2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
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Jimmie Johnson, the 2009 Cup Champion
Mark Martin came in second behind Johnson by 141 points
Jeff Gordon finished third in the championship

The 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was the 61st season of professional stock car racing in the United States. The season included 36 races and two exhibition races with the regular season beginning with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway and ending with the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The final ten races were known as 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Rick Hendrick won the Owners' Championship, while Jimmie Johnson won the Drivers' Championship with a fifth finish at the final race of the season. Chevrolet won the Manufacturers' Championship with 248 points.

Schedule[edit]

The biggest changes for 2009 in a NASCAR schedule realignment added the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway to the 2009 Chase, the shifting of the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway to a later autumn date, and the placement of the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to Labor Day weekend as a night race. Additionally, there was a fourth bye week between the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway and the Pep Boys 500. The schedule changes are listed in boldface on the chart below.

2009 Sprint Cup Schedule
No. Date Race Length Site TV Radio1 Time
(US ET*)
Winner
2/7 Budweiser Shootout ♣ ¶ Segment 1: 25 Laps;
62.5 miles (100.6 km);
Segment 2: 50 Laps;
125 miles (201 km)
Daytona International Speedway Fox MRN 8 PM Kevin Harvick
2/12 Gatorade Duels ¶ ♥ Two races;
each 60 Laps
150 miles (240 km)
Speed TV MRN 12 noon Jeff Gordon;
Kyle Busch
1 2/15 Daytona 500 152 Laps
380 miles (610 km)(race shortened due to rain)
Fox MRN 2:32 pm Matt Kenseth
2 2/22 Auto Club 500 250 Laps
500 miles (800 km)
Auto Club Speedway Fox MRN 4:10 pm Matt Kenseth
3 3/1 Shelby 427 285 Laps
427.5 miles (688.0 km)
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Fox PRN 3:30 pm Kyle Busch
4 3/8 Kobalt Tools 500 331 laps
509.74 miles (820.35 km)(race extended due to green/white/checker finish.)
Atlanta Motor Speedway Fox PRN 5:31 pm Kurt Busch
5 3/22 Food City 500 503 Laps
268.1 miles (431.5 km)(race extended due to green/white/checker finish.)
Bristol Motor Speedway Fox PRN 8:23 pm Kyle Busch
6 3/29 Goody's Fast Relief 500 500 Laps
263 miles (423 km)
Martinsville Speedway Fox MRN 1:30 pm Jimmie Johnson
7 4/5 Samsung 500 334 Laps
501 miles (806 km)
Texas Motor Speedway Fox PRN 1:30 pm Jeff Gordon
8 4/18 Subway Fresh Fit 500 312 Laps
500 kilometres (310 mi)
Phoenix International Raceway Fox MRN 8 PM Mark Martin
9 4/26 Aaron's 499 188 Laps
500.8 miles (806.0 km)
Talladega Superspeedway Fox MRN 1 PM Brad Keselowski
10 5/2 Crown Royal Presents The Russell Friedman 400 400 Laps
300 miles (480 km)
Richmond International Raceway Fox MRN 7 PM Kyle Busch
11 5/9 Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com 367 Laps
501.322 miles (806.800 km)
Darlington Raceway Fox MRN 7 PM Mark Martin
5/16 NASCAR Sprint Showdown and All-Star Race XXV ¶ ♣ Showdown: Two 20 Lap 30 miles (48 km) segments;
All-Star Race: Four segments: 50 laps 75 miles (121 km) with
mandatory 4- tire pit stop; two 20 laps 30 miles (48 km); final 10 15 miles (24 km) green flag laps.
Lowe's Motor Speedway Speed Channel MRN 7 PM Sam Hornish, Jr. (Shootout);
Tony Stewart
12 5/24§ Coca-Cola 600 227 Laps
341.5 miles (549.6 km) (race shortened due to rain)
Fox PRN 3:47 pm
(9;45 AM 5/25)
David Reutimann
13 5/31 Autism Speaks 400 presented by Heluva Good! Cheese 400 Laps
400 miles (640 km)
Dover International Speedway Fox MRN 1:30 pm Jimmie Johnson
14 6/7 Pocono 500 200 Laps
500 miles (800 km)
Pocono Raceway TNT MRN 12:30 pm Tony Stewart
15 6/14 Lifelock 400 200 Laps
400 miles (640 km)
Michigan International Speedway TNT MRN 12:30 pm Mark Martin
16 6/21 Toyota/Save Mart 350 113 Laps
360 kilometres (220 mi)(race extended due to green/white/checker finish.)
Infineon Raceway TNT PRN 1:53 pm Kasey Kahne
17 6/28 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 273 Laps
289.389 miles (465.726 km)(race shortened due to rain)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway TNT PRN 5:42 pm Joey Logano
18 7/4 Coke Zero 400 160 Laps
400 miles (640 km)
Daytona International Speedway TNT MRN 6:30 pm Tony Stewart
19 7/11 LifeLock.com 400 267 laps
400.5 miles (644.5 km)
Chicagoland Speedway TNT MRN 6:30 pm Mark Martin
20 7/26 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard 160 Laps
400 miles (640 km)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway ESPN IMSRN 1 PM Jimmie Johnson
21 8/2§ Sunoco American Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 200 Laps
500 miles (800 km)
Pocono Raceway ESPN MRN 1 PM
(12 noon 8/3)
Denny Hamlin
22 8/9§ Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen 90 laps
220.5 miles (354.9 km)
Watkins Glen International ESPN MRN 1 PM
(12 noon 8/10)
Tony Stewart
23 8/16 CARFAX 400 200 Laps
400 miles (640 km)
Michigan International Speedway ESPN MRN 1 PM Brian Vickers
24 8/22 Sharpie 500 500 Laps
266.5 miles (428.9 km)
Bristol Motor Speedway ESPN PRN 6:30 pm Kyle Busch
25 9/6 Pep Boys Auto 500 325 Laps
500.5 miles (805.5 km)
Atlanta Motor Speedway ESPN PRN 7 PM Kasey Kahne
26 9/12 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 400 Laps
300 miles (480 km)
Richmond International Raceway ABC MRN 7 PM Denny Hamlin
2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup
27 9/20 Sylvania 300 300 Laps
317.4 miles (510.8 km)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway ABC PRN 1 PM Mark Martin
28 9/27 AAA 400 400 Laps
400 miles (640 km)
Dover International Speedway MRN 1 PM Jimmie Johnson
29 10/4 Price Chopper 400 267 Laps
400.5 miles (644.5 km)
Kansas Speedway MRN 1 PM Tony Stewart
30 10/11 Pepsi 500 250 Laps
500 miles (800 km)
Auto Club Speedway MRN 3 PM Jimmie Johnson
31 10/17 NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America 334 Laps
501 miles (806 km)
Lowe's Motor Speedway PRN 7 PM Jimmie Johnson
32 10/25 TUMS Fast Relief 500 501 Laps
264 miles (425 km)(race extended due to green/white/checker finish.)
Martinsville Speedway MRN 3:50 pm Denny Hamlin
33 11/1 AMP Energy 500 191 Laps
508.8 miles (818.8 km)(race extended due to green/white/checker finish.)
Talladega Superspeedway MRN 4:47 pm Jamie McMurray
34 11/8 Dickies 500 334 Laps
501 miles (806 km)
Texas Motor Speedway PRN 3 PM Kurt Busch
35 11/15 Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 312 Laps
310 miles (500 km)
Phoenix International Raceway MRN 3 PM Jimmie Johnson
36 11/22 Ford 400 267 Laps
400.5 miles (644.5 km)
Homestead Miami Speedway MRN 7:22 pm Denny Hamlin

The total distance of the season will be 14,461.9 miles (23,274.2 km).
Key to symbols:
1 – All races were broadcast on Sirius XM Radio.
* – Television times are listed. Fox started (except for Daytona 500 and Aaron's 499) with a 30-minute pre-race show, TNT had a 90-minute pre-race show and ESPN/ABC had a one-hour pre-race show. Add an extra fifteen minutes following the pre-race show for the scheduled green flag of the race.
♣ – This race was run at night or began in the day and finished that evening.
¶ – Non-points race.
♥ – This is a pair of races that will set the field for the Daytona 500.
† – This race was produced and distributed by IMS Radio and the broadcast will be produced in conjunction with Performance Racing Network.
§ – This race was scheduled to have been run on Sunday, but was rescheduled to the following Monday due to rain.

