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2010 LifeLock.com 400

The 2010 LifeLock.com 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series motor race that was held on July 10, 2010 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. It was the nineteenth race of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The event began at 7:30 p.m. EDT on TNT. It was broadcast on the radio station Motor Racing Network at 6:30 p.m. EDT.[1]

Contested over 267 laps, the race had a total of four cautions and ten lead changes among seven different drivers. David Reutimann clinched his first cup victory of the season for Michael Waltrip Racing after starting seventh to Jamie McMurray. Carl Edwards finished second in a Ford, and Jeff Gordon finished third in a Chevrolet.

Race report

Background

Prior to the race, Richard Childress Racing driver Kevin Harvick led the Drivers' Championship with 2,684 points, and Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon was second with 2,472 points. Behind them in the Drivers' Championship, Jimmie Johnson was third with 2,459 points, and Kurt Busch was fourth with 2,439 points. Denny Hamlin was fifth with 2,400 points.[2] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 130 points, twenty points ahead of their rival Toyota. In the battle for third place, Dodge had 78 points, now even with Ford.[3]

Practice and qualifying

Two practice sessions were held before the Saturday race—both on Friday. The first session lasted 105 minutes, and the evening session completed after 45 minutes. In the first practice session, which was held in dry conditions, Toyota's Joe Nemechek was quickest, ahead of the Chevrolet of Casey Mears and the Ford of David Stremme in second and third.[4] Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson followed in fourth and fifth.[4] In the second practice session, Juan Pablo Montoya was quickest, while Jamie McMurray and Greg Biffle followed in second and third.[5] Johnson and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.[5]

During qualifying, forty-seven drivers were entered, but only the fastest forty-three raced because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[6] McMurray clinched his sixth pole position, with a time of 29.421.[7] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Johnson.[7] Tony Stewart only managed to qualify third, and Greg Biffle qualified fourth.[7] Sam Hornish, Jr. qualified fifth with a time of 29.572.[7] Gordon, David Reutimann, Paul Menard, Martin Truex, Jr. and Montoya rounded off the top ten.[7] The four drivers that did not qualify were J. J. Yeley, Dave Blaney, Michael McDowell, and Todd Bodine.[7]

Race

The race, the nineteenth out of a total of thirty-six in the season, began at 7:30 p.m. EDT and was televised live in the United States on TNT.[1] Conditions were sunny with a high 88 °F (31 °C), making the track potentially slippery early in the race.[8] Co-director of Raceway Windy City Ministries Glenn Spoolstra[9] began the pre-race ceremonies by giving the invocation. Afterward, Jim Cornelison, the Chicago Blackhawks national anthem singer, performed the United States National Anthem while Duncan Keith gave the command to start engines.[8]

Jamie McMurray maintained the first position going through turns one and two, but Jimmie Johnson, who had stated second passed McMurray to lead the first lap. Two laps later, David Reutimann moved into sixth, after passing Sam Hornish, Jr.. After three laps, McMurray fell to fourth because of car handling problems. On lap 7, Tony Stewart passed Greg Biffle for the second position. Hornish, Jr., who started fifth, had fallen seven positions by lap 11. Carl Edwards, after starting eleventh, moved into the eighth position on lap 15. By lap 20, Johnson had a one second lead over Stewart in second. On lap 28, Biffle was 2.4 seconds off Johnson's pace. Seven laps later, McMurray moved into third from passing Biffle.[8]

On lap 39, the first caution was brought out because David Stremme collided with the wall. Afterward, teams made their first pit stop. Johnson remained the leader, as Martin Truex, Jr. moved to second for the restart. One lap later, McMurray moved into the second position. On lap 48, Jeff Gordon moved into the seventh position, after passing Juan Pablo Montoya and A. J. Allmendinger. On lap 60, Johnson had led more laps at the beginning of this race than any other. Eight laps later, Truex, Jr. and his teammate Reutimann were in the third and fourth positions. On lap 70, Tony Stewart move into the eight position, as Biffle moved into the top-ten. After seventy-two laps, Kyle Busch, who began in the thirty-third position, had moved to twenty-fifth. On lap 80, Montoya moved into the seventh position, by passing Biffle. By lap 88, five cars were in the garage area of the speedway, they were Landon Cassill, Casey Mears, Mike Bliss, Max Papis and Joe Nemechek.[8]

Two laps later, Johnson had a two second lead over McMurray, as pit stops began. On lap 96, McMurray became the leader, Johnson entered pit lane. After missing pit lane the first time, Johnson was scored in the third position two laps later. On lap 108, Johnson passed Truex, Jr. for second, but he was still scored 1.1 seconds behind McMurray. Eight laps later, Reutimann passed Truex, Jr. for the third position. Afterward on lap twenty, Martin Truex, Jr. continues to lose positions, as he fell to fourth after being passed by Jeff Gordon. Nine laps later, the second caution came out because of debris. The green flag waved on lap 136, with McMurray and Johnson in first and second. One lap later, Johnson spun sideways through the grass to bring out the third caution, but he retained no major damage. Johnson fell to the twenty-fourth position after having to make a pit stop under this caution.[8]

