Sprint Cup Series Green-White-Checker Finishes

updated on 8-31-2014

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(see below for races that had a green white checkered G-W-C finish)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Green-White-Checker Rules & News:

  • NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure 2010 thru current:

    NASCAR announced a revision before the 2010 season to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered (G-W-C) flag finish.

    If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt.

    The new procedure was implemented with the running of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and applied to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions - the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR)(2-11-2010)

  • NASCAR may tweak green-white-checker rule: NASCAR told all three series in Wednesday morning's safety meeting that the sanctioning body is looking at redefining the green-white-checker rule to finish races. In the past, when a caution occurred in the closing laps of a race, the field made one attempt at a green-white-checkered flag finish. Under the new rule, NASCAR will make sure the track is clean, run multiple green laps before waving the white and finally the checkered flag. Robin Pemberton, Vice President of Competition for NASCAR, used the analogy of Saturday night's multi-car wreck [in the Bud Shootout] in Turn 3 where the leaders came around to the white flag and Kevin Harvick led the field around to the track for the final lap. Pemberton said, "At least with the new rule they're going to race (one full lap of green) and then go on the white if we do this." The rule could go into effect for all three series as early as Thursday's qualifying races for the Daytona 500.(FoxSports)(2-10-2010)

  • The Original Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure from July 2004 used thru the 2009 season: A "green-white-checkered" finish [G-W-C format was used for the NASCAR Cup Series and Nationwide Series for the first time at New Hampshire International Speedway in July 2004.
    "The green-white-checkered format is an attempt to achieve everyone's goals - a green-flag finish," NASCAR President Mike Helton said. "This change hopefully will provide competitive finishes in the relatively rare occasions it is warranted. This format has been successful in the Craftsman Truck Series, and considering the tight competition week in and week out in the other two national series, we feel the time is right to use the same procedure in all three national series."
    The procedure consists of a restart of two laps - green flag for the first lap of the restart and the white flag signaling the final lap leading to the checkered flag. All additional laps will be counted and scored.
    The new format does not guarantee a green-flag finish. Only one restart under the "green-white-checkered" format will be attempted. If a caution comes out during that period, the race will be complete. This procedure will eliminate the need for a red flag in the final laps to immediately stop the race in an attempt to finish under green-flag conditions. The announcement expands the single attempt "green-white-checkered" format to all three of NASCAR's national series, beginning next week.(NASCAR PR from 7-15-2004)


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Green-White-Checker stats

  • Some G-W-C Stats: from 2004-current
    G-W-C- finishes: 76
    Different Winner: 24
    Same Winner (leader/winner stayed same, even after G-W-C finishes): 52
    Added Laps Run: 321

  • Races with the most extra laps added from a G-W-C finish:
    Atlanta, 3/7/2010, 16 laps
    Martinsville, 4/1/2012, 15
    Talladega, 4/25/2010, 12
    Daytona, 2/20/2011, 10
    Richmond, 5/3/2008, 10
    Atlanta, 8/31/2014, 10 laps

  • Races with the most extra miles added from a G-W-C finish:
    Talladega, 4/25/2010, 31.92 miles
    Daytona, 2/20/2011, 25.00
    Atlanta, 3/7/2010, 24.64

