Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

After running a race at NASCAR’s longest track last week in Talladega, this week the Sprint Cup drivers take on NASCAR’s shortest track at a half a mile in Martinsville, Virginia.

For the Sprint Cup Series, Martinsville is the first race in the Round of Eight.

Martin Truex Jr won the pole in qualifying on Friday and will lead the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500:
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano – Chase driver
Jimmie Johnson – Chase driver
AJ Allmendinger
Chase Elliott
Tony Stewart
Carl Edwards – Chase driver
Denny Hamlin – Chase driver
Kyle Busch – Chase driver
Jeff Gordon – in for Dale Earnhardt Jr
Kyle Larson
David Ragan
Ryan Newman
Jamie McMurray
Ryan Blaney – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Aric Almirola
Matt Kenseth – Chase driver
Paul Menard
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick – Chase driver
Regan Smith
Kasey Kahne
Kurt Busch – Chase driver
Danica Patrick
Greg Biffle
Casey Mears
Matt DiBenedetto
Clint Bowyer
Chris Buescher
Michael McDowell
Trevor Bayne
Austin Dillon
Landon Cassill
Reed Sorenson
Brian Scott
Gray Gaulding
Dylan Lupton
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Michael Annett

Seven time NASCAR champion Richard Petty waved the green to start the race with pole sitter Martin Truex Jr pulling out in front to lead the race.

On lap six Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of half a second.

On lap 14 Truex has increased his lead to over half a second.

The first caution flag of the race comes out when Ricky Stenhouse Jr spins out and gets into the wall. Stenhouse was driving a backup car after wrecking his primary car during practice on Friday. There were no cars a lap down for the “lucky dog”.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service. Chasers Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick were caught speeding on pit road. Martinsville pit road speed is 30mph.

Martin Truex Jr led the race off of pit road but after staying out, Joey Logano leads the race.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 28 and pulls out in front of the field.

On lap 32 Joey Logano pulls out to a half second lead.

At only half a mile around, cars can get lapped quickly at M artinsville Speedway but on lap 37 all of the drivers out on the track are still on the lead lap. Only Ricky Stenhouse Jr is off the track.

On lap 40 Joey Logano has increased his lead by over half a second.

On lap 46, Martin Truex Jr passes Logano to retake the lead of the race.

On lap60 Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of halp a second. There are 6 cars one the lead lap. Ricky Stenhouse Jr is officially out of the race.

The second caution flag of the race comes out on lap 60 when David Ragan’s car is smoking. Gray Gaulding is the “lucky dog”.

Reed Sorenson leads a lap when Truex comes down pit road for service.

Martin Truex Jr leads the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 66 and pulls out in front of the field.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restar on lap 66 and pulls in front of the field.

On lap 74 Kyle Larson passes Truex to take over the lead of the race.

On lap 80 Martin Turex Jr retakes the lead of the race.

On lap 96 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of less than half a second. There are 35 cars on the lead lap with one car off the track and one out of the race.

On lap 112 Kyle Busch takes over the lead of the race but two laps later Martin Truex Jr passes Busch to continue domination the race lead.

On lap 121 Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on the field. There are 32 cars on the lead lap. David Ragan remains in the garage and Ricky Stenhouse Jr is out of th race.

On lap 136 Jeffrey Earnhardt hits the wall but the track stays green. Lap 129 Brian Scott is reporting a tire rub.

The third caution flag of the race comes out for debris on the track. Trevor Bayne is the “lucky dog”. The debris was a rear bumper, possibly from Brian Scott’s car.

The drivers come down pit road for service. Martin Truex Jr leads the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick was caught speeding on pit raod. Brian Scott was penalized for having too many pit crew members over the wall.

Lap 139 Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart and continnues to lead the race.

Lap 145 Martin Truex Jr’s lead is over half a second. There are 28 cars on the lead lap. David Ragan is back on the track 73 laps down.

Lap 151 Matt Kenseth leads a lap but Truex retakes the lead one lap later.

Lap 158 Michael Annett is on pit road and receives a penalty for having too many pit crew members over the wall.

Lap 171 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of less than half a second. There are 27 cars on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr has led 145 of 178 laps so far.

On lap 181 Matt Kenseth passes Truex to take over the lead of the race.

On lap 199 Denny Hamlin passes Jimmie Johnson and bumps Johnson casuing damage to Johnson’s car and brings out the fourth caution flag on lap 200 when Johnson’s car begins smoking. Trevor Bayne is the “lucky dog”.

Matt Kenseth leads the race off of pit road.

Matt Kenseth brings the field down for the green flag on lap 207 and pulls out in front of the field.

On lap 213 Matt Kenseth has a lead of over half a second. There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 221 Matt Kenseth’s lead has been cut to half a second.

On lap 237 Matt Kenseth continues to lead the race. Reed Sorenson is off the track.

