It is the start of a new era tonight as the Sprint Cup drivers start a whole brand new season. It is the first time the Gen 6 Sprint Cup car gets a debut and it is also the first time ever the race has been called the Sprint Unlimited.
This race included 19 drivers which excluded the Sprint Cup Champ Brad Keselowski as he did not meet the qualifying rules. The rules for the event were set by fans. This year the race is 75 laps long with three segments.
Kasey Kahne picked up the poll for this event. The green flag dropped and Greg Biffle on the outside was able to get the race lead. The outside line was still hot and at lap 3 Martin Truex Jr. was in the race lead. Two more laps go by and Matt Kenseth who is now in the 20 car took the race lead.
Matt Kept on leading laps and then a big wrecked occurred on lap 15. Tony Stewart attempts to go to the low side trying to pass Marcos Ambrose. The move was not clean and cars in the back started to wreck. Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, and Kyle Bush were involved in the incident.
"I thought we were all going to be fine," said Mark Martin. "Really unfortunate," said Kyle Busch. "Felt very good about the race car," said Jimmie Johnson. "we had good handling," said Jeff Gordon.
After the race restarted Matt Kenseth was back leading more laps. Tony Stewart started to get hot and tried to get the race lead he was finally able to get the race lead on lap 30 which was the final lap of the first segment.
During the first break all cars had to do a four tire pit stop as stated by the fan vote. After the pit stops ended Kevin Harvick was the race leader.
With the start of the second segment Kevin Harvick started out with the race lead, but could not keep it and Tony Stewart was back in the race lead. A few more laps went by and Kevin was back in the race lead. As the laps went on it got to single file racing for a while and then on lap 55 which the final lap of the second segment did we have a little two wide racing in the middle of the field.
During the second segment the cars left in the race all made a pit stop, but under the rules no car would lose a position on the track.
The final segment started of with Kevin Harvick leading laps as Matt Kenseth who was lead car on the bottom row of cars tried to get the race lead. Matt was able to lead one lap, but then wound up going to the back as the race went single file.
With six laps left Kevin Harvick was still in the race lead with Tony Stewart in second. With four laps left Matt Kenseth started to make it two wide racing again, but it did not work. On the final lap Joey Logano started some two wide race and then Kevin Harvick blocked a move by Tony Stewart to get the race lead on the bottom of the track. Then Kevin went up high to block a move by Greg Biffle to get the race lead. That was the last move Kevin needed and he went on to win the race.
After the race ended Kevin Harvick and his car stopped working.
"Nervous about the 20(Matt Kesneth) and the 14(Tony Stewart)," said Kevin Harvick. "Awesome day for us."
Tony Stewart stated that he thought he was clear when asked on the first wreck incident.