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2009 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen

The 2009 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event held on August 10, 2009 at Watkins Glen International.

2009 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen
Race details[1]
Race 22 of 36 in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
The short course at Watkins Glen International
The short course at Watkins Glen International
Date August 10, 2009 (2009-August-10)
Location Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York
Course Permanent racing facility
2.45 mi (3.942 km)
Distance 90 laps, 220.5 mi (354.86 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 90 °F (32 °C); wind speeds up to 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)
Average speed 90.297 miles per hour (145.319 km/h)
Attendance 85,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 71.340
Most laps led
Driver Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 34
Winner
No. 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Jerry Punch, Andy Petree and Dale Jarrett

The race was rained out on the original scheduled day of August 9. The race was won by points leader Tony Stewart, his third win of the year. Stewart scored his fifth win at Watkins Glen. With that win, he passed Jeff Gordon as the all time NASCAR winner at the Glen. As of 2019, that record still stands. Also with his win in that race, Tony Stewart would score his seventh career road course win, breaking him out a four-way tie for second in all time road course wins with Bobby Allison, Rusty Wallace, and Ricky Rudd. Stewart would win an additional road course race at Sonoma in 2016, the year he retired. As of 2019, Tony Stewart is currently in second place with eight road course wins, as Jeff Gordon currently holds the all-time record with nine wins.

During the race, a hard crash involving Sam Hornish Jr., Jeff Gordon, and Jeff Burton, left the drivers shaken but alright. Kasey Kahne got loose under Hornish and Hornish slid hard into the tire barrier. Then Hornish spun back onto the track and Gordon had no way to avoid him and they made hard contact sending Gordon head on into the Armco barrier and Hornish into Jeff Burton, which nearly sent Hornish on his side.[2]

In the late stages of the race, fuel mileage was an issue but no one had any problems. Stewart held off a strong Marcos Ambrose for the win. Drivers from five different countries were in the race including the United States of America, Australia, Colombia, Italy and Canada. An incredible crowd of 85,000 live spectators were enthralled by this 146-minute racing event where the average green flag run was almost 13 laps long. Owing to the high number of accidents and resulting amount of debris, more than 14% of the event was raced under a caution flag.[2]

Top ten finishersEdit

Pos[2] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Laps led
1 13 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 90 34
2 4 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota 90 9
3 33 99 Carl Edwards Ford 90 0
4 8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 90 15
5 7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 90 0
6 10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 90 0
7 2 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 90 23
8 16 13 Max Papis Toyota 90 0
9 38 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 90 0
10 3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 90 0

TimelineEdit

Section reference:[2]

  • Start of race: Kurt Busch had the pole position as the green flag was waved
  • Lap 20: Marcos Ambrose took over the lead from Kurt Busch
  • Lap 28: Kurt Busch took over the lead from Marcos Ambrose
  • Lap 29: Marcos Ambrose took over the lead from Kurt Busch
  • Lap 30: Jimmie Johnson took over the lead from Marcos Ambrose
  • Lap 34: Kyle Busch took over the lead from Jimmie Johnson
  • Lap 46: Tony Stewart took over the lead from Kyle Busch
  • Lap 56: Kurt Busch took over the lead from Tony Stewart
  • Lap 59: David Stremme took over the lead from Kurt Busch
  • Lap 60: Scott Speed took over the lead from David Stremme
  • Lap 64: Kyle Busch took over the lead from Scott Speed
  • Lap 67: Tony Stewart took over the lead from Kyle Busch
  • Finish: Tony Stewart was officially declared the winner of the event

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[2]
1 Tony Stewart 3383
2 Jimmie Johnson 3123
3 Jeff Gordon 3041
4 Kurt Busch 2902
5 Denny Hamlin 2847

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2009 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-07-06. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "2009 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen racing information". Racing Reference. Archived from the original on 2013-07-06. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
Preceded by
2009 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500
NASCAR Sprint Cup Season
2009
Succeeded by
2009 Carfax 400