2009 Samsung 500
|Race 7 of 36 in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
Simple line diagram of Texas Motor Speedway track layout
|Date||April 5, 2009|
|Official name||Samsung 500|
|Location||Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas|
Permanent racing facility|
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
|Distance||334 laps, 501 mi (806.281 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching up to 79 °F (26 °C); wind speeds up to 25.1 miles per hour (40.4 km/h)|
|Average speed||146.372 miles per hour (235.563 km/h)|
|Driver||Michael Waltrip Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports|
|No. 24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Network||Fox Broadcasting Company|
|Announcers||Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds|
The 2009 Samsung 500 was the seventh stock car race of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. It was held on April 5, 2009 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas before a crowd of 176,300 people. The 334-lap race was won by Jeff Gordon of the Hendrick Motorsports team after starting from second position. His teammate Jimmie Johnson finished second and Greg Biffle came in third.
David Reutimann won the pole position, and maintained his lead going into the first corner to begin the race, but Gordon took over the lead before the first lap was over. Afterward, Reutimann took back the lead, holding it until Matt Kenseth passed him on lap 47. Gordon led after the final pit stops. In the final laps, Johnson was gaining on Gordon, but Gordon maintained his position to win. There were six cautions and twenty-eight lead changes among thirteen different drivers during the race.
The race was Gordon's first win of the 2009 season, and the eighty-second of his career. The result kept Gordon in the lead of the Drivers' Championship, one-hundred and sixty-two ahead of Johnson, and one-hundred and eighty ahead of Kurt Busch. Chevrolet increased its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship, ten points ahead of Ford, who bumped Toyota to third place, with twenty-nine races remaining in the season remaining. The race attracted 7.4 million television viewers.
Texas Motor Speedway is one of ten intermediate tracks to hold NASCAR races, the others being Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Homestead Miami Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway. The standard track at Texas Motor Speedway is a four-turn quad-oval track that is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long. The track's turns are banked at twenty-four degrees, and both the front stretch (the location of the finish line) and the back stretch have a five degree banking.
Before the race, Jeff Gordon led the Drivers' Championship with 959 points, followed by Clint Bowyer with 870. Kurt Busch was third with 827 points, Jimmie Johnson was fourth with 817 and Denny Hamlin was fifth with 811 points. Kurt's younger brother Kyle Busch, along with Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top ten. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 39 points, five points ahead of their rival Toyota. Ford, with 32 points, was five points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third place. Edwards was the race's defending champion.
Practice and qualifying
Three practice sessions were before the Sunday race — one on Friday, and two on Saturday. The first session lasted 90 minutes, while the second session lasted 45 minutes. The third and final practice session lasted 60 minutes. During the first practice session, Mark Martin was fastest, placing ahead of David Reutimann in second and Kurt Busch in third. Greg Biffle was scored fourth, and Johnson placed fifth. Jeff Gordon, Edwards, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., David Stremme and David Ragan rounded out the top ten fastest drivers in the session.
Although forty-eight drivers were entered in the qualifier; according to NASCAR's qualifying procedure, only forty-three could race. Each driver ran two laps, with the starting order determined by the competitor's fastest times. Reutimann clinched his second pole position in the Sprint Cup Series, with a time of 28.344. He was joined on the grid's front row by Jeff Gordon. Matt Kenseth qualified third, Ragan took fourth, and Paul Menard started fifth. Kahne, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Johnson and Joey Logano rounded out the top ten qualifiers. The five drivers who failed to qualify were Joe Nemechek, Scott Speed, Jeremy Mayfield, Todd Bodine and Scott Riggs. After the qualifier Reutimann said, "We had a great car all day, right off the truck. This pole reminds me of how much things have changed for me in the past few years. I didn't make the field here two years ago, during a bad time in my racing career."
On Saturday morning, Reuitmann was fastest in the second practice session, ahead of Johnson in second, and Hamlin in third. Edwards was fourth quickest, and Jeff Gordon took fifth. Stewart, Kurt Busch, Kenseth, Bobby Labonte and Jeff Burton rounded out the top ten. Later that day, Johnson paced the final practice session, with Hamlin and Kyle Busch followed in second and third respectively. Jamie McMurray was fourth fastest, ahead of David Gilliland and Burton. Martin placed seventh, Edwards eighth, Juan Pablo Montoya ninth, and Martin Truex, Jr. tenth.
