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2009 Food City 500

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2009 Food City 500

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

The 2009 Food City 500 was the fifth race of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. This 500 lap, 266.5 miles (428.9 km) race took place on March 22 of that year at the 0.533 miles (0.858 km) Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, and was telecast on Fox beginning at 1:30 PM US EDT, with radio broadcasting being handled by Performance Racing Network (terrestrial) and Sirius XM Radio (satellite) beginning at 1 PM US EDT. This race was the last to utilize the 2008 season Top 35 in owners points rule. Beginning with the next race, the Goody's Cool Orange 500, each week's current standings will be used to determine automatic qualifiers for each week's race.

Qualifying

Mark Martin won his second pole in a row. He will start alongside Ryan Newman and teammate Jimmie Johnson in third.

Pre-Race Notes

  • Michael Waltrip smacked the wall in practice and was forced to go to a backup car.
  • The car of Kevin Harvick was so tight it would not turn at about 100 miles per hour. After inspecting the car, it was determined that the cause was the engine rubbing against the tires, but Harvick will not go to a backup car.
  • Bobby Labonte and Greg Biffle both spun off turn 4 at one point in practice, but both cars suffered minor to no damage.

Race

Kyle Busch led 378 laps en route to his second victory of 2009. JGR teammate Denny Hamlin finished second, while Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon finished third and fourth, while Kasey Kahne rounded up the top 5. Jeff Gordon still leads the points, and got his 4th top-10 and 3rd top-5 of the season.

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