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2009 Subway Fresh Fit 500

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2009 Subway Fresh Fit 500
Race details
Race 8 of 36 in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Phoenix International Raceway
Phoenix International Raceway
Date April 18, 2009 (2009-04-18)
Location Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona
Course Permanent racing facility
1 mi (1.6 km)
Distance 312 laps, 312 mi (502.115 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 95 °F (35 °C); wind speeds up to 9.9 miles per hour (15.9 km/h)[1]
Average speed 108.042 miles per hour (173.877 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 26.903
Most laps led
Driver Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 157
No. 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

The 2009 Subway Fresh Fit 500 was the eighth stock car race of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. It was held on April 18, 2009 at Phoenix International Speedway in Avondale, Arizona.



Phoenix International Raceway is one of five short tracks to hold NASCAR races; the others are Richmond International Raceway, Dover International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Martinsville Speedway.[2] The standard track at Phoenix International Raceway is a four-turn short track oval that is 1 mile (1.6 km) long.[3] The track's turns were banked at 11 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, was banked at three degrees. The back stretch, which has a dogleg shape instead of a straight, has 9 degrees of banking.[3] The racetrack has seats for 76,800 spectators.[3]

Before the race, Jeff Gordon led the Drivers' Championship with 1,154 points, followed by Jimmie Johnson in second on 992 points. Kurt Busch was in third on 974 points, Clint Bowyer was fourth with 967 points, and Tony Stewart was fifth on 963 points. Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne rounded out the top ten.[4] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 48 points, ten points ahead of their rival Ford in second. Toyota, with 37 points, was six points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third.[5] Johnson was the race's defending champion.[6]


Martin took the pole at Phoenix with a speed of 133.814 mph, 0.018 seconds in front of second place, Kyle Busch. Kurt Busch took third place 0.23 seconds of the leader and Jeff Gordon and Brian Vickers rounded out the top five.


Big Machine Records recording artists Kate & Kacey sang the national anthem for this race and future talk show host Michael Strahan delivered the command to start engines 5 minutes after the anthem was sung.

Mark Martin started from the pole and dominated the first one hundred laps of the race, relinquishing the lead only under caution. At this point, the front runners were Martin, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, and Tony Stewart. Those four were consistently in the top five for the first two hundred laps. On lap 167, the caution came out for Robby Gordon's wreck and several cars stayed out. By lap 267, all cars that have stayed out have pitted except Dale Earnhardt, Jr. On lap 300, Earnhardt made slight contact with Casey Mears and hit the wall. Ryan Newman, during this caution, accidentally stayed out of the pits because of having radio problems. He was the only car that didn't pit. On the restart, Martin blew by Newman and cruised to his first win since August 2005.

Effect on Points

This race didn't have a noticeable effect on points. Mark Martin, the winner of the race, jumped five spots to thirteenth in the standings. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., after wrecking late in the race dropped three spots. Also dropping three spots is Matt Kenseth, who at best had a mediocre race.


Pos Car Driver Team Make
1 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2 14 Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet
3 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
5 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford
6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
7 1 Martin Truex, Jr. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
8 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
9 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Dodge
10 99 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford
11 26 Jamie McMurray Roush Racing Ford
12 43 Reed Sorenson Richard Petty Motorsports Dodge
13 9 Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Dodge
14 47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota
15 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
16 39 Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet
17 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
18 12 David Stremme Penske Racing Dodge
19 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Racing Toyota
20 07 Casey Mears Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
21 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
22 6 David Ragan Roush Racing Ford
23 98 Paul Menard Robert Yates Racing Ford
24 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Motorsports Chevrolet
25 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
26 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
27 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford
28 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
29 96 Bobby Labonte Hall of Fame Racing Toyota
30 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
31 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
32 19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Dodge
33 71 David Gilliland TRG Motorsports Chevrolet
34 82 Scott Speed Red Bull Racing Toyota
35 44 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Dodge
36 36 Scott Riggs Tommy Baldwin Racing Toyota
37 55 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
38 34 John Andretti Front Row Motorsports Chevrolet
39 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota
40 09 Sterling Marlin Phoenix Racing Dodge
41 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota
42 66 Dave Blaney Prism Motorsports Toyota
43 73 Tony Raines H&S Racing Dodge


  1. ^ Weather information for the 2009 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ "Tracks". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 11 November 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Phoenix International Raceway". Turner Sports. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  4. ^ "Points Standings". NASCAR. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on March 2, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  5. ^ "Manufacturers' Championship Classification". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. Archived from the original on July 7, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  6. ^ "2008 Subway Fresh Fit 500". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved August 25, 2015.

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2009 Samsung 500
Sprint Cup Series
2009 season
Next race:
2009 Aaron's 499
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