Welcome, race fans to the nineteenth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The lifelock.com 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Il. just outside of Chicago. 83 Brian Vickers is on the pole with a speed of 184.162. His team mate, 82 Scott Speed (who had to qualify on speed) will start next to him on the front row. 21 is former Champion Bill Elliott, who got in on speed. 09 is Mike Bliss. 25 is Brad Keselowski from the NASCAR Nationwide Series. 36 is Mike Skinner from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Failing to qualify are: 64 Mike Wallace, 51 Dexter Bean and 37 Tony Raines. 71 David Gilliland and 34 John Andretti made an engine change and will start from the rear.
So, here we go. 83 makes a nice jump from the pole to lead. 48 Jimmy Johnson gets by 82 for second. 33 Clint Bowyer gets by 82 for third. 00 David Reutimann and 18 Kyle Busch battle side by side and touch. 48 is catching leader 83. 48 takes the lead. 18 can’t get by the 5 of Mark Martin. 21 gets by 18. They battle again, and 18 gets back by. 33 gets by 83 for second.
The first caution comes out during the commercial for debris. A spring rubber is on the track. 5 comes out of the pits first to lead. 07 Casey Mears gets his lap back. The jack falls off of the 48 car. A tire gets away from 21, so he is penalized. 16 Greg Biffle is too fast on pit road. 5 chooses the inside lane and takes off on the double-file restart. 82 has a slow start and stacks the cars up behind him. 33 and 48 battle for third and 48 gets by. 33, 48 and 24 Jeff Gordon battle for third. 11 Denny Hamlin gets by 18 for sixth. 18 and 9 Kasey Kahne battle for seventh and 9 gets by. 9 gets by 11 for sixth. 18 and 00 battle for eighth and 00 takes the spot. 99 Carl Edwards gets by 18 for ninth. 18 is loose and 14 Tony Stewart gets by for tenth.
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets by 18. 18 gets loose when 2 Kurt Busch drives by and gets into the wall. 1 Martin Truex, Jr. battles 18 and gets by. 47 Marcos Ambrose and 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. get by 18. 55 Michael Waltrip fights to stay on the lead lap, but 5 finally puts him a lap down. 26 Jamie McMurray gets by 18 for twenty-sixth. 5 puts 82 a lap down, from starting second. 11 and 99 battle for seventh and 11 can’t get by. 99 drives by 24. 7 Robby Gordon and 6 David Ragan get by 18. 18 goes a lap down and pits.
24 starts Green Flag Pitting and stalls the car before leaving. 9 races into second. 99 gets by 33. The second caution comes out during the commercial, again for debris. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets his lap back. 5 is back out in the lead. 43 Reed Sorenson, 31 Jeff Burton and 16 stay out and get waved around. 99 and 24 get together and fall back to sixteenth and seventeenth. They both save it and 88 gets by. 14 and 9 battle for third and 9 takes it. 11 and 33 battle for sixth and 11 takes the spot. 77 gets loose.
Another session of Green Flag pitting starts. 9 leads when 5 pits. 14, leaving the pits, gets into 44 AJ Allmendinger, coming in. 99 leads when 9 pits. 7 is too fast and must come back in for a drive-through. When it’s all over, 5 is back in the lead. 18 drops a cylinder. There are fifteen cars on the lead lap.
The third caution comes out during the commercial, again for debris. 00 gets his lap back. Many cars get waved around. 14 didn’t get a lug nut on and will have to come back in. 44, 88 and 2 battle for eighth. The fourth caution comes out with 49 to go. 20 Joey Logano gets into 77 and sends him spinning and smoking. 1 Martin Truex, Jr. gets his lap back. 5 picks the inside to restart. 48 takes the lead.
The fifth caution comes out when 88 and 98 Paul Menard get together and 98 cuts a tire and spins, collecting 82 and 31. 14 gets by. 48 chooses the outside for the restart. 48 shoots around 5. 83 and 5 battle for second. 25 takes tenth from 39 Ryan Newman. 12 David Stremme slips.
The sixth caution comes out when 00 gets into the wall. 42 clipped him while battling for position, sending 00 into the wall. The top eight or nine cars stay out. They go Green with seventeen to go. 48 again chooses the outside. 11 pushes 48 . 83 takes the lead. 2 and 48 get together and 2 ends up with a tire rub. 83 gets loose into 11 and 5 takes the lead. 24 with fresh tires moves up the field.
The seventh caution comes out with seven to go when 18 blows up and gets into the wall. He finally puts himself out of his misery. 20 Logano gets his lap back. The top five are 5, 24, 11, 9 and 39. 5 chooses the outside this time for the restart. 99 and 2 pit. They go Green with three laps to go. 5 pulls ahead. 9 and 24 battle for second. 24 keeps the spot.
And 5 Mark Martin wins the lifelock.com 400 with 24 right behind him. The owner of the 5 and 24, Rick Hendrick, celebrates his birthday a night early, with two of his cars finishing first and second. And Kyle Busch finishes a miserable thirty-third. In my opinion it was a great race. Lifelock gave a lucky couple a million dollars. They sponsored the race in Michigan and Mark won that race.
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