On lap 140, McMurray restarted in the first position. Four laps later, Reutimann moved forward one position into third, after passing Truex, Jr. Afterward, on lap 147, Truex, Jr. lost two positions after being passed by Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton. On lap 166, McMurray's vacated first position was filled by Jeff Gordon. Three laps later, Reutimann passed McMurray for the second position. On lap 174, Johnson came to pit lane after colliding with the wall. Four laps later, Stewart claimed the eighth position after passing Martin Truex, Jr. On lap 180, the fourth caution came out because Bill Elliott collided with the wall, as Robby Gordon careened into Elliott. Nine laps later, the green flag waved as Jeff Gordon led. On lap 192, Biffle began losing positions because of a failing engine.[8]

Two laps later, Kevin Harvick drove his race car to the garage area. On lap 197, it was said that Harvick's crew members were changing a fuel pump. On lap 212, Edwards passed McMurray for the fourth position. One lap later, Reutimann passed Jeff Gordon for the first position. Fifteen laps later, Biffle's engine failed. One lap later, Johnson made a scheduled green flag pit stop. On lap 233 Bowyer claimed the lead as Reutimann came to pit lane for a pit stop. Afterward, Edwards and Montoya led as green flag pit stops continued. Green flag pit stops finished on lap 236, after Reutimann reclaimed the lead. On lap 242 Edwards claimed the second position from Jeff Gordon. Reutimann remained the leader, and crossed the finish line first to clinch his second career victory in the Sprint Cup Series. Edwards finished second ahead of Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, and Jamie McMurray.[8]

Classification

Qualifying

No Driver Constructor Manufacturer Time (in seconds) Grid
1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 29.421 1
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.463 2
14 Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 29.528 3
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.561 4
77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 29.572 5
24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.573 6
00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 29.575 7
98 Paul Menard Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 29.598 8
56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 29.598 9
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 29.630 10
99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.643 11
9 Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 29.653 12
43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 29.664 13
31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29.674 14
33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29.692 15
19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 29.702 16
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.703 17
20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.727 18
39 Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 29.733 19
09 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 29.743 20
5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.766 21
2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 29.777 22
47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 29.781 23
83 Reed Sorenson Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 29.783 24
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.785 25
6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.818 26
29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29.823 27
87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 29.846 28
21 Bill Elliot Wood Brothers Racing Ford 29.868 29
12 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 29.936 30
13 Max Papis Germain Racing Toyota 29.945 31
71 Landon Cassill TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 29.955 32
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.968 33
17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.975 34
36 Casey Mears Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 29.983 35
26 David Stremme Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford 30.011 36
32 Mike Bliss Braun Racing Toyota 30.052 37
7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 30.098 38
82 Scott Speed Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 30.101 39
37 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 30.218 40
78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 30.263 41
34 Kevin Conway Front Row Motorsports Ford 30.529 42
38 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 30.110 43
55 Michael McDowell Prism Motorsports Toyota 30.151
66 Dave Blaney Prism Motorsports Toyota 30.193
46 J. J. Yeley Whitney Motorsports Dodge 30.338
64 Todd Bodine Gunselman Motorsports Toyota 30.448
Source:[7][10]

Race results

Pos Grid Car Driver Constructor Manufacturer Laps Points
1 7 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 190
2 11 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 175
3 6 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 170
4 15 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 165
5 1 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 160
6 12 9 Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 267 150
7 14 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 146
8 17 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 142
9 3 14 Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 138
10 9 98 Paul Menard Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 267 134
11 8 56 Martin Truex Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 130
12 26 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 127
13 34 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 124
14 13 43 A.J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 267 121
15 21 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 118
16 10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 120
17 33 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 112
18 30 12 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 266 109
19 18 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 266 106
20 41 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 266 103
21 16 19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 266 100
22 19 39 Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 266 97
23 25 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 266 94
24 5 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 266 91
25 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 266 98
26 22 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 265 85
27 24 83 Reed Sorenson Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 265 82
28 23 47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 265 79
29 20 09 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 265 76
30 39 82 Scott Speed Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 264 73
31 43 38 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 261 70
32 40 37 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 261 67
33 42 34 Kevin Conway Front Row Motorsports Ford 256 64
34 27 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 251 61
35 4 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 225 58
36 36 26 David Stremme Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford 184 55
37 29 21 Bill Elliot Wood Brothers Racing Ford 176 52
38 38 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 174 49
39 32 71 Landon Cassill TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 73 46
40 35 36 Casey Mears Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 49 43
41 37 32 Mike Bliss Braun Racing Toyota 40 40
42 31 13 Max Papis Germain Racing Toyota 40 37
43 28 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 20 34

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