2010 Carfax 400

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2010 Carfax 400
Race details[1][2][3][4]
Race 23 of 36 in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
CARFAX 400 race logo.png
Date August 15, 2010 (2010-08-15)
Location Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan
Course Permanent racing facility
2.0 mi (3.2 km)
Distance 200 laps, 400 mi (643.7 km)
Weather Partly cloudy with a high around 81; wind out of the W at 10 mph. Chance of precipitation: 10.
Average speed 144.029 miles per hour (231.792 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports
Time 38.465
Most laps led
Driver Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing
Laps 66
Winner
No. 29
Kevin Harvick
Richard Childress Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree

The 2010 Carfax 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on August 15, 2010 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Contested over 200 laps, it was the twenty-third race of the 2010 Sprint Cup Series season. The race was won by Kevin Harvick for the Richard Childress Racing team. Denny Hamlin finished second, and Carl Edwards, who started twenty-fourth, clinched third.

Pole position driver Kasey Kahne maintained his lead into the first corner to begin the race, but Jimmie Johnson, who started in the second position on the grid, took the lead before the first lap was over. Afterward, Greg Biffle became the leader, and would eventually lead to the race high of 66 laps. Tony Stewart led after the final pit stops, ahead of Hamlin and Harvick. Harvick helped Hamlin to become the leader, but with twelve laps left, Harvick gained on Hamlin and claimed the first position with eleven lap remaining. Harvick maintained his position to claim his first Sprint Cup victory at Michigan International Speedway.

There were five cautions and nineteen lead changes among nine different drivers throughout the course of the race, Harvick's third win of the season. The result maintained the first position in the Drivers' Championship and clinched him a position in the Chase. He remained 293 points ahead of second place driver Jeff Gordon and 353 ahead of Denny Hamlin. Chevrolet maintained its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship, thirty points ahead of Toyota and sixty-one ahead of Ford, with thirteen races remaining in the season. A total of 105,000 people attended the race, while 4.917 million watched it on television.

Race report[edit]

Background[edit]

Michigan International Speedway, the race track where the race was held.

The track, Michigan International Speedway, is one of six superspeedways to hold NASCAR races, the others being Daytona International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway.[5] The standard track at Michigan International Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2 miles (3.2 km) long.[6] The track's turns are banked at eighteen degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at twelve degrees. The back stretch, has a five degree banking.[6] Michigan International Speedway can seat up to 119,500 people.[7]

One team chose to replace their regular driver with a substitute. Prior to the first practice session, Extenze decided to cancel their sponsorship with Front Row Motorsports, prompting the team to replace Kevin Conway with Tony Raines.[8] During the week leading up to the race, Gordon's wife gave birth to their son, Leo Benjamin Gordon. Gordon said that he was not planning to retire until his son could see him in victory lane.[9]

Before the race, Kevin Harvick led the Drivers' Championship with 3,210 points, and Jeff Gordon stood in second with 3,025 points. Jeff Burton was third in the Drivers' Championship with 2,895 points, Kurt Busch was fourth with 2,892 points, and Jimmie Johnson was in fifth with 2,882 points.[10] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 158 points, twenty-seven points ahead of their rival Toyota. Ford, with 102 points, was nine points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third.[11] Brian Vickers is the race's defending champion.[12]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Three practice sessions were held before the Sunday race—one on Friday and two on Saturday. The first session lasted 90 minutes. The Saturday morning session lasted 45 minutes, and the final practice session lasted 60 minutes.[13] During the first practice session, Jeff Burton was quickest with a time of 38.479, ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya and Kevin Harvick in second and third. Carl Edwards followed in the fourth position, ahead of Greg Biffle in fifth.[14] In the Saturday morning session, Biffle was quickest, ahead of Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne in second and third. Burton and Kurt Busch followed in the fourth and fifth positions.[15] In the final practice session for the race, Jimmie Johnson was quickest with a time of 38.742. David Ragan followed in second, ahead of Jeff Gordon and Harvick in third and fourth. Biffle, who was quickest in second practice, only managed fifth quickest.[16]

