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Johnson Wins at Martinsville, Leads Chase

By Chris Jasurek
Epoch Times Staff
Created: October 28, 2012 Last Updated: October 28, 2012
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immie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

immie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports held off Kyle Busch in a final five- lap sprint to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Tums Fast Relief 500 at Virginia’s Martinsville Speedway Sunday.

Johnson ran strong all day and was particularly good on shorter runs, of which there were a lot, with 11 cautions. A collision with 25 laps left and another with ten to go gave Johnson a chance to use his strengths and the Hendrick driver collected his seventh Martinsville win.

Johnson moved from seven points behind to two points ahead of Brad Keselowski, who started 32nd and finished sixth. With three races left on the schedule, Johnson, Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, and Kasey Kahne have fair shots to win the Chase.

When asked by ESPN, what got him the win, Johnson replied, “Just a great race car.

“I think we’ve also learned our lesson here in the past, not pitting late, and that certainly came into play and we made the right decision there.

“Ecstatic about the win today ecstatic about the points lead, but this is no cakewalk these guys are bringing their best each and every week and we’ve got to keep working hard to keep his little Chevy up front, and we’re in good shape.”

Denny Hamlin’s had a terrible day, one which probably ended his Chase. Hamlin was third on lap 47 when he got called for pit-lane speeding and dropped to 30th. He fought his way to the lead when he got another penalty on lap 200 which dropped him to 28th.

Hamlin fought back into the top ten but electrical issues sidelined him on lap 391. He dropped to fifth in the points, 49 behind the leader and probably too far back to catch up.

The series heads to the Texas Motor Speedway for the AAA Texas 500 next weekend. Texas is a very fast mile-and-a-half track where Johnson, Keselowski, and Kahne all have won, so the pressure will be high on all the leaders.

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NASCAR Tums Fast Relief 500

 

#

driver

behind

led

points

1

48

Jimmie Johnson

0.000

191

2290

2

18

Kyle Busch

0.479

0

1006

3

5

Kasey Kahne

0.596

12

2262

4

43

Aric Almirola

0.862

0

774

5

15

Clint Bowyer

1.924

153

2265

6

2

Brad Keselowski

2.201

8

2288

7

24

Jeff Gordon

2.294

92

2238

8

55

Brian Vickers

2.834

26

250

9

47

Bobby Labonte

3.053

0

713

10

16

Greg Biffle

3.233

0

2222

 

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings

rank

+/-

driver

points

behind

1

+1

Jimmie Johnson

2291

Leader

2

-1

Brad Keselowski

2289

-2

3

+1

Clint Bowyer

2265

-26

4

+1

Kasey Kahne

2262

-29

5

-2

Denny Hamlin

2242

-49

6

+2

Jeff Gordon

2237

-54

7

-1

Martin Truex Jr.

2228

-63

8

+1

Matt Kenseth

2225

-66

9

+2

Greg Biffle

2222

-69

10

-3

Tony Stewart

2220

-71

 

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