2010 Samsung Mobile 500

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2010 Samsung Mobile 500
Race details[1][2]
Race 8 of 36 in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Simple line diagram of Texas Motor Speedway track layout
Simple line diagram of Texas Motor Speedway track layout
Date April 19, 2010 (2010-April-19)
Official name Samsung Mobile 500
Location Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 334 laps, 501 mi (806.3 km)
Weather Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Northeast wind around 10 mph.
Average speed 146.23 miles per hour (235.33 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart Haas Racing
Time 28.224
Most laps led
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 124
No. 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

The 2010 Samsung Mobile 500 was the eighth race of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. It was scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. EST on April 18, 2010, but because of poor weather conditions it was delayed until noon EDT on April 19 on Fox, and was broadcast on PRN radio at 2:00 pm EDT.[3] This was the first race on a mile and a half track that cars had the new rear spoilers installed, which altered their aerodynamic features.[4] The race had 12 different leaders, 31 lead changes, seven caution flags and one red flag.[5] Denny Hamlin won the race, and would go on to also win the fall race.[6]

Race report[edit]

Practices and qualifying[edit]

Pole-sitter Tony Stewart in 2007.

During the first practice on April 16 the fastest drivers were Greg Biffle, Juan Pablo Montoya, David Reutimann, David Gilliland, and Bobby Labonte.[7] In qualifying, the top-five fastest were Tony Stewart, Sam Hornish, Jr., Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, and Kasey Kahne, while David Stremme, Terry Cook, and Johnny Sauter did not qualify.[8] On April 17, both scheduled practices were canceled because of rain showers in the area.[9]

Race summary[edit]

The race was scheduled to start on Sunday, April 18, 2010, but rain delayed the event until noon EDT on Monday, April 19.[10] At 12:01 EDT, pre race events began with Dr. Roger Marsh from TXARM-Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries giving the invocation; then Country legend Charley Pride performed the national anthem. Tammy King, who was a contest winner, gave the command: "Gentlemen Start Your Engines!" Also, because of the rain delay, NASCAR decided to schedule a competition caution on lap 25.[11]

The race began at 12:19 p.m. EDT with Tony Stewart the leader in pole position. Stewart led until lap 16 when he was passed by Greg Biffle. By lap 20 Stewart had fallen to third. Five laps later, the competition caution came out. Tony Stewart was first off pit road and had the lead. The green flag waved on lap 32 while Stewart was still the leader. Stewart led until lap 48 when Jimmie Johnson passed him. Johnson led the race until lap 76 at which point Dale Earnhardt, Jr. passed him. One lap later, the second caution, caused by Brian Vickers colliding with the wall, came out. On the restart, Stewart led them to the green flag start on lap 83. The race stayed green until the third caution came out on lap 100. The caution was caused by the spin of Brian Vickers' car in turn three. After all cars had pitted, Earnhardt, Jr. became the leader on the lap 104 restart. Shortly after the restart, on lap 111, the fourth caution waved because Sam Hornish, Jr. spun in turn four. The restart was on lap 116 with Earnhardt, Jr. the leader, but a lap later, on lap 117, Jamie McMurray passed him for the lead.[11]

Race winner Denny Hamlin in 2007.

Subsequently, McMurray was in front until lap 127 when Earnhardt, Jr. passed him. Earnhardt, Jr. led until lap 137 at which point Jeff Gordon passed him. The race experienced a long run from lap 116 to lap 235. Gordon led until lap 166 when he came to pit road for a green flag pit stop; Juan Pablo Montoya passed him. Montoya then pitted leaving the lead for Earnhardt, Jr. Gordon passed Earnhardt, Jr. on lap 182 for the lead in turn two. Jeff Gordon, around lap 205, entered heavy traffic that slowed him down and caused him to be passed by Jimmie Johnson. Once out of the heavy traffic Gordon took away the lead from Johnson. For the next ten laps green flag pit stops occurred. The top-five after the pit stops was Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Denny Hamlin, and David Reutimann. Then, on lap 227, Gordon passed Johnson for the lead. The fifth caution came out on lap 232 because Montoya collided with the wall. All lead lap cars pitted; the leader on the lap 236 restart was Tony Stewart.[11]

Stewart led until lap 253 because Jeff Gordon passed him. From lap 271 to 291 the race had green flag pit stops; after they were finished Gordon was the leader. Seventeen laps later, on lap 310 the sixth caution came out because of engine problems with David Reutimann's car. On restart, on lap 316, Jeff Burton led them to the green flag. A lap afterwards, the race was red flagged for a large crash exiting the quad-oval. The accident was caused by Tony Stewart getting clipped by Carl Edwards as a group of cars tried to go four-wide. The cars involved were Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, A. J. Allmendinger, Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano, Juan Pablo Montoya, Paul Menard, and Clint Bowyer. The race was red-flagged for 19 minutes to allow for cleanup to proceed. The restart with Jeff Burton the leader happened on lap 322. On lap 323, Denny Hamlin passed Burton for the lead. On lap 333, the white flag was waved for Hamlin. Jimmie Johnson, who started sixth on the last restart, was catching Hamlin, but Johnson did not have enough time. The race was Hamlin's second win of the season, and his tenth of his career.[11][12]

Race results[edit]

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


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  9. ^ "Practice Cancellations". NASCAR.com: Raygan Swan. 17 April 2010. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  10. ^ "Rain Postpones Race". NASCAR.com: Track Release. 18 April 2010. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  11. ^ a b c d "Race Summary". NASCAR.com. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  12. ^ "Denny wins the 2010 Samsung Mobile 500". Autoweek.com: Al Pearce. 20 April 2010. Archived from the original on 21 April 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  13. ^ "Race Results". NASCAR.com. Archived from the original on 23 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
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