Racingone Rewind: Martinsville

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    A look back at Jimmie Johnson's 26th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victory in Sunday's Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway including news, notes and observations by RacingOne's own Pete Pistone and Jeff Wackerlin.

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    Inside Line
    Jimmie Johnson held off teammate Jeff Gordon to win Sunday's Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway, his third win in the season's first six races.

    Keys to Victory Lane
    Johnson held off a hard-charging Gordon over the final sprint to the checkered flag to score the win and give Hendrick Motorsports a 1-2 finish. Complete Results

    Zero to Hero
    Matt Kenseth started 33rd and dropped back early, only to rally back to score a 10th-place finish.

    Hero to Zero
    Denny Hamlin suffered a pit road miscue late in the race, thwarting a chance for the sophomore to score a homestate win in front of his Virginia fans and family.

    Rookie of the Race
    David Ragan erased the memory of his disastrous Martinsville debut last October with a solid 15th-place run in the Roush Racing No. 6 Ford.

    Notables
    Scott Riggs started the day 26th and scored an eighth-place finish for Evernham Motorsports. Clint Bowyer came from 21st to finish 11th. And Ryan Newman started way back in 24th and brought the Alltel Dodge home 14th.

    Goody's Cool Orange 500 Loop Data Leaders
  • Average Running Position: Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 3.6
  • Fastest Early In a Run: Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 91.663 mph
  • Fastest Late In a Run: Jeff Gordon - 90.009 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 1: Jeff Gordon - 86.655 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 2: Kyle Busch - 109.909 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 3: Jeff Gordon - 84.953 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 4: Jamie McMurray - 82.441 mph
  • Fastest Laps Run: Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 97
  • Fastest on Restarts: Jeff Gordon - 90.156 mph
  • Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Reed Sorenson - 47

    Pit Stops
  • Jimmie Johnson captured his 26th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win - third at Martinsville - in his 189th start. The win was also his 10th top 10 at the .526-mile speedway. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • Johnson won the 153rd race for car owner Rick Hendrick. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • Johnson, who started 20th, became the third driver to win at Martinsville from that starting position. He also became the 17th driver overall to win a race from 20th. Starting Position Facts
  • Johnson led the last 113 laps. Lap Summary
  • Johnson won the fifth race of the season for Chevrolet. It was also the 601st overall win for the manufacturer. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • Jeff Gordon (second) led three times for 92 laps en route to his 17th top five at Martinsville.
  • Denny Hamlin has now finished second and third, respectively, in his last two Martinsvile starts.
  • Kyle Busch's fourth-place finish was his second top five in five starts at Martinsville.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. climbed six spots in the point standings to 11th with his fifth-place finish.
  • Jeff Burton finished sixth for his 13th top 10 at Martinsville.
  • Like Dale Jr., Tony Stewart made some gains in the standings, from 12th to eighth, with his seventh-place finish.
  • Scott Riggs' eighth-place finish was his first top-20 finish of 2007.
  • Jamie McMurray (ninth) has finished 15th or better in the last four races of the season.
  • Matt Kenseth's 10th-place finish was his fourth top 10 in 15 starts at Martinsville.
  • The 500-lap race saw 14 lead changes among 9 drivers and an average speed of 70.258 mph.
  • 13 caution flags were thrown for 93 laps.
  • The Goody's Cool Orange 500 lasted 3 hours, 44 minutes, 36 seconds.

    Lug Nuts
  • The way things are going Hendrick Motorsports just might as well do some pre-planning for their 200th NEXTEL Cup win.
  • Six races into the season and Michael Waltrip is still in the red in points.
  • Denny Hamlin winning in Virginia is going to be a thrill with his homestate following. Richmond may be special in a few weeks.
  • What's the deal with the fuel pump cable problem? Something tells us some teams will be going back to the old style until it's figured out.
  • Jamie McMurray is trying to put himself back on the map.
  • David Ragan, take a bow.
  • Looked like the weatherman was going to become a honorary member of Junior nation when the rains came at mid-race with the No. 8 car ahead. Until the skies cleared.

    Garage Talk
  • "I am speechless about out-dualing Jeff Gordon for this win. I have looked up to him my whole career before I was even actually racing. I looked up to him and knew how good he was at Martinsville." -Jimmie Johnson
  • "I can't complain too much. We had a bad pit stop that put us back a little bit. But these guys usually help me more than they hurt me. It is so hard to pass with these cars, we are just taking our time getting back to the front." -Denny Hamlin
  • "Bad car, bad adjustments and bad driver. The pit crew did a good job in the pits. They had good pit stops every time. But the adjustments weren’t good. Nothing was good." - Kasey Kahne
  • "I guess I’m surprising myself a little bit. We’re doing good, but we’ll just have to wait and see how it all shakes out." - Juan Pablo Montoya

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of 1 to 10 famous Martinsville hot dogs (interesting Mike Joy had three by the race's mid-point), we'll give Sunday's Goody's Cool Orange 500 a solid 8. Hey guess what folks, don't know if it's the COT or what, but the racing the last couple of weeks has been pretty darn good. Yes, we love short track racing and Bristol and Martinsville are known for close racing, but the side-by-side competition we've seen the last two weeks is a good thing. Going down to the wire Sunday between two teammates was just good old fashioned drama. Now another breather, we're using our precious second off-weekend already next week for the Easter break before returning to action at Texas on April 15th.

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