Teams[edit]

Because of the merger of DEI with Chip Ganassi, the No. 01 and No. 15 teams closed after the 2008 season. However, the owners' points from the No. 15 were transferred to the No. 34, while points from either the No. 01 or No. 41 was transferred to the No. 07, with the No. 33 car, owned by Richard Childress, receiving the other. (NASCAR allows for a transfer if the original owner maintains some stake in the team to which points are transferred.) Also Bill Davis Racing was bought by Triad Racing, however the No. 22 was bought by Penske Racing with Bill Davis holding minority interest. The No. 22's points were transferred to the No. 77, thus guaranteeing that car a spot in the Daytona 500 should all other transfers occur.[1]

Team Car No Racing Driver Primary Sponsor Crew Chief Rounds
Ash Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS 0.2 Brandon Ash Efusjon Energy Club/Spinter Trucking Kenneth Wood 3
BlackJack Racing Dodge Charger 51 Kelly Bires Livewire Energy/FAB Grills Ryan Bergenty 1
David Starr 1
Dexter Bean 6
Boys Will Be Boys Racing Co. Dodge Charger 06 Trevor Boys Iain Moncrieff 2
Carl Long Racing Dodge Charger 46 Carl Long Romeo Guest Construction 1
Dennis Setzer 1
Carter/Simo Racing Ford Fusion 08 Boris Said U.S. Chrome Frankie Stoddard 3
Toyota Camry Terry Labonte FanCar Tony Furr 5
Cope/Keller Racing Dodge Charger 75 Derrike Cope Blu Frog Energy Drink/FlipnBags.com Rich Markle 6
E&M Motorsports Dodge Charger 60 James Hylton E&M Motorsports Unknown 1
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Impala SS 1 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Kevin Manion All
8 Aric Almirola Guitar Hero/TomTom Doug Randolph 7
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Brian Pattie All
Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet Impala SS 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Jay Guy 19
Front Row Motorsports Chevrolet Impala 34 John Andretti Window World Steve Lane 34
Tony Raines A&W/Taco Bell 2
Chevrolet Impala/Dodge Charger 37 Tony Raines Long John Silver's Scott Eggleston 21
Chris Cook 1
Tony Ave 1
Kevin Hamlin Long John Silver's Peter Sospenzo 1
Travis Kvapil 3
Germain Racing Toyota Camry 13 Max Papis GEICO Bootie Barker 21
35 Todd Bodine 1
Gunselman Motorsports Toyota Camry 64 Geoffrey Bodine Doug Richert 2
Todd Bodine 9
Mike Wallace 8
Derrike Cope 1
H&S Motorsports Dodge Charger 73 Mike Garvey Quality Concrete Buddy Sisco 4
Tony Raines 1
Josh Wise 1
Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Impala 5 Mark Martin Kellogg's/Carquest Alan Gustafson All
24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Steve Letarte All
25 Brad Keselowski GoDaddy.com Lance McGrew 8
48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chad Knaus All
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. AMP/National Guard Tony Eury, Jr. All
Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry 02 David Gilliland Farm Bureau Wally Brown 3
11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Mike Ford All
18 Kyle Busch M&M's/Interstate Batteries Steve Addington All
20 Joey Logano (R) The Home Depot Greg Zipadelli All
JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota Camry 47 Marcos Ambrose McKee Foods/Clorox Co. Frank Kerr All
Kirk Shelmerdine Racing Toyota Camry 27 Kirk Shelmerdine Biker Design 1
Mayfield Motorsports Toyota Camry 41 Jeremy Mayfield All Sport Tony Furr 11
J. J. Yeley SmallSponsor.com 1
Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Camry 00 David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine Rodney Childers All
55 Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts Bootie Barker/Gene Nead 34
Patrick Carpentier Bootie Barker 2
Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet Impala 4 Eric McClure Hefty SteelSak 1
Scott Wimmer Alpha Natural Resources 2
NEMCO Motorsports Toyota Camry 87 Joe Nemechek Phillipe Lopez All
Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet Impala 57 Norm Benning D3 Outdoor Mark Tutor 1
Penske Racing Dodge Charger 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Pat Tryson All
12 David Stremme Penske Racing Roy McCauley 33
Brad Keselowski 3
77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Mobil 1 Travis Geisler All
Phoenix Racing Dodge Charger/Chevrolet Impala 09 Brad Keselowski Miccosukee Indian Gambling Marc Reno 6
Sterling Marlin 12
Mike Bliss 12
Ron Fellows 2
Aric Almirola 2
David Gilliland 1
David Stremme 1
Prism Motorsports Toyota Camry 66 Terry Labonte Window World Bill Henderson 1
Dave Blaney 35
R3 Motorsports Chevrolet Impala 23 Mike Skinner Mahindra Tractors 1
Red Bull Racing Team Toyota Camry 82 Scott Speed (R) Red Bull Jimmy Elledge All
83 Brian Vickers Ryan Pemberton All
Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Impala 07 Casey Mears Jack Daniel's Gil Martin All
29 Kevin Harvick Shell/Pennzoil Todd Berrier All
31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar, Inc. Scott Miller All
33 Clint Bowyer General Mills/BB&T Shane Wilson All
Richard Petty Motorsports Dodge Charger 9 Kasey Kahne Budweiser Kenny Francis All
Dodge Charger/Ford Fusion 19 Elliott Sadler Best Buy/Stanley Kevin Buskirk All
Dodge Charger 43 Reed Sorenson McDonald's/Air Force/Valvoline Mike Shiplett All
Dodge Charger/Ford Fusion 44 A. J. Allmendinger Valvoline/Charter/Harrah's Sammy Johns All
Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota Camry 04 P.J. Jones Jim Beam/Menards Bob Gordon 2
David Gilliland 1
7 Robby Gordon Kirk Almquist 35
David Gilliland 1
Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion 6 David Ragan United Parcel Service Jimmy Fennig All
16 Greg Biffle 3M Greg Erwin All
17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Drew Blickensderfer All
26 Jamie McMurray Crown Royal/Irwin Tools Donnie Wingo All
99 Carl Edwards Aflac Bob Osbourne All
Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet Impala 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice Darian Grubb All
39 Ryan Newman U.S. Army Tony Gibson All
Tommy Baldwin Racing Toyota Camry 36 Scott Riggs Tommy Baldwin, Jr. 12
Mike Skinner 6
Patrick Carpentier 5
Brian Simo 2
Michael McDowell Wave Energy Drink 10
Robert Richardson Jr. Mahindra Tractors 1
TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala 70 David Gilliland TaxSlayer.com 1
Mike Skinner 2
Kevin Conway ExtenZe 1
71 Mike Wallace Slugger Labbe 1
David Gilliland Capital Window/American Monster 25
Andy Lally Adobe Road Winery 1
Bobby Labonte TaxSlayer.com 7
Mike Bliss 2
Wood Brothers Racing Ford Fusion 21 Bill Elliott Motorcraft David Hyder 12
David Gilliland 1
Yates/ Hall of Fame Racing Ford Fusion 28 Travis Kvapil Golden Corral Ben Leslie 5
96 Bobby Labonte Ask.com/Academy Sports Todd Parrott/Ben Leslie 28
Erik Darnell Academy Sports Ben Leslie 7
98 Paul Menard Menards Larry Carter All

