Team Chevy's Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS, was making his characteristic late-race charge to the front of the field when rain brought a halt to the 51st running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series(NSCS)season-opening event.

After qualifying 32nd for the Great American Race then being relegated to the back of the field after a crash during the Friday practice session forced him to a backup car, Harvick spent the early part of the race feeling out his car and avoiding numerous multi-car incidents. On lap 125 with great pit strategy and the handling he needed, the 2007 winner began his run to the front but had to settle for the runner-up spot in the finishing order.

Clint Bowyer in his first race in the No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Impala SS colors, worked with Richard Childress Racing teammate, Harvick, to draft the pair to the top-five in the running order. Bowyer was fourth when the checkered flag flew 48 laps short of the scheduled 200 laps.

Tony Stewart, No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Impala SS, finished eighth after starting in the rear of the field in a backup car.
The two-time NSCS lost his primary car that he qualified to start fifth in an accident during final practice.

Pole sitter Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Impala SS,
finished 11th after battling back from handling problems
during the early stages of the race.