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 Andretti 34 Steve Lane
Tony Raines 2
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 Wallace 1 Slugger Labbe
David Gilliland 25
Andy Lally 1
Bobby Labonte 7
Mike Bliss 2
Phoenix Racing 09 Brad Keselowski 6 Marc Reno
Ron Fellows 2
David Gilliland 1
David Stremme 1
Dodge Sterling Marlin 12
Mike Bliss 12
Aric Almirola 2
Penske Championship Racing 2 Kurt Busch Pat Tryson
12 David Stremme 33 Roy McCauley
Brad Keselowski 3
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 Labonte 28 Todd Parrott
Ben Leslie
Erik Darnell 7
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 Waltrip 34 Bootie Barker
Gene Nead
Patrick Carpentier 2
NEMCO Motorsports 87 Joe Nemechek 34 Phillipe Lopez
Scott Speed 2 (R)
Prism Motorsports 66 Terry Labonte 1 Bill Henderson
Dave Blaney 34
Michael McDowell 1
Red Bull Racing Team 82 Scott Speed (R) Jimmy Elledge
83 Brian Vickers Ryan Pemberton
Robby Gordon Motorsports 7 Robby Gordon 35 Kirk Almquist
David Gilliland 1
Tommy Baldwin Racing 36 Scott Riggs 12 Tommy Baldwin, Jr.
Mike Skinner 6
Patrick Carpentier 5
Brian Simo 2
Michael McDowell 10
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 1
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 7 February Fox 8:10 PM
Gatorade Duels 12 February Speed TV 2 PM
1 Daytona 500 15 February Fox 3:20 PM
2 Auto Club 500 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana 22 February 5:30 PM
3 Shelby 427 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas 1 March 4 PM
4 Kobalt Tools 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton 8 March 1:30 PM
5 Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol 22 March 1:30 PM
6 Goody's Fast Relief 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway 29 March 1:30 PM
7 Samsung 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth 5 April 1:30 PM
8 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale 18 April 8 PM
9 Aaron's 499 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln 26 April 1 PM
10 Crown Royal Presents The Russell Friedman 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond 2 May 7 PM
11 Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com Darlington Raceway, Darlington 9 May 6:30 PM
NASCAR All-Star Race XXV Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord 16 May Speed TV 7 PM
Sprint Showdown
12 Coca-Cola 600 24 May Fox 5:30 PM
13 Autism Speaks 400 presented by Heluva Good! Cheese Dover International Speedway, Dover 31 May 1:30 PM
14 Pocono 500 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond 7 June TNT 12:30 PM
15 Lifelock 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn 14 June 12:30 PM
16 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Infineon Raceway, Sonoma 21 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 4 July 6:30 PM
19 LifeLock.com 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet 11 July 6:30 PM
20 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway 26 July ESPN 1 PM
21 Sunoco American Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond 2 August 1 PM
22 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen 9 August 1 PM
23 CARFAX 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn 16 August 1 PM
24 Sharpie 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol 24 August 6:30 PM
25 Pep Boys Auto 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton 6 September 6:30 PM
26 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond 12 September ABC 6:30 PM
2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup
27 Sylvania 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon 20 September ABC 1 PM
28 AAA 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover 27 September 1 PM
29 Price Chopper 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City 4 October 1 PM
30 Pepsi 500 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana 11 October 2:15 PM
31 NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord 17 October 6:15 PM
32 TUMS Fast Relief 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway 25 October 12:30 PM
33 AMP Energy 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln 1 November Noon
34 Dickies 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth 8 November 2:15 PM
35 Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale 15 November 2:15 PM
36 Ford 400 Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead 22 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

RACE BY RACE RECAP

Budweiser Shootout[edit]

The Budweiser Shootout, ran on February 7, is a special non points race that traditionally races all pole winners from the previous season. This year however, after an announcement made during the previous season, the top six teams from each competing manufacturer based on 2008 owner's points, plus a wild card entry from each manufacturer would be entered to run this race. Paul Menard drew the pole.

Top 10 Results

  1. 29 - Kevin Harvick
  2. 26 - Jamie McMurray
  3. 14 - Tony Stewart
  4. 24 - Jeff Gordon
  5. 44 - A.J. Allmendinger
  6. 9 - Kasey Kahne
  7. 99 - Carl Edwards
  8. 17 - Matt Kenseth
  9. 2 - Kurt Busch
  10. 18 - Kyle Busch

Gatorade Duels[edit]

The Gatorade Duels, held on February 12, are a pair of qualifying races to set the field for the Daytona 500.

