2010 TUMS Fast Relief 500

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2010 TUMS Fast Relief 500
Race details[1][2][3][4]
Race 32 of 36 in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season


Date October 24, 2010 (2010-10-24)
Location Martinsville Speedway Martinsville, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
0.526 mi (0.847 km)
Distance 500 laps, 263 mi (423 km)
Weather Partly cloudy with a high around 75; wind out of the WSW at 9 mph.
Average speed 71.619 miles per hour (115.260 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 19.518
Most laps led
Driver Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing
Laps 134
Winner
No. 11
Denny Hamlin
Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree

The 2010 TUMS Fast Relief 500 was NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on October 16, 2010 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Contested over 500 laps, it was the thirty-second, and the sixth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup during the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The race was won by Denny Hamlin, for the Joe Gibbs Racing team. Mark Martin finished second, and Kevin Harvick, who started thirty-sixth, clinched third.

There were fifteen cautions and twenty-four lead changes among thirteen different drivers throughout the course of the race. It was Hamlin's seventh win in the 2010 season, and the fifteenth of his career. The result left him second in the Drivers' Championship, six points behind Jimmie Johnson in first. Chevrolet maintained its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship, forty-two ahead of Toyota and eighty-seven ahead of Ford, with four races remaining in the season.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Martinsville Speedway, the race track where the race was held.

The track, Martinsville Speedway, is one of five short tracks to hold NASCAR races, the others being Richmond International Raceway, Dover International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Phoenix International Raceway.[5] The standard track at Martinsville Speedway is a four-turn short track oval that is 0.526 miles (0.847 km) long.[6] The track's turns are banked at eleven degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at zero degrees. The back stretch also has s zero degree banking.[6] The racetrack has seats for 63,000 spectators.[6]

Before the race, Jimmie Johnson led the Drivers' Championship with 5,843 points, and Denny Hamlin stood in second with 5,802 points. Kevin Harvick followed in third with 5,766 points, seventy-nine ahead of Jeff Gordon and 100 ahead of Kyle Busch in fourth and fifth. Tony Stewart with 5,666 was twenty-three points ahead of Carl Edwards, as Greg Biffle with 5,618 points, was twelve ahead of Kurt Busch, and fourteen in front of Jeff Burton.[7] Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer was eleventh and twelfth with 5,587 and 5,543 points. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 230 points, forty-five points ahead of their rival Toyota. Ford, with 145 points, was twenty-three points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third.[8] Hamlin is the race's defending champion.[9]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Denny Hamlin won the pole position, after having the fastest time of 19.518 seconds.

Three practice sessions will be held before the Saturday race—one on Friday, and two on Saturday. The first session lasted 90 minutes, while the second session lasted 45 minutes. The third and final session lasted 60 minutes.[10] During the first practice session, Stewart, for the Stewart Haas Racing team, was quickest ahead of Hamlin in second and Juan Pablo Montoya in the third position.[11] Biffle was scored fourth, and David Reutimann managed fifth.[11] Bowyer, David Ragan, A. J. Allmendinger, Gordon, and Joey Logano rounded out the top ten quickest drivers in the session.[11]

Afterward, during qualifying, forty-eight cars were entered, but only forty-three was able because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[12] Hamlin clinched his ninth pole position during his career, with a time of 19.518.[13] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Marcos Ambrose.[13] Biffle qualified third, Ryan Newman took fourth, and Montoya started fifth.[13] Johnson, one of the drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, qualified nineteenth, while Harvick was scored thirty-sixth.[13] The four drivers that failed to qualify for the race were Michael McDowell, Johnny Sauter, Robby Gordon, and Terry Cook, while the other, Dennis Setzer withdrew from qualifying.[13] Once the qualifying session completed, Hamlin commented, "We spent all day working on qualifying trying to get the pole — trying to get that first pit stall because obviously we do feel like it's very important. I think if I’m ahead of the 48 then I could possibly set the tone in whether he leads a lap or not. That's a 10-point swing. That's a little bit of it. It all starts today and that's where our strategy's at. Other than that, I plan on trying to go out there and lead the most laps and win the race — just like everyone else is."[3]

On the next morning, Brad Keselowski was quickest in the second practice session, ahead of Bowyer and Harvick in second and third.[14] Allmendinger was fourth quickest, and Ambrose took fifth.[14] Burton, Jamie McMurray, Bobby Labonte, Ragan, and Johnson followed in the top-ten.[14] Other drivers in the chase, such as Carl Edwards, was twenty-sixth, and Kyle Busch, who was twenty-seventh.[14] During the third, and final practice session, Biffle, with a fastest time of 19.799, was quickest.[15] Burton and Bowyer followed in second and third with times of 19.866 and 19.867 seconds.[15] McMurray managed to be fourth fastest, ahead of Harvick and Johnson.[15] Gordon was scored seventh, Hamlin took eighth, Aric Almirola was ninth, and Mark Martin was tenth.[15]

