After week off with many words having been said coming out of California, we finally got back to the action at Martinsville. Martinsville is the shortest track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. The track is known as the paperclip based on its unique racing shape. Well, at the least all wise and powerful Darrell Waltrip told us at least 40 times during the race today.
When the smoke cleared from Kurt Busch losing a brake line and starting a fire underneath his car with only a few laps to go, we were left with a familiar sight that we had last year. Jimmie Johnson was leading with Clint Bowyer second and Jeff Gordon third. Last year these three drivers wrecked in turn one and two on a green white checker finish.
This year in the Spring Martinsville race there would be no green white checker since Jimmie Johnson jumped out to lead on the restart with roughly 8 laps to go and did not look back. Bowyer also held serve and finished second, while Gordon took home the final podium spot.
Another surprise of the race today was the performance by Danica Patrick. Patrick brought out the first caution early in the race with a spin. She at one point in the race found herself in 30 some position two laps behind the leader. Through hard driving and adjustments, Patrick got back on he lead lap to finish in the 12th position. That is surprising finish for Patrick who had never raced at the short track before.
When the race was completed Kevin Harvick spun Brian Vickers after the checker flag had fallen. Harvick then also appeared to protect Patrick’s car from Vickers as the three were trying to make their way to pit road to park. It will be interesting to see if Harvick receives any type of penalty for his actions in spinning Vickers.
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