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2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500

The 2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Presented by Target was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series motor race that was held on June 6, 2010 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. It was the fourteenth race of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The event was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. EDT on TNT, but it was delayed by rain to 3:00 p.m.[1] It was also broadcast on the radio station Motor Racing Network at 12 p.m. EDT.[2] The race consisted of 200 laps, 500 miles (804.67 km).

The race began with Kyle Busch, from Joe Gibbs Racing, on the pole. During the race there were seven different leaders, fourteen lead changes, and eight cautions.[3] Then, Denny Hamlin, also from Joe Gibbs Racing, won the 2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500.[4]

Race report

Practice and qualifying


Three practice sessions were scheduled before the race, one before qualifying on Friday, June 4, 2010, and two on Saturday, June 5, 2010.[5] In the first practice session the quickest five drivers were Jimmie Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and A. J. Allmendinger.[6] In the second practice, Jimmie Johnson was quickest, while Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer, and Kyle Busch followed.[7] During the final practice session, Jeff Burton was first fastest, Jimmie Johnson second, Denny Hamlin in third, fourth is Jamie McMurray, and Kevin Harvick fifth.[8]

In qualifying, Kyle Busch won the pole position, while Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin completed the top-five positions.[9] There were 45 entries for the race,[10] but only 43 can race which meant that two drivers would not make the race; they were Terry Cook and Ted Musgrave.[9]

Race summary

At 12:00 p.m. EDT, Turner Network Television started broadcasting with the "Countdown to Green".[11] At the start of the race, weather was predicted to be mostly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms. At 12:55 p.m. EDT, pre-race ceremonies began with Mrs. Phil DeRea delivered the invocation, then Clarke Luis performed the national anthem. To start engines, WWE Superstar John Cena gave the command, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!". While under the pace laps, inclement weather moved in the area to cause a two hour rain delay. During the rain delay, NASCAR decided that there would be a competition caution on lap 15.[11]

At 3:07 p.m. EDT, the green flag waved to start the race. On lap 5, Denny Hamlin passed Kyle Busch for the lead. Ten laps later, the competition caution came out, then most of the drivers came down to make their pit stops . On lap 18, Bobby Labonte stayed out to lead one lap, then he came down to pit. Kyle Busch, on lap 20, led to field on the restart. Kyle Busch led the race until Clint Bowyer passed him on lap 38. Nine laps later, green flag pit stops began. On lap 79, Clint Bowyer pitted and gave the lead to Denny Hamlin, but two laps later, Bowyer regained the lead.[11]

On lap 85, there were only twenty-two cars on the lead lap where Clint Bowyer had lapped twenty-one cars. Twelve laps later, the second caution came out because of debris in turn two. Afterwards, all the lead lap cars pitted, and Kyle Busch regained the lead. On lap 101 the restart started with Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, and Jimmie Johnson going four wide on the straightaway. Kevin Harvick then became the leader, but on lap 106, his car got loose and went toward the outside wall to give Denny Hamlin the lead. On lap 126, Denny Hamlin continued to lead with 75 lap to go. On lap 131, the second set of green flag pit stops began. One lap later, leader Denny Hamlin pitted, but kept his position on the race track.[11]

On lap 151, the teams were worried because they didn't have enough to make it to the checkered flag. Four laps later, the third caution came out because there was debris on the Long Pond straightaway. After all lead lap car pitted, Denny Hamlin brought the field to the green flag, but on the same lap, the fourth caution came out because Casey Mears, and Elliott Sadler collided. One lap later, Kyle Busch became the leader. On lap 164, the green flag waved as Kyle Busch was the leader. One lap later, Denny Hamlin regained the lead. On lap 167, David Ragan collided with Jamie McMurray to make him collide with the wall which brought out the fifth caution. Most of the leaders pitted for fuel, but Kurt Busch stayed out to become the leader on the restart on lap 171.[11]

