Racingone Rewind: Martinsville
October 21, 2007 | 10:25 P.M. EST
- A look back at Jimmie Johnson's 30th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway including news, notes and observations by the RacingOne staff.
- Average Running Position: Jimmie Johnson - 4.5
- Fastest Early In a Run: Jeff Gordon - 91.337 mph
- Fastest Late In a Run: Jimmie Johnson - 90.77 mph
- Fastest in Turn 1: Jimmie Johnson - 86.385 mph
- Fastest in Turn 2: Kyle Busch - 109.811 mph
- Fastest in Turn 3: Jeff Gordon - 84.417 mph
- Fastest in Turn 4: Matt Kenseth - 82.565 mph
- Fastest Laps Run: Jeff Gordon - 79
- Fastest on Restarts: Jeff Gordon - 90.402 mph
- Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: David Ragan - 107
- Jimmie Johnson captured his 30th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in his 215th start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
- Johnson won the 164th race for car owner Rick Hendrick. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
- Johnson became 12th driver to win at Martinsville from the fourth position. He also became the 181st driver overall to win a race from that starting place. Starting Position Facts
- Johnson led four times for 147 laps. Lap Summary
- Johnson won the 23rd race of the season for Chevrolet. It was also the 618th overall win for the manufacturer. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
- Ryan Newman finished second for his fifth top five at Martinsville.
- Jeff Gordon's third-place finish was his 18th top five at Martinsville.
- Kyle Busch scored his second consecutive top five at Martinsville with a fourth-place finish.
- Matt Kenseth's fifth-place finish was his first top five at Martinsville since 2002.
- Denny Hamlin (sixth) has now finished eighth or better in four of his five starts at Martinsville.
- Greg Biffle's seventh-place finish was his first top 10 in 10 starts at Martinsville.
- Juan Pablo Montoya scored his first career short track top 10 with an eighth-place finish.
- Clint Bowyer's ninth-place finish was his first top 10 at Martinsville in four starts.
- Kevin Harvick finished 10th for his fifth top 10 in 13 starts at Martinsville.
- The 506-lap race saw 12 lead changes among seven drivers.
- 21 caution flags were thrown for 127 laps.
- The Subway 500 lasted 3 hours, 59 minutes, 45 seconds.
- Wasn't it fitting that David Ragan spun out for the record 21st caution after his "dart without feathers" performance at Martinsville a year ago?
- Martin Truex, Jr. must have had a drink from Ragan's glass after what he showed Sunday.
- Not a great audition day for David Stremme looking for a 2008 ride.
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya must have had a nice post-race conversation.
- Apparently Roush Fenway teammates Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth had a confrontation after the race and the return of Carl's Evil Twin was reported.
- Juan Pablo Montoya turned in a good run and gave a lesson on how to race at a short track to his open wheel racing friends coming into NASCAR.
- Dr. Jerry Punch may be closing in on the record for making as many NASCAR comparisons to football as possible. His Red Zone to the Chase Zone connection Sunday was a classic and actually got a snort out of Rusty. We get it Doc, you used to cover college football.
- "There’s no one we want to beat more than the 24.” - Jimmie Johnson
- "That guy is unbelievable here." - Jeff Gordon
- “I know you’re mad, but I want you to know I didn’t do it to you on purpose.” - Ryan Newman to Jeff Gordon
- “I’ve never raced so hard to get nowhere in all my life." - Bill Elliott, who finished 34th
On a scale of 1 to 10 Subway sandwiches (smaller than the one they put on Johnson's roof in victory lane), we'll give Sunday's Subway 500 a seven. More good racing with the COT at Martinsville and although we didn't get the thrilling finish that was set up with the overtime, still a good race. Too many cautions though marred the afternoon. Now we go from the tight quarters and relatively slow speeds of Martinsville to the high-speed Atlanta Motor Speedway for next Sunday's Pep Boys 500.
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Jimmie Johnson held off Ryan Newman to win his third straight race at Martinsville Speedway and score his seventh NEXTEL Cup win of the season in Sunday's Subway 500.
Keys to Victory Lane
David Ragan's spin brought out the record 21st caution flag of the race and ended a green-white-checkered finish one lap early, sealing the win for Johnson.
Zero to Hero
Denny Hamlin started 30th, dropped back several times with problems on the track and on pit road and finally rallied back to finish sixth in front of his home state fans.
Hero to Zero
Martin Truex Jr. started on the front row and was involved in a variety of spins and crashes and wound up finishing 19th.
Rookie of the Race
Juan Pablo Montoya ran with the lead pack most of the day and topped the freshman class with an eighth place finish in the Texaco Havoline Dodge.
Matt Kenseth started 24th and came home fifth. Greg Biffle began the day in the 37th spot and finished seventh. And Tony Stewart started the race 34th and took the checkered flag in the 13th position.
Chase for the Cup
Jeff Gordon's lead is now 53 over Jimmie Johnson with Clint Bowyer hanging on in third 115 behind.
Subway 500 Loop Data Leaders