Major news stories[edit]

Economic effects[edit]

Mergers, contractions, and alliances[edit]

The economic crisis of 2008 caused problems even before the 2009 season began. While gas (and diesel) prices came down to nearly $2.00 per gallon, corporate America is reluctant to shell out millions of dollars to sponsor teams due to the volatility of the stock market. As a result, Chip Ganassi Racing merged with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. to form Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. They fielded the No. 1 and No. 8 from DEI and No. 42 from Ganassi, and shut down the DEI No. 01 and No. 15 teams as well as Ganassi's No. 40 and No. 41 teams, as the No. 40 was a full-time team in 2008 until July, when it was closed for a lack of sponsorship. The No. 42 team will run under the Chevrolet banner under the merger as it changes from Dodge. In addition, Front Row Motorsports has EGR support for their No. 34 car, to be driven by John Andretti. On January 19, Petty Enterprises merged with Gillett Evernham Motorsports for the merger with Petty's famous No. 43 joining the newly renamed Richard Petty Motorsports. On December 22, 2008, Bill Davis Racing was sold to California businessman Mike Held and BDR vice president Marty Gaunt, and was renamed Triad Racing Development. Hall of Fame Racing announced an alliance with Yates Racing on January 13, 2009 and named Bobby Labonte as the new driver of the No. 96 team as they move from Toyota to Ford. The first in-season casualty was the No. 28 team of Travis Kvapil owned by Yates Racing, ceasing operations following the Food City 500 on March 22. On April 7, the second casualty of the season was the famous No. 8, which folded because of a lack of sponsorship, leaving Aric Almirola without a ride. On September 10, it was announced that Yates Racing and RPM would merge, closing the No. 44 and No. 96 teams as a result for the 2010 season and the No. 9, #19 and No. 43 teams will switch to Ford.

The elimination of testing[edit]

On November 14, 2008, NASCAR announced, as another cost-cutting measure, that teams will no longer be allowed to test on NASCAR-sanctioned tracks in all three major series. Traditionally, they had had preseason tests at Daytona and Las Vegas, along with as many as four additional in-season sessions at tracks, but all teams also use unsanctioned tracks (such as Rockingham Speedway) for their tests. The testing ban covers all tracks used on NASCAR's three national series, plus tracks that host events in the Camping World East and West circuits. This radically reduces the number of tracks that can be used for testing, with Rockingham being one of the few major tracks still available. This meant that the annual "Pre-Season Thunder" testing events, which covered all three major touring series at Daytona was cancelled for 2009. However, a fan fest remained in place with the thunder provided by the Richard Petty Driving Experience for fans to ride in a special two-seat stock car. However, Goodyear will still conduct tire tests, such as at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A total of seven tests were conducted at Indianapolis following the 2008 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard tire debacle.

Reduction in manufacturer support[edit]

Following General Motors' bankruptcy, GM cut all financial support in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, and considerably reduced financial support in the Sprint Cup Series. Similarly, the Chrysler bankruptcy led to several Dodge Sprint Cup teams, including Richard Petty Motorsports, losing their manufacturer support; as stated earlier, RPM will merge with Yates and have the No. 9, #19 and No. 43 cars switch to Ford for the 2010 season. Dodge claims that "funding is on hold." Toyota gave a small reduction in funding before the season, but has not made any mid-season cuts. Rumors have floated that Toyota may leave the Camping World Truck Series or Nationwide Series; the automaker has denied these reports. Ford, the healthiest of all the automakers, continues funding at pre-crisis levels. From the 2005 season it has been rumored that Honda will join the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series, and the rumor gets stronger entering the 2009 season, as Dodge claimed its funding on hold. This was denied by the manufacturer.

Town-hall meeting[edit]

On Tuesday, May 26, 2009, NASCAR held a town-hall meeting closed to the public and media with its drivers and owners to discuss a range of topics. Major topics discussed included the Jeremy Mayfield substance abuse suspension controversy, along with double-file restarts, the controversial Car of Tomorrow, sponsorship, testing, the reduction in TV ratings and attendance, and competition in general. All attendees considered the meeting a success.

Double-file restarts[edit]

Before the start of the season, NASCAR changed restart rules regarding the final moments of all races in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. Previously, when the race was inside the final ten laps, all cars/trucks on the lead lap were in a single-file restart in that window. As of the 2009 season, the window changed to the final 20 laps. The "lucky dog"/"free pass" rule will still be eliminated in the last ten laps of a race.

However, before the June Pocono race, the entire restart procedure changed entirely in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. After being run successfully at the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race and in the Budweiser Shootout, NASCAR implemented a double-file restart system starting at Pocono for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. This change came at the request of fans, drivers, owners, and the media and as a result in a decrease in TV ratings during the NASCAR on Fox portion of the season. (The June Pocono race was the first race of the 2009 season on TNT.) The entire field will line up double-file, much like the start of the race at every restart. The leaders and other lead lap cars are now in front always when taking the green flag. Cars who choose to stay out and not pit during a caution flag who are in front of the leaders are now waved-around to restart (double file) at the back of the field. The lucky dog/free pass rule is now in effect the entire distance of the race, and the double-file restarts are for every restart, including green-white-checkered finishes. The only reasons cars do not line up double-file in the order they are position wise on the leaderboard is if they are serving a penalty (in most cases, for pit road violations). The leader of the race also has the option of selecting which lane, inside or outside, to restart in, however, the 3rd place car (and 5th, 7th, and so on) will always restart on the inside.

The new restart procedure began in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on July 3 at Daytona. NASCAR said it will not be it in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series until at least 2010.

Jeremy Mayfield substance abuse controversy[edit]

Suspension[edit]

Two hours prior to the race at Darlington, NASCAR announced that driver Jeremy Mayfield had been suspended for a substance abuse policy violation. Mayfield said that the positive test was due to an interaction between a prescription drug and an over-the-counter drug. Mayfield had failed to qualify for the race.

Mayfield violated his suspension by being at the Lowe's Motor Speedway for a press conference during the all-star race weekend.

The suspension is indefinite until Mayfield completes NASCAR's substance abuse program, which includes rehabilitation and additional testing.

Controversy[edit]

In the ensuing days and weeks following the initial suspension, NASCAR was widely criticized by fans, drivers, owners, the media, and the World Anti-Doping Agency for not publicly identifying the drug found in Mayfield's test and failing to publish its drug policy or a list of banned substances. NASCAR's drug policy was later published and reports and court filings (see below) indicate that the test was positive for amphetamines. Despite releasing this information, NASCAR has still not published a definitive list of banned substances, leading to continued criticism. However, NASCAR addressed the issue in its May meeting with the NASCAR owners and drivers, who now say they understand why NASCAR doesn't publish a list. Nonetheless, some remained skeptical of NASCAR's intentions, claiming that "if NASCAR sees something they don't like, they can suspend anyone at anytime." In the middle of the controversy, NASCAR randomly tested 10 NASCAR drivers, officials, and crew members during a rain delay at the Coca-Cola 600 during Memorial Day weekend.

ESPN reported on June 9 that Mayfield tested positive for methamphetamines. This was later confirmed in court.

Lawsuit[edit]

Mayfield sued NASCAR to have his suspension lifted. Mayfield says that he had taken Claritin-D, an allergy drug, in addition to Adderall, a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit disorder. Adderall is an amphetamine.

