2009 Subway Fresh Fit 500
|Race 8 of 36 in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season|
Phoenix International Raceway
|Date||April 18, 2009|
|Location||Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
1 mi (1.6 km)
|Distance||312 laps, 312 mi (502.115 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching up to 95 °F (35 °C); wind speeds up to 9.9 miles per hour (15.9 km/h)|
|Average speed||108.042 miles per hour (173.877 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Mark Martin||Hendrick Motorsports|
|No. 5||Mark Martin||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds|
The track, Phoenix International Raceway, is one of five short tracks to hold NASCAR races; the others are Richmond International Raceway, Dover International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Martinsville Speedway. The standard track at Phoenix International Raceway is a four-turn short track oval that is 1 mile (1.6 km) long. The track's turns were banked at 11 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, was banked at three degrees. The back stretch, which has a dogleg shape instead of a straight, has 9 degrees of banking. The racetrack has seats for 76,800 spectators.
Before the race, Jeff Gordon led the Drivers' Championship with 1,154 points, followed by Jimmie Johnson in second on 992 points. Kurt Busch was in third on 974 points, Clint Bowyer was fourth with 967 points, and Tony Stewart was fifth on 963 points. Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne rounded out the top ten. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 48 points, ten points ahead of their rival Ford in second. Toyota, with 37 points, was six points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third. Johnson was the race's defending champion.
Martin took the pole at Phoenix with a speed of 133.814 mph, 0.018 seconds in front of second place, Kyle Busch. Kurt Busch took third place 0.23 seconds of the leader and Jeff Gordon and Brian Vickers rounded out the top five.
Big Machine Records recording artists Kate & Kacey sang the national anthem for this race and future talk show host Michael Strahan delivered the command to start engines 5 minutes after the anthem was sung.
Mark Martin started from the pole and dominated the first one hundred laps of the race, relinquishing the lead only under caution. At this point, the front runners were Martin, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, and Tony Stewart. Those four were consistently in the top five for the first two hundred laps. On lap 167, the caution came out for Robby Gordon's wreck and several cars stayed out. By lap 267, all cars that have stayed out have pitted except Dale Earnhardt, Jr. On lap 300, Earnhardt made slight contact with Casey Mears and hit the wall. Ryan Newman, during this caution, accidentally stayed out of the pits because of having radio problems. He was the only car that didn't pit. On the restart, Martin blows by Newman and cruises to his first win since August 2005.
Effect on Points
This race didn't have a noticeable effect on points. Mark Martin, the winner of the race, jumped five spots to thirteenth in the standings. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., after wrecking late in the race dropped three spots. Also dropping three spots is Matt Kenseth, who at best had a mediocre race.
- Weather information for the 2009 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
- "Tracks". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 11 November 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
- "Phoenix International Raceway". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
- "Points Standings". NASCAR. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on March 2, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
- "Manufacturers' Championship Classification". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
- "2008 Subway Fresh Fit 500". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
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