2009 Carfax 400
|Race 23 of 36 in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season|
Michigan International Speedway
|Date||August 16, 2009|
|Location||Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
2.0 mi (3.218 km)
|Distance||200 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching up to 89.6 °F (32.0 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)|
|Average speed||131.531 miles per hour (211.679 km/h)|
|Driver||Brian Vickers||Red Bull Racing Team|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports|
||Red Bull Racing Team|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Jerry Punch, Andy Petree and Dale Jarrett|
The 2009 Carfax 400 is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race that took place on August 16, 2009, at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Actual start time of the race was 2:10PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time; meaning that the race ended at exactly 5:12 PM EDT.
200 laps were done on a paved oval track spanning 2.000 miles (3.219 km). Out of the 43 race car drivers on the grid, there were 41 American-born driers and two foreigners (Marcos Ambrose from Australia and Juan Pablo Montoya from Colombia). There were seven cautions for 36 laps and the race lasted three hours and two minutes. Attendance was 103000 strong and Brian Vickers (driving a Toyota Camry) won the race. The other contenders who finished in the top ten were: Jeff Gordon (lost by 1.409 seconds), Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Carl Edwards, Sam Hornish, Jr., Casey Mears, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, David Reutimann, and Denny Hamlin. The pole speed was 187.242 miles per hour (301.337 km/h) while the average speed was 131.531 miles per hour (211.679 km/h). Jimmie Johnson had a dominant run during the closing laps until he ran out of fuel. He later admitted that his team was not good on fuel mileage during the race.
Red Bull was the winning sponsor for that day (Dietrich Mateschitz was the winning car owner for the 2009 Carfax 400). Tony Raines failed to qualify for the race due to lack of speed. There were two instances of rain during the race which eventually returned to fair weather. NASCAR had terrible luck with the weather during their 2009 season.
- "Weather information for the 2009 Carfax 400". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
- "2009 CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway". About.com. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
- "2009 Carfax 400 racing information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
- "Jimmie Johnson at the 2009 Carfax 400". About.com. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
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