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2009 Sprint Cup Series
Chase for the Sprint Cup

Non-points races in italics.

The 2009 Aaron's 499 was the ninth race of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The 500.8 miles (806.0 km) race was run at the 2.66 miles (4.28 km) Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama on April 26th. Fox Sports broadcast the race starting at 1 PM US EDT, with MRN and Sirius XM Radio carrying the radio broadcast over the air and on satellite respectively.

Recap

In one of the most spectacular (and horrfying) finishes in recent memory, Brad Keselowski won his first Sprint Cup race for team owner James Finch, who dedicated the win to the late Neil Bonnett. The finish featured a terrible flip that sent Carl Edwards into the catchfence after bouncing off of the number 39 of Ryan Newman. Edwards finished 24th, the crash caused eight injuries. Also the race had two big wrecks during it. On Lap 111, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton got such a run they were about five seconds ahead of the other pack. Newman and Denny Hamlin got a push with eight laps to go, putting Newman in the lead until two laps to go. Finally, Edwards and Keselowski made up ten seconds and took the lead on the final lap, leading up to the finish.

The race lead changed hands 57 times among 25 drivers, the most lead changes of the season.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 09 Michigan Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
2 88 North Carolina Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 39 Indiana Ryan Newman Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing
4 47 Australia Marcos Ambrose Toyota JTG Daugherty Racing
5 82 California Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull Racing Team
6 2 Nevada Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
7 16 Washington Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8 83 North Carolina Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team
9 20 Connecticut Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
10 31 Virginia Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing

Aftermath

One person in the crowd was seriously injured, sustaining a broken jaw. The fence was raised by ten feet and was strengthened for the fall race in order from preventing that happening again. Almost a year later, in the 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Edwards turned around Keselowski and resulted him up in the air and went upside down, until crashing on the sidedoor of his car, in a manner reminiscent of what happened to Edwards.

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