Denny Hamlin, who won at Michigan International Speedway in the spring, was having difficulties with the car handling of the race car he won with.[17] Hamlin said, "It's going all right. We were about like we were here in [June] as far as speed. We're a little bit slow on speed as far as qualifying, but we feel like the race stuff is pretty competitive." His teammate Kyle Busch was also struggling, adding, "Our [car] was loose off. We jumped back and forth in practice from tight to loose. We picked up from practice, but we couldn't rotate the center like I wanted to."[17]

During qualifying, forty-seven cars were entered, but only forty-three will be able to race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[18] Kasey Kahne clinched his eighteenth career pole position, with a time of 38.465.[19] After his qualifying run, Kahne commented, "[Turns] 1 and 2 were really strong. Coming to the green, I felt like I was a little bit free, and it was the same through 1 and 2, but I got through there really good and carried a lot of speed down the backstretch. Then, when I got to Turn 3, I couldn't get it to turn enough, so I kind of just floored it and actually used up a lot of the racetrack, went up the track a little bit loose off [the corner] and definitely didn't have as good a 3 and 4 as I would have liked. At that point, I thought I probably gave the pole away, but we were able to still hang on just from the speed that we had in 1 and 2."[2] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Jimmie Johnson.[19] Clint Bowyer qualified third, Tony Stewart took fourth, and Montoya started fifth, after being scored ninth in the final practice session.[19] The four drivers that did not qualify were J. J. Yeley, Scott Riggs, Casey Mears, and Mike Bliss.[19]

Race summary[edit]

The race, the twenty-third out of a total of thirty-six in the season, began at 1 p.m. EDT and was televised live in the United States on ESPN.[1] Conditions were partly cloudy with a high of 80 °F (27 °C).[20] Pastor Doug Bradshaw began pre-race ceremonies by giving the invocation. Next, Saving Abel performed the national anthem, and Virginia Craig and Evander Holyfield gave the command for drivers to start their engines.[20][21]

Kasey Kahne held the lead going through the first corner but was passed by Jimmie Johnson before the second lap. Tony Stewart then passed Kahne for the second position. Five laps later, Greg Biffle emerged in third. By lap ten, Johnson had built 1.7 second lead over Stewart, who was passed by Biffle for second. Biffle caught Johnson by lap 14, but he did not snatch the lead until lap 15. On lap 18, Stewart took second place from Johnson, as Kevin Harvick emerged in fourth. Harvick moved into third after passing Johnson on the next lap. On lap 23, Michael McDowell and P.J. Jones drove to the garage, followed by Joe Nemechek two laps later.[20] On lap 28, Harvick began closing in on Biffle, but before he could pass him, the first cautions was called. Kurt Busch's engine had failed. On lap 39, Biffle led the drivers in the restart. Juan Pablo Montoya moved to fifth after passing Clint Bowyer on the next lap. Johnson reclaimed third position on lap 41 but was passed by Harvick after five laps. By lap 48, Harvick had caught and passed Stewart for the second position, and by lap 55, Harvick had caught Biffle. Five laps later, light rain falling in turn three (the turn following the back stretch) prompted the second caution. On lap 61, teams made their pit stops for fuel and tires. Biffle remained the leader when the green flag waved on lap 66.[20]

On lap 70, Joey Logano collided with Paul Menard, and both sustained minor damage. After starting thirty-sixth, Jeff Gordon moved into the tenth position by lap 73. Eleven laps later, Stewart took the lead from Biffle. On lap 92, Harvick passed Biffle to claim the second position. Gordon passed Johnson for seventh as Montoya and David Reutimann began a run of green flag pit stops on lap 98. They were followed by Johnson, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin two laps later. When Stewart went to pit the next lap, Harvick became the leader. Stewart managed to reclaim the lead on lap 103. Seven laps later, Bowyer passed Kahne for the fourth position, and Harvick moved into the first position.[20]

Kevin Harvick won the race, leading a total of sixty laps.

