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2009 Carfax 400

2009 Sprint Cup Series
Chase for the Sprint Cup
Non-points races in italics

The 2009 Carfax 400 is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race that took place on August 16, 2009 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Actual start time of the race was 2:10PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time;[1] meaning that the race ended at exactly 5:12 PM EDT.

Summary

200 laps were done on a paved oval track spanning 2.000 miles (3.219 km).[2] Out of the 43 race car drivers on the grid, there were 41 American-born driers and two foreigners (Marcos Ambrose from Australia and Juan Pablo Montoya from Colombia).[2] There were seven cautions for 36 laps and the race lasted three hours and two minutes.[2] Attendance was 103000 strong and Brian Vickers (driving a Toyota Camry) won the race.[2] The other contenders who finished in the top ten were: Jeff Gordon (lost by 1.409 seconds), Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Carl Edwards, Sam Hornish, Jr., Casey Mears, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, David Reutimann, and Denny Hamlin.[2] The pole speed was 187.242 miles per hour (301.337 km/h) while the average speed was 131.531 miles per hour (211.679 km/h).[3] Jimmie Johnson had a dominant run during the closing laps until he ran out of fuel. He later admitted that his team was not good on fuel mileage during the race.[3]

Red Bull was the winning sponsor for that day (Dietrich Mateschitz was the winning car owner for the 2009 Carfax 400).[2] Tony Raines failed to qualify for the race due to lack of speed.[2] There were two instances of rain during the race which eventually returned to fair weather.[2] NASCAR had terrible luck with the weather during their 2009 season.[3] While environmental experts were to blame it on global warming, it just meant delayed races for loyal NASCAR followers.

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Preceded by
2009 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen
NASCAR Sprint Cup Season
2009
Succeeded by
2009 Sharpie 500
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