2009 Brickyard 400
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The 2009 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the 16th running of the event, was the twenty-first race of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and the sixteenth NASCAR race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). It was the first race under the ESPN/ABC section of the TV coverage for the 2009 season. The 160-lap, 400 miles (640 km) event took place on July 26 at the 2.5 miles (4.0 km) IMS located in Speedway, Indiana (a separate town completely surrounded by Indianapolis). Along with ESPN, the IMS Radio Network, working with Performance Racing Network, provided radio coverage on terrestrial radio, World Harvest Radio International also provided Shortwave feed of the IMS coverage, and with Sirius XM Radio holding the satellite radio rights. Juan Pablo Montoya dominated the race leading almost 120 laps, but after a pit penalty while under green flag conditions toward the end of the race, Jimmie Johnson held off a hard charging Mark Martin to claim victory, his third triumph at the storied venue. The race will be known as Allstate 400, as Allstate Insurance announced that it would not renew its sponsorship of the race.
|Race 20 of 36 in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
|Date||July 26, 2009|
|Location||Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana|
Permanent racing facility|
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
|Distance||160 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures up to 82 °F (28 °C); wind speeds up to 15.9 miles per hour (25.6 km/h)|
|Average speed||145.882 miles per hour (234.774 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Juan Pablo Montoya||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing|
|No. 48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Jerry Punch, Andy Petree and Dale Jarrett|
Following the fiasco surrounding tire wear in the 2008 race, infuriating the fans and everyone else involved, Goodyear held three tire tests afterward, with the most recent tire test held on June 15–16. The drivers there agreed that the tire wear was much better than last year, mostly because the Car of Tomorrow was not run at IMS in 2007.
|Top Ten Finishers|
|Place||Car #||Driver||Car make||Team|
|1||48||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||5||Mark Martin||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||14||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||Stewart Haas Racing|
|4||16||Greg Biffle||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
|5||83||Brian Vickers||Toyota||Red Bull Racing Team|
|6||29||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing|
|7||9||Kasey Kahne||Dodge||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|8||00||David Reutimann||Toyota||Michael Waltrip Racing|
|9||24||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|10||17||Matt Kenseth||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
- "2009 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard weather information". Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- "Montoya Is Fast (Too Fast), and Johnson Wins at Indy". New York Times. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
- "Allstate Ends Sponsorship of Allstate 400 in Indy". ABC News. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-12-07.[dead link]
- "2009 Allstate 400 NSCS Race Results". 2009-07-26. Archived from the original on 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2009-07-26.
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