Race 1 Results

  1. 24 - Jeff Gordon
  2. 14 - Tony Stewart
  3. 48 - Jimmie Johnson
  4. 20 - Joey Logano
  5. 8 - Aric Almirola
  6. 2 - Kurt Busch
  7. 9 - Kasey Kahne
  8. 36 - Scott Riggs
  9. 98 - Paul Menard
  10. 26 - Jamie McMurray

Race 2 Results

  1. 18 - Kyle Busch
  2. 5 - Mark Martin
  3. 83 - Brian Vickers
  4. 42 - Juan Pablo Montoya
  5. 11 - Denny Hamlin
  6. 96 - Bobby Labonte
  7. 88 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  8. 99 - Carl Edwards
  9. 41 - Jeremy Mayfield
  10. 44 - A.J. Allmendinger

2009 Daytona 500[edit]

The 2009 Daytona 500 was held on February 15. Martin Truex Jr. qualified on the pole. On lap 152, the race was halted because of rain and when NASCAR determined they could not get the race restarted, the race was called official.

Top 10 Results

  1. 17 - Matt Kenseth
  2. 29 - Kevin Harvick
  3. 44 - A.J. Allmendinger
  4. 33 - Clint Bowyer
  5. 19 - Elliott Sadler
  6. 6 - David Ragan
  7. 55 - Michael Waltrip
  8. 14 - Tony Stewart
  9. 43 - Reed Sorenson
  10. 2 - Kurt Busch

Failed to Qualify: #87 - Joe Nemechek, #08 - Boris Said, #09 - Brad Keselowski, #27 - Kirk Shelmerdine, #71 - Mike Wallace, #37 - Tony Raines, #73 - Mike Garvey, #75 - Derrike Cope, #23 - Mike Skinner, #51 - Kelly Bires, #46 - Carl Long, #64 - Geoffrey Bodine, #57 - Norm Benning, #60 - James Hylton (Withdrew)

Auto Club 500[edit]

The Auto Club 500 was run on February 22 at the Auto Club Speedway. Brian Vickers won the pole for this race, but had to start in the back of the field due to an engine change. Despite the caution flag coming out for rain on 4 occasions, NASCAR was still able to complete this race in it's entirety. Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag and became the first driver since Jeff Gordon in 1997 to start off a Cup season by winning the first two races of the year.

Top 10 Results

  1. 17 - Matt Kenseth
  2. 24 - Jeff Gordon
  3. 18 - Kyle Busch
  4. 16 - Greg Biffle
  5. 2 - Kurt Busch
  6. 11 - Denny Hamlin
  7. 99 - Carl Edwards
  8. 14 - Tony Stewart
  9. 48 - Jimmie Johnson
  10. 83 - Brian Vickers

Failed To Qualify: #64 - Todd Bodine, #37 - Tony Raines, #51 - David Starr, #73 - Mike Garvey, #09 - Sterling Marlin

Shelby 427[edit]

The Shelby 427 was ran at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 1. Normally this race is 267 laps and 400 miles long, but for this year's running, Carroll Shelby International took over the title sponsorship of the race and decided to run the race 27 miles longer in honor of the Shelby 427 sports car. Kyle Busch qualified on the pole for the race, but had to start in the back due to an engine change. Busch would rally in the last part of the race to win from the pole.

Top 10 Results

  1. 18 - Kyle Busch
  2. 33 - Clint Bowyer
  3. 31 - Jeff Burton
  4. 00 - David Reutimann
  5. 96 - Bobby Labonte
  6. 24 - Jeff Gordon
  7. 16 - Greg Biffle
  8. 83 - Brian Vickers
  9. 26 - Jamie McMurray
  10. 88 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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

Kobalt Tools 500[edit]

The Kobalt Tools 500 was held on March 8 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole. Kurt Busch started on the outside front row from second place and would go on to lead 234 laps on his way to a dominating win. This race was extended from 325 to 330 laps due to a Green-White-Checkered finish.

Top 10 Results

  1. 2 - Kurt Busch
  2. 24 - Jeff Gordon
  3. 99 - Carl Edwards
  4. 29 - Kevin Harvick
  5. 83 - Brian Vickers
  6. 33 - Clint Bowyer
  7. 9 - Kasey Kahne
  8. 14 - Tony Stewart
  9. 48 - Jimmie Johnson
  10. 1 - Martin Truex Jr.

Failed to Qualify: #35 - Todd Bodine, #36 - Scott Riggs, #41 - Jeremy Mayfield, #64 - Geoffrey Bodine, #37 - Tony Raines

Food City 500[edit]

The Food City 500 was held on March 22 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Mark Martin started on the pole. One week after Kurt Busch dominated at Atlanta, his brother Kyle Busch would dominate this race. Kyle Busch led 378 of the races 503 laps despite starting mid pack in 19th place. This race was extended to 503 laps from it's scheduled 500 due to a Green-White-Checkered finish.

