2010 Shelby American

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2010 Shelby American
Race details[1][2]
Race 3 of 36 in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Date February 28, 2010 (2010-February-28)
Official name Shelby American
Location Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.41 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.542 km)
Weather Sunny with a high around 64; wind out of the NNE at 6 mph. There was a zero percent chance of precipitation.
Average speed 141.450 miles per hour (227.642 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Penske Racing
Time 28.614
Most laps led
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 219
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

The 2010 Shelby American at Las Vegas was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series motor race that was held on February 28, 2010 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada as the third race of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season[3] The race consisted of 267 laps, 400.5 miles (645 km).

The race began with Kurt Busch, from Penske Racing, on the pole. During the race there were ten different leaders, twenty lead changes, and seven cautions.[4] Jimmie Johnson, from Hendrick Motorsports, ended up winning the 2010 Shelby American[5] while Kevin Harvick finished 2nd and Jeff Gordon finished third after leading the most laps (219).

Race report[edit]

Practices and qualifying[edit]

Polesitter Kurt Busch (pictured in 2015)

In the first practice session on February 26, the fastest were Juan Pablo Montoya, Sam Hornish Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon.[6] During qualifying runs, Kurt Busch ran the fastest lap with a speed of 188.719 miles per hour (303.714 km/h) and a time of 28.614 seconds to be on the pole position, while Casey Mears and Terry Cook failed to qualify.[7] In the second practice session, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, David Reutimann, and Clint Bowyer were the fastest.[8] In final practice Clint Bowyer, Juan Pablo Montoya, Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, and Marcos Ambrose were the fastest.[9] Unlike the first two practice sessions, final practice had one red flag because Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun to pit road.[10]

Race summary[edit]

On February 28, 2010, at 3 p.m. EST, Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Chaplain Joe Freiburger said the invocation. Afterward, America's Got Talent winner Terry Fator sang the national anthem. Carroll Shelby and Kim Kardashian gave the command "Gentlemen, start your engines!" for the race.[11]

On the start, Kurt Busch led the field to the green flag. On the same lap, Jeff Gordon passed Kurt Busch for the lead. On lap 2, Kevin Conway collided with the wall; to cause the first caution. On lap 5, Jeff Gordon led the field to the green flag. After the restart, the field became spread out, but on lap 45, Mike Bliss collided with the wall to bring out the second caution. The restart happened on lap 52, with Jeff Gordon leading. One lap later, Greg Biffle passed Gordon, and the third caution came out. The third caution came out because the caution lights did not turn off. On the lap 56 restart, Greg Biffle led the field to the green flag, but one lap later, Jeff Gordon reclaimed the lead.[11]

The race then experienced a 30 lap run that ended because Sam Hornish Jr. spun to bring out the fourth caution. All the leaders pitted, but the first one off pit road was Matt Kenseth. On lap 92, Matt Kenseth led them down for the restart. One lap later, though, the fifth caution came out because Jamie McMurray collided with Juan Pablo Montoya. A. J. Allmendinger was also involved in the accident. The restart happened on lap 97 with Kenseth still the leader, but on lap 98, Jeff Gordon passed him. On lap 107, the sixth caution came out because the caution lights inadvertently turned on. Most lead lap cars made their pit stop, but Scott Speed stayed out to become the leader.[11]

Race winner Jimmie Johnson in 2007.

On lap 113, Scott Speed led the field to the green flag. Also, on the restart, Scott Speed had a horrible start, that caused Jeff Gordon to pass him. From lap 113 to 228, a long green flag run happened. On lap 158, green flag pit stops began. During the pit stops the leaders were Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart. Afterwards, the top-five drivers were Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, and Kevin Harvick. Then on lap 212, green flag pit stops happened again. After the pit stops the leader was Jeff Gordon. On lap 228, the seventh caution came out because Kevin Conway collided with the wall. Clint Bowyer stayed off pit road to lead on the restart. Immediately after the start, on lap 233, Jeff Gordon reclaimed the lead. On lap 251, Jimmie Johnson passed Jeff Gordon for the lead. Jimmie Johnson kept the lead to win his second consecutive race in 2010.[1][11]

Race results[edit]

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


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  2. ^ Graves, Gary (26 February 2010). "Kurt Busch Wins The Pole". USA Today.com: Isaac Brekken. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Sprint Cup Series Schedule". NASCAR.com. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Race Information". Fox Sports.com. 21 February 2010. Archived from the original on 18 April 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Jimmie Johnson Wins Over Jeff Gordon". The New York Times.com. 28 February 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Practice 1 Results". NASCAR.com. 27 February 2010. Archived from the original on 5 May 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Qualifying Results". NASCAR.com. 27 February 2010. Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Practice 2 Results". NASCAR.com. 27 February 2010. Archived from the original on 21 April 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Final Practice Results". NASCAR.com. 27 February 2010. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  10. ^ "Dale Jr. Spins In Practice". NASCAR.com. 27 February 2010. Archived from the original on 5 May 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  11. ^ a b c d "Race Summary". NASCAR.com. 28 February 2010. Archived from the original on 5 May 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  12. ^ "Official Results". NASCAR.com. 28 February 2010. Archived from the original on 5 May 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
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