Television coverage for the race, the seventh of a total of thirty-six in the 2009 season, began at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time live in the United States on Fox. Roger Marsh of Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries began pre-race ceremonies with the invocation. Pianist Lewis Warren, Jr. performed the national anthem, and Contest Winner Mark Fredde commanded the drivers to start their engines. No driver had to move to the rear of the grid at the start of the race.
The race began at 2:17 p.m. Jeff Gordon passed Reuitmann almost immediately by the end of the first lap. Three laps later, Kurt Busch collided with Robby Gordon, with the latter sustaining minor damage and both drivers managed to continue. On lap 8, Reutimann took back the lead from Jeff Gordon. One lap later, Jeff Gordon dropped a further position when he was passed by Kenseth. By lap 20, Reuitmann had a lead of about 1.6 seconds over Kenseth. Kurt Busch, who began the race in twenty-sixth, had moved up seven positions to nineteenth by lap 24. On lap 29, Stewart claimed fifth from Menard.
By lap 30, Earnhardt had moved up eight positions to twelfth. Ten laps later, Reutimann had maintained a lead of 1.7 seconds over Kenseth. On lap 42, Marcos Ambrose moved into seventh. Five laps later, Kenseth claimed the lead off Reutimann who was blocked by Casey Mears. On lap 51, green flag pit stops began, as Kenseth made a pit stop handling the lead to Stewart. On lap 54, Kyle Busch became the new race leader after Stewart came into pit road. Kyle Busch made a pit stop one lap later, handing the lead back to Kenseth. By lap 60, Kenseth had built up his lead over Reutimann by over two seconds. Eight laps later, Stewart passed Reutimann for second.
On lap 79, Biffle passed Reutimann for third. Seven laps later, Stewart claimed the lead from Kenseth. During the 97th lap, debris was spotted on the track, prompting the first caution of the race. During the caution, all of the drivers on the lead lap made pit stops. Kenseth reclaimed the lead and maintained it at the restart. On the 109th lap, Kyle Busch's car suffered a cut left front tire from contact with John Andretti, forcing Kyle Busch to come to pit road. Seven laps later, Biffle passed Kenseth for the lead, while Jeff Gordon passed Reuitmann for fourth thirteen laps later. By the 135th lap, Biffle had built a lead over Kenseth to three seconds.
Green flag pit stops began on the 152nd lap; Kenseth made his pit stop on the same lap. Johnson and Biffle made a pit stop the next lap, handing the lead to Jeff Gordon. After pit stops, Biffle reclaimed the first position. On lap 157, Elliott Sadler spun out, causing the second caution. None of the leaders elected to pit under the caution. The race restarted on lap 162 with Biffle in the lead, ahead of Kenseth and Jeff Gordon. By the 190th lap, Biffle's lead was three seconds.
Another round of green flag pit stops began on lap 203 when Truex made a pit stop; Kenseth was the first of the leaders to pit the following lap. On lap 208, Jeff Gordon became the new race leader after Biffle came into pit road. After pit stops, Biffle reclaimed the top position. On lap 220, the third caution was given as Ambrose's car suffered an engine failure. Jeff Gordon and Martin stayed out, while some of the leaders came to pit road.
Jeff Gordon led the field back up to speed on the restart. On lap 226, Sam Hornish, Jr. spun and Labonte collided with the wall, prompting the fourth caution. During the caution, Johnson, Earnhardt and Hamlin made pit stops. Jeff Gordon stayed out of pit road and the led the field to restart on lap 237. Four laps later, Logano collided with the wall, but escaped with minor damage. On lap 247, Edwards moved into sixth. Four laps later, a fifth caution came out when Robby Gordon's car suffered an engine failure. All of the leaders elected to pit under caution, giving the lead to Earnhardt The race restarted on lap 259. On lap 260, Jeff Gordon moved back into the lead, while Earnhardt fell back to the seventh position. Three laps later, Edwards passed Brian Vickers to move into ninth.
