Martinsville, VA (Sports Network) - Jimmie Johnson continued his dominance at
Martinsville Speedway by winning Sunday's STP Gas Booster 500.
Johnson, the five-time Sprint Cup Series champion, started on the pole and led
346 of 500 laps to win at Martinsville for the eighth time, which is the most
among active drivers. Richard Petty (15) and Darrell Waltrip (11) have more
wins than Johnson at this 0.526-mile, paperclip-shaped racetrack.
Johnson also becomes the first repeat winner in the series this year. He won
the Feb. 24 season-opening Daytona 500.
Clint Bowyer finished second, while Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammates,
Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne, placed third and fourth, respectively. Kyle
Busch, who won the most recent race two weeks ago in Fontana, Calif.,
completed the top-five.
Danica Patrick finished an impressive 12th in her first start at Martinsville.
Patrick qualified 32nd but had to start from the rear of the field due to an
engine change. She spun around in the early going and fell one lap behind but
patiently worked her way through the field from there.
With the win, Johnson took a six-point lead over Brad Keselowski, who finished
sixth, and a 12-point advantage over teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., who placed
24th after a late-race spin.
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