2009 Food City 500
The 2009 Food City 500 was the fifth race of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. This 500 lap, 266.5 miles (428.9 km) race took place on March 22 of that year at the 0.533 miles (0.858 km) Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, and was telecast on Fox beginning at 1:30 PM US EDT, with radio broadcasting being handled by Performance Racing Network (terrestrial) and Sirius XM Radio (satellite) beginning at 1 PM US EDT.
|Race 5 of 36 in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season|
|Date||March 22, 2009|
|Official name||Food City 500|
|Location||Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee|
Permanent racing facility|
0.533 mi (0.857 km)
|Distance||503 laps, 268.099 mi (431.463 km)|
|Scheduled Distance||500 laps, 266.5 mi (428.89 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures up to 66 °F (19 °C); wind speeds up to 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)|
|Average speed||92.139 miles per hour (148.283 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|No. 18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Network||Fox Broadcasting Company|
|Announcers||Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds|
This race was the last to use the 2008 season Top 35 in owners points rule. Beginning with the next race, the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500, each week's current standings will be used to determine automatic qualifiers for each week's race.
- Michael Waltrip smacked the wall in practice and was forced to go to a backup car.
- The car of Kevin Harvick was so tight it would not turn at about 100 miles per hour. After inspecting the car, it was determined that the cause was the engine rubbing against the tires, but Harvick did not go to a backup car.
- Bobby Labonte and Greg Biffle both spun off turn 4 at one point in practice, but both cars suffered minor to no damage.
Bobby Allison, a NASCAR Cup Series driver who drove in the formative years in NASCAR, became the honorary starter for this race. He would give out the green flag and later surrendered his "duty" to the regular starter for the other flags.
The pundits predicted that Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch would be triumphant in the race while Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan and Brian Vickers didn't have much of a chance to finish the race in a respectable position.
Kyle Busch led 378 laps en route to his second victory of 2009. JGR teammate Denny Hamlin finished second, while Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon finished third and fourth, while Kasey Kahne rounded up the top 5. Jeff Gordon still led the points standings, and got his 4th top-10 and 3rd top-5 of the season.
- "Official Weather Information : Food City 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2014-10-11.
- "Nascar's Bobby Allison named Honorary Starter for Food City 500". WVLT-TV. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-01-27.
- "Odds to Win 2009 Food City 500 – Busch, Edwards and Gordon Favored at Bristol". The Spread. Retrieved 2015-01-27.
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