Flashback – July 4th, 2009 Coke Zero 400 – Fireworks Erupt on the Track

July 4, 2011 No Comments

Think back just two years, it was an unreal night race at Daytona International Speedway on the Fourth of July. Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch were battling for the lead after a late-race restart with four laps to go, but it was the No. 14 of Stewart which prevailed to win the Coke Zero 400.

Coming out of turn four on the last lap, Busch blocked Stewart from running the low line. As Stewart went back up the track, so did Busch. The two cars made contact, sending Busch directly into the outside barrier.

This late-race drama came just one season after the two drivers were teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing, with Stewart in the No. 20 and Busch in the No. 18.

“I don’t want any part of winning a race because the guy who was leading the race got wrecked,” Stewart said after the race. “I don’t know that we did anything wrong. I’ve seen replays of it, and he’s protecting his position, which is what he’s got to do. I mean, that’s what he has to do as a driver. He can’t just sit there and let us make a move like that and not try to defend it.”

Race Results from the Coke Zero 400 (July 4, 2009):
1. Tony Stewart
2. Jimmie Johnson
3. Denny Hamlin
4. Carl Edwards
5. Kurt Busch
6. Marcos Ambrose
7. Brian Vickers
8. Matt Kenseth
9. Juan Montoya
10. Elliott Sadler
11. Jamie McMurray
12. Regan Smith
13. David Ragan
14. Kyle Busch
15. Kasey Kahne
16. Jeff Burton
17. A.J. Allmendinger
18. Greg Biffle
19. Joey Logano *
20. Ryan Newman
21.Bobby Labonte
22. Robby Gordon
23. Paul Menard
24. Brad Keselowski
25. Martin Truex Jr.
26. Kevin Harvick
27. John Andretti
28. Jeff Gordon
29. Clint Bowyer
30. Tony Raines
31. Scott Speed *
32. Sam Hornish Jr.
33. Reed Sorenson
34. Casey Mears
35. David Stremme
36. David Reutimann
37. Michael Waltrip
38. Mark Martin
39. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
40. David Gilliland
41. Joe Nemechek
42. Patrick Carpentier
43. Dave Blaney

Happy Fourth of July!

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