Mr. Martinsville is back – and with him, a realistic shot at a record-tying NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Winless at the .526-mile short track since the spring race of 2013, Jimmie Johnson ended his “drought” on Sunday with a victory in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 and earned a berth in the Championship 4 race, set for Nov. 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In winning for the ninth time at Martinsville, the fourth time this season and the 79th time in his career, Johnson didn’t take the lead until he passed Denny Hamlin for the top spot on Lap 409 of 500.
In a race that featured two green-flag runs of more than 110 laps, Johnson pulled out to a lead of more than two seconds in the closing laps and finished 1.291 seconds ahead of charging Brad Keselowski, who passed Hamlin for second place on Lap 477.
Also Johnson said Friday he has been trying to avoid thoughts of a possible seventh title that would tie him for the all-time lead with icons Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
Following his latest win, we take a look at his best top 6 wins.
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