com 500
Kevin Harvick started on the pole and dominated the race to score his second straight victory and his fourth straight win at Phoenix. Harvick was followed by Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, and Kurt Busch. Kurt Busch made his return to NASCAR following a three-race suspension.
Round 5: Auto Club 400
Kurt Busch was on the pole and dominated the race. During a green-white-checker finish, Brad Keselowski was able to get around Kurt Busch on the last lap and score the win. Kurt Busch finished third, having been passed by Kevin Harvick for second. Harvick brought his streak of finishing first or second up to eight races dating back to the previous season.
Round 6: STP 500
Joey Logano started from the pole. Denny Hamlin would come back from a pit road penalty for an uncontrolled tire and score his fifth win at Martinsville, finishing ahead of Brad Keselowski, Logano, Matt Kenseth, and David Ragan. Kevin Harvick finished eighth, ending his streak of top-two finishes. Chase Elliott made his Cup debut, finishing 38th after being involved in a wreck.Kyle Larson missed the race after fainting during an autograph signing the day prior and was replaced by Regan Smith.
Round 7: Duck Commander 500
Kurt Busch sat on the pole. Jimmie Johnson would pass Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick on the final restart with 20 laps to go to score his second win of the season and his fifth win at Texas. Johnson was followed by Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski.
Round 8: Food City 500
Matt Kenseth started the race on the pole. The race was red flagged 22 laps in due to rain. During the red flag, Denny Hamlin would be unable to continue in the race due to neck spasms and would be replaced by Erik Jones, who made his unofficial Cup debut. After the race resumed, Kevin Harvick would go on and lead the most laps but would be collected in a wreck with David Ragan that was triggered after Jimmie Johnson and Jeb Burton got into each other. Kenseth would win the race in a green-white-checker finish following a red flag from more rain.
Round 9: Toyota Owners 400
The race was supposed to be held Saturday night but was postponed until Sunday afternoon due to rain. Joey Logano started from the pole position. Kurt Busch took the lead from Logano after a competition caution and dominated the race, scoring the win. Kurt Busch was followed by Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, and Logano.
Round 10: GEICO 500
Jeff Gordon won the pole for the race, with qualifying using single car runs instead of group qualifying. The race saw multicar accidents including one on lap 47 that collected 15 cars and a spin by Carl Edwards on the final lap. Dale Earnhardt Jr. would win the race ahead of Jimmie Johnson, scoring his sixth win at Talladega.
Round 11: SpongeBob SquarePants 400
Joey Logano started the race from the pole. The race was red flagged on lap 98 due to rain. Martin Truex Jr. led the most laps but had to make a late pit stop for fuel, which gave the lead to Jimmie Johnson. Johnson would go on to score his third victory of the season, finishing ahead of Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Erik Jones made his official Cup debut and ran up front until he hit the wall with 73 laps to go.
Exhibition: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
In the Sprint Showdown held the day prior, Greg Biffle won the first segment while Clint Bowyer won the second segment in order to advance to the Sprint All-Star Race. Danica Patrick would win the fan vote in order to participate in the Sprint All-Star Race.
Denny Hamlin started the race on the pole. Kasey Kahne would pass Hamlin for the lead and win the first segment. Brad Keselowski would hold the lead throughout the second and third segments. Kurt Busch would take the lead in the fourth segment. After mandatory pit stops, Hamlin would lead the final 10 laps in the fifth segment and win the Sprint All-Star Race. Kyle Busch made his return to NASCAR following the injuries he sustained in the Xfinity Series race at Daytona.
Round 12: Coca-Cola 600
Matt Kenseth started the race from the pole. Jimmie Johnson spun twice during the race, with the second occurrence involving him hitting the pit wall and ending his race. Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. had the strongest cars, but Carl Edwards was able to stretch his fuel mileage at the end of the race and score his first win with Joe Gibbs Racing. Edwards was followed by Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kenseth, and Truex Jr.
Round 13: FedEx 400
Denny Hamlin won the pole for the race. Martin Truex Jr. led the most laps, with Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick also leading laps throughout the race. After multiple late cautions and a green-white-checker finish, Johnson was able to win the race, his fourth win of the season and tenth at Dover. Johnson became one of five drivers to have at least ten wins at a single track.
Round 14: Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400
Kurt Busch was on the pole position. Martin Truex Jr. led the most laps for the fourth straight race and went on to score his first win of the season and his first victory since 2013. Truex Jr. was followed by Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch.
Round 15: Quicken Loans 400
Kasey Kahne started the race from the pole. The race saw four red flags due to rain. During the race, Kevin Harvick fell two laps down after a flat tire and Kyle Busch finished last after hitting the wall. After the fourth red flag, the race was called and Kurt Busch was awarded the win, his second of the season. The remainder of the top five included Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, and Joey Logano.