One lap later, Sam Hornish, Jr. passed Kurt Busch for the lead. On lap 175, the sixth caution came out because of debris in turn three. Some of the lead lap cars pitted, while the top-ten stayed out. Hornish, Jr, then, brought the field to the green flag on lap 179. Hornish continued to lead until Denny Hamlin passed him on lap 189. Ten laps later, the seventh caution came out because Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano collided. The caution caused a green-white-checkered finish; the restart was on lap 202. Then, one lap later, the white flag was given, but on the back stretch Kasey Kahne was blocked by A. J. Allmendinger, then went through the grass, went toward the outside wall, went airborne as Mark Martin and Greg Biffle collided into him, and went to rest in the middle of the straightaway after Jeff Gordon collided head on with him. Then, Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag as he won his fourth race of the 2010 season.[11][12] Following the race, an altercation ensued between Logano and Harvick's pit crew.

Penalties

At the time when the race was about to resume after the rain delay, Sprint Cup Series officials noticed that the rear tires of Travis Kvapil's Ford were nearly flat. They made a pit stop while the rest of the field were under the pace laps. After the race, their car went under inspection which showed that the car was using bleeder valves, which were installed on the valve stems to regulate tire pressure. The infraction has one of the severest penalties in NASCAR.[13] The infraction cost the Front Row Motorsports #38 team 150 owner points (Doug Yates is listed as the owner of the #38), Kvapil 150 driver points, USD $100,000, and the suspension of three crew members for twelve weeks.[14] Front Row Motorsports appealed the decision, which knocked the team from 32nd to 36th, forcing the team to qualify on time.[15] The penalties were upheld by NASCAR on June 22, 2010.[16] In an unusual move, the penalty moved the #7 Robby Gordon Motorsports entry back into the Top 35, despite failing to qualify. The penalty had a season-long effect on the #38 team, as they were never able to get back into the Top 35 and failed to qualify for three races.

Results

Pos Starting Pos Car Driver Team Make Sponsor
1 5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota FedEx Freight
2 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota M&M's Pretzel
3 6 14 Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot
4 22 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil
5 25 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Lowe's
6 4 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge Miller Lite Vortex Bottle
7 13 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Caterpillar
8 7 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Target
9 2 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper
10 17 43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Coleman Natural Foods
11 19 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Dodge Mobil 1
12 26 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford Kellogg's / Cheez-it
13 12 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota The Home Depot
14 9 39 Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet Haas Automation
15 29 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine
16 33 98 Paul Menard Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Pittsburgh Paints / Menards
17 15 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford Crown Royal Black
18 24 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies
19 3 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy
20 31 82 Scott Speed Team Red Bull Toyota Red Bull
21 11 12 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge Penske Racing
22 38 38 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford Long John Silver's Ice Flow Lemonade
23 23 83 Casey Mears Team Red Bull Toyota Red Bull
24 43 26 David Stremme Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford Air National Guard
25 27 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota NAPA Auto Parts
26 35 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford UPS
27 8 9 Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Budweiser
28 28 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 3M
29 14 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet HendrickCars.com / GoDaddy.com
30 16 47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota Little Debbie
31 21 19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Stanley
32 10 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet DuPont
33 37 37 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford Taco Bell
34 20 13 Max Papis Germain Racing Toyota GEICO
35 42 34 Kevin Conway Front Row Mototsports Ford Extenze
36 18 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet McDonald's
37 36 46 J. J. Yeley Whitney Motorsports Dodge No Sponsor
38 41 71 Bobby Labonte TRG Motorsports Chevrolet No Sponsor
39 32 55 Michael McDowell Prism Motorsports Toyota No Sponsor
40 34 66 Dave Blaney Prism Motorsports Toyota No Sponsor
41 40 36 Geoffrey Bodine Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet No Sponsor
42 39 64 Chad McCumbee Gunselman Motorsports Toyota No Sponsor
43 30 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota FrontRowJoe.com
Source:[17][18]

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