Race[edit]

The race, the thirty-second out of a total of thirty-six in the season, began at 1:00 p.m. EDT and was televised live in the United States on ESPN.[1] Prior to the race, weather conditions were sunny with the air temperature around 65 °F (18 °C). During the race, the temperature will be as high as 76 °F (24 °C)[16] Eddie Barton, of Raceway Ministries, began pre-race ceremonies, by giving the invocation. Next, Winston-Salem State University's Marching Band performed the national anthem, and each pit crew of the teams in the race gave the command for drivers to start their engines. Before the pace laps, Robby Gordon replaced Kevin Conway in the 7 car.[16]

Denny Hamlin accelerated accelerated faster than Marcos Ambrose off the line, getting ahead of him down the front straightaway. After starting fifth, Juan Pablo Montoya had fallen to seventh by the fifth lap. Montoya continued to lose positions, as Jeff Gordon took over the eighth position from Carl Edwards. On lap 11, Ambrose became the leader, after passing Hamlin. Two laps later, Hamlin had fallen to fourth, while Tony Stewart fell to eighth position. By the twenty-first lap, Ambrose had a 0.9 second lead over the second position. After starting thirty-sixth, Kevin Harvick had moved to twenty-seventh by lap 23. Hamlin continued to lose positions, dropping back to eleventh in less than thirteen laps. Landon Cassill drove to the garage because of problems with his car's brakes on lap 28. Four laps later, Jimmie Johnson took over thirteenth, after passing Scott Speed.[16]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

No Driver Team Manufacturer Time (in seconds) Speed (in miles per hour) Grid
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.518 97.018 1
47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 19.521 97.003 2
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.524 96.988 3
39 Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.527 96.973 4
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.530 96.959 5
14 Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.544 96.889 6
99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.555 96.835 7
00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 19.557 96.825 8
1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.583 96.696 9
6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.585 96.686 10
24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.589 96.666 11
98 Paul Menard Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 19.591 96.657 12
78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 19.598 96.622 13
82 Scott Speed Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 19.601 96.607 14
43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 19.606 96.583 15
56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 19.627 96.479 16
33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.631 96.460 17
31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.650 96.366 18
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.653 96.352 19
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Toyota 19.655 96.342 20
5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.675 96.244 21
20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.678 96.229 22
09 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 19.686 96.190 23
77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 19.691 96.166 24
12 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 19.697 96.136 25
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.698 96.132 26
38 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.703 96.107 27
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.720 96.024 28
2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 19.748 95.888 29
64 Landon Cassill Gunselman Motorsports Toyota 19.748 95.888 30
19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 19.754 95.859 31
17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.773 95.767 32
83 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 19.790 95.685 33
36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 19.792 95.675 34
9 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 19.799 95.641 35
29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.824 95.521 36
87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 19.889 95.208 37
26 Ken Schrader Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford 19.912 95.098 38
37 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.979 94.780 39
34 Tony Raines Front Row Motorsports Ford 20.125 94.092 40
7 Kevin Conway Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 20.173 93.868 41
71 Hermie Sadler TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 20.194 93.770 42
81 J. J. Yeley Whitney Motorsports Dodge 19.963 94.855 43
Failed to Qualify
46 Michael McDowell Whitney Motorsports Chevrolet 20.044 94.472
07 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 20.072 94.340
55 Terry Cook Prism Motorsports Toyota 20.118 94.125
66 Johnny Sauter Prism Motorsports Toyota

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Run Points
1 1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 190
2 21 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 170
3 36 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 170
4 26 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 160
5 19 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 155
6 22 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 150
7 28 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 151
8 7 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 142
9 18 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 148
10 25 12 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 500 134
11 9 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 130
12 15 43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 500 127
13 12 98 Paul Menard Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 500 124
14 33 83 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 500 121
15 32 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 118
16 29 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 499 115
17 10 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 499 112
18 38 26 Ken Schrader Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford 499 114
19 5 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 499 106
20 11 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 498 108
21 35 9 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 498 100
22 41 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 498 102
23 14 82 Scott Speed Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 498 94
24 6 14 Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 498 96
25 24 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 496 88
26 42 71 Hermie Sadler TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 496 85
27 8 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 494 82
28 31 19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 474 79
29 16 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 473 76
30 4 39 Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 455 73
31 13 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 442 70
32 40 34 Tony Raines Front Row Motorsports Ford 437 67
33 3 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 432 64
34 2 47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 428 66
35 27 38 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 423 58
36 34 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 418 55
37 39 37 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 382 52
38 17 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 359 49
39 43 81 J. J. Yeley Whitney Motorsports Dodge 282 46
40 20 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Toyota 271 48
41 37 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 264 40
42 30 64 Landon Cassill Gunselman Motorsports Toyota 200 37
43 23 09 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 197 34
Source:[19]

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

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