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Goody’s Cool Orange 500 - Martinsville Speedway

Johnson Victorious Following Martinsville Battle
Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon were teammates in name only on the final lap of the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway. In reality, it was an “every man for himself” duel, and Johnson was the victor. Barely. Johnson won his third race of the season – which equate to 30 bonus points when the top 12 drivers get re-seeded at the start of the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup – and second consecutive race at Martinsville. But the win did not come easy. Gordon – Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate – kept a close eye on Johnson throughout the end of the race and almost beat him to the finish line. On turn four of the last lap, Gordon ducked under Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet and made the finish a drag race to the line. By the slimmest of margins – 0.19 seconds – Johnson won that race. In more ways than one, Johnson owed the win to Gordon. Gordon could have easily roughed up Johnson and pushed him out of the way, but in the end showed respect for his teammate. Also, Gordon’s No. 24 team shared set-ups with a No. 48 team who had struggled during Saturday’s final practice. Johnson’s day was a lesson in patience. Starting 20th, the reigning NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion methodically made his way through the field and finally took the lead with 113 laps to go in the 500-lap race. He did it by passing another teammate, Kyle Busch, on the inside – the preferred passing lane at Martinsville. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. led the most laps with 137. He finished fifth. Denny Hamlin, who led 125 laps but lost his lead during a prolonged pit stop on lap 218, finish third and Kyle Busch – last week’s winner at Bristol – finish fourth. With the second-place finish Gordon increased his points lead over Jeff Burton to 28 and leads third-place Johnson by 60. The race was held under a red flag temporarily on lap 376 because of rain.

Goody’s Cool Orange 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Toyota Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· WIX Filters Lap Leader Notes
· Final Practice
· Chevrolet Final Practice Quotes
· Practice 2
· Chevrolet Saturday Quotes
· Dodge Saturday Quotes
· Ford Saturday Quotes
· Rookie Saturday Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Toyota Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Weekend Schedule
· MRN Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Team Red Bull Notes
· Regan Smith Notes
· Mike Bliss Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· J.J. Yeley Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Juan Pablo Montoya Notes
· David Ragan Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Tony Raines Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Paul Menard Notes
· David Reutimann Notes

Denny Hamlin on Martinsville Pole
Denny Hamlin won the Bud Pole for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500, his fifth Bud Pole 49 career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. Tony Stewart retains the Martinsville track qualifying record of 19.306 seconds, 98.083 mph – set Oct. 21, 2005. This is Hamlin’s first Bud Pole and third top-10 start in 2007 and is his first pole and third top-five start in four races at Martinsville Speedway. Hamlin became the seventh different Bud Pole winner at Martinsville since Jeff Gordon ended a streak of three straight in March 2004. Jamie McMurray qualified second, posting his best start since he started second at Sonoma in 2006. He also started second in this race in 2006. Ken Schrader (fourth) was the quickest of the 14 drivers required to make the field on time. It was Schrader’s best qualifying effort since joining Wood Brothers Racing in 2006 and the best for the Wood Brothers since Ricky Rudd started second here at Martinsville in October 2005. Four drivers posted their first top-10 start of the 2007 season: McMurray, Schrader, J.J. Yeley (ninth) and Johnny Sauter (10th). Juan Pablo Montoya (23rd) was the highest qualifying rookie-of-the-year candidate for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500.

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