Top 10 Results

  1. 18 - Kyle Busch
  2. 11 - Denny Hamlin
  3. 48 - Jimmie Johnson
  4. 24 - Jeff Gordon
  5. 9 - Kasey Kahne
  6. 5 - Mark Martin
  7. 39 - Ryan Newman
  8. 31 - Jeff Burton
  9. 42 - Juan Pablo Montoya
  10. 47 - Marcos Ambrose

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

Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500[edit]

The Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 was held at Martinsville Speedway on March 29. Qualifying was rained out and points were used to set the field. Jeff Gordon would be given the pole starting spot as a result. Denny Hamlin led the bulk of the laps, leading 296 of 500. Jimmie Johnson however, would hold off a hard charging Hamlin and give car owner Rick Hendrick an emotional win as Hendrick Motorsports was celebrating their 25th anniversary of the organization's first win right at this very track.

Top 10 Results

  1. 48 - Jimmie Johnson
  2. 11 - Denny Hamlin
  3. 14 - Tony Stewart
  4. 24 - Jeff Gordon
  5. 33 - Clint Bowyer
  6. 39 - Ryan Newman
  7. 5 - Mark Martin
  8. 88 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  9. 44 - A.J. Allmendinger
  10. 26 - Jamie McMurray

Failed to Qualify: #09 - Sterling Marlin, #37 - Tony Raines, #46 - Dennis Setzer, #75 - Derrike Cope, #73 - Mike Garvey (Withdrew)

Samsung 500[edit]

The Samsung 500 was held on Sunday April 5, from Texas Motor Speedway. David Reutimann won the pole. Jeff Gordon would hold on from a hard charging Jimmie Johnson who was cutting into Gordon's lead and take the victory. This was Jeff Gordon's first career victory at Texas.

Top 10 Results

  1. 24 - Jeff Gordon
  2. 48 - Jimmie Johnson
  3. 16 - Greg Biffle
  4. 14 - Tony Stewart
  5. 17 - Matt Kenseth
  6. 5 - Mark Martin
  7. 42 - Juan Pablo Montoya
  8. 2 - Kurt Busch
  9. 31 - Jeff Burton
  10. 99 - Carl Edwards

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

Subway Fresh Fit 500[edit]

The Subway Fresh Fit 500 was run on Saturday, April 18th, from the Phoenix International Raceway. Mark Martin started on the pole, led 157 of the race's 312 laps, and went on to become the fourth driver in Cup Series history to win a points race over the age of 50.

Top 10 Results

  1. 5 - Mark Martin
  2. 14 - Tony Stewart
  3. 2 - Kurt Busch
  4. 48 - Jimmie Johnson
  5. 16 - Greg Biffle
  6. 11 - Denny Hamlin
  7. 1 - Martin Truex, Jr.
  8. 00 - David Reutimann
  9. 77 - Sam Hornish, Jr.
  10. 99 - Carl Edwards

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

Aaron's 499[edit]

The Aaron's 499 was run on Sunday, April 26th, at the Talladega Superspeedway. Juan Pablo Montoya won the pole. This race is forever remembered for the final lap. The tandem duo of Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. were running first and second coming to the white flag when another tandem duo of Carl Edwards and Nationwide Series regular Brad Keselowski drafted and blew right by Newman and Earnhardt, Jr., breaking away down the back straightaway to settle the race among themselves. Coming into the tri oval, Brad Keselowski started to peak outside, causing Edwards to react high when Keselowski quickly turned back into the inside finding some room and some momentum to start making a pass down to the inside. Edwards tried to block Keselowski but when Brad's front end made contact with Carl's back end, it turned Carl Edward's car side ways, causing the back end of his car to lift before being slammed into from the oncoming car of Ryan Newman. The impact sent Carl Edward's car crashing up into the catch fence that separates the fans from the action. Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag to win his first career Sprint Cup Series race in just his 5th start.

Top 10 Results

  1. 09 - Brad Keselowski
  2. 88 - Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  3. 39 - Ryan Newman
  4. 47 - Marcos Ambrose
  5. 82 - Scott Speed
  6. 2 - Kurt Busch
  7. 16 - Greg Biffle
  8. 83 - Brian Vickers
  9. 20 - Joey Logano
  10. 31 - Jeff Burton

Failed to Qualify: #66 - Michael McDowell, #4 - Eric McClure, #64 - Geoffrey Bodine

  • Not only was this Brad Keselowski's first career win in the Sprint Cup Series, it was also car owner James Finch's first and only career win in the series as well.
  • After Carl Edwards car came to a stop from his last lap crash just short of the finish line, Edwards got out of his car and physically ran from the wreckage to across the finish line, paying homage to the movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Carl Edwards was officially credited with a 24th place finish, completing 187 of 188 laps.

