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Johnson Wins Martinsville, Punches Ticket Into Final Four

It all worked out and Johnson restarted fourth.

"I think we're a little bit more under the radar than we were past year", he said.

"You can't turn back time, you can't change the past; I wish we could". "To win on this weekend at this racetrack with the tragedy we had here in '04, just want to thank all the loved ones we lost", Johnson said. The only reason the odds weren't dropped lower was because Martinsville wins traditionally have been reserved for a select few. "They are so set in their ways about locking everything in (at the time of a caution), they don't know how to adjust when cars have a problem".

"It was a good day, a solid day but obviously not what we were looking for", Hamlin said. "I think my auto just fired off slower and ran slower throughout the entire run that we had all day so just missed it there a little bit so that is what we had and about all we could muster there at the end was a third". The team executed really well; we just kind of missed out on the racing Gods today. "I think that's the most disappointing part for us is that we've probably been the strongest team all year long".

Keselowski held the position to take runner-up honors.

JGR finished third, fourth and fifth as Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch are inside the top-four as the series heads to Texas Motor Speedway. Allmendinger started inside of the top-10 and was able to come home with a top-10 finish.

The race was eventually returned to green on Lap 387 with Denny Hamlin in the lead.

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He then led fellow-Toyota drivers Busch and Kenseth by to lead laps for bonus points toward their championship efforts before retaking the lead from Kenseth on lap 152. The decision-making combined with the initial caution took 29 laps, and 25 minutes, 19 seconds.

Later, Johnson was running in the top 10 on lap 362 when his auto stalled, possibly out of fuel. Carl Edwards blew a right front tire on lap 361, in the middle of a round of green flag pit stops. You can say it, I can't.

JOHNSON VS. HAMLIN: There was mid-race aggression between Johnson and Hamlin, as Hamlin moved Johnson out of his way for a pass for position. We've just got to keep the intensity up, keep realizing we like the pressure; I think we're better under pressure.

A statement released to media by Martinsville Speedway officials after the event read, "We will monitor the situation closely with local authorities, and work with them to provide updates". "Having those long runs really suited my style and our setup of our race auto".

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson is on to NASCAR's championship race, which means Joe Gibbs Racing won't pull off a clean sweep of the final four.

Jeff Gordon, running his final race once again, finished with a solid top-10 effort. He'd swept the three-race segment of the second round of the Chase, and was dominating at Martinsville, headed toward a win that would have advanced him to the season finale. He led just over half of the 200-lap race.

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