On lap 116, Gordon emerged in fourth while Harvick held a 1.5 second lead over Stewart. Ten laps later, Gordon moved into the third position. By lap 129, Harvick had a 6.45 second lead over Biffle, who had passed Stewart for second. On lap 137, green flag pit stops began for the second time. Two laps later, Biffle made his pit stop. Harvick stayed on the track for another lap before pitting fast enough to hold off Biffle, therefore remaining the leader at the conclusion of the pit stops. On lap 148, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman collided, causing Newman's car to turn sideways, causing the third caution flag to be waved. On lap 152, Harvick led the drivers to the green flag. Two laps later, the fourth caution came out because Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton sustained damage to their race cars. Most drivers made a pit stop for fuel only, but Elliott Sadler stayed on track to leader the race. Sadler led on the restart, but Martin Truex, Jr. and David Ragan passed him on the following lap, relegating him to third position.[21]

On lap 166, Ragan passed Truex, Jr. for the lead. The next lap, Stewart emerged in the first position as the fifth caution came out because of debris on the track. On lap 169, Stewart, Harvick, Regan Smith, Scott Speed, and Hamlin stayed out on the track while the rest of the field made pit stops. Stewart led on the restart, followed by Harvick. On lap 174, Hamlin passed Harvick for the second position and Biffle moved into fourth. Harvick helped Hamlin into the lead four laps later, but passed him for the lead on lap 189. By lap 193, Harvick had a 1.35 second lead over Hamlin. Carl Edwards passed Stewart for third on the next lap. Kevin Harvick crossed the finish line in first to take his third win of the season. Denny Hamlin followed in second, ahead Edwards in third, Biffle in fourth, and Matt Kenseth in fifth. The race had a total of five cautions and ten lead changes among five different drivers.

Post-race[edit]

The season has gone so well from last year, but to come to Michigan and be able to run the way we did today, after the way we've run here the past three years, this shows how far the organization has come as a whole,”

Gil Martin, speaking after the race.[22]

Kevin Harvick appeared in victory lane after his victory lap to start celebrating his third win of the season, and his first Sprint Cup win at Michigan International Speedway,[22] in front of a crowd of 105,000 people.[23] "Our cars had run good here before, but I hadn't. The last couple of times we've really committed ourselves to driving in different spots on the race track and doing different things from inside the car and trying to manage the practice as well as we can to not fool ourselves," said Harvick of his triumph.[22]

Although Denny Hamlin was leading the race near the end, Harvick passed him with eleven laps left.[20] Hamlin, who finished second, said, "He would catch me getting into turn three, I would pull away in three and four. He was quite a bit better than me in one and two. So it was kind of split. It's pretty much all we had. Obviously the fastest car won today. So it was at least good to see that."[22] In the subsequent press conference, Harvick stated, "A lot of the places we would classify as places we don't run good, we've ran as good at those places this year as we do at the short tracks, road courses, the places you can typically count on us running good."[22] Richard Childress, the owner of Richard Childress Racing, expressed his enjoyment of winning the race, but he also stated:

"You know that was 20 years ago. I remember winning here and how proud we were to win for GM Goodwrench back in those days and to win in a GM product up here. There’s a lot of pride. It’s great to be here today and win."[24]

