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2010 Pepsi Max 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5]
Race 30 of 36 in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Infield of Auto Club Speedway
Infield of Auto Club Speedway
Date October 10, 2010 (2010-10-10)
Location Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California
Course Permanent racing facility
2.0 mi (3.23 km)
Distance 200 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Weather Sunny with a daytime high around 88; wind out of the NNE at 7 mph.
Average speed 131.953 miles per hour (212.358 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Time 38.859
Most laps led
Driver Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 41
Winner
No. 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree

The 2010 Pepsi Max 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on October 10, 2010, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Contested over 200 laps, it was the 30th race of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the fourth race in the season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup. The race was won by Tony Stewart of the Stewart-Haas Racing team, while Clint Bowyer finished second, and Jimmie Johnson clinched third.

The Pole position driver Jamie McMurray maintained his lead on the first lap to begin the race, as Elliott Sadler, who started in the second position on the grid, maintained second behind him. Throughout the race, some of the Chase participants (such as Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle) retired due to part failures. After the final round of pit stops, Tony Stewart was the leader of the race, ahead of Johnson and Bowyer, but with less than two laps remaining, Bowyer passed Johnson to secure second position. Stewart maintained the first position to win his second race of the season.

There were nine cautions and twenty-four lead changes among fourteen different drivers throughout the course of the race. It was Stewart's second win in the 2010 season, and the thirty-ninth of his career. The result moved him up to fifth in the Drivers' Championship, one hundred seven points behind Jimmie Johnson and fifty-one ahead of Kurt Busch. Chevrolet maintained its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship, forty-one points ahead of Toyota and seventy-nine ahead of Ford, with six races remaining in the season. A total of 70,000 people attended the race, while 4.072 million watched it on television.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Auto Club Speedway is one of six superspeedways to hold NASCAR races; the others are Daytona International Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway, and Talladega Superspeedway.[6] The standard track at Auto Club Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2 miles (3.2 km) long.[7] The track's turns are banked at fourteen degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at eleven degrees. The back stretch has three degrees of banking.[7] The racetrack has seats for 92,100 spectators.[7]

Before the race, Jimmie Johnson led the Drivers' Championship with 5,503 points, and Denny Hamlin stood in second with 5,495. Kevin Harvick was third in the Drivers' Championship with 5,473 points, twenty-three ahead of Carl Edwards and twenty-eight ahead of Jeff Gordon in fourth and fifth respectively. Kurt Busch (with 5,433 points) was ten points ahead of Kyle Busch, as Greg Biffle (with 5,418 points) was sixteen ahead of Jeff Burton, and forty-two in front of Tony Stewart.[8] Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer were eleventh and twelfth with 5,354 and 5,251 points. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with two hundred twelve points, thirty-seven points ahead of their rival Toyota. Ford, with one hundred thirty-five points, was nineteen points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third.[9] Johnson was the race's defending champion.[10]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Jamie McMurray (pictured in 2007) won the pole position, after having the fastest time of 38.859 seconds.

Three practice sessions were held before the Sunday race—one on Friday, and two on Saturday. The first session has held before qualifying and lasted 90 minutes, while the second session was held after qualifying and lasted 45 minutes. The third and final session lasted 65 minutes.[11] During the first practice session, Jamie McMurray of the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team was quickest ahead of A. J. Allmendinger in second and Greg Biffle in the third position.[12] Kyle Busch was scored fourth, and Mark Martin managed fifth.[12] Juan Pablo Montoya, David Ragan, Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top ten quickest drivers in the session.[12]

During qualifying, forty-five cars were entered; due to NASCAR's qualifying procedure, only forty-three would be allowed to race.[13] McMurray clinched his second pole position during the 2010 season, with a time of 38.859.[14] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Sadler.[14] Matt Kenseth qualified third, Montoya took fourth, and Kasey Kahne started fifth.[14] Kevin Harvick, one of the drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, qualified twenty-first, while Denny Hamlin was scored thirty-fourth.[14] The two drivers that failed to qualify for the race were Mike Bliss and Patrick Carpentier.[14] Once qualifying concluded, McMurray stated, "I think the ECR engines have a lot of power, and you're able to show that on Friday more than even in the race, because you're really able to put the power down in qualifying. A little bit is cars, a little bit is engines, a little bit is the team putting maybe a little more focus – our guys work really hard, not necessarily on the qualifying setup, but everything that goes into qualifying, making the cars as light as you can and so many little tricks that you're able to do. Not all the teams do that to the fullest level."[15]

