Apr 08 2013

Johnon Strong at Martinsville, Again

Jimmie Johnson won his 8th race at Martinsville yesterday, his 62nd overall, in another dominating performance from a Hendrick machine at the track. Had that one caution not came when it did, he would’ve had his hands full with Jeff Gordon gaining on him by 3 tenths of a second a lap, but it wasn’t to be. Chad mad some adjustments and on the next restart, Johnson, Bowyer and Gordon all ran their fasteest laps with Jimmie pulling away for good.

If a victory at a short track can ever be called a walk in the park, Johnson enjoyed a Sunday stroll from start to finish. At no point in the race did he run below fifth.

“I think the fact that we had just such a calm weekend was the biggest part,” Johnson said. “It’s easy to start chasing things here and get yourself off track. We always race well, and fortunately here you pit a lot and you can make big changes to your race car to get you in the ball game.

“We’ve won races where we were just terrible to start the race, having no fun. (Crew chief) Chad (Knaus) is throwing spring rubbers in the car and the track bar is coming up or down, wedge in and out, all those huge, huge changes, and we get ourselves in contention.

“I don’t know where we were — someone said the worst I was on the track today was fourth [actually, fifth]. We just executed from the first laps in practice to where we were at the end of the race, and that was fun. We weren’t chasing a setup or track conditions or a variety of things that we’ve done in the past.” Source: Nascar.com

Kurt Busch had an interesting ride, landing in the wall with his car on fire and bringing out the red flag, check the video below.

All in all it was a good race, here is how they finished:
1 Jimmie Johnson (48)

2 Clint Bowyer (15)

3 Jeff Gordon (24)

4 Kasey Kahne (5)

5 Kyle Busch (18)

6 Brad Keselowski (2)

7 Jamie McMurray (1)

8 Marcos Ambrose (9)

9 Greg Biffle (16)

10 Mark Martin (11)

11 Brian Vickers (55)

12 Danica Patrick (10)

13 Kevin Harvick (29)

14 Matt Kenseth (20)

15 Carl Edwards (99)

16 Casey Mears (13)

17 Tony Stewart (14)

18 Jeff Burton (31)

19 Paul Menard (27)

20 Aric Almirola (43)

21 Bobby Labonte (47)

22 Regan Smith (51)

23 Joey Logano (22)

24 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

25 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17)

26 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

27 J.J. Yeley (36)

28 David Gilliland (38)

29 Dave Blaney (7)

30 David Ragan (34)

31 Ryan Newman (39)

32 Ken Schrader (32)

33 Landon Cassill (33)

34 Joe Nemechek (87)

35 Josh Wise (35)

36 David Stremme (30)

37 Kurt Busch (78)

38 David Reutimann (83)

39 Travis Kvapil (93)

40 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

41 Scott Speed (95)

42 Scott Riggs (44)

43 Michael McDowell (98)

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