Crown Royal Presents the Russ Friedman 400[edit]

The Crown Royal Presents the Russ Friedman 400 was held on Saturday, May 2nd at the Richmond International Raceway. Brian Vickers won the pole.

Top 10 Results

  1. 18 - Kyle Busch
  2. 14 - Tony Stewart
  3. 31 - Jeff Burton
  4. 39 - Ryan Newman
  5. 5 - Mark Martin
  6. 77 - Sam Hornish, Jr.
  7. 26 - Jamie McMurray
  8. 24 - Jeff Gordon
  9. 07 - Casey Mears
  10. 42 - Juan Pablo Montoya

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

Southern 500 Presented by GoDaddy.Com[edit]

The Southern 500 Presented by GoDaddy.Com was held at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, May 9th. Matt Kenseth won the pole.

Top 10 Results

  1. 5 - Mark Martin
  2. 48 - Jimmie Johnson
  3. 14 - Tony Stewart
  4. 39 - Ryan Newman
  5. 24 - Jeff Gordon
  6. 1 - Martin Truex, Jr.
  7. 25 - Brad Keselowski
  8. 16 - Greg Biffle
  9. 20 - Joey Logano
  10. 17 - Matt Kenseth

Failed to Qualify: #41 - Jeremy Mayfield*, #82 - Scott Speed, #64 - Geoffrey Bodine (Withdrew)

  • Jeremy Mayfield had already failed to make the field, but just a few short hours before the start of the race, it had been announced that Mayfield had been suspended by NASCAR for violating its substance abuse policy.

Sprint All-Star Race XXV[edit]

The 2009 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is a non points event, held on Saturday, May 16th, at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the Sprint Showdown race prior to the start of the All-Star Race, allowing him and runner up Jamie McMurray to transfer into the main event. Joey Logano won the fan vote that also lets one driver not eligible to run the All-Star race to make the event on account of a popular vote by the fans. Jimmie Johnson led the first 50 laps in the event before the lead switched back and forth between Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon. Matt Kenseth would take the lead on lap 95, but with four laps to go Tony Stewart pulled up along side in what was an exciting battle for the lead. Stewart would overtake Kenseth with two laps to go and hold on for the race win.

Top 10 Results

  1. 14 - Tony Stewart
  2. 17 - Matt Kenseth
  3. 2 - Kurt Busch
  4. 11 - Denny Hamlin
  5. 99 - Carl Edwards
  6. 5 - Mark Martin
  7. 18 - Kyle Busch
  8. 20 - Joey Logano
  9. 26 - Jamie McMurray
  10. 88 - Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Coca Cola 600[edit]

The 50th Coca Cola 600, NASCAR's longest race of the season, was scheduled to run on Sunday, May 24th, but due to rain the race was postponed to Monday, May 25th on Memorial Day. Ryan Newman won the pole. On lap 222, rain hit the track throwing out the yellow flag. When drivers and teams decided on pit strategy in the ensuing couple laps, David Reutimann chose to stay out on the track, inheriting the race lead. The race was stopped on lap 227 and never restarted. Reutimann was declared the winner.

Top 10 Results

  1. 00 - David Reutimann
  2. 39 - Ryan Newman
  3. 7 - Robby Gordon
  4. 99 - Carl Edwards
  5. 83 - Brian Vickers
  6. 18 - Kyle Busch
  7. 9 - Kasey Kahne
  8. 42 - Juan Pablo Montoya
  9. 20 - Joey Logano
  10. 17 - Matt Kenseth

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

  • This was David Reutimann's first career Sprint Cup Series victory.
  • The win was also the first for Michael Waltrip Racing and for Michael Waltrip as an owner.
  • This was the shortest running of the Coca Cola 600 in the race's history.
  • Due to the race being held on Memorial Day, on lap 163, or at 3:00 pm EDT, NASCAR threw the caution flag and then momentarily threw the red flag and stopped the race to hold a moment of silence in honor of those who died serving in the United States Military.

Autism Speaks 400[edit]

The Autism Speaks 400 was held at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 31st. David Reutimann won the pole for the race. Jimmie Johnson was the class of the field, leading 298 of 400 laps. Johnson would pass Tony Stewart with a couple laps to go and take the win.

Top 10 Results

  1. 48 - Jimmie Johnson
  2. 14 - Tony Stewart
  3. 16 - Greg Biffle
  4. 17 - Matt Kenseth
  5. 2 - Kurt Busch
  6. 9 - Kasey Kahne
  7. 99 - Carl Edwards
  8. 39 - Ryan Newman
  9. 07 - Casey Mears
  10. 5 - Mark Martin

Failed to Qualify: #25 - Brad Keselowski, #13 - Max Papis, #75 - Derrike Cope, #06 - David Starr, #41 - J.J. Yeley (Withdrew), #64 - Todd Bodine (Withdrew)



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
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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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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