|Race 32 of 36 in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
|Date||October 24, 2010|
|Location||Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Virginia|
Permanent racing facility|
0.526 mi (0.847 km)
|Distance||500 laps, 263 mi (423 km)|
|Weather||Partly cloudy with a high around 75; wind out of the WSW at 9 mph.|
|Average speed||71.619 miles per hour (115.260 km/h)|
|Driver||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing|
|No. 11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree|
The 2010 TUMS Fast Relief 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on October 24, 2010 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Contested over 500 laps, it was the thirty-second, and the sixth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup during the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The race was won by Denny Hamlin, for the Joe Gibbs Racing team. Mark Martin finished second, and Kevin Harvick, who started thirty-sixth, clinched third.
There were fifteen cautions and twenty-four lead changes among thirteen different drivers throughout the course of the race. It was Hamlin's seventh win in the 2010 season, and the fifteenth of his career. The result left him second in the Drivers' Championship, six points behind Jimmie Johnson in first. Chevrolet maintained its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship, forty-two ahead of Toyota and eighty-seven ahead of Ford, with four races remaining in the season.
Martinsville Speedway is one of five short tracks to hold NASCAR races; the others are Richmond Raceway, Dover International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, and ISM Raceway. The standard track at Martinsville Speedway is a four-turn short track oval that is 0.526 miles (0.847 km) long. The track's turns are banked at eleven degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at zero degrees. The back stretch also has zero degree banking. The racetrack has seats for 63,000 spectators.
Before the race, Jimmie Johnson led the Drivers' Championship with 5,843 points, and Denny Hamlin stood in second with 5,802 points. Kevin Harvick followed in third with 5,766 points, seventy-nine ahead of Jeff Gordon and 100 ahead of Kyle Busch in fourth and fifth. Tony Stewart with 5,666 was twenty-three points ahead of Carl Edwards, as Greg Biffle with 5,618 points, was twelve ahead of Kurt Busch, and fourteen in front of Jeff Burton. Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer were eleventh and twelfth with 5,587 and 5,543 points respectively . In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 230 points, forty-five points ahead of their rival Toyota. Ford, with 145 points, was twenty-three points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third. Hamlin was the race's defending champion after winning it in 2009.
Practice and qualifying
Three practice sessions were held before the Saturday race—one on Friday, and two on Saturday. The first session lasted 90 minutes, while the second session lasted 45 minutes. The third and final session lasted 60 minutes. During the first practice session, Stewart, for the Stewart Haas Racing team, was quickest ahead of Hamlin in second and Juan Pablo Montoya in the third position. Biffle was scored fourth, and David Reutimann managed fifth. Bowyer, David Ragan, A. J. Allmendinger, Gordon, and Joey Logano rounded out the top ten quickest drivers in the session.
Afterward, during qualifying, forty-eight cars were entered, but only forty-three was able because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure. Hamlin clinched his ninth pole position during his career, with a time of 19.518. He was joined on the front row of the grid by Marcos Ambrose. Biffle qualified third, Ryan Newman took fourth, and Montoya started fifth. Johnson, one of the drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, qualified nineteenth, while Harvick was scored thirty-sixth. The four drivers that failed to qualify for the race were Michael McDowell, Johnny Sauter, Robby Gordon, and Terry Cook, while the other, Dennis Setzer withdrew from qualifying. Once the qualifying session completed, Hamlin commented, "We spent all day working on qualifying trying to get the pole — trying to get that first pit stall because obviously we do feel like it's very important. I think if I’m ahead of the 48 then I could possibly set the tone in whether he leads a lap or not. That's a 10-point swing. That's a little bit of it. It all starts today and that's where our strategy's at. Other than that, I plan on trying to go out there and lead the most laps and win the race — just like everyone else is."