On the next morning, Biffle was quickest in the second practice session, ahead of Kenseth and David Reutimann in second and third.[16] McMurray was fourth quickest, and Jeff Gordon took fifth.[16] Hamin, Allmendinger, Martin, Kahne, and Tony Stewart followed in the top-ten.[16] Other drivers in the Chase, such as Johnson, was twenty-third, and Kurt Busch, who was thirty-second.[16] During the third, and final practice session, Johnson, with a time of 40.092, was quickest.[17] Gordon and McMurray followed in second and third with respective times of 40.098 and 40.114 seconds.[17] Biffle managed to be fourth fastest, ahead of Harvick and Kyle Busch.[17] Martin was scored seventh, Kahne took eighth, Hamlin was ninth, and Kenseth took tenth.[17]

Race[edit]

The race, the 30th out of a total of 36 in the season, began at 3:00 p.m. EDT and was televised live in the United States on ESPN.[1] Prior to the race, weather conditions were sunny with the air temperature around 81 °F (27 °C).[18] Jeff Hammond and Motor Racing Outreach began pre-race ceremonies, by giving the invocation. Next, soft rock singer Kenny Loggins performed the national anthem, and Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for Governor of California, gave the command for drivers to start their engines. On the pace laps, Denny Hamlin had to move to the rear of the grid because of a transmission change.[18]

McMurray accelerated faster than Sadler off the line, getting ahead of him down the front straightaway. Kenseth took over second, as Sadler fell to fifth. Montoya passed Kenseth for second on lap 2. Sadler continued to lose positions, while Johnson passed Kahne for the fourth position, after starting eighth. Clint Bowyer gained five positions to eighth by lap 5. After starting from the rear of the grid, Hamlin had moved to 27th in six laps. On lap 7, the frontrunners included McMurray in first, ahead of Montoya, Kenseth, and Johnson. Two laps later, Montoya collided with the wall, resulting him to fall to fourth. Bowyer moved to tenth, after passing Greg Biffle on lap 10. Hamlin continued to move toward the front, passing both Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards for twenty-fifth. Kenseth took the lead ahead of McMurray, becoming the second leader of the race.[18]

On lap 19, Johnson passed McMurray for the second position. In less than twenty laps, Kyle Busch had moved to tenth, after starting 16th. Mark Martin took over seventh, ahead of Biffle, as David Reutimann passed Joey Logano. Regan Smith gained six positions to move into thirteenth by lap 22. By lap 24, Kenseth had a one-second lead over second placer Johnson. Bowyer overtook Sadler for 4th two laps later. On lap 27, Bowyer moved into third, ahead of McMurray. On the following lap, Hamlin moved into 22nd, after beginning the race in 42nd. Jeff Gordon had been as high as fifth on the grid but after 29 laps, he fell to seventh. McMurray had fallen to that position by lap 31, after starting in the poles. On lap 33, Bobby Labonte drove to the garage for transmission repairs. Hamlin moved into twentieth, ahead of Logano one lap later. On that same lap, Martin passed Sadler for fourth. On lap 35, Gordon took over the fifth position.[18]

Kenseth made a pit stop on lap 37, giving the lead to Johnson, who went to pit road on the following lap for four new tires. After the pit stops, Kenseth was the leader once again, ahead of Bowyer and Johnson in second and third places. On lap 40, Kenseth's lead over Bowyer was reduced to nothing, as the caution was given when Biffle's engine failed. During the caution, most of the front runners did not pit, but Hamlin, Busch, and Kevin Harvick made pit stops each for two tires. Kenseth fell to third on the restart after Gordon and Johnson both passed him. On the following lap, Johnson took over the first position after passing Gordon. On lap 49, Hamlin moved to fourth, as Kyle Busch moved into second. Brad Keselowski collided into the wall on lap 51; on the same lap, Martin moved into to third.[18]

The second caution came on lap 54, when Marcos Ambrose spun sideways in the second corner. The front runners made pit stops during the caution, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. did not which resulting in him being the leader. On the restart, Earnhardt led Johnson, Martin, and Kyle Busch, but Busch immediately passed them all to become the leader. Also on the restart, Edwards' car stalled, prompting the third caution of the race. During the caution, a safety vehicle pushed Edwards' car to the garage for repairs. Busch led Johnson on the restart but before the lap was over, Johnson reclaimed the lead. Three laps later, Gordon took over the second position after passing Busch. By lap 68, Busch had fallen three positions to fifth. On the following lap, Martin passed Gordon for the second position.[18]

