Racingone Rewind: Martinsville

A look back at Jimmie Johnson's 39th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in Sunday's TUMS QuikPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway including news, notes and observations by the RacingOne staff.

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Inside Line
Jimmie Johnson dominated Sunday's TUMS QuikPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway leading 339 laps to score his sixth win of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Photos

Keys to Victory Lane
Johnson got a great jump on the final green-white-checkered restart to hold off Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for the victory. Complete Results

Zero to Hero
Casey Mears started 23rd and scored a sixth-place finish to give Hendrick four drivers in the top 10.

Hero to Zero
Jeff Burton started second and came into the weekend 69 points out of the Chase lead, but a pit road mistake cost him a 17th-place finish.

Rookie of the Race
Aric Armirola led near the race's midway point and finished 20th to lead the rookie class.

Juan Pablo Montoya started 24th and finished 14th. A.J. Allmendinger made his first start for GEM in the 39th spot and finished 15th. And David Ragan started last in a back-up car and worked his way into the top 10 before getting spun by teammate Matt kenseth in the closing laps.

Chase for the Cup
Johnson stretched his lead to 149 over Greg Biffle and 152 ahead of Burton with four races to go.

TUMS QuikPak 500 Loop Data Leaders
• Average Running Position: Jimmie Johnson - 1.8
• Fastest Early In a Run: Jimmie Johnson - 92.775 mph
• Fastest Late In a Run: Greg Biffle - 90.203 mph
• Fastest Laps Run: Jimmie Johnson - 109
• Fastest on Restarts: Jimmie Johnson - 91.157 mph
• Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: David Ragan - 71
• Laps In Top 15: Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson - 504
• Quality Passes: Kevin Harvick - 43
• Speed In Traffic: Denny Hamlin - 90.819 mph

Pit Stops
• Johnson captured his 39th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in his 251st career start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
• Johnson won the 174th race for car owner Rick Hendrick. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
• Johnson became the 18th driver to win at Martinsville from the first position. He was the 498th driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
• Johnson won the 45th race for Chevrolet at Martinsville. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 18 races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2008.
• Carl Edwards (third) posted his second top-10 finish in nine races at Martinsville Speedway.
• Jeff Gordon (fourth) recorded his 20th career Cup top-five finish at Martinsville.
• Denny Hamlin (fifth) posted his first top-five finish since the Chase began. His last top-five finish this season was a third at Richmond.
• Casey Mears (sixth) posted his fifth top 10 of the season and first since the June New Hampshire race.
• Kevin Harvick (seventh) posted his sixth top-10 in 15 starts at Martinsville Speedway.
• Matt Kenseth (eighth) also posted his sixth top-10 finish at Martinsville Speedway, but in his 18th Cup start there.
• Clint Bowyer (ninth) has finished 12th or better in all of the Chase races so far.
• Martin Truex Jr. (10th) posted his first top-10 finish at Martinsville Speedway in six starts.
• The 504-lap race saw 14 lead changes among seven drivers and an average speed of 75.931 mph. Lap Summary
• Twelve caution flags were thrown for 76 laps.
• The TUMS QuikPak 500 lasted 3 hours, 29 minutes, 29 seconds.

Lug Nuts
• You have to love the charm of Martinsville and the fact the Anthem comes from the local high school band, not some "recording artist" trying to sell albums.
• Although that new video screen is probably great for the fans in the stands, it does cause a bit of a problem for the television cameras.
• Are we sure that's really Tony Stewart in the 20 car or has he already bolted?
• Same for Kyle Busch who mysteriously disappears from the media after every poor finish but is sure a Chatty Kathy whenever he wins.
• Wonder what would have happened to Matt Kenseth had that been teammate Carl Edwards he turned around at the end rather than David Ragan?
• Kasey Kahne might as well just go hang out with those insurance commercial chicks at this point.
• What was the over/under on the number of cars Michael Waltrip made contact with Sunday?
• Impressive day for A.J. Allmendinger in his GEM debut.
• We kind of forgot Elliott Sadler was still in the Cup Series until that encounter with the wall.

Garage Talk
• "If you had a Hendrick car you had a superior car over everyone else. It's just been like that ever since we've been here at Martinsville." - Denny Hamlin
• "This is a really long day when you have 500 laps to complete." - Scott Speed, on his first Cup start
• "We just can't seem to catch a break." - Kyle Busch
• "I didn’t have anything for Jimmie. That car was so awesome.” - Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
• "If it surprises anybody that (Johnson) ran well at Martinsville, they are crazy. I don't view this as being over." - Jeff Burton

RacingOne Rating
On a scale of one to 10 Tums, we'll give Sunday's TUMS QuikPak 500 a seven. The race gets bonus points just because it's Martinsville and there was some pretty good short track-style racing going on throughout the field. But nobody had a thing for Johnson and that was evident in the early going. The title fight is all but official so the next four races are for the Miss Congenialty award starting with Sunday's return to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Pep Boys Auto 500.

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