Round 16: Toyota/Save Mart 350
A. J. Allmendinger started on the pole but would finish 37th after an issue with the fuel system on his car. Jimmie Johnson led the most laps in the race. On a late caution on lap 100, Kyle Busch pitted for four tires while Johnson stayed out. Kyle Busch was able to get around Johnson and score his first win of the season. Kurt Busch finished the race in second, making it the first time the Busch brothers both finished in the top two in a race.
Round 17: Coke Zero 400
Dale Earnhardt Jr. started the race from pole after qualifying was rained out and the field set by practice speeds. The start of the race was delayed four hours by rain, running early into the following Monday. Several multicar accidents occurred throughout the race. Earnhardt Jr. dominated the race and took the win in a green-white-checker finish as "The Big One" happened at the finish line, resulting in Austin Dillon flying into the catchfence. Dillon was uninjured in the wreck save for some bruises.
Round 18: Quaker State 400
Kyle Larson was on the pole after qualifying was rained out. The race saw the debut of a new rules package that reduced the downforce of the cars, which allowed for more side-by-side racing and passing. Kyle Busch dominated the race and got by Joey Logano with 19 laps remaining to score his second win of the season. Logano finished second, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, and Matt Kenseth. All four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers finished the race in the top five led by Kyle Busch.
Round 19: 5-hour Energy 301
Carl Edwards started the race on the pole. Brad Keselowski went on to lead the most laps in the race. Kyle Busch made a pit stop under green flag conditions shortly before a caution came out. The leaders pitted, while Kyle Busch took over the race lead and went on for his second straight win and third of the season. Kyle Busch was followed by Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Round 20: Brickyard 400
Carl Edwards won the pole for the race. The race featured a higher drag rules package intended to increase passing and drafting. Jeff Gordon was caught up in a wreck with Clint Bowyer, ending his chance to win his final Brickyard 400. Kyle Busch passed Kevin Harvick on a restart with 8 laps left in the race and was able to survive two restarts, including a green-white-checker finish, to win the race. This was Kyle Busch's third straight win and fourth in the past five races, moving him closer to the top 30 in points, which he needed to be in to be eligible for the Chase. Kyle Busch also completed a weekend sweep as he won the Xfinity Series race the day before. Joey Logano finished in second, followed by Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., and Denny Hamlin.
Round 21: Windows 10 400
Kyle Busch started the race from the pole position. Early in the race, Kasey Kahne hit the pit road wall and Kevin Harvick blew an engine. Toward the end of the race, several drivers gambled on fuel mileage. Joey Logano was leading but ran out of fuel with two laps to go. Kyle Busch took the lead and came to the white flag, but ran out of fuel on the final lap. Matt Kenseth was able to pass Kyle Busch and take the win, his second win of the season.
Round 22: Cheez-It 355 at The Glen
A. J. Allmendinger started on the pole, but his day was plagued with a poor-handling car and his engine shutting off and not refiring on lap 51. Several wrecks and incidents happened throughout the race. Toward the end of the race, Kevin Harvick was leading but stretching his fuel mileage. Harvick ran out of fuel on the final turn and was passed by Joey Logano for the win. Logano completed a weekend sweep as he won the preceding day's Xfinity Series race. Kyle Busch passed Harvick for second and cracked the top 30 in points. Harvick ended up finishing the race in third.
Round 23: Pure Michigan 400
Matt Kenseth dominated the race by winning the pole, leading the most laps, and scoring his third win of the season. Kenseth was followed by Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon (who had a career-best finish), and Denny Hamlin. During the race, Clint Bowyer was spun by Ryan Newman and hit the walls while Jimmie Johnson cut a tire and had multiple pit road issues.
Round 24: Irwin Tools Night Race
Denny Hamlin started from the pole position. During the race, several incidents occurred, such as Matt Kenseth losing an engine and Kyle Larson hitting the wall. Drivers also had issues on pit road throughout the race. Joey Logano held off Kevin Harvick in the closing laps and won the race, his third of the season and second consecutive in the summer Bristol race.
Round 25: Bojangles' Southern 500
Brad Keselowski began the race from the pole. The race utilized the low downforce package. In addition, to celebrate the return of Darlington to Labor Day weekend, several drivers ran throwback paint schemes. The race saw a record 18 cautions, including several single car spins, and saw a lot of battles for position. Carl Edwards came back from two laps down to battle Keselowski and Kevin Harvick for the lead. After a late caution, Edwards got the lead on pit road and went on to win his second race of the season. The top five was rounded out by Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Harvick.