On lap 72, Edwards returned to the race, only fourteen laps down. One lap later, Martin became the leader ahead of Johnson. Kenseth moved to sixth on the seventy-fourth lap after falling to tenth earlier in the race. Tony Stewart took over the eighth position behind Ryan Newman on lap 78. Kenseth managed to pass Busch for fifth on the following lap. Harvick moved into the eighth position after he passed Newman on lap 82. Eight laps later, Earnhardt Jr. drove to pit road for tires and fuel. Meanwhile, Stewart was able to pass Kenseth for fifth. Afterward, Busch fell two positions to ninth when Harvick and Newman passed him. Hamlin and Jeff Burton made a pit stop on the following lap, two laps ahead of Stewart and Bowyer. On lap 97, the rest of the frontrunners made pit stops, giving the lead to David Gilliland. One lap later, pit stops concluded, as Martin reclaimed the lead, ahead of Johnson, Gordon, Bowyer, and Stewart. Also during the pit stops, Harvick received a drive-through penalty for speeding on pit road.[18]

On lap 102, Truex passed Newman for the ninth position. Reutimann passed Kyle Busch for seventh two laps later. On the following lap, Gordon passed Johnson for second, while Martin had a five-second lead. Reutimann took sixth shortly after Gordon passed Johnson. Truex passed Busch for eighth on lap 110. Three laps later, Truex took over seventh, as Martin's lead of five seconds reduced to nothing when debris caused the fourth caution. During pit stops, Gordon claimed the lead, as Martin fell to sixth. The restart happened on lap 119, with Gordon as the leader. After restarting fourth, Bowyer had passed Truex and Stewart to clinch second. On lap 123, Martin had moved up three positions to third, after the recent caution. Afterward, Bowyer moved to the lead, while Martin claimed second position. Stewart passed Gordon for third on lap 131, while Hamlin took over fifth four laps later.[18]

Tony Stewart (pictured in 2007) won the race earning his second victory of the season.

On lap 137, the fifth caution was given because Ambrose spun for the second time during the race. All the front runners made pit stops under the caution. Bowyer led on the restart one lap after Travis Kvapil gave up the lead to pit. Four laps after the restart, debris prompted the sixth caution of the race. The front runners did not pit during the caution, which resulted in Bowyer maintaining the lead. On lap 149, Stewart became the new leader. Five laps later, Newman took over second, as the seven caution came out after Kyle Busch's engine failed. Kvapil stayed out to lead a lap when the front runners made pit stops; Montoya became the leader after Kvapil came to pit road. On the restart, Stewart reclaimed the lead from Montoya. On the following lap, Bowyer passed Montoya for the second position two laps before Martin claimed third. Montoya continued to fall backwards, as Newman passed him for fourth. On lap 168, Bowyer reclaimed the lead.[18]

On the two laps following the lead change, Hamlin dropped to the ninth position after Kahne and Montoya passed him. On lap 172, Johnson passed Newman for fourth and Martin claimed second. By lap 178, Bowyer had a half-second lead over second place. Three laps later, Johnson took over third after passing Stewart. On lap 183, debris prompted the eighth caution to be given. Paul Menard and Smith were the two leaders on the restart. Smith was able to become the leader one lap later but after leading one lap, Stewart reclaimed the lead. On the following lap, Kahne moved to the second position, as Bowyer clinched fourth. On lap 192, Johnson moved to second, while Smith fell to ninth after the restart. Two laps later, Kurt Busch and David Ragan collided, prompting the final caution. With two laps remaining, Stewart led on the restart ahead of Johnson and Bowyer. Stewart crossed the finish line on lap 200 to take his second win of the season, less than a second ahead of Bowyer. Johnson was third, ahead of Kahne, Newman, Martin, Harvick, and Hamlin. Jeff Gordon, who struggled to recover from a drive through penalty late in the race, took ninth on the line, ahead of Reutimann.[18][19]

Post-race comments[edit]

"We're doing everything we can do. We're going to need some help, but we're doing everything we can do. I'm proud of these guys, and just so thankful ... they refuse to give up, they refuse to back down. We'll just keep doing what we're doing here."
 – Stewart speaking after the race[20]

Stewart appeared in victory lane to celebrate his second win of the season in front of 70,000 people who attended the race.[21] Stewart also earned $262,598 in race winnings.[19] After the race, Bowyer expressed mixed emotions after his second-place finish: "A good run was crucial for our race team after what had happened with our win, and we got that [Sunday]. But I was frustrated I didn't get a win. ... We're capable of winning races, and if we keep doing what we did [Sunday], we're going to win another one."[20] Johnson added to his points lead with a third-place run, describing the race as a "great day overall," and saying, "We certainly wanted to be in Victory Lane, but if can finish in the top three week in and week out, you're going to have a shot."[22]

