Hamlin Masters Martinsville for Win in Home State
Hendrick Motorsports flexed its muscles Sunday, but Denny Hamlin’s team made the right call in the pits, propelling the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to victory in the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.
Taking fuel only to polesitter Jeff Gordon’s four tires and fuel on the final pit stop for both drivers on Lap 388, Hamlin beat Gordon out of the pits for a restart on Lap 394, after Ken Schrader’s Toyota spread oil on the track to bring out the 18th and final caution of the race.
Jeff Gordon Captures 65th Career Pole Position
Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 with a lap of 19.666
seconds, at an average speed of 96.288 mph, around the Martinsville Speedway.
This is Gordon's 65th pole in 515 career NASCAR Sprint Cup races. He is fourth on the all-time pole winners list
behind Richard Petty (126), David Pearson (112) and Cale Yarborough (70).
This is his second pole of the 2008 season and his seventh pole at Martinsville.
Denny Hamlin posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 19.775 seconds, at an average speed of 95.757 mph. This
is his fourth top-five start in six Martinsville races.
Aric Almirola continues to impress after qualifying in the third position. This is his career-first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top-10 start.
Jamie McMurray (fifth) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time and Sam Hornish Jr. (26th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
NASCAR Newscast: Martinsville Review
Watch Denny Hamlin's win at his home state track Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, and hear from Hamlin and runner-up Jeff Gordon.
Video: Post-Race News Conferences at Martinsville
Denny Hamlin says he made a mistake pitting and made up for it by winning.
(34 seconds) [Watch Video]
Jeff Gordon describes his run and says Denny Hamlin had a winning tire strategy.
(35 seconds) [Watch Video]
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