Halfway – lap 250 – Matt Kenseth continues to lead the race. There are 24 cars on the lead lap. Reed Sorenson returns to the track 33 laps down. Ricky Stenhouse Jr remains the only car out of the race.

On lap 256 Matt Kenseth puts Chase driver Kurt Busch a lap down.

Lap 268 Kenseth continues to lead the field.

On lap 278 Matt Kenseth has increased his lead to over half a second. There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

On lap 285 Matt Kenseth continues to lead. There are only 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 295 with only 18 cars on the lead lap, Matt Kenseth is still out in front with a lead of over half a second. Landon Cassill hits the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 300 Kenseth has increased his lead to over a second. There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

On lap 303 Austin Dillon’s car is smoking, but the track remains green.

On lap 315 leader Matt Kenseht is reporting a tire rub. He has led 136 laps so far.

On lap 322 Kenseth remains out in front of the field in dominating fashion and continues to put cars a lap down. Drivers are approaching green flag pit stops.

On lap 333 Jeff Gordon is reporting that his car is losing power. There are only 14 cars on the lead lap.

On lap 338 Gray Gaulding is off the track.

On lap 355 Kyle Larson is the first driver to come down pit road for a green flag pit stop. It is the first time in four years that there have been green flag pit stops at Martinsville.

On lap 356 Denny Hamlin passes Matt Kenseth to take over the lead of the race.

On lap 357 AJ Allmendinger has the lead as drivers make green flag pit stops. The fifth caution flag of the race comes out after Carl Edwards has a flat tire and hits the wall. Jeff Gordon is the “lucky dog”.

On lap 360 Carl Edwards takes his car to the garage.

The drivers who had not made green flag pit stops come down pit road for service. A driver will go two laps down when he makes a green flag pit stop. The caution flag during the middle of pit stops has jumbled up the field and NASCAR must sort it out before they open pit road.

Lap 362 AJ Allmendinger and Jimmie Johnson are out of fuel. Allmendinger comes down a closed pit road for fuel and must restart the race at the back of the field. Jimmie John is running on his reserve and waiting for pit road to open.

Lap 365 Casey Mears is out of fuel. Denny Hamlin is the leader.

NASCAR is still sorting out the order of the race but has opened pit road for service

The caution flag lasted 20 laps while NASCAR sorted out the order of the drivers – lead lap cars, the luucky dog, lapped cars, and wave around cars.

On lap 383 Denny Hamlin leads the field down for the green flag restart. 21 drivers took the wave around. There are only 10 cars on the lead lap.

On lap 393 Deny Hamlin is leading the race by over half a second. Carl Edwards is back on the track 19 laps down.

On lap 404 Denny Hamlin has a short lead of about a thenth over the field with only 10 cars on the lead lap.

On lap 409 Jimmie Johnson passes Denny Hamlin to take over the lead of the race.

Lpa 422 Jimmie Johnson has pulled out to a lead of over a second with only 10 cars on the lead lap.

On lap 428 Johnson has increased his lead to over a second.

On lap 440 Jimmie Johnson has a commanding lead over the field with a lead of nearly two seconds.

On lap 447 Johnson has increased that lead to over two seconds.

Fifty laps to go there are 10 cars on the lead lap and only 10 cars one lap down. Jimmie Johnson still leads the race.

With 36 laps to go Jimmie Johnson has pulled out to a lead of 2.5 seconds.

Thirty to go and Johnson has increased his lead ot over 2.5 seconds.

Fifteen to go, Johnson remains in the lead. Kyle Larson hits the wall but the track stays green.

Ten to go Johnson leading by two seconds.

With only seven laps remaining and Matt DiBenedetto slows on the track but makes it down to pit road and the track stays green.

Five to go and Jimmie Johnson has caught the back of the field.

Jimmie Johnson takes the white flag – last lap.

Jimmie Johnson wins the race for his ninth Martinsville win and the 79th win of his Sprint Cup career. The win also earns Johnson his ninth Grandfather clock.

The unofficial results of the Goody’s Fast Relief 500:
Jimmie Johnson
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
Matt Kenseth
Kyle Busch
Jeff Gordon
Martin Truex Jr
Jamie McMurray
Joey Logano
AJ Allmendinger
Kasey Kahne
Chase Elliott
Greg Biffle
Kyle Larson
Aric Almirola
Ryan Newman
Austin Dillon
Michael McDowell
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Casey Mears
Kurt Busch
Trevor Bayne
Danica Patrick
Paul Menard
Tony Stewart
Chris Buescher
Clint Bowyer
Landon Cassill
Regan Smith
Dylan Lupton
Matt DIBenedetto
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Brian Scott
Michael Annett
Carl Edwards
David Ragan
Reed Sorenson
Gray Gaulding
Ricky Stenhouse Jr


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