  • The SEVENTEEN races where the leader changed after the G-W-C, when the races went to three G-W-C attempts, 2010-2013, if needed:
    24) Just before the final caution, #48-Jimmie Johnson and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. pitted and took two tire at Darlington on April 12, 2014, while #29-Kevin Harvick, who had dominated most of the night, took. Johnson and Earnhardt got out of the pits ahead of Harvick, who restarted fifth. Earnhardt moved past Johnson for the lead until #11-Denny Hamlin wrecked to bring out the 10th and final caution to set up the G-W-C. Earnhardt led at the first G-W-C when #41-Kurt Busch got spun out. Earnhardt led the 2nd G-W-C but Harvick and his fresher tires passed Earnhardt and drove to the win.
    23) #24-Jeff Gordon led lap 200 at Auto Club Speedway on March 23, 2014, after many teams opted to pit, #41-Kurt Busch led at the start of the G-W-C, #18-Kyle Busch passed #41-Busch and #14-Tony Stewart to win the race, 6.
    22) On Lap 183 there was a multi-car wreck at Talladega on May 5, 2013. After the cleanup, #17-Matt Kenseth led on the first and only G-W-C with #99-Carl Edwards 2nd. Edwards passed to take the lead on the final lap. #34-David Ragan, who had restarted 10th and teammate #38-David Gilliland, who had started 11th for the final two-lap sprint and found each other on the track. Gilliland and Ragan teamed up, with Ragan in front, to blow by the field and won the race, 6.
    21) #31-Jeff Burton led at the caution and the first G-W-C at Richmond on April 27, 2013 , #29-Kevin Harvick passed and won, 6.
    20) #2-Brad Keselowski led at the G-W-C restart at Texas on November 4, 2012, but #48-Jimmie Johnson, who led the most laps, took the lead from Keselowski at the start the G-W-C- and won the race, 1.
    19) #15-Clint Bowyer led lap up to lap 187 at Talladega on October 7, 2012 when the caution came out for a spinning car on the frontstretch. The race finished under caution after a big wreck on the final lap that collected 25 cars, including many chase contenders. #14-Tony Stewart was leading when he pulled down to block #55-Michael Waltrip. He got turned around and everyone was collected after that. NASCAR had to review video after the race to determine many finishing positions. #17-Matt Kenseth took the lead and won the race after one G-W-C attempt when the big wreck was after the white flag flew, 1
    18) #17-Kenseth led at the first G-W-C at Talladega on May 6, 2012 after a lap 186 (of 188 sched) accident involving nine cars. Kenseth led the race when it went green on lap 193, #2-Brad Keselowski got a push by #18-Kyle Busch and won the race, 6 laps.
    17) #24-Jeff Gordon led the first G-W-C at Martinsville on April 1, 2012, with #48-Johnson in 2nd. #15-Bowyer made it three wide pinching the cars together and setting off a spin by Gordon and Johnson. Gordon then ran out of gas before the final restart. #39-Ryan Newman took the lead, held it thru a 2nd G-W-C and won the race, 15.
    16) #18-Kyle Busch led the 1st G-W-C at Watkins Glen on August 15, 2011, #9-Marcos Ambrose and #2-Keselowski got around Busch with Ambrose taking the lead on lap 91 and winning the race, 2.
    15) #39-Ryan Newman lead at the 1st G-W-C at Daytona on July 2, 2011, then.#6-David Ragan took the lead on lap 163 and held on thru a 2nd G-W-C to win the race, 10.
    14) #4-Kahne led before the G-W-C on the final restart at Charlotte on May 29, 2011 and immediately ran out of fuel, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the lead on lap 401, then ran out of fuel, #29-Kevin Harvick took the lead and held on to win.
    13) #6-David Ragan lead at 1st G-W-C at Daytona on February 20, 2011, and was passed by #21-Trevor Bayne who led at the 2nd G-W-C and held on to win his first Sprint Cup race in his 2nd start
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer led at the 1st and only G-W-C, leading on the restart but got tangled up down the backstretch and spun out of contention, #29-Kevin Harvick took the lead and won the race.
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray led at the green of all three green-white-checkered starts at Talladega on April 25, 2010 and led after the first two, #29-Kevin Harvick caught McMurray after pushing both cars ahead of the pack, passing McMurray at the line and winning the race by a few inches.
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon took the green at the first G-W-C at Phoenix on April 10, 2010, #39-Ryan Newman, who took four tires on the final pit stop, Gordon took two, Newman beat Gordon on the restart and won the race.
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon took the green at the first G-W-C at Martinsville on March 29, 2010, Gordon and #17-Matt Kenseth made contact, #11-Denny Hamlin came from 4th to take the lead and win the race.
    8) #29-Kevin Harvick took the green as the leader for the G-W-C, but there was a wreck on the first lap and #16-Greg Biffle had taken the lead, so the field was re-set with Biffle as leader for the 2nd G-W-C, #1-Jamie McMurray on the outside, on the green McMurray got past Biffle, took the white flag and there was a wreck behind the field and McMurray raced to the checkers to win the 2010 Daytona 500.

