2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
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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.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Complete schedule[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.) 2009 also saw the demise of Petty Enterprises, which merged with Gillette Evernham Motorsports. The new company would be called Richard Petty Motorsports, forming a 4 car team with Kasey Kahne in the No. 9, Elliott Sadler in the No. 19, Reed Sorenson driving the famed No. 43, and AJ Allmendinger driving the No. 44. 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]

Jimmie Johnson, the 2009 Cup Champion
Mark Martin came in second behind Johnson by 141 points
Jeff Gordon finished third in the championship
Manufacturer Team No. Race Driver Crew Chief
Chevrolet Earnhardt Ganassi Racing 1 Martin Truex, Jr. Kevin Manion
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Brian Pattie
Front Row Motorsports 34 John Andretti34 Steve Lane
Tony Raines2
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Mark Martin Alan Gustafson
24 Jeff Gordon Steve Letarte
48 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Tony Eury, Jr.
Richard Childress Racing 07 Casey Mears Gil Martin
29 Kevin Harvick Todd Berrier
31 Jeff Burton Scott Miller
33 Clint Bowyer Shane Wilson
Stewart Haas Racing 14 Tony Stewart Darian Grubb
39 Ryan Newman Tony Gibson
TRG Motorsports 71 Mike Wallace1 Slugger Labbe
David Gilliland25
Andy Lally1
Bobby Labonte7
Mike Bliss2
Phoenix Racing 09 Brad Keselowski6 Marc Reno
Ron Fellows2
David Gilliland1
David Stremme1
Dodge Sterling Marlin12
Mike Bliss12
Aric Almirola2
Penske Championship Racing 2 Kurt Busch Pat Tryson
12 David Stremme33 Roy McCauley
Brad Keselowski3
77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Travis Geisler
Ford Roush Fenway Racing 6 David Ragan Jimmy Fennig
16 Greg Biffle Greg Erwin
17 Matt Kenseth Drew Blickensderfer
26 Jamie McMurray Donnie Wingo
99 Carl Edwards Bob Osbourne
Yates / Hall of Fame Racing 96 Bobby Labonte28 Todd Parrott
Ben Leslie
Erik Darnell7
98 Paul Menard Larry Carter
Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Mike Ford
18 Kyle Busch Steve Addington
20 Joey Logano (R) Greg Zipadelli
JTG Daugherty Racing 47 Marcos Ambrose Frank Kerr
Michael Waltrip Racing 00 David Reutimann Rodney Childers
55 Michael Waltrip34 Bootie Barker
Gene Nead
Patrick Carpentier2
NEMCO Motorsports 87 Joe Nemechek34 Phillipe Lopez
Scott Speed2 (R)
Prism Motorsports 66 Terry Labonte1 Bill Henderson
Dave Blaney34
Michael McDowell1
Red Bull Racing Team 82 Scott Speed (R) Jimmy Elledge
83 Brian Vickers Ryan Pemberton
Robby Gordon Motorsports 7 Robby Gordon35 Kirk Almquist
David Gilliland1
Tommy Baldwin Racing 36 Scott Riggs12 Tommy Baldwin, Jr.
Mike Skinner6
Patrick Carpentier5
Brian Simo2
Michael McDowell10
Robert Richardson Jr.1
Dodge
Ford
Richard Petty Motorsports 9 Kasey Kahne Kenny Francis
19 Elliott Sadler Kevin Buskirk
43 Reed Sorenson Mike Shiplett
44 A. J. Allmendinger Sammy Johns

Limited schedule[edit]

