Yesterday was the first Martinsville Race of the Season. Cars were bumping and banging off of each other in every turn. I think the only car that did not have had any damage to it was that of the winner, Jimmie Johnson. Johnson led the most laps and won, his eighth career Martinsville win. Dale Earnhardt Jr’s streak ended with his 24th place finish and he lost the points lead. Danica Patrick finished in the top fifteen, for the first time since Daytona. It was the first of the five races Denny Hamlin will have to sit out, Mark Martin drove the FedEx Camry to a top ten finish. There were even some flames, Kyle Busch’s car caught on fire after he lost his breaks. Tempers were flaring too, Harvick turned Vickers around after the checkered flag waved. All in all it was an event filled day at Martinsville.
Yesterday in Martinsville as the Chase inches closer to the close Jimmie Johnson went out and showed everyone just why he is a five time champ. The Martinsville win yesterday is his seventh career Martinsville win. And with that win he took the points lead with three weeks left.
Denny Hamlin took a hit in the points after he crashed. It could possible be Johnson’s year yet again. The world will find out for sure on Sunday October 18 when at the end of the race the next Sprint Cup Champion will take the stage. .