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DirecTV 500 - Martinsville Speedway

Stewart Clocks in Again at Martinsville
It just couldn't get any better than it did Sunday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. Defending NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Tony Stewart, with four-time champ Jeff Gordon nipping at his rear bumper, won a three-lap shootout at the beautiful half-mile track before a standing-room only, sun-baked crowd. It was a typical 500-lapper at one of NASCAR's most exciting tracks, with 16 caution periods resulting from close, contact racing. Stewart, however, stayed in front of the bumping and spinning throughout the race, leading 261 laps. The win is the second career Martinsville victory for Stewart, earning him his second grandfather clock. The grandfather clock is one of the most-desired trophies on the circuit. Runner-up Gordon cut a tire early in the race and had to grind his way back to the front. His performance was amazing, as was the driving of Dale Earnhardt Jr., whose No. 8 Chevrolet was minus most of its fenders by the end of the day. Gordon passed teammate Jimmie Johnson just a few laps before the final caution, which was brought out by hard-luck Matt Kenseth, who lost the brakes on his Ford and slammed into the safer barrier of turn one. Kenseth had been running in the top 10 before his luck ran out. Johnson, who regained the NEXTEL Cup points lead, finished third, ahead of the hard-charging Earnhardt, who passed Kyle Busch for fourth place on the final lap. Busch was fifth, giving car owner Rick Hendrick three of the top five finish positions. Stewart’s win in the DIRECTV 500 is his 25th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory and it comes in his 254th career start. Stewart moved into 22nd on NASCAR’s all-time winners list, tied with Jim Paschal and Joe Weatherly. Stewart has led the most laps in the last three races at Martinsville. He led 247 of the 500 laps in the spring of 2005 and 283 of the 500 in the fall race. Stewart became the fourth driver in Martinsville history to lead the most laps in three straight races. He joined Cale Yarborough (fall 1976 and both races in 1977), Rusty Wallace (both races in 1994 and spring 1995) and Dale Earnhardt (both races in 1987 and spring 1988).

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· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· David Stremme Notes

Johnson on Martinsville Pole
Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the DIRECTV 500, lapping Martinsville Speedway in 19.575 seconds, at an average speed of 96.736 mph. Tony Stewart holds the track-qualifying record of 19.306 seconds, 98.083 mph, set Oct. 21, 2005. This is Johnson’s ninth career Bud Pole in 153 NEXTEL Cup Series races. Johnson has now started 14th or better in all six races of the 2006 season with five top-ten starts. Jamie McMurray posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 19.583 seconds, at an average of 96.696 mph – and will join Johnson on the front row for the DIRECTV 500. This is McMurray’s third top-10 start in 2006 and his third in seven races at Martinsville. Tony Stewart will start third, posting his third top-10 start this season, all third or better and all in the past four races. Ryan Newman rolls off from the fourth position, his ninth top-10 start in as many races at Martinsville. Kasey Kahne posted his first start of better than 15th at Martinsville, qualifying in the fifth spot.


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