Apr 7, 2013; Martinsville, VA, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) celebrates winning the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmie Johnson Wins Eighth Martinsville Race


Martinsville Speedway has delivered fans a treat with traditional, old school short track racing this weekend. A race that was full of beating and banging and spins gave fans something to watch that they’ve been wanting for sometime now.

At the end of the day, the last man standing, or at least the first man who crossed the finish line first was five-time champion, Jimmie Johnson. Today’s win marks the eighth win Johnson has earned at the track in his career. Johnson dominated the race leading 346 of today’s 500 laps.

”We stuck to our game plan and knew what we wanted to have in the race and stayed patient, and it was tough to do at times, but it certainly worked out well,” Johnson said.

The rest of the top-ten finishers in order were: Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle, and Mark Martin. Three of the Hendrick Motorsports cars finished in the top-five. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a strong car at the start of the race, but became really ill as the race progressed. He finished twenty-fourth.

Danica Patrick shocked many today with her twelfth place finish. Patrick is known for her struggles at short tracks, but bounced back from being two laps down to finished just outside of the top-ten.

The biggest incident of the day was also the most bizarre incident of the day. On lap 181, eleven cars were involved in what was one large train accident. At first it appeared as two unrelated incidents, but the first one brought out the caution flag. Johnson, the leader at the time, slowed down acknowledging the caution, while others behind him passed him and then some checked up and spun out.

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