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Denny Hamlin edges Joey Logano to win Martinsville race

compiled by megasportsnews.com staff

NASCAR's Denny Hamlin (Getty Images for nascarmedia.com)

There were eight laps to go on the “Paper Clip” track at Martinsville Motor Speedway when Denny Hamlin and his crew chief Mike Ford had a huge decision to make to try and win the race. There was a caution out on the track at the time. The thinking was to stop at pit road while the other cars stayed out on the track with old tires.  Or if they kept on racing, the rest would stop and pit, get fresh tires and would run them down.

They decided to pit and Hamlin made all of that complicated thinking work as he worked his way to a fantastic and exciting finish at Martinsville Speedway, advancing from ninth place by basically playing “bogart”, bull-rushing and steamrolling his way through the field on the shortest, oldest track in NASCAR.

Hamlin passed Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth and race leader Jeff Gordon following the final restart to earn his third career victory at the southwest Virginia track.

Hamlin dangerous moved through the first turn, forcing a three-wide racing which is tough on the 0.526-mile race track moving into fourth place before his teammate Kyle Busch spun out, causing a key and timely caution.

Then a two-lap sprint was going to win the race. Hamlin on the re-start when right past Newman then went past Kenseth and Gordon who were both on older tires and he slid underneath for the win.

Joey Logano, Hamlin’s teammate with Joe Gibbs Racing, finished second, followed by Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Martin Truex, Jr.  Jimmie Johnson was nowhere to be found and finished ninth.

Jimmie Johnson finally wins at Bristol Motor Speedway

compiled from staff and wire reports

Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee is called the “Bullring” because of its throwback-style of racing. A majority of the drivers in NASCAR like the old track with the exception of Jimmie Johnson.

Jimmie Johnson up until Sunday had never won there and never said it was his favorite tracks.

The four-time defending NASCAR champion can now add Bristol to his “wins” list as he worked his way from sixth to first place in just three laps to win for the 50th victory in his career.

Johnson became only the 12th driver in NASCAR history to win 50 races. He reached the milestone in his 296th start, and there are only three drivers who accomplished this faster: Jeff Gordon (232), Darrell Waltrip (278) and David Pearson (293).

Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)

With 10 laps to go, Johnson was trying to figure out a way to catch Kurt Busch. Busch led 278 of the 500 laps and had a nice lead on Johnson when a debris caution came out with 17 laps to go. All leaders in the race headed to pit road, and Busch and Johnson took four tires on the final stop.

Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart all took two tires, giving them the first four positions on the race restart. Busch was fifth and Johnson was sixth with the race resuming with 10 laps tos go. Johnson started to move to the top as he moved past Tony Stewart at the end. Kurt Busch finished 3rd.

Kurt Busch wins Kobalt Tools 500 in Atlanta on second restart

Kurt Busch wins Kobalt Tools 500 (HHL)

With Kurt Busch leading in the final laps Sunday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, there were several distractions . A life-threatening accident involving two feuding drivers, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski;  and several other cars being involved in an accident.

Busch started to worry what would happen on the restarts. Not a problem for him at least in this race. Busch survived a couple of  overtime restarts and 16 extra laps to defend his 2009 title at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, for his first win of 2010.

The race was marred with accusations that Carl Edwards purposely wrecked Brad Keselowski’s car, sending it hurling toward the main stands upside down.

Busch wins the race at the 1.54-mile trioval beating Matt Kenseth by nearly half a second. Juan Pablo Montoya, who is always in the top 10 but doesn’t win races, was third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Paul Menard.

Kurt Busch wins Atlanta for the second year in a row (wfe)

The race went 341 laps instead of its scheduled 325 because of two big wrecks near the end of the race.

Edwards, who was running 156 laps behind, clipped Keselowski and caused his car to spin, then lifted into the air near the 190 mph mark; smashing into a barrier in front of the stands roof-first, then flipped back onto the track. Brad Keselowski was fine, but NASCAR officials ordered Edwards to park his car and demanded he meet them in their track offices. There won’t be any decision made on Edwards and his status as a driver until sometime this week.

Other notable drivers in the field include Jimmie Johnson finishing 12th. Pole winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished 15th. His winless streak is now 61.

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