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Jimmie Johnson Wins Goody’s Fast Relief 500


Jimmie Johnson took control in the final 92 laps to win Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 At Martinsville Speedway. This was his 9th career win at the famed short track and as a result clinches a birth in the final Chase Round at Homestead. Brad Keselowski finished second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, And Kyle Busch rounding out the top 5.

Johnson took the lead on Lap 409 from Denny Hamlin and after getting away from the No. 11, he never looked back as he collected his 4th win of the season and the 2nd of the Chase For The Sprint Cup.

“Anything you want in life you have to work for it,” Johnson told NBCSN after the race. “It isn’t going to come easy and we knew that coming into this race and there’s so many challenges at this race track.”

This is the first time that Johnson, who has six Sprint Cup titles, has advanced to the championship race in the elimination format era of the Chase. He will now battle with 3 other to-be-determined drivers at Homestead for a chance of a record tying 7th championship.

“This is the right time to start winning races.,” said Johnson, who last won at Martinsville in 2013. “I’ve been trying to ignore this conversation about seven (championships), and now I can’t. We’re locked in.”

Other storylines from Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 At Martinsville Speedway include:

  • Carl Edwards will have his work cut out for him in the next two races after suffering a blown tire and subsequently hitting the wall on lap 357. The incident is a huge setback for the 19 team, who is contending for a championship in only it’s second year together. Carl finished 36th
  • Jeff Gordon finished sixth in likely his last Sprint Cup start. Gordon earned top 10s in his last two starts at Martinsville and Dover
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun and backed into the wall in Turn 3 on Lap 23, bringing out the day’s first caution. Stenhouse was in a backup car after a similar accident in Turn 1 during qualifying. Stenhouse finished 40th
  • Stewart-Haas Racing was off the mark all day at Martinsville, as all four of it’s cars failed to finish on the lead lap.
  • Gray Gaulding finished 39th, 140 laps down in his first Sprint Cup start with The Motorsports Group after struggling with mechanical issues.

Next Race Up: The Round Of 8 continues next Sunday as NASCAR heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the AAA Texas 500.