Published on July 13th, 2009 | by Michael J Smith1
Martin Wins Lifelock.com 400
On the final double-file restart of the Lifelock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway with two laps to go, Mark Martin opted to take the inside line, giving Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon the outside. Gordon also had 36-lap-fresher tires. Martin matted the gas and made it stick on the restart and pulled away from Jeff Gordon to earn the win, his fourth of the season.
Top 5: Martin, Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, and Denny Hamlin.
Ryan Newman, Brian Vickers, Jimme Johnson, Clint Bowyer, and Juan Montoya rounded out the top 10.
Notables: Marcos Ambrose (11th), David Reutimann (12th), Carl Edwards (14th), Dale Earnhardt Jr (15th), Kurt Busch (17th), Kevin Harvick (19th), Matt Kenseth (23rd), Greg Biffle (31st), Kyle Busch (33rd), and Jeff Burton (37th).
Dale Earnhardt Jr got loose inside Paul Menard, and slid into him. The contact cut Menards left rear tire. Menard bounced off the wall and spun, triggering a multi-car wreck.
Beatin’ and bangin’ was the order of the night, in the late stages of the race. On a late restart, Denny Hamlin slammed into the back of Jimmie Johnson, forcing Johnson up the track. Hamlin then dove to the middle to make it three-wide with Brian Vickers on his inside and Johnson on his outside. Johnson dropped from the lead to sixth.
About three quarters of a lap later, Vickers got loose and made contact with Hamlin as the two were battling for the lead. The contact sent both up the track, allowing Mark Martin to easily take the lead.
Further back, Johnson and Kurt Busch were racing side-by-side when Johnson got loose inside Busch and the two made contact. After the two made contact, Busch slammed into Johnson, showing him that he was not pleased with the contact. Busch ended up with a tire rub.
About a quarter of a lap later, Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski, who were a little behind Busch and Johnson, got together, sending Keselowski into the outside wall. Keselowski slowed off the pace, and had to come to the pits. He was running inside the top 10 at the time.
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