An initial court hearing for a restraining order that would have allowed Mayfield to compete at Dover was ruled in NASCAR's favor. Mayfield's team, which had been taken over by his wife and driver J.J. Yeley, withdrew from the race at Dover. Mayfield sold his team in late July to raise funds for his legal defense. NASCAR has said that Mayfield's team may continue to compete with a different driver and under a different owner. Since Mayfield is suspended, he cannot be in the NASCAR garage area or anywhere a NASCAR license is required.

NASCAR has successfully moved the case to federal court. NASCAR has also countersued Mayfield, accusing the suspended driver of willfully violating the substance abuse policy, breach of contract, and defrauding competitors of earnings. Mayfield earned approximately $150,000 from May 1 in NASCAR earnings. May 1 is when Mayfield claims he began taking the Claritin-D. On June 25, Mayfield formally denied ever taking methamphetamines in a pre-hearing affidavit filed in U.S. District Court, while NASCAR said that the test results proved he was a chronic user of meth and was a danger to public safety.

On July 1, U.S. District Court granted Mayfield a temporary injunction that lifted Mayfield's suspension and allowed him to resume his role as driver and owner. The court ruled the damage to Mayfield was far exceeding the damage to NASCAR, and that there was a high probability that the second test sample was compromised. Mayfield did not return to the track, as his race team was low on funds and sponsors do not want to associate with Mayfield. He sold his team in late July.

On July 7, NASCAR appealed the U.S. District Court's ruling. On July 8, NASCAR formally filed an appeal with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, one step away from the United States Supreme Court. NASCAR claimed that the district court's ruling undermines NASCAR's ability to police drug use and is asking that Mayfield be re-suspended. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals granted NASCAR a motion to re-suspend Mayfield on July 24 following a second drug test. NASCAR re-suspended Mayfield immediately.

Second drug test[edit]

On July 7, Mayfield submitted to a drug test. NASCAR said Mayfield was notified by an Aegis representative at 1:18 pm Monday to report to a nearby testing center within two hours, but the driver said he had to first speak to his attorney. After a delay, Mayfield's attorney told NASCAR that Mayfield couldn't get to the center by 3:18 pm, so NASCAR said it found a lab closer to his location. At 3:45 pm, Mayfield called the lab to say he was close but lost, and a receptionist offered to talk him the rest of the way. NASCAR said Mayfield told the lab he would call right back but no one was contacted until 5:30 pm, when Mayfield's attorney called NASCAR to inform them Mayfield could not find the location so the lawyer had sent him to an independent laboratory. Two testers and a NASCAR security officer arrived at Mayfield's home in Catawba County, N.C., at 7:20 pm, could not gain access for 10 minutes, and then weren't able to persuade Mayfield to give a sample until 8:20 pm NASCAR called this seven-hour layover between the time requested for a test and the time a test was given a "classic delay tactic".

On July 15, NASCAR filed documents in U.S. District court that indicated that Mayfield had once again tested positive for methamphetamines. In addition to the second test results, NASCAR also submitted an affidavit from Mayfield's stepmother in which she says that Mayfield used meth over 30 times in 7 years through snorting it up his nose.[2] Mayfield says that "Brian France talking about effective drug programs is like having Al Capone talking about effective law enforcement," and that "I don't trust anything NASCAR does, anything (program administrator) Dr. David Black does, never have, never will." As for his stepmother, Mayfield says that "She's basically a whore. She shot and killed my dad."[3] Lisa Mayfield (Jeremy's Stepmother) has since filed a lawsuit suing Mayfield for $20,000 in damages.[4][needs update] Mayfield says that he has been tested almost daily by an independent lab and every test result has come back negative.

Mayfield Motorsports' general manager resigned the same day, hours before the test results were released. The team has since been sold, and few expect Mayfield to return to the track soon, if ever again.

Effect on drug testing[edit]

Many drivers have said that since the controversy began, the drug testing time has gone from a quick 5 minute in and out to a prolonged 45-minute process that includes identity verification.

Television and radio[edit]

USA[edit]

In their third year of the current NASCAR television agreement, Fox carried the Bud Shootout, the Daytona 500 and the first 13 races through Dover's June race. Fox-owned Speed Channel aired the Gatorade Duels and Sprint All Star Race XXV. TNT then picked up the next six races starting at Pocono including the summer race at Daytona, the Coke Zero 400 with its "wide open format" coverage and ending at Chicago. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard started ESPN/ABC's coverage, including the entire Chase for the Sprint Cup on ABC.

New to Fox telecasts was 3-D CGI animated adventures of "Digger", the network's gopher cam mascot and his friends, Annie, Marbles, Grandpa and rival Lumpy Wheels (named after former Lowe's Motor Speedway chief Humpy Wheeler). According to Digger's backstory, created by Fox Sports chairman David Hill, Digger lives underground at Talladega Superspeedway. The characters were also used in segues into and out of commercial breaks. However, Digger later became a harbor of criticism, as well as what most have cited as a cause of a deeper ratings decline than in years past, adding to already lower-than-normal ratings. More is mentioned here.

Hours before the July New Hampshire race on TNT, Bill Weber was removed from the broadcast booth and replaced by Ralph Sheheen for undisclosed personal reasons. TNT and NASCAR announced on July 1 that Sheheen would replace Weber for the final two races on TNT at Daytona and Chicagoland.

The annual changes at ABC/ESPN continue. Mike Massaro became a third host of NASCAR Now on ESPN2; Vince Welch replaced Massaro on pit road and Marty Reid is doing selected Nationwide Series events as well. But ESPN continues to face heavy criticism from NASCAR fans in result of bored announcers, bad camera work, excessive commercials and lack of post-race coverage.

On radio, Sirius XM Radio will carry all races in the series. Terrestrial radio rights are being handled as follows:

Speed (replacing ESPN Classic) and MRN will be the broadcasters at the annual Sprint Cup Banquet at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel Casino in said city on December 4. Las Vegas replaces New York City as the host after 27 years there, 26 of the banquets being staged in The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel.

Other North American channels[edit]

In Canada, TSN and TSN 2 covered the 2009 season.

International[edit]

In Australia, Fox Sports showed all of the Sprint Cup races live across their networks. Network Ten also showed Qualifying, Final Practice (Happy Hour), a 1-hour highlights package and selected races live on its new digital sports multichannel, ONE.

In Portugal, all races this season were telecast on SportTv 3, while in Sweden, Viasat Motor televised the races. In nearby Finland, Urheilu+Kanava telecasted the season's events, and in Great Britain and Ireland, the whole season was again telecasted on Sky Sports, in Spain Teledeporte televised six races of the season live.

In Latin America all the races were broadcast on Speed Latin America (Fox Latin American Channels). They did not telecast practices or qualifying.

Ratings[edit]

NASCAR on Fox saw an 11% decrease in TV ratings for the first 13 races of 2009. Fox's NASCAR season suffered from a trio of negative on-track trends: more cautions, fewer lead changes, and lower average speeds. 649 laps were run under caution on Fox this season, a +15% increase over last year. Put another way, there was one caution flag for every 40 miles of racing this season. Last year it was one every 45 miles, in Fox's first NASCAR season (2001) it was one every 63 miles. Ten years ago it was one every 72 miles. Lead changes were down this year, with one coming every 20 miles compared to last year's once every 17 miles. That's at least one extra lap between lead changes, sometimes more. Average speed, which is obviously tied to number of cautions, was also down this year. This year's average speed during Fox races was 118 mph. Last year it was 124 mph. In 2001 it was 128 mph, and in 1999, before Fox arrived on the scene, it was 130 mph.

NASCAR on TNT saw the first and to date only increase in TV ratings at New Hampshire, up 2.5% from 2008. Ratings remained the same from 2008 at Michigan, but saw a decrease in ratings at its other races. Overall, TNT saw an 8% decrease in ratings from 2008.

