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2009 Chevy Rock & Roll 400

The 2009 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 was the 26th race in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and served as the last race in the "regular season" before the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup. The 400-lap, 300-mile (480 km) race was held on Saturday night, September 12, 2009 at the 0.75-mile (1.21 km) Richmond International Raceway in Henrico County, Virginia outside the state capital city, and was telecast on ABC with radio being handled by MRN Radio (over the air/terrestrial) and Sirius XM Radio (satellite). After this race, the top twelve drivers in the points standings were determined to enter the ten-race playoff to decide the 2009 Sprint Cup Champion, and their points were reset to 5,000 points with a ten-point bonus for each win they compile during the first 26 events this year. Denny Hamlin won the race, Brian Vickers gets the last spot, leaving Kyle Busch who won four times out, along with Matt Kenseth. It is the first time he has failed to make the cut.

2009 Chevy Rock & Roll 400
Race details
Race 26 of 36 in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Richmond International Speedway
Richmond International Speedway
Date September 12, 2009 (2009-September-12)
Official name Chevy Rock & Roll 400
Location Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia)
Course Permanent racing facility
0.75 mi (1.207 km)
Distance 400 laps, 300.0 mi (482.803 km)
Weather Temperatures averaging around 67.8 °F (19.9 °C); wind speeds up to 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)[1]
Average speed 96.601 miles per hour (155.464 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 21.292
Most laps led
Driver Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 299
No. 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Jerry Punch
Dale Jarrett
Andy Petree


The race was mainly a duel between Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin. The duo led 396 of the 400 laps run. Gordon got shoved to sixth, but made it up to third late in the race. Hamlin then held off Kurt Busch to win.

Race resultsEdit

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
4 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
6 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
7 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team
8 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Penske Racing
9 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Stewart Haas Racing

Chase Points Standings Starting at New HampshireEdit