On lap 290, Earnhardt Jr was forced onto pit road after colliding with the wall at turn two. One lap later, Ragan drove to pit road because of overheating issues. On the 294th lap, Edwards reclaimed the lead off Gordon, while Ragan drove to the garage, three laps later. On lap 298, Stewart moved into second after passing Jeff Gordon. Four laps later, a sixth and final caution came out, after Stremme collided with the wall and spun going into turn 3. Jeff Gordon led on the restart. On lap 309, Johnson passed Stewart for the second position, while Jeff Gordon built up a 1.4 second lead four laps later. On the 314th lap, Biffle moved into the fourth position after passing Johnson. By lap 323, Jeff Gordon had increased his lead to 1.7 seconds over Johnson. Jeff Gordon maintained the lead to win his first race of the 2009 season. Johnson finished second, ahead of Biffle in third, Stewart in fourth, and Kenseth in fifth. Martin, Montoya, Kurt Busch, Burton and Edwards rounded out the top ten finishers.
Jeff Gordon, speaking after the race.
Jeff Gordon appeared in victory lane to celebrate his first win of the 2009 season in front of 176,300 who attended the race. He also earned $541,874 in race winnings. Gordon was delighted with his victory: "Incredible team effort. This whole year has been amazing. What a great car. I've never had a car like this at Texas. We finally had one and put it in position." Johnson was happy with his second-place result, saying, "It was nice to get our car up front and get some clean air on it. We had to work really hard all day long to keep the car right. I'm very proud of the team." Third-place finisher Biffle was candid with his performance: "We worked our way all the way back to fourth, third -- 15 more laps, would've passed [runner-up Jimmie Johnson] and then a little while longer we could've gotten [Gordon]. But, I just ran out of time, lost track position and weren't able to capitalize on it."
The race results kept Jeff Gordon in the lead of the Drivers' Championship with 1154 points. Johnson, who finished behind Gordon, moved to second on 992, eighteen points ahead of Kurt Busch and twenty-five ahead of Bowyer. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet increased their points total to 48, while Ford advanced to second with 38 and Toyota was bumped to third with 37. 7.4 million people watched the race on television. The race took three hours, twenty-five minutes and twenty-two seconds to complete, and the margin of victory was 0.378 seconds.
|1||00||David Reutimann||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||28.344||190.516|
|2||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.392||190.194|
|3||17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||28.428||189.954|
|4||6||David Ragan||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||28.431||189.934|
|5||98||Paul Menard||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||28.435||189.907|
|6||9||Kasey Kahne||Evernham Motorsports||Dodge||28.436||189.000|
|7||14||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet||28.450||189.907|
|8||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||28.507||189.427|
|9||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.508||189.421|
|10||20||Joey Logano||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||28.531||189.268|
|11||47||Marcos Ambrose||JTG Daugherty Racing||Toyota||28.538||189.221|
|12||77||Sam Hornish, Jr.||Team Penske||Dodge||28.539||189.215|
|13||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||28.545||189.175|
|14||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||28.548||189.155|
|15||31||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||28.553||189.122|
|16||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||28.593||188.857|
|17||29||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||28.597||188.831|
|18||83||Brian Vickers||Red Bull Racing Team||Toyota||28.605||188.778|
|19||33||Clint Bowyer||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||28.606||188.772|
|20||88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.610||188.745|
|21||39||Ryan Newman||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||28.628||188.626|
|22||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||28.641||188.541|
|23||5||Mark Martin||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.645||188.515|
|24||96||Bobby Labonte||Hall of Fame Racing||Ford||28.652||188.469|
|25||44||A. J. Allmendinger||Richard Petty Motorsports||Dodge||28.678||188.298|
|26||34||John Andretti||Front Row Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.679||188.291|
|27||09||Mike Bliss||Phoenix Racing||Dodge||28.722||188.009|
|28||2||Kurt Busch||Penske Championship Racing||Dodge||28.731||187.950|
|29||7||Robby Gordon||Robby Gordon Motorsports||Toyota||28.739||187.898|
|30||171||David Gilliland||TRG Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.749||187.833|
