Jimmie Johnson Dominates At Martinsville

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Jimmie Johnson Martinsville 2013.jpgJimmy Johnson set a net track record as the Sprint Cup drivers are back to racing at Martinsville after a one week break. Denny Hamlin is out of his car this week due to the injuries from the California race and replacing him for one week is Mark Martin.

The race started out with Marcos Ambrose on the outside leading lap one before Jimmie Johnson fully took over the race lead on lap 2. Jimmie Johnson kept on leading laps and the first caution came out on lap 16 as Danica Patrick spins out. The caution brought down some cars for service.

As the green flag laps continued Jimmie Johnson was back to leading laps. This green flag run a good long one and the caution finally came out on lap 70 for Scott Speed as his car stops on the speedway. This caution brought in all the leaders with Jimmie Johnson winning the race off pot road.

As the race restarted Jimmie Johnson kept the race lead. Kyle Busch started to get hot and at lap 90 was able to get the race lead. Kyle only had it for few laps and Jimmie took it back. Jimmie then started to pull out a nice sized lead on the whole field. At lap 165 Josh Wise hit the wall, but did not bring out the caution. Around this time Regan Smith had an unscheduled pit stop for a bad tire. At lap 171 the debris caution came out. The caution brought in all the leaders and Jimmie kept the race lead.

The time we got a real short green flag run and an accordion style wreck occurs. Many cars got damage included Mark Martin, Brian Vickers, Martin Truex Jr., Marcos Ambrose, Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano, Jeff Burton, and Travis Kvapil.

At lap 197 the race restarted with Jimmy easily keeping the race lead. Matt Kenseth though started to get hot and was able to get the race lead on lap 224. The green flag racing finally came to an end on lap 240 for David Reutimann spinning out. This caution brought in the leaders and Matt Kenseth this time kept the race lead off pit road.

This time we only got a short green flag run and Carl Edwards spins out top bring out the next caution. Some cars pit and Mark Martin winds up with a horrible pit stop due to a tire not being on the car. After the green flag dropped Kurt Busch got a flat tire. Then in a couple laps Kyle Busch was the new race leader. At lap 279 it was back to caution time again as Martin Truex Jr. spins out.

As the race restarted Kyle Busch was back leading laps. It was another short green flag run and at lap 292 Kurt Busch spins out for the next caution. The green flag dropped and Kyle Busch started leading laps as Matt Kenseth got hot and took over the race lead at lap 308. At lap 351 Kurt Busch wound up taking his car behind the wall for repairs. With 140 laps left Ryan Newman bring out the caution for a blown tire, but NASCAR said he wound intentionally caused the caution so he picked up a three lap penalty.

After the cars pitted for service Jimmie Johnson was back in the lead. This was another good green flag run though. With 77 laps left Ryan Newman had another cut tire, but brought it down pit road this time so no caution came out. With 53 laps left the caution finally came out again as Brian Vickers spins out. The caution brought in the leaders and Jimmie Johnson won the race off pit road.
Jimmie Johnson got the best of the restart and the race lead again. With 35 laps left Dale Earnhardt Jr. spins out for the next caution. Another solid restart occurs and Jimmie Johnson keeps his race lead. With 14 laps left it was fully over for the Kurt Busch car as it went into flames. This caution brought out the red flag.

"Something happened with the breaks," said Kurt Busch.

The green flag dropped with 8 laps left and Jimmie Johnson still kept the race lead. By the time the final lap started Jimmie had too much of a lead and won the race.

Jimmie Johnson stated that this race was a "standard race."Flawless on pitroad."

"Good day,"said Clint Bowyer.

I feel like I passed all day," said Danica Patrick that wound up finishing in twelfth.

Jeff Gordon stated that he did not need the cautions at the end of the race.

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