Drivers[edit]

Key
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver Finished 2nd–5th
Bronze Finished 6th–10th
Green Finished 11th–20th
Blue Finished 21st or worse
Purple Did Not Finish (DNF)
LtGray Did Not Finish, 2nd–5th
LtBrown Did Not Finish, 6th–10th
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
Pink Did Not Qualify (DNQ)
Tan Withdrew From Race (Wth)
White Qualified for another driver (QL)
Qualified but replaced due to injury (INQ)
Blank Did Not Participate (DNP)
Injured or ill (INJ)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

 Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position set by owner's points standings. * – Most laps led.

Pos Driver DAY CAL LSV ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RIC DAR CHA DOV POC MIC INF NHA DY2 CHI IND PO2 GLN MI2 BR2 ATL RI2 NH2 DV2 KN2 CA2 CH2 MA2 TL2 TX2 PH2 HOM Points
1 Jimmie Johnson 31 9 24* 9 3 1 2 4 30 36 2 13 1* 7 22* 4 9* 2 8 1 13 12 33* 8 36 11 4 1* 9 1* 1* 2 6 38 1* 5 6652
2 Mark Martin 16 40 40 31 6 7 6 1* 43 5 1 17 10 19 1 35 14 38 1* 2 7 23 31 2* 5 4 1 2 7 4 17 8 28 4 4 12 6511
3 Jeff Gordon 13 2 6 2 4 4 1* 25 37 8 5 14 26 4 2 9 2 28 2 9 8 37 2 23 8 3 15 8 2 2 4 5 20 13 9 6 6473
4 Kurt Busch 10 5 23 1* 11 18 8 3 6 12 16 34 5 37 8 15 3 5 17 27 9 7 36 7 38 2 6 5 11 8 10 17 30 1 6 4 6446
5 Denny Hamlin 26 6 22 13 2 2* 12 6 22 14* 13 11 36 38 3 5 15 3 5 34 1* 10 10 5 6 1* 2 22 5 37 42 1* 38 2 3 1* 6335
6 Tony Stewart 8 8 26 8 17 3 4 2 23 2 3 19 2 1 7 2 5 1* 4 3 10 1* 17 33 11 17 14 9 1 5 13 9 35 6 25 22 6309
7 Greg Biffle 20 4 7 34 39 28 3 5 7 17 8* 20 3 11 5 28 18 18 31 4 15 5 20 4 10 13 9 13 3* 20 16 25 4 8 14 14 6292
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 14 11 31 27 9 12 7 24 20 10 20 8 30 8 6 6 12 9 10 11* 2 6 19 25 3 19 3* 4 4 3 35 3 19 37 8 38 6252
9 Ryan Newman 36 28 25 22 7 6 15 16 3 4 4 2 8 5 23 17 29 20 6 14 14 21 15 6 9 10 7 10 22 15 11 7 36 12 20 23 6175
10 Kasey Kahne 29 12 11 7 5 19 19 13 36 29 23 7 6 15 21 1* 10 15 3 7 5 17 11 28 1 12 38 8 6 34 3 32 2 33 15 17 6128
11 Carl Edwards 18 7 17 3 15 26 10 10 24 26 32 4 7 2* 4 13 19 4 14 15 18 3 4 16 37 15 17 11 10 6 39 20 14 39 16 7 6118
12 Brian Vickers 39 10 8 5 29 33 16 19 8 15 31 5 25 21 9 16 35 7 7 5 6 11 1 12 7 7 11 18 37 29 34 11 13 26 38 20 5929
Chase for the Championship automatic qualifying cut-off
Pos Driver DAY CAL LSV ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RIC DAR CHA DOV POC MIC INF NHA DY2 CHI IND PO2 GLN MI2 BR2 ATL RI2 NH2 DV2 KN2 CA2 CH2 MA2 TL2 TX2 PH2 HOM Points
13 Kyle Busch 41* 3 1 18 1* 24 18 17 25* 1 34 6* 23 22 13 22 7 14 33 38 16 4 23 1 13 5 5 31 12 24 8 4 15 11* 12 8 4457
14 Matt Kenseth 1 1* 43 12 33 23 5 27 17 13 10 10 4 16 20 18 22 8 23 10 11 14 14 10 12 25 23 3 39 13 2 14 24 3 18 13 4389
15 Clint Bowyer 4 19 2 6 13 5 22 26 39 18 37 36 11 12 10 8 20 29 9 18 3 9 8 21 29 6 10 15 21 9 6 19 12 7 7 11 4359
16 David Reutimann 12 14 4 32 12 20 11 8 26 28 29 1 18 3 19 31 4 36 12 8 29 25 9 17 4 20 12 21 8 18 15 16 26 16 10 15 4221
17 Jeff Burton 28 32 3 14 8 15 9 15 10 3 12 25 16 9 26 34 31 16 37 25 21 38 18 18 34 18 16 16 23 30 14 15 5 9 2 2 4022
18 Marcos Ambrose 17 22 20 38 10 14 41 14 4 11 33 26 20 6 31 3 23 6 11 22 34 2 35 3 23 22 20 14 14 23 22 27 34 15 11 35 3830
19 Kevin Harvick 2 38 12 4 30 11 27 30 38 34 11 41 17 24 18 29 34 26 19 6 12 35 12 38 2 9 32 12 24 10 18 10 21 5 24 3 3796
20 Joey Logano 43 26 13 30 38 32 30 21 9 19 9 9 15 23 25 19 1 19 18 12 27 16 7 34 22 14 21 42 28 14 5 12 3 19 21 24 3791
21 Casey Mears 15 24 30 16 24 21 21 20 16 9 36 33 9 14 24 23 11 34 28 19 25 15 6 13 25 30 13 17 15 11 7 18 25 21 27 19 3759
22 Jamie McMurray 37 16 9 15 37 10 38 11 42 7 22 21 14 13 11 14 33 11 22 21 20 40 32 11 28 27 18 28 31 36 33 6 1* 20 19 18 3604
23 Martin Truex Jr. 11 27 32 10 26 29 25 7 33 22 6 23 21 18 36 25 37 25 16 17 19 28 21 22 26* 37 19 33 16 22 9 28 31 14 5 9 3503
24 A. J. Allmendinger 3 29 33 17 16 9 34 35 35 21 17 32 29 30 39 7 32 17 13 20 17 13 22 37 20 23 25 7 17 33 23 34 33 10 13 10 3476
25 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 27 39 10 11 14 8 20 31 2 27 27 40 12 27 14 26 13 39 15 36 28 39 3 9 17 21 35 20 36 25 38 29 11 25 35 28 3422
26 Elliott Sadler 5 25 29 20 20 31 32 32 19 25 14 31 27 25 12 10 26 10 27 40 24 32 25 26 21 34 8 30 20 32 26 21 9 22 28 41 3350
27 David Ragan 6 17 42 19 27 27 37 22 12 23 38 24 24 26 15 33 38 13 25 24 22 24 30 14 33 33 33 24 35 7 20 22 17 17 23 34 3252
28 Sam Hornish Jr. 32 23 16 37 31 34 17 9 34 6 30 16 13 10 29 38 8 32 38 37 4 36 5 35 35 8 37 26 18 12 40 36 40 40 17 21 3203
29 Reed Sorenson 9 21 34 33 23 17 36 12 11 20 19 35 19 20 27 40 17 33 24 13 35 31 29 19 27 16 36 35 26 31 21 24 16 36 26 40 3147
30 Bobby Labonte 22 20 5 40 22 16 40 29 28 31 18 12 28 28 28 20 21 21 21 23 36 20 43 36 18 31 22 23 43 26 31 13 10 31 39 31 3128
31 Paul Menard 38 37 35 28 25 25 13 23 13 30 15 29 32 29 34 21 30 23 35 29 26 19 26 24 15 28 34 19 30 27 27 23 42 29 29 26 2979
32 David Stremme 33 13 18 23 19 22 14 18 31 38 24 22 31 34 38 39 28 35 26 16 32 26 13 20 14 26 28 29 25 16 19 33 22 DNQ 2919
33 Michael Waltrip 7 15 27 25 32 13 24 37 21 24 40 30 35 17 30 24 37 20 35 31 27 31 32 32 27 36 38 17 32 30 7 23 36 30 2839
34 Robby Gordon 34 30 15 26 21 40 39 39 29 16 28 3 33 31 17 36 25 22 34 28 33 18 37 32 16 24 34 34 38 30 37 32 27 22 39 2699
35 Scott Speed 35 41 21 35 28 39 DNQ 34 5 33 26+ 18 37 32 37 37+ 36 31 36 31 23 22 34 15 24 36 31 25 27 21 28 31 27 18 33 27 2690
36 John Andretti 19 31 28 29 34 35 26 38 27 32 34 35 33 30 16 27 30 32 30 30 28 30 31 29 26 27 33 19 36 26 23 24 34 33 2597
37 David Gilliland 33 14 24 36 36 29 33 40 39 43 27 43 42 32 32 40 40 42 30 41 DNQ 40 39 19 24 39 DNQ 42 25 39 28 30 29 1928
38 Brad Keselowski DNQ 38 23 1 7 DNQ 6 24 32 24 38 13 12 8 35 37 25 1528
39 Regan Smith 21 19 31 28 15 21 22 33 27 12 39 24 DNQ 40 32 28 39 32 DNQ 32 1440
40 Joe Nemechek DNQ 43 41 39 41 41 DNQ 41 14 40 DNP 37 38 41 42 DNP 39 41 41 43 39 DNQ 39 41 42 35 40 41 42 39 43 38 43 42 40 DNQ 1342
41 Dave Blaney 42 DNQ 41 43 42 43 42 43 41 28 39 40 40 42 42 43 43 42 40 42 42 43 43 43 42 37 40 41 DNQ 40 41 DNQ 42 DNQ 1204
42 Bill Elliott 23 36 28 15 16 29 26 16 19 29 34 16 1095
43 Max Papis 36 35 18 35 42 DNQ 35 12 DNQ DNQ 8 DNQ 40 37 32 35 41 29 DNQ 32 DNQ 1047
44 Mike Bliss 43 42 37 43 40 40 38 41 42 40 41 43 24 DNQ 577
45 Tony Raines DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 43 41 25 39 42 DNQ 43 41 30 DNQ 42 DNQ 42 DNQ DNQ 43 43 DNQ Wth DNQ 43 528
46 Aric Almirola 30 35 39 21 35 37 33 DNQ 29 527
47 Erik Darnell 30 30 29 37 30 31 36 472
48 Scott Riggs 25 36 DNQ DNQ DNQ 30 DNQ 36 41 42 39 38 448
49 Travis Kvapil 42 18 DNQ 42 18 DNQ 43 37 378
50 Patrick Carpentier 43 11 43 42 37 33 DNQ 351
51 Terry Labonte 24 33 40 39 37 42 338
52 Michael McDowell DNQ 41 41 38 DNQ 40 DNQ 41 41 41 43 326
53 Sterling Marlin DNQ DNQ 40 DNQ 40 42 39 41 DNQ 38 DNQ 35 316
54 Jeremy Mayfield 40 34 DNQ DNQ DNQ 38 DNQ DNQ 32 35 DNQ 288
55 Mike Skinner DNQ 41 DNQ 39 41 41 DNQ 43 DNQ 200
56 Ron Fellows 27 29 158
57 Boris Said DNQ 24 34 152
58 Todd Bodine DNQ 37 DNQ 42 43 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 123
59 Robert Richardson, Jr. 18 109
60 Andy Lally 27 82
61 Mike Wallace DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 43 DNQ 39 DNQ 80
62 Scott Wimmer 29 DNQ 76
63 Dexter Bean DNQ DNQ 36 DNQ DNQ DNQ 55
64 P.J. Jones 43 41 40
65 Brandon Ash DNQ 41 DNQ 40
66 Derrike Cope DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 42 37
67 Tony Ave 43 34
Pos Driver DAY CAL LSV ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RIC DAR CHA DOV POC MIC INF NHA DY2 CHI IND PO2 GLN MI2 BR2 ATL RI2 NH2 DV2 KN2 CA2 CH2 MA2 TL2 TX2 PH2 HOM Points
Mike Garvey DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Geoff Bodine DNQ DNQ
Carl Long DNQ
Kirk Shelmerdine DNQ
Norm Benning DNQ
Kelly Bires DNQ
David Starr DNQ DNQ DNQ
Dennis Setzer DNQ
Trevor Boys DNQ DNQ Wth
Eric McClure DNQ
J. J. Yeley DNQ
Brian Simo DNQ DNQ
Tom Hubert DNQ
Chris Cook DNQ
Ted Christopher DNQ
Kevin Hamlin DNQ
Josh Wise DNQ
Kevin Conway DNQ

