I donâ€™t know if the new spoiler had anything to do with it, but the Goodyâ€™s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville was a great race.
NASCAR really cranked up the level of competition on this one.
Denny Hamlin was determined to win the race, and he earned the victory by driving through traffic with just a few laps remaining.
I expected Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon to win the race. They have the best record there. And Jeff Gordon almost won the race on sheer luck. Another 100 feet before the caution and the race would have been Gordonâ€™s
Kurt Busch had the winning car until his pit crew left a lug nut loose. He never regained from that mistake
What about you? Did you think the competition was cranked up a notch or two on this one?
Is there any reason for NASCAR to run a race in Martinsville next week?
It seems like Jimmie Johnson wins every time we go there. Johnson has 6 wins at theÂ half- mile Virginia paperclip. His average finish is 5.1.
So far this year Johnson has won 3 of 5 Sprint Cup races. He is the man to beat at Martinsville.
How do Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus do it?
The No. 48 teamâ€™s domination canâ€™t be good for NASCAR â€“ long known for keeping an equal playing field.
You donâ€™t have to look any farther than the grandstands at Bristol to see that. There were 50,000 empty seats on Sunday. And Bristol has been sold out for 55 straight races.
Can anyone beat Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville
Have Your Say About Martinsville
NASCAR may not have engraved Jimmie Johnson’s name on the Sprint Cup yet, but after Sunday’ dominating win at Martinsville they must have at least penciled him in at the head table at the Waldorf Astoria.
The Tums Quik Pak 500 at Martinsville is in the history books now. The NASCAR pundits picked a pair of Hendrick Motorsports drivers as the favorites to goÂ to Victory Lane –Â Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson were favored to win.
The pundits were half right. It was Jimmie Johnson taking the win. No one was talking about Dale Earnhardt, Jr. before the race. Junior drove the No. 88 car to a second place finish.
It seems there are more questions than answers after the race.
- Why did ABC cut to a commercial with 11 laps to go?
- Why did NASCAR wait until after the commercial break to throw the green flag — burning off 3 valuable laps in the process?
- Why didn’t Dale Earnhardt, Jr. pull within a few inches ofÂ Jimmie Johnson on the last 2 restarts instead of allowing Johnson to get such a big lead.
- Why are we continuing to see tire problems for the 3rd week in a roe — and so many times this year?
- Will Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton — or anyone else — be able to pry the Sprint Cup from Jimmie Johnson’s grasp?
- Will Jeff Gordon ever win another race? The seven time Martinsville winner continues his winless streak in 2008.
It’s like the Radio Shack commercial — we’ve got questions. We just hope you’ve got the answers.