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.
|Race 21 of 36 in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
Pocono Raceway, the race track where the race was held.
|Date||August 3, 2009|
|Official name||Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500|
|Location||Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania|
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)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|No. 11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree|
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.
Top ten finishersEdit
|2||10||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevrolet||200||0|
|4||29||77||Sam Hornish, Jr.||Dodge||200||0|
- 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
- "2009 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2014-10-10.
- "2009 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500". Racing-reference. Yardbarker. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
- "The Race: Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
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