Round 26: Federated Auto Parts 400
In the last race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Joey Logano started from the pole. The four Joe Gibbs Racing cars ran strong throughout the race, with all four cars in the top four spots at one point. Matt Kenseth led the most laps and went on to his fourth win of the season. Kenseth was followed by Kyle Busch, Logano, Aric Almirola, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Despite the fourth-place finish, Almirola was the first driver below the cutoff line for the Chase.
Round 27: myAFibRisk.com 400
For the first race in the Challenger Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Kevin Harvick was awarded the pole after qualifying was rained out. Denny Hamlin was involved in a spin on lap 2 but worked his way back to the front. On a restart, Chase contenders Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick made contact, with Harvick cutting a tire and hitting the wall to finish 42nd. On a late caution, Hamlin opted to stay out while most of the leaders came to pit road. Hamlin was able to get the lead on the restart and win the race, his second of the season and securing a spot in the next round of the Chase. After the race, Harvick confronted Johnson and attempted to shove him before he was restrained.
Round 28: Sylvania 300
Carl Edwards was on the pole position. During the race, Chase contenders had trouble including Kyle Busch, who hit the wall after cutting a tire, and Brad Keselowski, who was black flagged for jumping a restart. Kevin Harvick dominated the race and led the most laps but was trying to save fuel to make it to the finish. Harvick ran out of fuel with 3 laps to go and Matt Kenseth passed him to win the race, his fifth win of the season that would advance him to the next round of the Chase.
Round 29: AAA 400
For the final race in the Challenger Round, Matt Kenseth started the race on the pole as both practice and qualifying were rained out and he was the points leader.Kevin Harvick dominated the race and went on to win his third race of the season. With the win, Harvick was able to advance to the next round of the Chase as he was in a must-win situation following his poor finishes at Chicagoland and New Hampshire. Jimmie Johnson broke a rear axle on lap 100 and spent time in the garage for repairs, finishing 41st. Following the race, Jamie McMurray, Johnson, Paul Menard, and Clint Bowyer were eliminated from the Chase.
Round 30: Bank of America 500
This race marked the beginning of the Contender Round of the Chase. The race was planned to be run on Saturday night but was postponed to Sunday afternoon because of rain. Matt Kenseth led the field to the green flag and was strong in the early part of the race. Kenseth would later fall back and hit the wall multiple times, ending the race in 42nd. Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson had a collision coming to pit road under caution. Dale Earnhardt Jr. got into the wall and fell off the lead lap. Joey Logano dominated the later part of the race and went on to score the win, advancing to the Eliminator Round.
Round 31: Hollywood Casino 400
Brad Keselowski started the race from the pole. During the race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. struggled with a loose wheel. Matt Kenseth led the most laps in the race. In the closing laps, Joey Logano caught up to Kenseth and battled him for the win. With 4 laps to go, Logano spun Kenseth, setting up a green-white-checker finish. Logano continued on and won his second straight race, putting Kenseth into a must-win situation at Talladega to advance. Kenseth felt that Logano was wrong for spinning him.
Round 32: CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega
For the final race in the Contender Round, Jeff Gordon won the pole position. For this race, NASCAR announced that there would only be one attempt at a green-white-checker finish instead of the usual three. During the race, Denny Hamlin had a loose roof escape hatch door and was forced to make repairs, putting him off the lead lap. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a strong car and was contending with Joey Logano for the win late in the race. The race went to a green-white-checker finish after Jamie McMurray blew an engine. On the attempted restart, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson wrecked and the restart was waved off. On the restart, Kevin Harvick was losing an engine and caused a large wreck, resulting in the race to end under caution. NASCAR had determined that Logano was ahead of Earnhardt Jr. at the moment the caution came out, and Logano was declared the winner, sweeping all three races in the Contender Round. Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Earnhardt Jr., and Matt Kenseth were the four drivers eliminated from the Chase.
Round 33: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
This race kicked off the Eliminator Round of the Chase. Joey Logano started the race from the pole and would dominate most of the race. With 66 laps to go, Chase contenders Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch along with Matt Kenseth were involved in a wreck. Following this, Kenseth, who was laps down, intentionally wrecked race leader Logano on lap 454 as revenge for the incident at Kansas two weeks prior. After Logano was wrecked, Jeff Gordon would take the lead and continue on to win the race ahead of Jamie McMurray. With the win, Jeff Gordon would become one of the four drivers to race for the championship at Homestead, doing so in his final career race. Following the race, Kenseth would be suspended for two races for intentionally wrecking Logano, with Erik Jones replacing Kenseth for those two races.