Hamlin, who finished eighth, remained optimistic about his championship chances: "All in all, it's a decent day. Can't be too disappointed with it, especially from where we started. It's somewhat uplifting that we got out of here with a top-10 day."[23] Smith was also pleased with his twelfth-place run after briefly holding the lead: "We had a good car early on and got back in dirty air and bad traffic. It's so tough back there. When we took the two tires, the car was really good up there. I was just lacking a little bit of grip to hold it for more than that one lap. To still maintain 12th was pretty good."[24] All three Roush Fenway chasers, meanwhile, finished 30th or worse, damaging their position in the point standings. Biffle said his engine failed with "no indication" and added, "It's unfortunate for us. This was our opportunity to get back in the Chase and it doesn't look like it's going to happen. It's disappointing, but what can you do? It broke. Everybody is giving this program 110 percent, so you can't blame anybody. We were trying hard to win the title and it isn't going to happen this year."[25]

The race results saw Johnson maintain his lead in the Drivers' Championship with 5,673 points. Hamlin was thirty-six points behind in second, followed by Harvick, Jeff Gordon, and Stewart. Kurt Busch was in sixth with 5,533 points, with Edwards, Burton, Kyle Busch, Biffle, Kenseth, and Bowyer rounding out the top twelve.[26] In the Manufactures' Championship, Chevrolet maintained their lead with two hundred twenty points. Toyota followed in second with one hundred seventy-nine, while Ford and Dodge remained third and fourth with one hundred forty-one and one hundred nineteen points respectively.[9] 4.072 million people watched the race on television.[27]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying results[14][28][29]
Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 38.859 185.285
2 19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 39.044 184.407
3 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 39.110 184.096
4 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 39.116 184.068
5 9 Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 39.138 183.964
6 56 Martin Truex Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 39.179 183.772
7 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 39.180 183.767
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 39.194 183.702
9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 39.226 183.552
10 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 39.266 183.365
11 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 39.267 183.360
12 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Toyota 39.270 183.346
13 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 39.286 183.271
14 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 39.297 183.220
15 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 39.299 183.211
16 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 39.311 183.155
17 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 39.332 183.057
18 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 39.348 182.983
19 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 39.357 182.941
20 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 39.365 182.904
21 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 39.388 182.797
22 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 39.390 182.788
23 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 39.420 182.648
24 98 Paul Menard Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 39.446 182.528
25 12 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 39.513 182.219
26 47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 39.541 182.089
27 83 Reed Sorenson Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 39.541 182.089
28 46 Michael McDowell Whitney Motorsports Chevrolet 39.568 181.965
29 82 Scott Speed Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 39.572 181.947
30 43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 39.580 181.910
31 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 39.586 181.883
32 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 39.680 181.452
33 66 Jason Leffler Prism Motorsports Toyota 39.686 181.424
34 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 39.721 181.264
35 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 39.736 181.196
36 64 Landon Cassill Gunselman Motorsports Toyota 39.776 181.014
37 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 39.825 180.791
38 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 39.869 180.591
39 37 Dave Blaney Front Row Motorsports Ford 40.099 179.556
40 34 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 40.432 178.077
41 7 Kevin Conway Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 40.627 177.222
42 71 Andy Lally TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 40.643 177.152
43 09 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Racing Chevrolet
Champion's Provisional
Failed to qualify
44 55 Mike Bliss Prism Motorsports Toyota 39.856 180.650
45 26 Patrick Carpentier Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford 40.055 179.753

Race results[edit]

Race results[4][19][30]
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 22 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 1901
2 13 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 1751
3 8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 1701
4 5 9 Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 200 160
5 14 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 155
6 11 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 1602
7 21 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 146
8 34 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 142
9 17 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 1431
10 23 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 200 134
11 10 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 130
12 19 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 200 1321
13 2 19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 200 124
14 4 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 1261
15 37 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 200 118
16 9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 1201
17 1 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 1171
18 6 56 Martin Truex Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 200 109
19 30 43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 200 106
20 32 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 200 1081
21 38 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 200 100
22 24 98 Paul Menard Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 200 1021
23 15 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 94
24 29 82 Scott Speed Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 200 91
25 12 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Toyota 200 88
26 25 12 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 200 85
27 27 83 Reed Sorenson Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 200 82
28 40 34 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 200 841
29 39 37 Dave Blaney Front Row Motorsports Ford 200 76
30 3 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 781
31 41 7 Kevin Conway Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 197 70
32 18 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 193 67
33 26 47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 193 64
34 20 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 187 61
35 16 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 155 631
36 42 71 Andy Lally TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 76 55
37 35 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 69 52
38 43 09 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 56 49
39 28 46 Michael McDowell Whitney Motorsports Chevrolet 55 46
40 36 64 Landon Cassill Gunselman Motorsports Toyota 43 43
41 7 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 40 40
42 31 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 33 37
43 33 66 Jason Leffler Prism Motorsports Toyota 23 34
1 Includes five bonus points for leading a lap
2 Includes ten bonus points for leading the most laps

Standings after the race[edit]

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