Note:This list does not include exhibition races.

+ Scott Speed failed to qualify his normal ride, the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota at Darlington and Infineon, but drove Joe Nemechek's No. 87 Toyota for those two races, replacing Nemechek, who had a relationship with Jay Frye, vice president of Red Bull and the listed owner of Nemechek's No. 13 Ginn Racing Chevtolet in 2007 that would later be merged with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. on July 25, 2007.

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2009 season races[edit]

See List of 2009 NASCAR races for a complete list and schedule of the 2009 season races.

Budweiser Shootout[edit]

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
2 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
5 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
6 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
7 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
9 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing

Gatorade Duels[edit]

Top Ten Finishers in Race No. 1 and No. 2
Race 1 Race 2
Pos. Car # Driver Team Make Pos. Car # Driver Team Make
1 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
2 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 2 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3 83 Brian Vickers Team Red Bull Toyota
4 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
5 8 Aric Almirola Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
6 2 Kurt Busch Penske Championship Racing Dodge 6 96 Bobby Labonte Hall of Fame Racing Ford
7 9 Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Dodge 7 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
8 36 Scott Riggs Tommy Baldwin Racing Toyota 8 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford
9 98 Paul Menard Yates Racing Ford 9 41 Jeremy Mayfield Mayfield Motorsports Toyota
10 26 Jamie McMurray Roush Fenway Racing Ford 10 44 A.J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Dodge

Drivers listed in boldface qualified outside the Top 35 owners points exemption from 2008 season.

Daytona 500[edit]

The 51st edition of "The Great American Race" was held on February 15, 2009. For only the fourth time in the history of the Daytona 500, the race was cut short due to rain. On Lap 145 of the 200 lap race, Matt Kenseth took the lead for the first time that day. On the next lap a caution was called due to a wreck between Sam Hornish, Jr. and Aric Almirola. After six caution laps the race was red-flagged and eventually called because of the weather. Kenseth won the race after having led only one lap under green. There was also controversy over a nine-car wreck that occurred on Lap 124 when Dale Earnhardt, Jr. attempted to pass Brian Vickers. When Vickers threw a block on Earnhardt and forced him below the yellow line, Earnhardt came back up and hit the left-rear side of Vickers' car causing the pile-up. Many believed that Earnhardt hit Vickers intentionally and that he should have been fined by NASCAR, though Earnhardt maintains that the contact was accidental. The fact that Earnhardt and Vickers were both a lap down further angered fellow drivers, especially Kyle Busch who was taken out of the race by the wreck after having led 88 laps.[6][7]

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
2 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
3 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
4 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
6 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
7 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
8 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
9 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
10 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing

NOTE: Race was shortened to 380 miles (610 km) or 152 laps due to rain.
Failed to qualify:

Race #1: Joe Nemechek (#87), Brad Keselowski (#09), Carl Long (#46), Tony Raines (#37), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27), Mike Skinner (#23).
Race #2: Mike Wallace (#71), Kelly Bires (#51), Derrike Cope (#75), Norm Benning (#57), Mike Garvey (#73), Geoffrey Bodine (#64), Boris Said (#08).