On the next morning, Brad Keselowski was quickest in the second practice session, ahead of Bowyer and Harvick in second and third. Allmendinger was fourth quickest, and Ambrose took fifth. Burton, Jamie McMurray, Bobby Labonte, Ragan, and Johnson followed in the top-ten. Other drivers in the chase, such as Carl Edwards, was twenty-sixth, and Kyle Busch, who was twenty-seventh. During the third, and final practice session, Biffle, with a fastest time of 19.799, was quickest. Burton and Bowyer followed in second and third with times of 19.866 and 19.867 seconds. McMurray managed to be fourth fastest, ahead of Harvick and Johnson. Gordon was scored seventh, Hamlin took eighth, Aric Almirola was ninth, and Mark Martin was tenth.
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The race, the thirty-second out of a total of thirty-six in the season, began at 1:00 p.m. EDT and was televised live in the United States on ESPN. Prior to the race, weather conditions were sunny with the air temperature around 65 °F (18 °C). During the race, the temperature will be as high as 76 °F (24 °C) Eddie Barton, of Raceway Ministries, began pre-race ceremonies, by giving the invocation. Next, Winston-Salem State University's Marching Band performed the national anthem, and each pit crew of the teams in the race gave the command for drivers to start their engines. Before the pace laps, Robby Gordon replaced Kevin Conway in the 7 car.
Denny Hamlin accelerated faster than Marcos Ambrose off the line, getting ahead of him down the front straightaway. After starting fifth, Juan Pablo Montoya had fallen to seventh by lap 5. Montoya continued to lose positions and had fallen to 11th, as Jeff Gordon took over the eighth position from Carl Edwards. On lap 11, Ambrose became the leader, after passing Hamlin. Two laps later, Hamlin had fallen to fourth after being passed by Biffle and Newman, while Tony Stewart fell to eighth position. By lap 21, Ambrose had a 0.9 second lead over the second position. After starting thirty-sixth, Kevin Harvick had moved to twenty-seventh by lap 23. Hamlin continued to lose positions, dropping back to eleventh in less than thirteen laps. Landon Cassill drove to the garage because of problems with his car's brakes on lap 28. Four laps later, Jimmie Johnson took over thirteenth, after passing Scott Speed. Seven laps later, Harvick had moved up to the 20th position. On lap 46, David Gilliland took his car to the garage. On the next lap Travis Kvapil's tire blew and he crashed into the wall and brought out the first caution of the race. Tony Raines won the free pass under caution. The leading cars made a pit stop during the caution. Casey Mears stayed out and assumed the lead of the race. He made a pit stop on the next lap and and handed the lead to Ryan Newman who won the race off pit road. Jamie McMurray and David Ragan were caught for speeding on pit road and restarted at the back of the field. Newman led the field to the green on the lap 53 restart. By lap 60, Harvick had moved into the eighth position. Three laps later Jeff Burton passed Biffle for fourth. On the next lap Hamlin passed Stewart for the tenth position. Three laps later Burton continued to move up the field by passing Ambrose for the third position. On lap 77, Dave Blaney took his car to the garage because of problems with his car's brakes. Two laps later, Burton passed David Reutimann for the second position. Three laps later he passed Ryan Newman for the lead of the race. Eight laps later Reutimann passed Newman for the second position. On lap 104 Hamlin passed Harvick for the fifth position. Hamlin continued to move up the field by passing Ambrose for the fourth position, six laps later. On the next lap the second caution of the race came out for Elliott Sadler who spun out in turn two. He was also held for two laps for intentionally causing the caution. Robby Gordon won the free pass under caution. Most of the cars made a pit stop for tires and fuel. Brad Keselowski was caught for speeding on pit road and restarted at the back of the field. Burton who retained the lead through the cycle of pit stops led the field to the green flag on the lap 116 restart. Two laps later Johnson passed Ambrose for the ninth position. On the next lap, the third caution of the race came out for Ambrose who blew a tire and hit the wall after making contact with Johnson. Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. made pit stops under caution as did Ambrose who managed to stay on the lead lap despite making multiple pit stops. Burton led the field to the green flag on the lap 126 restart. Newman passed Burton for the lead on the next lap. Burton retook the lead on the next lap and started to pull away. Four laps later the fourth caution came out for Ken Schrader who spun on the backstretch after being tapped by Casey Mears who won the free pass under the caution. Several cars made pit stops while the first 14 cars elected to stay out. The green flag waved for the restart on lap 137 with Jeff Burton in the lead.