Round 34: AAA Texas 500
Brad Keselowski started on pole and led 312 of the 334 laps in the race. Chase contender Joey Logano spun from a cut tire 10 laps into the race and suffered major damage to his car, forcing him into a must-win situation at Phoenix. A number of other drivers suffered tire issues in the race including Chase contender Kevin Harvick. In the final laps of the race, Jimmie Johnson battled Keselowski for the lead, passing him with 3 laps to go. Johnson went on to win the race, his sixth win at Texas. Keselowski finished in second, followed by Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Carl Edwards.
Round 35: Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500
In the final race of the Eliminator Round, Jimmie Johnson started from the pole. The start of the race was delayed by rain. Kevin Harvick dominated most of the race. During a round of green flag pit stops, the caution came out for a wreck involving Joey Gase. At the moment of caution, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was determined to be the leader. During the caution, it started to rain and the race was eventually red flagged. The race never resumed and Earnhardt Jr. was declared the winner. Following the race, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr. advanced to race for a championship at Homestead while Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Kurt Busch were eliminated from the Chase.
Round 36: Ford EcoBoost 400
Denny Hamlin started the race from the pole position, while championship contenders Kyle Busch started 3rd, Jeff Gordon 5th, Martin Truex Jr. 11th, and Kevin Harvick 13th. Through most of the race, Kyle Busch ran ahead of the other three championship contenders.Brad Keselowski led the most laps and held the lead going toward the end of the race when a debris caution came out, with the leaders coming to pit road. On the restart, Kyle Busch and Harvick got around Keselowski. Kyle Busch held off Harvick to win both the race and the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
|No.||Race||Pole position||Most laps led||Winning driver||Manufacturer||Report|
|Sprint Unlimited||Paul Menard||Martin Truex Jr.||Matt Kenseth||Toyota||Report|
|Budweiser Duel 1||Jeff Gordon||Matt Kenseth||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||Report|
|Budweiser Duel 2||Jimmie Johnson||Jimmie Johnson||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet|
|1||Daytona 500||Jeff Gordon||Jeff Gordon||Joey Logano||Ford||Report|
|2||Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500||Joey Logano||Kevin Harvick||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Report|
|3||Kobalt 400||Jeff Gordon||Kevin Harvick||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Report|
|4||CampingWorld.com 500||Kevin Harvick||Kevin Harvick||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Report|
|5||Auto Club 400||Kurt Busch||Kurt Busch||Brad Keselowski||Ford||Report|
|6||STP 500||Joey Logano||Kevin Harvick||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||Report|
|7||Duck Commander 500||Kurt Busch||Jimmie Johnson||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Report|
|8||Food City 500||Matt Kenseth||Kevin Harvick||Matt Kenseth||Toyota||Report|
|9||Toyota Owners 400||Joey Logano||Kurt Busch||Kurt Busch||Chevrolet||Report|
|10||GEICO 500||Jeff Gordon||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||Report|
|11||SpongeBob SquarePants 400||Joey Logano||Martin Truex Jr.||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Report|
|NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race||Denny Hamlin||Brad Keselowski||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||Report|
|12||Coca-Cola 600||Matt Kenseth||Martin Truex Jr.||Carl Edwards||Toyota||Report|
|13||FedEx 400||Denny Hamlin||Martin Truex Jr.||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Report|
|14||Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400||Kurt Busch||Martin Truex Jr.||Martin Truex Jr.||Chevrolet||Report|
|15||Quicken Loans 400||Kasey Kahne||Kevin Harvick||Kurt Busch||Chevrolet||Report|
|16||Toyota/Save Mart 350||A. J. Allmendinger||Jimmie Johnson||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Report|
|17||Coke Zero 400||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||Report|
|18||Quaker State 400||Kyle Larson||Kyle Busch||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Report|
|19||5-hour Energy 301||Carl Edwards||Brad Keselowski||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Report|
|20||Brickyard 400||Carl Edwards||Kevin Harvick||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Report|
|21||Windows 10 400||Kyle Busch||Joey Logano||Matt Kenseth||Toyota||Report|
|22||Cheez-It 355 at The Glen||A. J. Allmendinger||Kevin Harvick||Joey Logano||Ford||Report|
|23||Pure Michigan 400||Matt Kenseth||Matt Kenseth||Matt Kenseth||Toyota||Report|
|24||Irwin Tools Night Race||Denny Hamlin||Kyle Busch||Joey Logano||Ford||Report|
|25||Bojangles' Southern 500||Brad Keselowski||Brad Keselowski||Carl Edwards||Toyota||Report|
|26||Federated Auto Parts 400||Joey Logano||Matt Kenseth||Matt Kenseth||Toyota||Report|
|Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup|
|27||myAFibRisk.com 400||Kevin Harvick||Kyle Busch||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||Report|
|28||Sylvania 300||Carl Edwards||Kevin Harvick||Matt Kenseth||Toyota||Report|
|29||AAA 400||Matt Kenseth||Kevin Harvick||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Report|
|30||Bank of America 500||Matt Kenseth||Joey Logano||Joey Logano||Ford||Report|
|31||Hollywood Casino 400||Brad Keselowski||Matt Kenseth||Joey Logano||Ford||Report|
|32||CampingWorld.com 500||Jeff Gordon||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Joey Logano||Ford||Report|
|33||Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500||Joey Logano||Joey Logano||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||Report|
|34||AAA Texas 500||Brad Keselowski||Brad Keselowski||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Report|
|35||Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500||Jimmie Johnson||Kevin Harvick||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||Report|
|36||Ford EcoBoost 400||Denny Hamlin||Brad Keselowski||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Report|
(key) Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position set by final practice results or owner's points. * - Most laps led.
