2009 Pepsi 500

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2009 Pepsi 500
Race details
Race 30 of 36 in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Auto Club Speedway
Auto Club Speedway
Date October 11, 2009 (2009-10-11)
Location Auto Club Speedway Fontana, California
Course Permanent racing facility
2.0 mi (3.23 km)
Distance 250 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 69.8 °F (21.0 °C); wind speeds up to 8.9 miles per hour (14.3 km/h)[1]
Average speed 143.908 miles per hour (231.597 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 39.158
Most laps led
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 126
Winner
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree

The 2009 Pepsi 500 was the thirtieth race of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and also served as the fourth race in the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup. It took place on October 11, 2009 at Auto Club Speedway in the American community of Fontana, California.

Summary[edit]

Jimmie Johnson would defeat his Hendricks Motorsports team mate Jeff Gordon by slightly more than 1.6 seconds after a gruelling three hours and twenty-eight minutes of racing.[2]

Kyle Busch suffered through three different illnesses during this race; including a non-H1N1 form of the flu. After driving for 62 laps, he felt weak and went into the pits in order for David Gilliland to perform the substitute duty for him. David Gilliland finished the race in 28th place but Busch received the points for it.[3] Mike Bliss walked away as the last-place finisher after encountering engine problems on lap 11.[2]

The gambling pundits handpicked Jimmie Johnson to be the winner of the race; with Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth being wild cards. Just before the race, Johnson had an average finish of 6th place in his 13 prior races at Auto Club Speedway and finished worse than tenth place only twice.[4]

Results[edit]

Finish Start Car Driver Make Sponsor Pts/bns Laps Status Winnings
1 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Jimmie Johnson Foundation 195/10 250 Running 302,801
2 10 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi / DuPont 175/5 250 Running 211,426
3 4 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 170/5 250 Running 195,773
4 9 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg's / Carquest 165/5 250 Running 136,625
5 20 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 160/5 250 Running 143,248
6 11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 150/0 250 Running 158,356
7 31 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 146/0 250 Running 117,500
8 24 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 147/5 250 Running 121,925
9 8 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Prilosec OTC / Wal-Mart 138/0 250 Running 113,950
10 7 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 134/0 250 Running 142,828
11 16 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 130/0 250 Running 121,525
12 22 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 127/0 250 Running 120,810

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