On the next lap, Harvick passed Reutimann for the third position. Seven laps later, Harvick passed Newman for second as Jeff Gordon moved past Biffle for the eighth position. On lap 151 Clint Bowyer passed Biffle for the tenth position. Two laps later Truex Jr. made an unscheduled pit stop which put him multiple laps down . On lap 170 , the fifth caution of the race came out for Truex who stopped at the entrance of pit road . Tony Raines won the free pass for the third time under this caution . Most cars made pit stops under the caution for fuel and fresh tires . Tony Stewart was caught for speeding on pit road and restarted at the back of the field while Greg Biffle had to make two pit stops for a missing lugnut on his car . Burton won the race off pit road and led the field back to the green flag on the lap 176 . By lap 181 , Newman had fallen to the sixth position as Reutimann and Johnson passed him . Four laps later , the sixth caution came out for Regan Smith who spun out and hit the wall . Ken Schrader won the free pass under the caution . Most of the cars opted to stay out while McMurray , Stewart , Scott Speed , Sam Hornish Jr. and Mears made pit stops under caution . Burton continued to lead as he led the field to the green flag on the lap 200 restart . Hamlin moved past Harvick for the second position on the next lap . Two laps later , the seventh caution came out for Bowyer who spun and hit the wall in Turn 4 . Hermie Sadler won the free pass under the caution . Biffle , Ambrose ,Hornish and Robby Gordon made pit stops as most of the cars opted to stay out . Burton restarted in the lead on lap 200 . Three laps later , Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Newman for the sixth position. On lap 205 , Harvick repassed Denny Hamlin for the second position . Four laps later, the eighth caution of the race came out for Paul Menard who spun after getting bumped by Aric Almirola . Hermie Sadler again received the free pass and went back onto the lead lap. Several drivers including Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards made pit stops under caution . Greg Biffle received a penalty for having too many men over the wall and restarted at the back of the field . 
Burton led the field to the green flag on the lap 214 restart . But on the next lap he was passed by his teammate Harvick . Burton managed to retake the lead from Harvick seven laps later . On lap 224 , Stewart passed Kurt Busch for the tenth position. On the next lap , the ninth caution came out for Mark Martin who crashed into the wall on the frontstretch after being bumped by A.J. Allmendinger . J.J. Yeley received the free pass under caution . The leaders made pit stops under the caution while 13 cars stayed out . Jeff Gordon led the field to the green flag on lap 232 . On the next lap , the tenth caution was brought out by Reutimann who spun and hit the wall after making contact with Brad Keselowski . Gordon led the field to the green flag on lap 246 . Two laps later Mark Martin made a pit stop for a flat tire and went two laps down . On lap 250 Newman took his car to the garage as he lost his rear gear . 
|1||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||19.518||97.018|
|2||47||Marcos Ambrose||JTG Daugherty Racing||Toyota||19.521||97.003|
|3||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||19.524||96.988|
|4||39||Ryan Newman||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||19.527||96.973|
|5||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||19.530||96.959|
|6||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||19.544||96.889|
|7||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||19.555||96.835|
|8||00||David Reutimann||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||19.557||96.825|
|9||1||Jamie McMurray||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||19.583||96.696|
|10||6||David Ragan||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||19.585||96.686|
|11||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||19.589||96.666|
|12||98||Paul Menard||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||19.591||96.657|
|13||78||Regan Smith||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||19.598||96.622|
|14||82||Scott Speed||Red Bull Racing Team||Toyota||19.601||96.607|
|15||43||A. J. Allmendinger||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||19.606||96.583|
|16||56||Martin Truex Jr.||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||19.627||96.479|
|17||33||Clint Bowyer||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||19.631||96.460|
|18||31||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||19.650||96.366|
|19||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||19.653||96.352|
|20||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Toyota||19.655||96.342|
|21||5||Mark Martin||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||19.675||96.244|
|22||20||Joey Logano||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||19.678||96.229|
|23||09||Bobby Labonte||Phoenix Racing||Chevrolet||19.686||96.190|
|24||77||Sam Hornish Jr.||Penske Racing||Dodge||19.691||96.166|