. - Eliminated after Challenger Round . - Eliminated after Contender Round . - Eliminated after Eliminator Round
|4||Martin Truex Jr.||8||6||2||7||8||6||9||29||10||5||9*||5*||6*||1*||3||42||38||17||12||4||19||25||3||28||9||32||13||8||11||3||15||7||6||8||14||12||5032|
|Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Final cut-off|
|12||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||3||3||4||43||6||36||3||16||14||1*||3||3||14||11||2||7||1*||21||5||22||4||11||10||9||8||5||12||25||3||28||21||2*||4||6||1||40||2310|
|Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Regular Season Cut-off|
|22||A. J. Allmendinger||20||7||6||17||34||43||21||34||13||17||14||29||24||38||23||37||21||26||13||23||7||24||28||26||23||24||36||23||30||16||27||36||11||17||24||20||758|
|26||Sam Hornish Jr.||12||21||24||40||43||32||26||19||35||6||16||24||22||41||26||10||30||22||29||17||39||9||18||18||28||28||30||20||20||17||28||17||28||24||31||25||709|
|34||Brett Moffitt (R)||8||37||32||22||28||29||17||29||34||31||28||30||33||27||32||33||34||31||34||30||36||35||31||27||42||30||32||35||30||36||31||422|
|35||Matt DiBenedetto (R)||DNQ||DNQ||35||42||31||34||21||37||18||25||34||32||32||39||29||26||42||35||32||29||26||30||33||25||36||39||30||34||29||30||40||30||35||28||37||399|
|38||Jeb Burton (R)||DNQ||35||40||34||39||29||DNQ||42||38||DNQ||42||DNQ||30||33||37||32||36||41||41||DNQ||35||39||33||DNQ||31||39||38||33||43||41||37||DNQ||27||32||39||DNQ||216|
|40||Alex Kennedy (R)||38||33||37||33||39||36||25||40||38||28||38||34||33||120|
|48||T. J. Bell||DNQ||37||7|
|51||Ron Hornaday Jr.||DNQ||42||DNQ||DNQ||2|
|Tanner Berryhill (R)||DNQ||0|
|Ineligible for Sprint Cup driver points|
|J. J. Yeley||40||34||36||31||37||26||43||32||QL||14||37||38||29||36||38||41||33||39||43||39||30||30||38||34||34||34||35||35||33||42||38||29||33||29||34|
|B. J. McLeod||34|
|1 Due to neck spasms Denny Hamlin was not able to contest all 500 laps, during the first early red flag he got out of his car and was replaced by Cup debutant Erik Jones. Since Hamlin started the race, he is officially credited with the 26th-place finish.|
In the United States, NBC Sports returned to covering NASCAR for the first time since the end of the 2006 season. Fox Sports returned for their coverage of NASCAR for the 15th-year in a row and as the lone incumbent from 2014. As in their prior arrangement, Fox covered the first half of the season while NBC covered the second half, which includes the Chase for the Sprint Cup. While still dividing the coverage of the Daytona races between the two networks, the nature of the split was changed. Fox retained its exclusive rights to the Daytona 500 while NBC gained exclusive rights to the Coke Zero 400. Under the previous Fox/NBC contract, Fox televised the Daytona 500 in odd numbered years (2001, 2003, 2005) while NBC did so in even numbered years (2002, 2004, 2006). Under the old arrangement, the network that did not air the Daytona 500 would air the Coke Zero 400.
Road course specialist Boris Said will also return to Go FAS Racing for the two road course races at Watkins Glen and Sonoma Raceway.