2009 Checker Auto Parts 500

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2009 Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500
Race details
Race 35 of 36 in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Phoenix International Raceway
Phoenix International Raceway
Date November 15, 2009 (2009-November-15)
Location Phoenix International Raceway (Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.)
Course Permanent racing facility
1.000 mi (1.609 km)
Distance 312 laps, 312 mi (502.115 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 68 °F (20 °C); wind speeds up to 9.9 miles per hour (15.9 km/h)[1]
Average speed 110.486 miles per hour (177.810 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Martin Truex, Jr. Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Time 26.643
Most laps led
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 238
No. 48
Jimmie Johnson
Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett, and Andy Petree

The 2009 Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 was the penultimate race of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup.

The 312-lap 500 kilometres (310 mi) event on the 1 mile (1.6 km) circuit was held on November 15, 2009 at Phoenix International Raceway in the Phoenix, Arizona suburb of Avondale. ABC broadcast the race on television beginning at 3 PM US EST while MRN along with Sirius Satellite Radio had radio coverage starting at 2:45 PM US EST. This 169-minute racing event ended at approximately 5:49 PM US EST.[2]

Martin Truex Jr. won the pole and Kurt Busch started in second, making it the first time in NASCAR history that car #1 and #2 started in 1st and 2nd by that order. The race was won by Jimmie Johnson. Drivers from four countries were involved: United States of America, Colombia, Australia and Italy. An attendance figure of 90,000 spectators was recorded at this event; with debris and accidents being the reasons behind the cautions. About 8% of the race would be held under caution while the average green flag run would be approximately 58 laps.[2]

Top ten finishers[edit]

  1. 48-Jimmie Johnson
  2. 31-Jeff Burton
  3. 11-Denny Hamlin
  4. 5-Mark Martin
  5. 1-Martin Truex, Jr.
  6. 2-Kurt Busch
  7. 33-Clint Bowyer
  8. 42-Juan Pablo Montoya
  9. 24-Jeff Gordon
  10. 00-David Reutimann


  1. ^ Weather information for the 2009 Checker Auto Parts 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac. Accessed 2013-06-20. Archived 2013-06-22.
  2. ^ a b Race information for the 2009 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Racing Reference