With a win Sunday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway, Jimmie Johnson accomplished a couple of milestones. This is his second victory on the new season with the new car, he takes back the points lead, and with eight wins at Martinsville, he surpasses a bunch of folks who had won seven times at the half mile paper clip, including Jeff Gordon, and Hall of Famer, Rusty Wallace. He now only has the King, Richard Petty with 15 wins, and Darrell Waltrip with 11 wins ahead of him here.
You have to love racing in the southeast. Most of the Cars ended the race looking like they had attended a Saturday Night Demolition Derby after bumping and banging for 500 laps around this one and a half racing groove, race track. The Lowes Chevrolet came to town with this win on their minds, and pretty much dominated the weekend with practice speeds, qualifying, and the race. Johnny Sauter should be glad Jimmie Johnson wasn’t entered in the truck race Saturday night, he probably would have won that also.
It appeared all day that unlike the downforce tracks, the inside was the only place to run. Drivers getting stuck on the upper part of the racetrack were picking up marbles, and typically lost 3-9 spots when they were caught out there. The bottom line was the only place to race.
With JJ leading most of the race, and most of the laps, the only drama became who was going to finish second. With Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, and Kasey Kahne firmly in control or 2nd, 3rd, and fourth place, the only race to the checkered flag was the race between Kyle Busch, and the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion, Brad Keselowski. Kyle won that battle by a splitter nose.
I will have to admit, I was impressed with Danica Patrick today. After a poor qualifying effort anyway, having to go to the rear for an engine swap, and her disagreement early in The STP Gas Booster 500 with Kenny Schrader, She was able to race herself back to a decent finish in 12th place. She showed signs of wanting to mix it up all day with the big boys, including boss, Tony Stewart.
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