Martinsville Race Rewind

A look back at Denny Hamlin's ninth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in Monday's Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway including news, notes and observations by the staff.

Video Recap
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Inside Line
Denny Hamlin led a race high 172 laps en route to his ninth career Sprint Cup Series win and third at Martinsville, just days before he goes in for surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Photos

Keys to Victory Lane
After making a four-tire pit stop, Hamlin charged from 10th to first in the final laps that included a green-white-checkered finish where he restarted fourth. Complete Results

Zero to Hero
Because of the rain, Ryan Newman had to start outside the top 25 (26th) for just the second time in 17 races at Martinsville. After Newman made his way towards the front, a call by crew chief Tony Gibson for him to stay on the track following a caution period at lap 491 helped give the No. 39 team their first top five of the season. The finish also moved him four spots in the standings to 22nd.

Hero to Zero
Kevin Harvick started from the pole and led two times for 57 laps, but brake issues took him out of contention dropping him to 35th in the final running order and out of the lead in the point standings.

Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. each captured their first top five at Martinsville, and Greg Biffle and Marcos Ambrose each recovered from spins to finish 10th and 11th, respectively.

What's the Points?
Jimmie Johnson, who did not lead a lap for the first time in the last nine Martinsville races, finished ninth and moved into the series points lead. Greg Biffle moved up to second and is now 14-points back. Matt Kenseth appeared to be headed to the points lead, but a late race tangle with Jeff Gordon dropped him to 16 points behind Johnson. Kyle Busch fell the most spots this week after his crash that brought out the final caution. Point Standings

Hot Laps
Read all about the happenings at the 2010 Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 with an inside look from Motor Racing Network's Pete Pistone in his weekly Hot Laps column.

Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Loop Data Leaders
• Average Running Position: Jeff Burton - 3.5
• Fastest Early In a Run: Jeff Burton - 93.515 mph
• Fastest Late In a Run: Mark Martin - 90.981 mph
• Fastest Laps Run: Denny Hamlin - 89
• Fastest on Restarts: Jeff Gordon - 90.932 mph
• Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Sam Hornish Jr. - 94
• Laps In Top 15: Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson - 505
• Quality Passes: Joey Logano - 68
• Speed in Traffic: Jeff Gordon - 91.764 mph

Pit Stops
• Hamlin captured his ninth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in his 157th career start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
• Hamlin won the 78th race for owner Joe Gibbs. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
• Hamlin was the second driver to win at Martinsville from the 19th starting position. He was the 23rd driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
• Hamlin won the third race for Toyota at Martinsville and the 22nd all-time. He is the only Cup driver to win driving a Toyota at Martinsville. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
• Joey Logano (second) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2010.
• Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 29th top-10 finish in 35 races at Martinsville Speedway.
• Ryan Newman (fourth) posted his first top-10 finish of 2010.
• Martin Truex Jr. (fifth) posted his first top-five finish at Martinsville in nine starts.
• Brian Vickers's sixth-place finish was his first top 10 for Red Bull Racing at Martinsville.
• Clint Bowyer (seventh) posted his fifth top-10 finish in nine starts at Martinsville.
• Carl Edwards (eighth) posted his first top-10 finish since 2008 at Martinsville.
• Jimmie Johnson's ninth-place finish was his first finish outside the top five at Martinsville since this event in 2005.
• Greg Biffle (10th) has finished in the top 10 in all six events so far this season.
• The 508-lap race saw 24 lead changes among eight drivers and an average speed of 73.180 mph.
• Thirteen caution flags were thrown for 79 laps.
• The Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 lasted 3 hours, 39 minutes, 5 seconds.

Garage Talk
• "I had to bully the way through there towards the end, but everyone was just running in to everyone. I flattened my tire with (Matt) Kenseth going down the backstretch. Somehow made it work." - Denny Hamlin
• "We're going to wait until Wednesday and trust me, when I come back, I'm going to come back strong." - Hamlin, on his upcoming knee surgery.
• "Just kept filling holes when people were washing up and hitting each other. I was lucky enough not to get hit in the back, just protect the bottom, was able to come out with a good finish." - Joey Logano
• ""Well, the real unfortunate part was that yellow came out with about 100 feet to go to get the white. We had the thing wrapped up." - Jeff Gordon
• "It's nothing Jeff wouldn't have done or hasn't done to me, expect he's wrecked me all the way out, so it was just an aggressive race for the end." - Matt Kenseth, on the contact with Jeff Gordon on the final restart
• "Jeff (Gordon) couldn't hold his line on the bottom and then he opened the door for everybody. Denny drove me in the bumper going through (Turns) 1 and 2. I just am amazed we even got it back to the start/finish line." - Ryan Newman
• "I just wanted him to know that I was the meat in the sandwich there. It's good though and he was cool with it. We had a good laugh about the whole thing." - Carl Edwards, on what he said to Clint Bowyer following the race.
• "In some respects you wish you could just come back with the same stuff all the time and have it work but this garage area doesn't sit still. With the fast start we have had we wanted to be smart and try some things out. Ninth today was about it for us." - Jimmie Johnson
• "When you're at Martinsville the double-file restarts aren't the most fun thing to have, especially when you're starting mid-pack all day, because you're bound to get wrecked." - AJ Allmendinger

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