Harvick also commented, "It's just a lot of years of getting beat by people running up there to be honest with you. I never really could figure it out. So probably end of last year ... I went home and watched some tapes of Dale Jr., some of his previous races here, because he always seemed to have a good handle on running the top groove. It was just more of a rhythm thing and some things that I needed to change in my approach to run up there. For us, I think the biggest change was not only the race cars being good, but just the approach to where we ran on the race track during the race and making that commitment. It worked out for us today."[22] The race result left Harvick leading the Driver's Championship with 3,400 points, assuring him a position in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.[24][25] Jeff Gordon, who finished twenty-seventh, was second on 3,107, sixty points ahead of Hamlin and eighty-seven ahead of Tony Stewart.[25] Jimmie Johnson was fifth with 3,014 points.[25] Chevrolet maintained their lead in the Manufacturers' Championship with 167 points.[11] Toyota placed second with 147 points, and Ford followed with 106 points, ten ahead of Dodge in fourth.[11] 4.917 million people watched the race on television.[26]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Speed Time
1 9 Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 187.183 38.465
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 187.086 38.485
3 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 186.577 38.590
4 14 Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 186.572 38.591
5 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 186.461 38.614
6 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 186.350 38.637
7 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 186.268 38.654
8 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 186.176 38.673
9 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 186.167 38.675
10 98 Paul Menard Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 185.912 38.728
11 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 185.730 38.766
12 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 185.715 38.769
13 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 185.596 38.794
14 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 185.596 38.794
15 09 Landon Cassill Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 185.467 38.821
16 43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 185.419 38.831
17 39 Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 185.333 38.849
18 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 185.290 38.858
19 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 185.276 38.861
20 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 185.071 38.904
21 13 Max Papis Germain Racing Toyota 184.952 38.929
22 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 184.876 38.945
23 19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 184.867 38.947
24 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 184.776 38.966
25 26 Patrick Carpentier Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford 184.729 38.976
26 12 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 184.634 38.996
27 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 184.615 39.000
28 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 184.582 39.007
29 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 184.535 39.017
30 21 Bill Elliott Wood Brothers Racing Ford 184.431 39.039
31 82 Scott Speed Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 184.417 39.042
32 38 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 184.341 39.058
33 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 183.885 39.155
34 83 Reed Sorenson Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 183.870 39.158
35 07 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 183.744 39.185
36 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 183.439 39.250
37 47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 183.388 39.261
38 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 183.337 39.272
39 34 Tony Raines Front Row Motorsports Ford 182.764 39.395
40 71 Bobby Labonte TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 182.454 39.462
41 7 P. J. Jones Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 180.555 39.877
42 37 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 179.708 40.045
43 55 Michael McDowell Prism Motorsports Toyota 183.257 39.289
Failed to qualify
32 Mike Bliss Braun Racing Toyota 183.136 39.315
46 J. J. Yeley Whitney Motorsports Dodge 183.038 39.336
66 Scott Riggs Prism Motorsports Toyota 180.959 39.788
36 Casey Mears Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 180.059 39.987
Source:[19]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Led Points
1 8 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 60 190
2 33 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 12 175
3 24 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 0 165
4 6 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 66 170
5 7 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 0 155
6 4 14 Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 36 155
7 5 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 0 146
8 9 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 200 5 147
9 23 19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 200 4 143
10 27 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 0 134
11 29 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 2 135
12 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 14 132
13 3 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 0 124
14 1 9 Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 200 0 121
15 37 47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 200 0 118
16 14 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 200 0 115
17 16 43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 200 0 112
18 18 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 0 109
19 38 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 0 106
20 19 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 0 103
21 20 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 200 0 100
22 30 21 Bill Elliott Wood Brothers Racing Ford 200 0 97
23 17 39 Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 0 94
24 11 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 0 91
25 31 82 Scott Speed Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 200 0 88
26 34 83 Reed Sorenson Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 200 0 85
27 36 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 0 82
28 12 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 199 0 79
29 25 26 Patrick Carpentier Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford 199 0 76
30 32 38 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 199 1 78
31 39 34 Tony Raines Front Row Motorsports Ford 199 0 70
32 28 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 199 0 67
33 40 71 Bobby Labonte TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 198 0 64
34 26 12 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 197 0 61
35 10 98 Paul Menard Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 197 0 58
36 42 37 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 195 0 55
37 41 7 P. J. Jones Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 64 0 52
38 15 09 Landon Cassill Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 54 0 49
39 35 07 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 34 0 0
40 13 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 30 0 43
41 21 13 Max Papis Germain Racing Toyota 27 0 40
42 43 55 Michael McDowell Prism Motorsports Toyota 20 0 37
43 22 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 14 0 34

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
  • * This driver clinched a position in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

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