  • The SEVEN races where the leader changed after the G-W-C - the original rules 2004-2009, one G-W-C attempt:
    7) #99-Carl Edwards took 2 tires led with 2 to go, #2-Kurt Busch who led 234 laps, blew by before the white flag and won at Atlanta in March 2009, Edwards finished 3rd.
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin led with 2 to go, had a slow restart, #31-Jeff Burton passed him and won at Bristol, March 2008
    5) #01-Mark Martin led in the 2007 Daytona 500, #29-Kevin Harvick passed him as a huge wreck took place behind them and beat Martin to the line by 2/1000th's of a second.
    4) #17-Matt Kenseth led 146 laps at Las Vegas in 2006, #48-Jimmie Johnson passed him at the line and won by 1/2 a car length, only leading 1 lap to win.
    3) #17-Matt Kenseth led at Talladega in Oct 2005, #88-Dale Jarrett passed and win
    2) #12-Ryan Newman led at Darlington in May 2005, #16-Greg Biffle won
    1) #20-Tony Stewart led at Homestead in Nov 2004, had fuel problems, #16-Greg Biffle won


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Green-White-Checker races

  • 2014 - 5 G-W-C races (76 all-time) so far, 36 extra laps so far in 2014:
    #) race, date: result, extra laps run
    1) Bristol, 3/16: #99-Carl Edwards led before G-W-C, and won the race after one G-W-C attempt, 3
    2) Auto Club Speedway, 3/23: #24-Jeff Gordon led lap 200, after many teams opted to pit, #41-Kurt Busch led at the start of the G-W-C, #18-Kyle Busch passed #41-Busch and #14-Tony Stewart to win the race, 6.
    3) Texas, 4/6: #22-Joey Logano led lap 334, the final scheduled lap, just after the caution came out. After pit stops, #24-Jeff Gordon led at the G-W-C, but Logano passed Gordon to take the win.
    4) Darlington, 4/12: Just before the final caution #48-Jimmie Johnson and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. pitted and took two tire while #29-Kevin Harvick, who had dominated most of the night, took. Johnson and Earnhardt got out of the pits ahead of Harvick, who restarted fifth. Earnhardt moved past Johnson for the lead until #11-Denny Hamlin wrecked to bring out the 10th and final caution to set up the G-W-C. Earnhardt led at the first G-W-C when #41-Kurt Busch got spun out. Earnhardt led the 2nd G-W-C but Harvick and his fresher tires passed Earnhardt and drove to the win.
    5) New Hampshire, 7/13: #2-Brad Keselowski led before G-W-C, and won the race after one G-W-C attempt, 4
    6) Atlanta, 8/31: #5-Kahne led on lap 323 of 325 when #18-Busch & #78-Truex Jr got together, causing the #78 to slide. After all the leaders made pitstop, #20-Kenseth came off pit road with the lead. Just after the green flag, #4-Harvick, #27-Menard and #22-Logano got together sending the #4 into the wall. On the 2nd G-W-C, #20=Kenseth led with #11-Hamlin in 2nd. #5-Kahne passed Kenseth and won the race, 10

  • 2013 - 5 G-W-C races (70 all-time), 18 extra laps:
    #) race, date: result, extra laps run
    1) Phoenix, 3/3: #99-Carl Edwards led before G-W-C, and won the race after one G-W-C attempt, 4
    2) Richmond, 4/27: #31-Jeff Burton led at the caution and the first G-W-C, #29-Kevin Harvick passed and won, 6.
    3) Talladega, 5/5: On Lap 183 there was a multicar wreck. After the cleanup, #17-Matt Kenseth led on the first and only G-W-C with #99-Carl Edwards 2nd. Edwards passed to take the lead on the final lap. #34-David Ragan, who had restarted 10th and teammate #38-David Gilliland, who gad started 11th for the final two-lap sprint and found each other on the track. Gilliland and Ragan teamed up, with Ragan in front, to go by the field and win the race, 6.
    4) Daytona, 6/6: #48-Jimmie Johnson led at the final caution on the 1st and only G-W-C to win the race, 1.
    5) New Hampshire, 7/14: #55-Brian Vickers led late when the final caution came out for debris. Vickers led at the G-W-C and won, 1.