|31||1||Martin Truex, Jr.||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||28.772||187.682|
|32||12||David Stremme||Penske Racing||Dodge||28.801||187.493|
|33||78||Regan Smith||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||28.802||187.487|
|34||55||Michael Waltrip||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||28.830||187.305|
|35||07||Casey Mears||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||28.834||187.279|
|36||26||Jamie McMurray||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||28.840||187.240|
|37||21||Bill Elliott||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||28.871||187.039|
|38||43||Reed Sorenson||Richard Petty Motorsports||Dodge||28.885||186.948|
|39||113||Max Papis||Germain Racing||Toyota||28.955||186.496|
|40||25||Brad Keselowski||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.977||186.355|
|41||8||Aric Almirola||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||29.008||186.156|
|42||19||Elliott Sadler||Richard Petty Motorsports||Dodge||29.606||182.395|
|43||66||Dave Blaney||Prism Motorsports||Toyota||29.015||186.111|
|44||187||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports||Toyota||29.027||186.034|
|45||82||Scott Speed||Red Bull Racing Team||Toyota||29.065||185.790|
|46||41||Jeremy Mayfield||Mayfield Motorsports||Toyota||29.135||185.344|
|47||64||Todd Bodine||Gunselman Motorsports||Toyota||29.261||184.546|
|48||36||Scott Riggs||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Toyota||29.352||183.974|
|1||2||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||1952|
|2||9||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||1751|
|3||14||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||334||1701|
|4||7||14||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet||334||1651|
|5||3||17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||334||1601|
|6||23||5||Mark Martin||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||1551|
|7||16||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||334||146|
|8||28||2||Kurt Busch||Penske Championship Racing||Dodge||334||1471|
|9||15||31||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||334||138|
|10||13||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||334||1391|
|11||1||00||David Reuitmann||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||334||1351|
|12||22||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||334||127|
|13||5||98||Paul Menard||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||334||1291|
|14||32||12||David Stremme||Phoenix Racing||Dodge||334||121|
|15||21||39||Ryan Newman||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||334||118|
|16||18||83||Brian Vickers||Red Bull Racing Team||Toyota||334||1201|
|17||12||77||Sam Hornish, Jr.||Team Penske||Dodge||334||112|
|18||8||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||333||1141|
|19||6||9||Kasey Kahne||Evernham Motorsports||Dodge||333||106|
|20||20||88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||333||1081|
|21||35||07||Casey Mears||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||333||100|
|22||19||33||Clint Bowyer||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||333||97|
|23||40||25||Brad Keselowski||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||332||94|
|24||34||55||Michael Waltrip||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||332||91|
|25||31||1||Martin Truex, Jr.||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||332||88|
|26||26||34||John Andretti||Front Row Motorsports||Chevrolet||332||85|
|27||17||29||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||331||72|
|28||37||21||Bill Elliott||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||331||79|
|29||30||171||David Gilliland||TRG Motorsports||Chevrolet||330||76|
|30||10||20||Joey Logano||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet||330||73|
|31||33||78||Regan Smith||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||330||70|
|32||42||19||Elliott Sadler||Richard Petty Motorsports||Dodge||329||67|
|33||41||8||Aric Almirola||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||328||64|
|34||25||44||A. J. Allmendinger||Richard Petty Motorsports||Dodge||328||61|
|35||39||113||Max Papis||Germain Racing||Toyota||326||58|
|36||38||43||Reed Sorenson||Richard Petty Motorsports||Dodge||315||55|
|37||4||6||David Ragan||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||293||521|
|38||36||26||Jamie McMurray||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||255||49|
|39||29||7||Robby Gordon||Robby Gordon Motorsports||Toyota||249||46|
|40||24||96||Bobby Labonte||Hall of Fame Racing||Ford||229||43|
|41||11||47||Marcos Ambrose||JTG Daugherty Racing||Toyota||216||40|
|42||27||09||Mike Bliss||Phoenix Racing||Dodge||76||37|
|43||43||66||Dave Blaney||Prism Motorsports||Toyota||48||34|
1 Includes five bonus points for leading a lap
2 Includes ten bonus points for leading the most laps
Standings after the race
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