2009 LifeLock.com 400
The 2009 LifeLock.com 400 was the nineteenth race of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, marking the start of the second half of the season.
|Race 19 of 36 in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season|
Layout of Chicagoland Speedway
|Date||July 11, 2009|
|Official name||LifeLock.com 400|
|Location||Chicagoland Speedway (Joliet, Illinois)|
Permanent racing facility|
1.5 mi (2.414 km)
|Distance||267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.542 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching a low of 69.1 °F (20.6 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)|
|Average speed||133.804 miles per hour (215.337 km/h)|
|Driver||Red Bull Racing Team|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Mark Martin||Hendrick Motorsports|
|No. 5||Mark Martin||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Network||Turner Network Television|
|Announcers||Ralph Sheheen, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Kyle Petty|
This 267 lap 400.5 miles (644.5 km) event was held on Saturday night, July 11 at the 1.5 miles (2.4 km) Chicagoland Speedway. This would be the last TV broadcast of the year for the TNT Summer Series, with radio being handled by Sirius XM Radio (satellite) and MRN (over-the-air) starting at 7 PM US EDT. The green flag waved shortly after 8:17 or 8:19 PM US EDT.
Michael Waltrip Racing held a press conference on Tuesday July 7, with the announcements being that driver/owner Michael Waltrip will run a limited schedule in 2010, with one of those races being the 52nd Daytona 500, and replacing him as the third full-time driver will be Martin Truex Jr., who will leave Earnhardt Ganassi Racing at the end of the 2009 season, stepping down from the #1 Chevrolet Impala SS to drive the #56 Toyota Camry.
Mark Martin dominated the race, leading 4 times for 195 laps, but would be passed by Jimmie Johnson on the third to last restart. The race would then have some wild final laps, as Martin went to the lead with 15 laps left after a pass on Brian Vickers when he and Denny Hamlin touched. Jeff Gordon was the highest car with fresh tires, making up six spots in only two laps, but would finish 2nd as Mark Martin pulled away from the rest of the field restarting on the outside lane and would go on to win his 4th race of the season. By finishing 1st and 2nd in both races sponsored by LifeLock this season, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon win the Musgrave family (no relation to Ted Musgrave) $1,000,000.
|Top Ten Finishers|
|1||5||Mark Martin||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||24||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||9||Kasey Kahne||Dodge||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|4||14||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||Stewart Haas Racing|
|5||11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|6||39||Ryan Newman||Chevrolet||Stewart Haas Racing|
|7||83||Brian Vickers||Toyota||Red Bull Racing Team|
|8||48||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||33||Clint Bowyer||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing|
|10||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevrolet||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing|