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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway:_ "I'm out of breath. That was just a fun day. We didn't have the best car at the start. We opted to lose track position and work on the car. I wanted to win for Mr. Hendrick on the 25th anniversary of Hendrick Motorsports winning." _Jimmie Johnson_

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Kroger 250 at Martinsville

*In a Nutshell:* Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag under caution ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the Kroger 250 Monday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. Harvick took the lead inside ten laps to go and held on through a green-white-checkered finish to score his first Truck Series win outside of Phoenix International Raceway. Mike Skinner, Johnny Benson, and Rick Crawford rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch*. Busch started his No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota in 13th and managed to power his way to the front pretty quickly, even pulling to a nearly one and a half second lead at some points.

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Numbers Game: 2009 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

0.774 Jimmie Johnson‘s margin of victory over Denny Hamlin Sunday in the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500. 2 Number of times winner Johnson led the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 Sunday. 3 hours, 27 minutes, 48 seconds Time it took to complete the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500. 4 Drivers …

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Hendrick: Making it Big for 25 Years

Alright, so that was a bit more like it. The Martinsville weekend provided entertainment on all levels. There were neon pink hot dogs, a bit of impatience in practice, a grandfather clock to be won, a late race bump-n-run and even a moment of history. History—usually the kind that fills …

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Jimmie Johnson, Martinsville Prove It’s the Drivers That Have Changed — Not The Racing

Jimmie Johnson won at Martinsville. Nothing’s changed, right? Wrong. The last two races on the Sprint Cup circuit prior to Sunday had showcased drastic changes to the sport, and none of them have been completely well-received. At Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR’s new race car proved to be a continuing nightmare for tire development, as the majority of drivers in the field spent the day struggling to find grip on a track notorious for being one of the friendliest in terms of offering multiple grooves for drivers to make a fast lap. Said Jeff Gordon of the new car/tire package, “I will challenge any tire manufacturer out there to build a tire for this car at this race track. It’s impossible.”

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Edition

*Mr. Martinsville* Nobody can accuse Jimmie Johnson of being too boring or too perfect anymore. The man dubbed “Mr. Martinsville” by teammate Jeff Gordon drove deep into Turn 1 with 16 laps to go and body-slammed Denny Hamlin for the lead and eventual win Sunday. The pass was not perfect, a little daring, and showed a side we haven’t seen much of from the three-time defending champion – hunger.

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Jiminy Cricket! Scott Speed Gets to Kyle Busch’s Conscience at Martinsville!

*Scott Speed:* *Start: 36th (Set by Owner Points); Finish: 39th* *Summary:* Scott Speed may very well have made history on Sunday afternoon during the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500… he made Kyle Busch apologize. No, he didn’t threaten the younger Busch brother with violence; just being involved in an incident with the Joe Gibbs Racing driver was enough. With owner points shuffling the starting order, crew chiefs with cars in the back of the pack were forced to get creative when scheming to get their driver good track position -- and Jimmy Elledge was no exception.

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Bubble Breakdown: Toyota Bubble Teams Struggle Mightily at Martinsville While Menard Sneaks In

The last remnants of the 2008 season have finally been cast by the wayside, as NASCAR now uses this year's owner points in determining who has a guaranteed starting spot and who has to qualify on time. But as the drivers now outside of the top 35 readied themselves to give it all they had at Martinsville in order to qualify for the race on Friday -- it rained. So, the field was set according to the owner standings, sending the last four cars back to their shops while the top 43 lined up Sunday afternoon. Of the ones that remained, which drivers were able to race their way up into the top 35 for the first time under the 2009 point system? Read on in this week’s edition of The Bubble Breakdown to see who moved up and who dropped out.

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Jimmie Johnson Claims Yet Another Victory at Martinsville for Hendrick Motorsports

On Sunday, Hendrick Motorsports celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their first victory in the then-Winston Cup Series. Back then, the team, then known as All-Star Racing, fielded the winning No. 5 for Geoff Bodine. Today, Jimmie Johnson capped off the anniversary celebration in the best way possible for Hendrick Motorsports. …

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