Auto Club 500[edit]

The Auto Club 500 took place on February 22 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Brian Vickers won the pole, but due to an engine change, would start in the back of the field. After not winning a race in 2008, Matt Kenseth became one of only five people in Sprint Cup history to win both of the first two races in a season, but Kyle Busch failed to be the first person in NASCAR history to win 3 different NASCAR races in one weekend.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
7 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Renway Racing
8 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
10 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team

Failed to qualify: Sterling Marlin (#09), Tony Raines (#37), David Starr (#51), Todd Bodine (#64), Mike Garvey (#73).

Shelby 427[edit]

The Shelby 427 was held on March 1, 2009 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won the pole for the race. However, due to an engine change prior to qualifying, he had to start the race at the back of the field. Nevertheless, Busch went on to win for the first time at his hometown track.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
3 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
4 00 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
5 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Hall of Fame Racing
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
7 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team
9 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
10 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports

Failed to Qualify: Travis Kvapil (#28), Dave Blaney (#66), Mike Garvey (#73), Jeremy Mayfield (#41), Sterling Marlin (#09), Scott Riggs (#36), Tony Raines (#37), Dexter Bean (#51)

Kobalt Tools 500[edit]

Kurt Busch crushed the field, getting the victory by holding off Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards on a green-white checkered finish. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team
6 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
7 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
8 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
10 1 Martin Truex, Jr. Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing

Failed to Qualify: Todd Bodine (#35), Scott Riggs (#36), Jeremy Mayfield (#41), Geoff Bodine (#64)

Food City 500[edit]

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
6 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
7 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Stewart Haas Racing
8 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
9 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
10 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota JTG Daugherty Racing

Failed to Qualify: Scott Riggs (#36), Jeremy Mayfield (#41)

Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500[edit]

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
2 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
3 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
5 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
7 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
8 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
9 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
10 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing

Failed to Qualify: Sterling Marlin (#09), Tony Raines (#37), Dennis Setzer (#46), Derrike Cope (#75)

Samsung 500[edit]

Jeff Gordon ended his 47-race winless streak, the longest in his career, by winning the Samsung 500 on April 5, 2009. It was Gordon's first-ever win at Texas Motor Speedway in any event. He has yet to win at the Kentucky Speedway, the only track where Gordon has yet to win a Sprint Cup Series race.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
5 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
7 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
8 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
9 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing

Failed to Qualify: Joe Nemechek (#87), Scott Speed (#82), Jeremy Mayfield (#41), Todd Bodine (#64), Scott Riggs (#36)

Subway Fresh Fit 500[edit]

Mark Martin wins ending a 97-race winless streak, scoring his first win since Kansas in 2005. Sam Hornish Jr. gets his first career top 10.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
2 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
3 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
5 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
7 1 Martin Truex, Jr. Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
8 00 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
9 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Dodge Penske Racing
10 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing

Failed to Qualify: Todd Bodine (#64), Jeremy Mayfield (#41), Dexter Bean (#51), Brandon Ash (#02), Trevor Boys (#06)

Aaron's 499[edit]

Brad Keselowski got his first Sprint Cup win after making contact with Carl Edwards, sending Edwards into Ryan Newman and flipping into the catchfence. It was Keselowski's fifth start, and it was also the first lap he ever led in a Sprint Cup series event. It was also Keselowski's first top 10 finish. Other first time top 10 finishers included Scott Speed and Joey Logano.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 09 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
2 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
4 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota JTG Daugherty Racing
5 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull Racing Team
6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
7 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team
9 20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
10 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing

Failed to Qualify: Michael McDowell (#66), Eric McClure (#4)

Crown Royal Presents the Russell Friedman 400[edit]

Kyle Busch took the lead from Jeff Gordon with 48 laps to go and became only the second driver to get a win on his birthday.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
3 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
4 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
5 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
6 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Dodge Penske Racing
7 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
9 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing

Failed to Qualify: Todd Bodine (#64), Trevor Boys (#06)

Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com[edit]

The 2009 Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com was held at Darlington Raceway on May 9. The biggest news to come out of this race was the indefinite suspension of Jeremy Mayfield as both owner and driver of the self-owned No. 41 car in a pre-race media opportunity.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
4 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
6 1 Martin Truex, Jr. Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
7 25 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
8 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
9 20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing

Failed to Qualify: Jeremy Mayfield (#41), Scott Speed (#82)

NOTE: Scott Speed's team paid Joe Nemechek to let Speed drive his car in this race.

NASCAR Sprint Showdown[edit]

Although a non-points race, Sam Hornish Jr. wins his first stock car race in his career.

Top Two Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Dodge Penske Racing
2 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
Qualified via fan vote
20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing

In pre-race practice, Carl Long blew a motor and requested to change his engine. Per NASCAR procedure and the one-engine per weekend rule, NASCAR confiscated the blown motor and allowed Long to change his engine. However, in inspecting the blown engine, the engine was found to be 358.17 cubic inches, 0.17 cubic inches too big. Long was penalized 200 driver and owner points, crew chief Charles Swing was fined $200,000, and the team was suspended for 12 races, a record penalty. Long appealed and lost to the appeals board, but the National Stock Car Racing Commissioner lowered the suspension from 12 to 8 races. The appeals board also allowed Long to compete in lower-level racing series. Long still must come up with $200,000 to for the fine, which he is unsure how he will come up with. Fans have so far raised $16,000.

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race[edit]

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
2 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
5 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
8 20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
9 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
10 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports

Coca-Cola 600[edit]

The 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 was scheduled to have been held on May 24 but was postponed to May 25 (Memorial Day in the USA) due to rain, marking the first time the race was held on that holiday. Kyle Busch led 173 of the 228 laps. During the last caution, David Reutimann opted not to go to his pit, a choice that led to his first Sprint Cup victory after the race was called due to rain. The race was also stopped at 3 pm US EDT to remember those who had given their lives in a moment of silence. Robby Gordon was penalized 50 owner and 50 driver points while crew chief Kirk Almquist was fined $50,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31 after the race. Officials said the rear axle housing of the No. 7 Toyota, which was taken following a third-place finish by Gordon, exceeded the maximum specified toe of plus or minus one degree.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 00 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
2 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
3 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Robby Gordon Motorsports
4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team
6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
7 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
8 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
9 20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing

Failed to Qualify: J.J. Yeley (#41), Mike Garvey (#73), Todd Bodine (#64), David Starr (#06)

Autism Speaks 400[edit]

The Autism Speaks 400 at Dover was run on May 31, 2009. This was the final race on NASCAR on Fox for the 2009 season. Jimmie Johnson came back from a bad final pit stop to win the race in a thrilling side-by-side battle with Tony Stewart at the end of the race. David Reutimann won the pole.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
2 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart Haas Racing
3 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
6 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
7 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush-Fenway Racing
8 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
9 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports

Failed to Qualify: Brad Keselowski (#25), Max Papis (#13), Derrike Cope (#75), David Starr No. 06

Pocono 500[edit]

NASCAR's first points race with double-file restarts and first race of 2009 for TNT turned into a fuel-saving and fuel-conserving race. Tony Stewart took the lead on the final round of pit stops to win his first race as driver-owner, the first time a driver-owner won a race since Ricky Rudd in 1998.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
2 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3 00 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
5 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
6 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota JTG Daugherty Racing
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
8 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
9 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Penske Racing

