The Pit Stop

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The move over to moveable type software for the massive website has not been great for me. If you are reading this link this is my recap of the Martinsville race.

Jimmie Johnson dominates again at Martinsville.

Rain killed Qualifying for the ninth time this season at Martinsville for the TUMS QuikPak 500. This gave Jimmie Johnson the poll for the race again this season.

Jeff Burton said that cars are not really made for this track. Greg Biffle said that is hopeful that he could keep his position from qualifying. Jimmie Johnson said that his car was really good. "Pennzoil Chevrolet been pretty good this weekend," said Kevin Harvick.

At the drop of the green flag it was Jeff Gordon making his way up to the front and moved into second place at lap 19. Then the first caution popped up for a Travis Kvapil spin at 29.

A bunch of cars on the lead lap pit. Dale Jr.winds up getting a too fast entering pit road penalty sending right to the back of the field.

The green flag drops and Jeff Gordon made a move on Jimmie Johnson to lead the race. Then at lap 60 the next caution comes out as Kasey Kahne slows up big time of the track. This time most of the cars on the lead lap pit. Jimmie led the cars off pit road, but Aric Almirola stayed out to lead the race.

At lap 82 the next caution came out for a Jamie McMurray who spins out with some help from Dale Earnhardt Jr. The green flag dropped and the caution quickly came out again as Regan Smith spins out.

The next caution came out at lap 114 for Joe Nemechek and Matt Kenseth that get together. Most of the cars pit this time. Tony Stewart won the race off pit road while Jamie McMurray stays out to lead the race.

The green flag dropped and Jimmie Johnson moves up the field and leads the race at lap 155. At lap 162 a very weird caution comes out as Kyle Busch, Same Hornish Jr, and Tony Raines all blow a tire separately. Kyle wound up with a 2-lap penalty for stopping on the track.

All but Greg Biffle pit this time. Jimmie Johnson came in and led all cars of pit road. He quickly took the lead of the race after the drop of the green flag. Then at lap 197 the caution popped out for a Elliott Sadler spin with some help from Aric Almirola.

The cars up front stayed out this time. Jimmie Johnson kept the lead until Jeff Gordon took the lead from him at lap 242. A couple more laps go by and Greg Biffle comes in for tires and fuel.

The caution finally comes out again at lap 255 for Bobby Labonte spin with some help from A.J. Allmendinger. The leaders pit and Jimmie Johnson was able to win the race off pit road once again while Ryan Newman goes to back after getting an exiting to fast from pit road penalty.

A few laps go by and Jeff Gordon is back into the lead of the race. Than at lap 292 it was Jimmie back into the lead again. A few laps go by David Reutimann hits the wall, but makes to pit road to fix his tires. Green flag racing continues and then Jeff Gordon starts to fade a bit and falls to fifth place by lap 340. At lap 349 Kyle Busch winds up with another blown tire, but gets to pit road this time.

At lap 362 Tony Stewart is the next driver to have a tire problem. At lap 375 Denny Hamlin puts Jeff Gordon back to seventh. A few more laps go by and Kurt Busch blows another tire, could not get to pit road and brings out the caution.

Around this time it was almost green flag pit stop time. It brought in all the cars on the lead lap with Jimmie Johnson in the lead with Carl Edwards in second. With 103 laps left Jamie McMurray had some car problems ending his good race day.

Jeff Gordon though started to move up the field again and was up to fourth again around lap 400. With 87 laps left Dale Jr. finally got around Carl Edwards for second place. By the time Dale passed Carl he was over one second back of Jimmie.

With 63 to go it was another cut tire for Kyle Busch. At 47 laps left Tony Stewart wound up with another cut tire and Denny Hamlin passed Jeff Gordon for fourth.

Four more laps go by and Reed Sorenson crashes to bring out the caution. Leaders pit, but Matt Kenseth stays out to lead the race. On pit road Jimmie beats Dale Jr. on pit road while Jeff Burton has a slow pit stop that also gets a one-lap penalty for pitting outside of his box.

The green flag drops and it took a couple of laps before Jimmie got the lead of the race again. He started to build up a nice lead and then with 15 laps left David Gilliland spins out.

With 8 laps left the green flag dropped and it was all Jimmie up front. Carl Edwards made one attempt to take the lead and it did not work. With three laps left David Ragan gets spun out to bring out the green/white checker flag.

Jimmie Johnson just shoots out like a rocket to win the race. He led 339 laps in the race and also created the largest lead ever in the chase.

"What a car," said Jimmie. "Restarts were tough."

"This is a good track for me," said Dale. Jr. He also said that he had nothing for Jimmie.

"It's awesome," said Carl Edwards on his finish. He stated that he wanted to pass Dale, but he was a little bit better.

The one real long run just hurt us said Jeff Gordon. He also stated that he was real good on the short runs.

The win by Jimmie helps him break open a big lead in points on the rest of the field. He now leads Greg Biffle by 149 points and Jeff Burton by 152 points.

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