NASCAR - Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 3-29-09  » Sport  »
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  • I'm not sure Waltrip needed to fight the issue as much as he was
  • I'm disappointed Gordon didn't win, and I hate it that Johnson did win
  • I believe Hamlin was far more deserving of the victory

    • by Orrymain

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      It’s short track racing again for the 43 drivers of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Rain had washed out practices and qualifying on Friday and Saturday, so the track was raw as the race began. By virtue of being the points leader, Jeff Gordon was on the pole and got the first five points for leading a lap for the day.

      The first action came when Michael Waltrip spun and lightly tapped the wall. When the race began, there was some action as faster cars tried to get around him. I’m not sure Waltrip needed to fight the issue as much as he was.

      At lap 40, NASCAR called a caution. It was precautionary because of all the rain from the last couple of days. Gordon was in the lead, with Kurt Busch still in second, which is where he began the race. At the caution, all but two drivers stopped. Gordon took an air pressure adjustment, and that was it. Mark Martin jumped up 20 spots by

      getting fuel only (he’d gotten tires on the Waltrip caution a few laps earlier).

      At the restart, Scott Speed was the leader, followed by Robby Gordon and then Jeff Gordon, who passed Robby in one lap and then set out to reclaim his lead from Speed, something he did within the next few laps.

      The next caution came out about twenty laps later, thanks to the always aggressive Kyle Busch. Busch was trying to pass Scott Speed, who was in 9th place, but the car wouldn’t stick. He spun into Speed, who hit the wall. Busch did apologize and take the blame over the radio. There were only a few takers who pitted, and two of those had problems — tire violation for Matt Kenseth, who has already been frustrated by his car today, and Joey Logano who got a speeding violation. Kenseth’s day got worse because he didn’t take the restart at the end of the longest line and then he refused to do his penalty. NASCAR black flagged the ...

      • 17 car, forcing Kenseth to take his drive-through penalty or not be scored in the race.

        Lap 91 brought the next caution when Robby Gordon spun around with a cut tire, but the leaders stayed out. Things pretty much remained the same until Denny Hamlin, who was fastest in the only practice on Friday, finally got around Jeff Gordon on lap 157.

        Once again, the race more or less just raced on. There was a long green flag section with over 100 green flag laps before two cars had tires going down and the sixth caution of the day flew. Hamlin retained his lead, with Gordon still in second, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in third as the race resumed.

        Things got very exciting with about 150 to go. The battle heated up between Hamlin, Gordon, Bowyer, and Jimmie Johnson. Gordon reclaimed the lead, just to have Hamlin get it back again. There was a lot of beating and banging, and it was thrilling to see. Caution came out, though, interrupting the


        To be honest, after the big battle that lasted for those 15 to 20 laps, the race really calmed down a lot. There were a couple of cautions, but until we got to the last legs of the race, it was pretty routine. With the race coming to a close, the race did heat up. Denny Hamlin pulled a super move after one caution to reclaim the lead, and then with 15 to go, Jimmie Johnson moved Hamlin out of the way. That’s how Johnson races, and it’s why I’m not a fan of his.

        Johnson took the checker, with Hamlin second, Tony Stewart third, and Jeff Gordon fourth. Gordon retains his points lead in the chase of the Cup.

        All in all, not a bad race, but not really the bang up race that Martinsville is reported to be. I’m disappointed Gordon didn’t win, and I hate it that Johnson did win. He’s just not my style of competitor. I believe Hamlin was far more deserving of the victory.

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