Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 10/15/14
Mr. Martinsville is back. Holding off Kyle Busch during a five-lap closing green-flag run at Martinsville Speedway, polesitter Jimmie Johnson won Sunday’s TUMS Fast Relief 500 at the .526-mile short track and grabbed the Sprint Cup Series lead from sixth-place finisher Brad Keselowski. Johnson’s fourth victory of the season and his seventh at Martinsville leaves Johnson in a familiar position. He holds a two-point lead over Keselowski with three races left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Busch finished second .479 seconds behind the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet, who won for the 59th time in his career. Kasey Kahne ran third, followed by Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 21st in his return to racing after a two-week hiatus. Johnson had the lead on Lap 491 when a chain-reaction spin involving Sam Hornish Jr., Carl Edwards and Earnhardt caused the 11th caution and set up a restart on Lap 496 Denny Hamlin’s championship hopes suffered a crushing blow when his No. 11 suffered electrical problems late in the race. After intermittent losses of power, Hamlin’s car stalled on the frontstretch on Lap 391, causing the eighth caution of the race. By the time his crew identified and fixed the problem — a broken post on the master cutoff switch — Hamlin was 34 laps down and mired in 33rd place, his finishing position. Race results 1. Jimmie Johnson 2. Kyle Busch 3. Kasey Kahne 4. Aric Almirola 5. Clint Bowyer 6. Brad Keselowski 7. Jeff Gordon 8. Brian Vickers 9. Bobby Labonte 10. Greg Biffle 11. Ryan Newman 12. Paul Menard 13. Sam Hornish Jr. 14. Kurt Busch 15. Matt Kenseth 16. Joey Logano 17. Jamie McMurray 18. Carl Edwards 19. Landon Cassill 20. Juan Pablo Montoya Sprint Cup standings 1. Jimmie Johnson 2. Brad Keselowski, -2 3. Clint Bowyer, -26 4. Kasey Kahne, -29 5. Denny Hamlin, -49 6. Jeff Gordon, -54 7. Martin Truex Jr., -63 8. Matt Kenseth, -66 9. Greg Biffle, -69 10. Tony Stewart, -71 11. Kevin Harvick, -88 12. Dale Earnhardt Jr., -140 13. Kyle Busch, 1006 points 14. Carl Edwards, 937 15. Ryan Newman, 936 NASCAR Wire Service, photo courtesy of NASCARmedia.com The post Jimmie Johnson takes seventh win at Martinsville Speedway, grabs points lead appeared first on Race Review Online.
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