  • 2012 - 10 G-W-C races (65 all-time), 38 extra laps:
    #) race, date: result, extra laps run
    1) Daytona, 2/27: #17-Matt Kenseth led before G-W-C, and won the race after one G-W-C attempt, 2
    2) Martinsville, 4/1: #24-Jeff Gordon led the first G-W-C., with #48-Johnson in 2nd. #15-Bowyer made it three wide pinching the cars together and setting off a spin by Gordon and Johnson. Gordon then ran out of gas before the final restart. #39-Ryan Newman took the lead, held it thru a 2nd G-W-C and won the race, 15.
    3) Talladega, 5/6: #17-Kenseth led at the first G-W-C after a lap 186 (of 188 sched) accident involving nine cars. Kenseth led when the race when green at lap 193, #2-Brad Keselowski got a push by #18-Kyle Busch and won the race, 6 laps.
    4) Darlington, 5/12: #48-Jimmie Johnson led at the G-W-C, and won the race after one G-W-C attempt, 1
    5) Sonoma, 6/24: #15-Clint Bowyer led at the G-W-C, and won the race after one G-W-C attempt, 2
    6) Michigan, 8/19: #16-Greg Biffle led at the G-W-C, and won the race after one G-W-C attempt, 1
    7) Atlanta, 9/2: #11-Denny Hamlin led at the G-W-C, and won the race after one G-W-C attempt, 2
    8) Talladega, 10/7: #15-Clint Bowyer led lap up to lap 187 when the caution came out for a spinning car on the frontstretch. The race finished under caution after a big wreck on the final lap that collected 25 cars, including many chase contenders. #14-Tony Stewart was leading when he pulled down to block #55-Michael Waltrip. He got turned around and everyone was collected after that. NASCAR had to review video after the race to determine many finishing positions. #17-Matt Kenseth took the lead and won the race after one G-W-C attempt when the big wreck was after the white flag flew, 1
    9) Texas, 11/4: #2-Brad Keselowski led at the G-W-C restart but #48-Jimmie Johnson, who led the most laps, took the lead from Keselowski at the start the G-W-C- and won the race, 1.
    10) Phoenix, 11/11: #29-Kevin Harvick led before G-W-C, after running 5 laps under yellow, NASCAR red flagged the race to clean up the track and allow for the 2-lap G-W-C finish, Harvick kept the lead won the race after one G-W-C attempt, 7

  • 2011 - 7 G-W-C races (55 all-time), 33 extra laps:
    #) race, date: result, extra laps run
    1) Daytona, 2/20: #6-David Ragan lead at 1st G-W-C, was passed by #21-Trevor Bayne who led at the 2nd G-W-C and held on to win his first Sprint Cup race in his 2nd start, 8
    2) Darlington, 5/7: #78-Regan Smith led before G-W-C, and won the race after one G-W-C attempt, 3
    3) Charlotte, 5/29: #4-Kahne led before the G-W-C on the final restart and immediately ran out of fuel, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the lead on lap 401, then ran out of fuel, #29-Kevin Harvick took the lead and held on to win, 2.
    4) Daytona, 7/2: #39-Ryan Newman lead at the 1st G-W-C.#6-David Ragan took the lead on lap 163 and held on thru a 2nd G-W-C to win the race, 10.
    5) Watkins Glen, 8/15: #18-Kyle Busch led at the 1st G-W-C, #9-Marcos Ambrose took the lead on lap 91 and won the race, 2.
    6) Michigan, 8/21: #18-Kyle Busch led before G-W-C, and won the race after one G-W-C attempt, 3.
    7) Kansas, 10/9: #48-Jimmie Johnson led before G-W-C, and won the race after one G-W-C attempt, the race finished with a green-white-checker due to a late race caution when #24-Gordon lost an engine, 5.

  • 2010 - 7 G-W-C races - using new rules with THREE possible G-W-C tries (48 all-time), 57 extra laps:
    five of seven had different winners then before the G-W-C.
    #) race, date: result, extra laps run
    1) Daytona, 2/14/2010: #29-Kevin Harvick led at 1st G-W-C, #16-Greg Biffle led at 2nd GWC, #1-Jamie McMurray won, 8
    2) Atlanta, 3/7: #2-Kurt Busch led at the first G-W-C and was able to hold off other drivers and won the race, 16 laps
    3) Martinsville, 3/29: #24-Jeff Gordon led at 1st and only G-W-C, #11-Denny Hamlin won, 8
    4) Phoenix, 4/10: #24-Jeff Gordon led at 1st and only G-W-C, #39-Ryan Newman won, 3
    5) Talladega, 4/25: #1-Jamie McMurray led at the 1st G-W-C and again at the 2nd and 3rd G-W-C's, #29-Kevin Harvick passed just before the start-finish line and won by a few inches over #1-Jamie McMurray, 12.
    6) Pocono, 6/6: #11-Denny Hamlin led before G-W-C, and won the race after one G-W-C attempt, 4.
    7) Daytona, 7/3: #33-Clint Bowyer led at the 1st and only G-W-C, leading on the restart but got tangled up down the backstretch and spun out of contention, #29-Kevin Harvick took the lead and won the race, 6.

