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2009 400

The 2009 400 was the nineteenth race of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, marking the start of the second half of the season.

2009 400
Race details[1]
Race 19 of 36 in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Layout of Chicagoland Speedway
Layout of Chicagoland Speedway
Date July 11, 2009 (2009-July-11)
Official name 400
Location Chicagoland Speedway (Joliet, Illinois)
Course 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)
Pole position
Driver Red Bull Racing Team
Most laps led
Driver Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 195
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.

Pre-race newsEdit

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.


Brian Vickers won his 5th pole of the season with rookie Scott Speed taking 2nd position, marking the first time both Red Bull teammates started a NASCAR race on the front row.

Race recapEdit

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
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
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


  1. ^ Weather information for the 2009 400 at The Old Farmers' Almanac. Accessed 2013-06-21. Archived 2013-07-05.