Manufacturer Team No. Race Driver Crew Chief Round(s)
Chevrolet Ash Motorsports 02 Brandon Ash Kenneth Wood 3
Furniture Row Racing 78 Regan Smith Jay Guy 19
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing 8 Aric Almirola Doug Randolph 7
TRG Motorsports 70 David Gilliland 1
Mike Skinner 2
Kevin Conway 1
Hendrick Motorsports 25 Brad Keselowski Lance McGrew 8
Norm Benning Racing 57 Norm Benning Mark Tutor 1
Morgan-McClure Motorsports 4 Eric McClure 1
Scott Wimmer 2
R3 Motorsports 23 Mike Skinner 1
Dodge BlackJack Racing 51 Kelly Bires Ryan Bergenty 1
David Starr 1
Dexter Bean 6
Boys Will Be
Boys Racing Co.
06 Trevor Boys Iain Moncrieff 2
David Starr 2
Carl Long Racing 46 Carl Long 1
Dennis Setzer 1
Cope/Keller Racing 75 Derrike Cope Rich Markle 6
E&M Motorsports 60 James Hylton 1
H&S Motorsports 73 Mike Garvey Buddy Sisco 4
Tony Raines 1
Josh Wise 1
Ford Yates / Hall of Fame Racing 28 Travis Kvapil Ben Leslie 5
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Bill Elliott David Hyder 12
David Gilliland 1
Carter/Simo Racing 08 Boris Said Frankie Stoddard 3
Toyota Terry Labonte Tony Furr 6
Joe Gibbs Racing 02 David Gilliland Wally Brown 3
Germain Racing 13 Max Papis Bootie Barker 21
35 Todd Bodine 1
Gunselman Motorsports 64 Geoffrey Bodine Doug Richert 4
Todd Bodine 9
Mike Wallace 8
Derrike Cope 1
Kirk Shelmerdine Racing 27 Kirk Shelmerdine 1
Robby Gordon Motorsports 04 P.J. Jones Bob Gordon 2
David Gilliland 1
Mayfield Motorsports 41 Jeremy Mayfield Tony Furr 11
J. J. Yeley 2
Chevrolet
Dodge
Front Row Motorsports 37 Tony Raines Scott Eggleston 21
Chris Cook 1
Tony Ave 1
Kevin Hamlin Peter Sospenzo 1
Travis Kvapil 3

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. Race Site Date TV Time
(US ET*)
Budweiser Shootout Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach 7th February Fox 8:10 PM
Gatorade Duels 12th February Speed TV 2 PM
1 Daytona 500 15th February Fox 3:20 PM
2 Auto Club 500 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana 22nd February 5:30 PM
3 Shelby 427 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas 1st March 4 PM
4 Kobalt Tools 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton 8th March 1:30 PM
5 Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol 22nd March 1:30 PM
6 Goody's Fast Relief 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway 29th March 1:30 PM
7 Samsung 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth 5th April 1:30 PM
8 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale 18th April 8 PM
9 Aaron's 499 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln 26th April 1 PM
10 Crown Royal Presents The Russell Friedman 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond 2nd May 7 PM
11 Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com Darlington Raceway, Darlington 9th May 6:30 PM
NASCAR All-Star Race XXV Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord 16th May Speed TV 7 PM
Sprint Showdown
12 Coca-Cola 600 24th May Fox 5:30 PM
13 Autism Speaks 400 presented by Heluva Good! Cheese Dover International Speedway, Dover 31st May 1:30 PM
14 Pocono 500 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond 7 June TNT 12:30 PM
15 Lifelock 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn 14th June 12:30 PM
16 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Infineon Raceway, Sonoma 21st June 3:30 PM
17 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon 28 June 12:30 PM
18 Coke Zero 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach 4th July 6:30 PM
19 LifeLock.com 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet 11th July 6:30 PM
20 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway 26th July ESPN 1 PM
21 Sunoco American Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond 2nd August 1 PM
22 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen 9th August 1 PM
23 CARFAX 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn 16th August 1 PM
24 Sharpie 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol 24th August 6:30 PM
25 Pep Boys Auto 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton 6th September 6:30 PM
26 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond 12th September ABC 6:30 PM
2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup
27 Sylvania 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon 20th September ABC 1 PM
28 AAA 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover 27th September 1 PM
29 Price Chopper 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City 4th October 1 PM
30 Pepsi 500 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana 11th October 2:15 PM
31 NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord 17th October 6:15 PM
32 TUMS Fast Relief 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway 25th October 12:30 PM
33 AMP Energy 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln 1st November Noon
34 Dickies 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth 8th November 2:15 PM
35 Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale 15th November 2:15 PM
36 Ford 400 Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead 22nd November 2:15 PM
Coca-Cola 600, Sunoco American Red Cross Pennsylvania 500, Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen
and CARFAX 400 was scheduled to have been run on Sunday, but was rescheduled to Monday due to rain.

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.

Results and standings[edit]

Races[edit]

No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Manufacturer Report
Budweiser Shootout Paul Menard Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Report
Gatorade Duel 1 Martin Truex, Jr. Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Report
Gatorade Duel 2 Mark Martin Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota
1 Daytona 500 Martin Truex, Jr. Kyle Busch Matt Kenseth Ford Report
2 Auto Club 500 Brian Vickers Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth Ford Report
3 Shelby 427 Kyle Busch Jimmie Johnson Kyle Busch Toyota Report
4 Kobalt Tools 500 Mark Martin Kurt Busch Kurt Busch Dodge Report
5 Food City 500 Mark Martin Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota Report
6 Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Denny Hamlin Jeff Gordon Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
7 Samsung 500 David Reutimann Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Report
8 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Mark Martin Mark Martin Mark Martin Chevrolet Report
9 Aaron's 499 Juan Pablo Montoya Kyle Busch Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Report
10 Crown Royal 400 Brian Vickers Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Toyota Report
11 Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com Matt Kenseth Greg Biffle Mark Martin Chevrolet Report
Sprint Showdown Kirk Shelmerdine Jamie McMurray Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Report
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Jimmie Johnson Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
12 Coca-Cola 600 Ryan Newman Kyle Busch David Reutimann Toyota Report
13 Autism Speaks 400 David Reutimann Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
14 Pocono 500 Tony Stewart Carl Edwards Tony Stewart Chevrolet Report
15 LifeLock 400 Brian Vickers Jimmie Johnson Mark Martin Chevrolet Report
16 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Brian Vickers Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne Dodge Report
17 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Joey Logano Toyota Report
18 Coke Zero 400 Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet Report
19 LifeLock.com 400 Brian Vickers Mark Martin Mark Martin Chevrolet Report
20 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Mark Martin Juan Pablo Montoya Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
21 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Tony Stewart Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Toyota Report
22 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Jimmie Johnson Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet Report
23 Carfax 400 Brian Vickers Jimmie Johnson Brian Vickers Toyota Report
24 Sharpie 500 Mark Martin Mark Martin Kyle Busch Toyota Report
25 Pep Boys Auto 500 Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. Kasey Kahne Dodge Report
26 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Mark Martin Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Toyota Report
Chase for the Championship
27 Sylvania 300 Juan Pablo Montoya Juan Pablo Montoya Mark Martin Chevrolet Report
28 AAA 400 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
29 Price Chopper 400 Mark Martin Greg Biffle Tony Stewart Chevrolet Report
30 Pepsi 500 Denny Hamlin Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
31 NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
32 TUMS Fast Relief 500 Ryan Newman Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Toyota Report
33 AMP Energy 500 Jimmie Johnson Jamie McMurray Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Report
34 Dickies 500 Jeff Gordon Kyle Busch Kurt Busch Dodge Report
35 Checker Auto Parts 500 Martin Truex, Jr. Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
36 Ford 400 Jimmie Johnson Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Toyota Report

Drivers' championship[edit]

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
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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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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]

  1. ^ Pockrass, Bob (2009-02-03). "Penske Racing's Sam Hornish locked in Daytona 500 with points from Bill Davis Racing". SceneDaily. Archived from the original on 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  2. ^ Long, Dustin (July 15, 2009). "Mayfield fails another test; Stepmom claims he's used meth for years". The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk, VA. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  3. ^ "Mayfield comes out swinging". ESPN. July 17, 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Stepmother sues suspended Mayfield over comments". ESPN. July 29, 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  5. ^ http://www.nascar.com/races/cup/2009/data/standings_official.html

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