The STP 500 is an annual 500-lap NASCAR Sprint 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, the other one being the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
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.
The race on April 1, 2007, was the second race for NASCAR's car design, the Car of Tomorrow. This event is currently the sixth race of the season, the first race where current points standings (instead of the previous year, as in the first five races) determine exemptions. Kyle Busch is the most recent winner of the race, having won it in 2016.
2016 STP 500 Winner
Kyle Thomas Busch (born May 2, 1985) is an American professional stock car racing driver and team owner. He currently drives the No. 18 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the No. 18 Camry in the Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. He also owns Kyle Busch Motorsports, which runs multiple trucks in the Camping World Truck Series. Busch is the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.
2015 STP 500 Winner
James Dennis Alan "Denny" Hamlin is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 11 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing, and part-time in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 18 Toyota Camry for JGR.
2014 STP 500 Winner
Kurt Thomas Busch (born August 4, 1978) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently drives the No. 41 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He is a second-generation racing driver; his father, Tom, won several NASCAR-sanctioned events. He is the older brother of 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch
2013 STP Gas Booster 500 Winner
Jimmie Kenneth Johnson (born September 17, 1975) is an American stock car racing driver and a seven-time champion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He currently drives the No. 48 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports.
2012 TUMS Fast Relief 500 Winner
Jimmie Johnson won the 2012 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Johnson led 191 circuits around the half-mile oval and held off stiff challenges by Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon in the final 50 laps to win his fourth victory of the NASCAR season.
2011 TUMS Fast Relief 500 Winner
Tony Stewart wins the 2011 Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. There were 23 lead changes among 12 drivers and 18 cautions for 108 laps. Stewart was one of the only drivers to escape any major wrecks.
2010 TUMS Fast Relief 500 Winner
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin, who qualified first, won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2010 TUMS Fast Relief 500, his seventh win of the season. Mark Martin finished second during the race. He moved several positions at the end of the race, after colliding into the wall earlier in the race. Kevin Harvick was the leader with twenty-nine lap remaining, after which Hamlin became the leader. Harvick was unable to catch him, and fell one position to finish third