Failed to Qualify: Derrike Cope (#75), Mike Wallace (#64), Tony Raines (#37)

LifeLock 400[edit]

Jimmie Johnson dominated the race. Johnson and Greg Biffle went cat and mouse on fuel mileage late in the race, and both ran out of fuel on the last lap, allowing then-third place Mark Martin to get the win. Brian Vickers won the pole.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush-Fenway Racing
5 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush-Fenway Racing
6 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
7 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
8 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
9 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team
10 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing

Failed to Qualify: Mike Skinner (#36)

Toyota/Save Mart 350[edit]

Kasey Kahne picked up his first win in more than a year, and his first-ever win on a road course. Car owner Richard Petty returned to victory lane for the first time in 10 years. Petty had all his cars in the top 10, except for Reed Sorenson.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
2 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
3 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota JTG Daugherty Racing
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
5 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
6 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
7 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
8 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
10 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports

Failed to Qualify: Scott Speed (#82), Tom Hubert (#27), Chris Cook (#37), Brian Simo (#36)

NOTE: Scott Speed's team paid Joe Nemechek to let Speed drive his car in this race.

Lenox Industrial Tools 301[edit]

Joey Logano, at the age of 19 years, 35 days, became the youngest driver to win a Cup Race after this event was shortened due to rain. He became the third first-time Sprint Cup race winner of the season.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
4 00 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
6 09 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
8 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Dodge Penske Racing
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports

Failed to Qualify: Dexter Bean (#51), Ted Christopher (#27)

Coke Zero 400[edit]

Tony Stewart, won the race by edging Kyle Busch, and Busch hit Kasey Kahne's roof, causing him to hit surrounding cars and nearly flipped his car, finishing 14th. Busch told the media several days later that Stewart should have gotten a black flag and the win would have been given to the 3rd place driver which was the position Jimmie Johnson was in before the accident happened. Stewart got the pole due to qualifying being rained out.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart Haas Racing
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
6 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota JTG Daugherty Racing
7 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team
8 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
9 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
10 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports

Failed to Qualify: Mike Wallace (#64), Max Papis (#13)

NOTE: Regan Smith's team made an agreement with Mike Wallace's team, which withdrew, allowing Smith to race.

LifeLock.com 400[edit]

By finishing 1st and 2nd in both races sponsored by LifeLock this season, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon win the Musgrove family $1,000,000. Martin dominated, leading 4 times for 195 laps. The race had some wild final laps, as Martin went to the lead with 15 laps left after a pass on Brian Vickers when he and Denny Hamlin touched. Jeff Gordon was the highest car with fresh tires, making up six spots in only two laps. Brian Vickers won his fifth pole of the season.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
4 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart Haas Racing
5 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Stewart Haas Racing
7 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
9 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing

Failed to Qualify: Mike Wallace (#64), Dexter Bean (#51), Tony Raines (#37)

Allstate 400 at the Brickyard[edit]

Juan Pablo Montoya led the most laps in a race for the first time in his career. He led 116 laps until a penalty stopped his chances of a win. Jimmie Johnson took off to the lead with 20 laps to go, holding off tenacious teammate Mark Martin for his third win of the season. Martin also won the pole.

Top Ten Finishers
Place Car # Driver Car make Team
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
2 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart Haas Racing
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team
6 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
7 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
8 00 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing

Failed to Qualify: Sterling Marlin (#09), Max Papis (#13), Derrike Cope (#75)

Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500[edit]

The Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 was originally scheduled to take place on August 2, but was postponed a day due to rain. Points leader, Tony Stewart, was to start on the pole, but because he wrecked in practice, third in points, Jeff Gordon, started from point. Denny Hamlin got his fifth career win, and his first of the 2009 season after leading the most laps. It was also the first race since 2004 that only 43 cars showed up to qualify.

Top Ten Finishers
Place Car # Driver Car make Team
1 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
3 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
4 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Penske Championship Racing
5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
6 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team
7 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
9 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Championship Racing
10 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart Haas Racing

Failed to Qualify: None

Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen[edit]

The Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, the second and final road course race of the season, was held on August 10 at Watkins Glen International in the New York village of said racetrack. Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the race and after a great qualifying run, Tony Stewart won the event.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Stewart Haas Racing
2 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota JTG Daugherty Racing / Michael Waltrip Racing
3 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
5 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
7 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Championship Racing
8 13 Max Papis Toyota Germain Racing
9 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing

Failed to qualify: Joe Nemechek (#87), Brian Simo (#36), and David Gilliland (#70).

Reed Sorenson was suffering from inhalation of carbon monoxide during Pocono. Petty Motorsports had Jacques Villeneuve on standby.

Carfax 400[edit]

The Carfax 400 was held August 16 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Team Red Bull's pole position was earned by Brian Vickers in qualifying, just as he did in 2008. Tony Stewart locked himself into the Chase with the 34 points for starting, getting a 17th place finish.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Penske Championship Racing
6 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
7 20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
8 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
9 00 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing

Failed to Qualify: Tony Raines (#37).

Sharpie 500[edit]

The Sharpie 500 was held August 22 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Mark Martin won the pole for this event. However Kyle Busch, after a horrible mid-season, won his second straight Bristol race, the first person to win both Cup Bristol races since 2003, which was his brother Kurt Busch.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos Car # Driver Car Make Team
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota JTG Daugherty Racing / Michael Waltrip Racing
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Stewart Haas Racing
7 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Championship Racing
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing

Failed to qualify: Max Papis (#13), Mike Skinner (#36), Mike Wallace (#64), and Aric Almirola (#09).

Pep Boys Auto 500[edit]

The Pep Boys Auto 500 was held on September 6 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. As part of the 2009 NASCAR realignment, this race was moved to the Labor Day weekend. Kurt Busch, who dominated the race in March, started 6th. On a double file restart with 10 to go, Kasey Kahne, who started second, took the lead from Kevin Harvick, who has been struggling this season. Kahne then held off Harvick and Juan Pablo Montoya for his second win of the season and keeping himself in contention to make the Chase.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Richard Petty Motorsports
2 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
3 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
4 00 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
5 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
7 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
9 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
10 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing

Failed to qualify: Patrick Carpentier (#36), Tony Raines (#37), and Regan Smith (#78).

DNQ For The Chase: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#88), Jeff Burton (#31), Kevin Harvick (#29), Joey Logano (#20).

Green indicates that the driver is in contention to make the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup

Yellow indicates that the driver is on the bubble to make the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup

Red indicates that the driver is eliminated from the Chase

Chevy Rock & Roll 400[edit]

The final "regular season" race, the Chevy Rock and Roll 400, was held on Saturday, September 12, 2009. This race set the field for the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup with the top 12 drivers being eligible, and having their points reset to 5,000 with a ten-point bonus for each win they earned in the first 26 races of the season.

Top Ten Finishers

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
4 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
6 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
7 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team
8 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Penske Racing
9 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Stewart Haas Racing

"Out of Chase": Kyle Busch (#18), Matt Kenseth (#17), David Reutimann (#00), Clint Bowyer (#33)

Rookie of the Year[edit]

The clear favorite for Rookie of the year was 18-year-old standout Joey Logano. Despite struggling early in the year, Logano became the youngest winner in Sprint Cup Series history by winning the rain shortened Lenox Industrial Tools 301. The other competitors, former Formula 1 driver Scott Speed and Max Papis, struggled to adjust to stock cars.

References[edit]

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  5. ^ http://www.nascar.com/races/cup/2009/data/standings_official.html
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