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2010 Food City 500

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2010 Food City 500
Race details[1][2]
Race 5 of 36 in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Date March 21, 2010 (2010-March-21)
Official name Food City 500
Location Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee
Course Permanent racing facility
0.533 mi (0.857 km)
Distance 500 laps, 266.5 mi (430 km)
Weather Isolated thunderstorms with a high around 57; wind out of the NE at 7 mph. Chance of precipitation 20%.
Average speed 79.618 miles per hour (128.133 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 15.396
Most laps led
Driver Kurt Busch Penske Racing
Laps 278
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Nielsen Ratings 4.4[3]

The 2010 Food City 500 was held on March 21, 2010 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee as the fifth race of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. This race marked the last appearance of the rear wing on the Car of Tomorrow, with the spoiler returning the following race.[4]

This race also was the first of three in Carl Edwards' probation following his altercation with Brad Keselowski at the previous race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, in which Keselowski went airborne, subsequently crashing on his side door.[5] The race had 39 lead changes among 13 different leaders and 10 cautions.[6][7][8]

The race attendance of 138,000 marked the end of a long streak of sellout seats at the track, which has a capacity of 158,000.[9] The race had been a sellout since 1982.[10] Draconian regulations kept intact since the 1970s along with rising ticket prices and unexciting restrictor plate races at Talladega and Daytona helped to contribute to the empty seats at NASCAR races in addition to declining TV ratings.[11]

Race report[edit]

Practices and qualifying[edit]

Pole position winner Joey Logano in 2015.

In the first practice, the fastest were Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, and Kasey Kahne; the practice also had three red flags because Kyle Busch, Bobby Labonte, and Jimmie Johnson spun on the frontstretch.[12][13] During qualifying, Joey Logano won his first Sprint Cup Series pole position while Kurt Busch, Dave Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top-five.[14] There were only two drivers who failed to qualify: Mike Bliss and Max Papis.[14] In the second practice, the fastest were Jimmie Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Joey Logano.[15] During final practice, the fastest were Jimmie Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, and Joey Logano.[16]

Race summary[edit]

For pre-race concerts, the musical group 4TROOPS, a military band, and Lee Greenwood performed for the fans. Afterward, 4TROOPS performed the National Anthem, and Rev. Mike Rife, of Vansant Church of Christ, gave the Invocation. Steve Austin gave the command "Gentlemen, start your engines!".[17] Before the race, Terry Cook moved to the back of the field because he missed driver introductions.[18] For the first time in his young career, Joey Logano led the field for the green flag.[19] Immediately after the start, Kurt Busch passed him for the lead. On lap 6, Jimmie Johnson passed Busch for the lead. While Logano fell back, Johnson continued to lead until lap 30; Busch passed him in heavy traffic. Busch kept the lead until lap 40, at the first caution. The caution came out when Dave Blaney had a flat tire. Brad Keselowski stayed out while other drivers came in to change tires and add gasoline which resulted him getting the lead. On lap 46, the green flag came out again. Keselowski kept the lead until lap 53 when Jimmie Johnson passed him. Five laps later, the second caution came out because Clint Bowyer slammed into the wall from a blown engine. Few drivers went to change tires and add gasoline on this caution; Johnson led the field to the green flag on lap 62. Johnson kept the lead until lap 99 when Busch passed him in traffic.[17] After Kurt Busch led for seventeen laps, the third caution came out because Denny Hamlin hit the wall in turn two. Most drivers went to pit road to change their tires, but Busch was first off pit road and led them to the green flag on lap 123. Busch's lead would not continue for long as Greg Biffle passed him on lap 124. Three laps later, the fourth caution came out because of rain. With the few rain drops at the track, NASCAR decided to keep the cars on the track to help make sure the track would stay dry. After a sixteen lap caution period, the race resumed on lap 143 with Biffle as the leader. On lap 158, Jimmie Johnson attempted to get the lead but Biffle remained the leader. On lap 191 he was passed by Juan Pablo Montoya for the lead, but four laps later Biffle retook it.[17]

Race winner Jimmie Johnson in 2015.

Nine laps later, on lap 204, Biffle was still the leader, but the fifth caution flag came out because Kasey Kahne hit the wall. On lap 210 the green flag came out with Juan Pablo Montoya the leader. After some switching positions on lap 223 Kurt Busch took the lead. Soon after the lead change, there was a green flag run until lap 263 when the sixth yellow came out because Kyle Busch slammed the outside wall. The race resumed on lap 271 with Kurt Busch the leader.[17]

At lap 300, the top three drivers were Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, and Jimmie Johnson. Then on lap 323 the seventh caution flag waved because Regan Smith had tire troubles. Kurt Busch won the race out of pit road to lead the field to the green flag on lap 331. Ten laps later, on lap 342, the eighth caution came out because of a large wreck. The wreck started with Mark Martin and Greg Biffle colliding; thirteen more cars were involved.[20] On lap 358, the green flag came out with Kurt Busch the leader. By lap 370, the top three positions were occupied by Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Jamie McMurray. Rain brought out the ninth caution twenty laps later.[17]

On lap 411, the green flag came back out with Brad Keselowski the leader; Kurt Busch passed him three laps later. By lap 433, Jimmie Johnson caught Kurt Busch. Johnson tried to pass Busch on lap 444, but did not get the lead. During the longest green flag run of the race, Joey Logano hit the turn two wall on lap 479; there was no caution. Three laps later, the tenth caution came out because of debris on the track. During pit stops, Greg Biffle beat everyone out of pit road to lead the field to the green flag on lap 490. Busch and Johnson were fifth and sixth. On lap 492, Tony Stewart took the lead from Biffle; Johnson passed him on the outside a lap later. Jimmie Johnson kept the lead to earn his first career win at Bristol.[21] It was his fiftieth win in his Sprint Cup Series career, and his third win of 2010.[17][21][22]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Make
1 4 48 Jimmie Johnson[23][24] Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2 11 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
3 2 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge
4 25 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
5 7 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford
6 8 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 18 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
8 17 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
9 38 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
10 14 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
11 33 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
12 19 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
13 36 12 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge
14 5 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
15 28 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Racing Team Toyota
16 21 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
17 23 43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
18 12 98 Paul Menard Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
19 15 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 37 19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
21 43 71 Bobby Labonte TRG Motorsports Chevrolet
22 32 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota
23 16 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford
24 31 26 David Stremme Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford
25 41 34 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford
26 6 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
27 1 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
28 42 37 Kevin Conway Front Row Motorsports Ford
29 30 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford
30 34 90 Casey Mears Keyed Up Motorsports Chevrolet
31 29 82 Scott Speed Red Bull Racing Team Toyota
32 22 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Dodge
33 9 47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota
34 24 9 Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
35 13 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
36 20 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
37 40 46 Terry Cook Whitney Motorsports Dodge
38 10 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
39 27 09 Aric Almirola Phoenix Racing Chevrolet
40 26 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
41 39 55 Michael Waltrip Prism Motorsports Toyota
42 3 66 Dave Blaney Prism Motorsports Toyota
43 35 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota


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