  • 2009 - 5 GWC races (41 all-time), 15 extra laps:
    #) race, date: result, extra laps run
    1) Atlanta, 3/8: #99-Carl Edwards led at G-W-C, #2-Kurt Busch won, 5
    2) Bristol, 3/22: #18-Kyle Busch won, 3
    3) Sonoma, 6/21: #9-Kasey Kahne won, 3
    4) Martinsville, 10/25: #11-Denny Hamlin won, 1
    5) Talladega, 11/1: #26-Jamie McMurray won, 3

  • 2008 - 9 GWC races (36 all-time), 35 extra laps:
    #) race, date: result, extra laps run
    1) Bristol, 3/16: #11-Denny Hamlin led at G-W-C, #31-Jeff Burton won, 6
    2) Texas, 4/6: #99-Carl Edwards won, 5
    3) Richmond, 5/3: #07-Clint Bowyer won, 10
    4) Michigan, 6/15; #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won, 3
    5) Sonoma, 6/22: #18-Kyle Busch won, 2
    6) Daytona, 7/5: #18-Kyle Busch won, 2
    7) Talladega, 10/5: #20-Tony Stewart won, 2
    8) Martinsville, 10/19: #48-Jimmie Johnson won, 4
    9) Phoenix, 11/9: #48-Jimmie Johnson won, 1

  • 2007 - 7 GWC races (27 all-time), 27 extra laps:
    #) race, date: result, extra laps run
    1) Daytona 500, 2/18: #01-Mark Martin led at G-W-C, #29-Kevin Harvick won, 2
    2) Bristol 3/25: #5-Kyle Busch, 4
    3) Talladega 4/29: #24-Jeff Gordon won, 4
    4) Michigan 8/21: #2-Kurt Busch won, two day rain delay, 3
    5) Charlotte 10/13: #24-Jeff Gordon won, 4
    6) Martinsville 10/21: #48-Jimmie Johnson won, 6
    7)Atlanta 10/28: #48-Jimmie Johnson won, 4

  • 2006 - 7 GWC races (20 all-time), 24 extra laps:
    #) race, date: result, extra laps run
    1) Daytona 500 2/19: #48-Jimmie Johnson won, 3
    2) California 2/26: #17-Matt Kenseth won, 1
    3) Las Vegas 3/12: #17-Matt Kenseth led at G-W-C, #48-Jimmie Johnson won, 3
    4) Chicago 7/9: #24-Jeff Gordon won, 3
    5) New Hampshire 7/16: #5 Kyle Busch won, 8
    6) Texas 11/5: #20-Tony Stewart, 5
    7) Homestead 11/19: #16-Greg Biffle, 1

  • 2005 - 10 GWC races (13 all-time), 30 extra laps:
    #) race, date: result, extra laps run
    1) Daytona 500 2/20: #24-Jeff Gordon won, 3
    2) Talladega 5/1: #24-Jeff Gordon won, 6
    3) Darlington 5/7: #12-Ryan Newman led at G-W-C, #16-Greg Biffle won, 3
    4) Pocono 6/12: #99-Carl Edwards won, 1
    5) Pocono 7/24: #97-Kurt Busch won, 3
    6) Watkins Glen 8/14: #20-Tony Stewart won, 2
    7) California 9/4: #5-Kyle Busch, 4
    8) Dover 9/25: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4
    9) Talladega 10/2: , #17-Matt Kenseth led at G-W-C, #88-Dale Jarrett won, 2
    10) Charlotte 10/15: #48-Jimmie Johnson won, 2

  • 2004 - 3 GWC races (3 all-time), 8 extra laps:
    G-W-C rule put in place starting at New Hampshire in July 2004, for the rest of the season and beyond, with one attempt at G-W-C.
    #) race, date: result, extra laps run
    1) Indianapolis 8/8: #24-Jeff Gordon won his 4th Brickyard 400 [402.5], leading the most laps with 124 [including an extra one]. The race was the first in NASCAR Cup history that used the green-white-checker finish after a late caution around lap 155, running one extra lap for a total of 161.
    2) Phoenix 11/7: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr won, 3 extra laps
    3) Homestead 11/21: #20-Tony Stewart led at G-W-C. #16-Greg Biffle made a bold move to pass Stewart and won. 4 extra laps


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