Johnson Wins Martinsville

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson sneaked past Jeff Gordon with 44 laps to go and held on to win the Nextel Cup race at
Martinsville Speedway for his series-high seventh victory of the
year.
And Johnson got some unexpected late help from Ryan Newman to
tighten the points race.
Newman challenged Gordon for second with nine laps to go and
finally passed him three laps later as Johnson opened a lead of
nearly two seconds. Johnson then had to withstand a two-lap
overtime sprint to the finish, with Gordon lurking third and ready
to take advantage if the leaders faltered.
They didn't, and Johnson held on through one lap before a
race-record 21st caution came out. Johnson gained in the
championship chase with four races remaining, cutting Gordon's lead
to 53 points heading to Atlanta next weekend.
Newman held on for second, Gordon was third and Kyle Busch
fourth.

Here are the final results from the
Nextel Cup race at Martinsville Speedway:

Lap length: 0.526 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 506 laps, 66.608 mph.,
$244,486.
2. (12) Ryan Newman, Dodge, 506, $181,625.
3. (1) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 506, $183,386.
4. (6) Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 506, $130,375.
5. (24) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 506, $147,916.
6. (30) Denny Hamlin, Chevrolet, 506, $105,800.
7. (37) Greg Biffle, Ford, 506, $103,950.
8. (26) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dodge, 506, $116,850.
9. (21) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 506, $85,625.
10. (3) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 506, $131,761.
11. (18) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 506, $109,816.
12. (20) Carl Edwards, Ford, 506, $81,125.
13. (34) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 506, $116,611.
14. (10) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 506, $79,450.
15. (5) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 506, $113,591.
16. (32) Scott Riggs, Dodge, 506, $76,900.
17. (19) David Reutimann, Toyota, 506, $87,408.
18. (29) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 506, $80,133.
19. (2) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 506, $95,695.
20. (22) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 506, $83,975.
21. (42) Kyle Petty, Dodge, 506, $80,858.
22. (16) Bobby Labonte, Dodge, 506, $103,386.
23. (7) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 506, $108,958.
24. (35) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 505, $66,050.
25. (40) David Gilliland, Ford, 505, $93,514.
26. (41) David Ragan, Ford, 505, $101,650.
27. (23) Ricky Rudd, Ford, 504, $96,308.
28. (31) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, 503, $84,683.
29. (13) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 503, $64,775.
30. (33) Dale Jarrett, Toyota, 503, $62,025.
31. (11) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 501, $98,483.
32. (9) Jamie McMurray, Ford, 500, $72,175.
33. (15) John Andretti, Dodge, transmission, 492, $71,472.
34. (43) Bill Elliott, Ford, engine, 483, $82,564.
35. (25) AJ Allmendinger, Toyota, 474, $60,725.
36. (17) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 439, $68,575.
37. (38) David Stremme, Dodge, accident, 410, $60,450.
38. (36) Ward Burton, Chevrolet, 406, $60,325.
39. (39) Robby Gordon, Ford, 390, $60,200.
40. (14) Elliott Sadler, Dodge, 371, $78,420.
41. (28) Reed Sorenson, Dodge, engine, 259, $67,930.
42. (8) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, engine, 258, $87,713.
43. (27) Aric Almirola, Chevrolet, electrical, 111, $67,940.
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Race Statistics
Time of Race: 3 hours, 59 minutes, 45 seconds.
Margin of Victory: Caution seconds.
Caution Flags: 21 for 126 laps.
Lead Changes: 12 among seven drivers.
Lap Leaders: J.Gordon 1-108; J.Johnson 109-116; J.Burton
117-167; J.Green 168; Ky.Busch 169-216; J. Montoya 217-225;
D.Earnhardt Jr. 226-249; Ky.Busch 250-296; J.Johnson 297-343;
Ky.Busch 344-354; J.Johnson 355-396; J.Gordon 397-456; J.Johnson
457-506.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): J.Gordon, 2
times for 168 laps; J.Johnson, 4 times for 147 laps; Ky.Busch, 3
times for 106 laps; J.Burton, 1 time for 51 laps; D.Earnhardt Jr.,
1 time for 24 laps; JP.Montoya, 1 time for 9 laps; J.Green, 1 time
for 1 lap.
Top 12 in Points: 1. J.Gordon, 6,055. 2. J.Johnson, 6,002. 3.
C.Bowyer, 5,940. 4. T.Stewart, 5,806. 5. C.Edwards, 5,767. 6.
Ky.Busch, 5,765. 7. K.Harvick, 5,686. 8. D.Hamlin, 5,681. 9.
J.Burton, 5,649. 10. Ku.Busch, 5,635. 11. M.Truex Jr., 5,608. 12.
M.Kenseth, 5,593.


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