|25||12||Brad Keselowski||Penske Racing||Dodge||19.697||96.136|
|26||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||19.698||96.132|
|27||38||Travis Kvapil||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||19.703||96.107|
|28||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||19.720||96.024|
|29||2||Kurt Busch||Penske Racing||Dodge||19.748||95.888|
|30||64||Landon Cassill||Gunselman Motorsports||Toyota||19.748||95.888|
|31||19||Elliott Sadler||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||19.754||95.859|
|32||17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||19.773||95.767|
|33||83||Kasey Kahne||Red Bull Racing Team||Toyota||19.790||95.685|
|34||36||Dave Blaney||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||19.792||95.675|
|35||9||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||19.799||95.641|
|36||29||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||19.824||95.521|
|37||87||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports||Toyota||19.889||95.208|
|38||26||Ken Schrader||Latitude 43 Motorsports||Ford||19.912||95.098|
|39||37||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||19.979||94.780|
|40||34||Tony Raines||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||20.125||94.092|
|41||7||Kevin Conway||Robby Gordon Motorsports||Toyota||20.173||93.868|
|42||71||Hermie Sadler||TRG Motorsports||Chevrolet||20.194||93.770|
|43||81||J. J. Yeley||Whitney Motorsports||Dodge||19.963||94.855|
|44||46||Michael McDowell||Whitney Motorsports||Chevrolet||20.044||94.472|
|45||07||Robby Gordon||Robby Gordon Motorsports||Toyota||20.072||94.340|
|46||55||Terry Cook||Prism Motorsports||Toyota||20.118||94.125|
|47||66||Johnny Sauter||Prism Motorsports||Toyota||No time|
|1||1||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||190|
|2||21||5||Mark Martin||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||170|
|3||36||29||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||500||170|
|4||26||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||160|
|5||19||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||155|
|6||22||20||Joey Logano||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||150|
|7||28||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||151|
|8||7||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||500||142|
|9||18||31||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||500||148|
|10||25||12||Brad Keselowski||Penske Racing||Dodge||500||134|
|11||9||1||Jamie McMurray||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||500||130|
|12||15||43||A. J. Allmendinger||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||500||127|
|13||12||98||Paul Menard||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||500||124|
|14||33||83||Kasey Kahne||Red Bull Racing Team||Toyota||500||121|
|15||32||17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||500||118|
|16||29||2||Kurt Busch||Penske Racing||Dodge||499||115|
|17||10||6||David Ragan||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||499||112|
|18||38||26||Ken Schrader||Latitude 43 Motorsports||Ford||499||114|
|19||5||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||499||106|
|20||11||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||498||108|
|21||35||9||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||498||100|
|22||41||7||Robby Gordon||Robby Gordon Motorsports||Toyota||498||102|
|23||14||82||Scott Speed||Red Bull Racing Team||Toyota||498||94|
|24||6||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||498||96|
|25||24||77||Sam Hornish Jr.||Penske Racing||Dodge||496||88|
|26||42||71||Hermie Sadler||TRG Motorsports||Chevrolet||496||85|
|27||8||00||David Reutimann||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||494||82|
|28||31||19||Elliott Sadler||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||474||79|
|29||16||56||Martin Truex Jr.||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||473||76|
|30||4||39||Ryan Newman||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||455||73|
|31||13||78||Regan Smith||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||442||70|
|32||40||34||Tony Raines||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||437||67|
|33||3||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||432||64|
|34||2||47||Marcos Ambrose||JTG Daugherty Racing||Toyota||428||66|
|35||27||38||Travis Kvapil||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||423||58|
|36||34||36||Dave Blaney||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||418||55|
|37||39||37||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||382||52|
|38||17||33||Clint Bowyer||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||359||49|
|39||43||81||J. J. Yeley||Whitney Motorsports||Dodge||282||46|
|40||20||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Toyota||271||48|
|41||37||87||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports||Toyota||264||40|
|42||30||64||Landon Cassill||Gunselman Motorsports||Toyota||200||37|
|43||23||09||Bobby Labonte||Phoenix Racing||Chevrolet||197||34|
Standings after the race
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