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2009 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500

The 2009 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on August 3, 2009, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Contested over 200 laps, it was the twenty-first race of the 2009 Sprint Cup Series season. Denny Hamlin, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, won the race.

2009 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500
Race details[1]
Race 21 of 36 in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Pocono Raceway, the race track where the race was held.
Pocono Raceway, the race track where the race was held.
Date August 3, 2009 (2009-08-03)
Official name Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500
Location Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania
Course Permanent racing facility
2.500 mi (4.023 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.67 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 79 °F (26 °C); with wind speeds climbing up to 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)
Attendance 80,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Stewart-Haas Racing
Most laps led
Driver Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 91
Winner
No. 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree[3]

It took three hours fifty-seven minutes to complete. Juan Pablo Montoya was humbly given a second-place finish by being .869 seconds slower than Hamlin. Eight drivers failed to finish the race; including last-place finisher Mike Wallace who parked his car on lap 13. Derrike Cope's vehicle was too slow to qualify for the race. Previous-day rain forced a competition caution on lap 22; most other yellow flags after this one were mainly for debris or accidents. Nearly 20% of the race was held under the caution flag; with a green flag run lasting an average of nearly 15 laps.[2]

Top ten finishersEdit

Pos[2] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Laps led
1 6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 200 91
2 10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 200 0
3 16 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 200 23
4 29 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Dodge 200 0
5 8 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 200 35
6 15 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 200 0
7 9 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 200 10
8 3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 200 0
9 4 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 200 14
10 1 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 200 0

TimelineEdit

  • Start of race: Jimmie Johnson began the race in first place
  • Lap 13: Mike Wallace decided to park his vehicle even though nothing was wrong with it
  • Lap 17: The power steering malfunctioned in Tony Raines' vehicle
  • Lap 24: David Gilliand's alternator stopped working properly
  • Lap 26: Dave Blaney managed to overheat his vehicle
  • Lap 30: Ignition problems forced Joe Nemechek out of the race
  • Lap 36: Transmission issues caused Sterling Marlin to exit the race prematurely
  • Lap 38: Patrick Carpentier's race weekend would be over due to a faulty transmission
  • Lap 180: Bobby Labonte had a terminal crash; forcing him to retire from the race early
  • Finish: Denny Hamlin was officially declared the winner of the event

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[2]
1 Tony Stewart 3188
2 Jimmie Johnson 2991
3 Jeff Gordon 2989
4 Kurt Busch 2751
5 Denny Hamlin 2713

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2009 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2014-10-10.
  2. ^ a b c d "2009 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500". Racing-reference. Yardbarker. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
  3. ^ "The Race: Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 9, 2014.