Newman Wins In A Wild Finish At Martinsville [VIDEO]
David Reutimann apologized for his mistake that had a huge impact on the outcome of yesterday’s race at Martinsville. With a broken suspension he elected to stay on the track to build points, but then his engine quit and he coasted to a stop just three laps from the scheduled end of the race. It brought out a yellow flag and that’s when the fun began.
Jeff Gordon had led 325 laps and was in the lead with teammate Jimmie Johnson stood second heading into a green, white, checkered finish, but in the first turn Clint Bowyer tried to pass Gordon on the inside while Johnson went outside and all three spun out opening the way for Ryan Newman to take the lead.
On the next try, Newman held off A-J Allmendinger for his 16th career victory and first at Martinsville.
Allmendinger’s second-place finish was a career best in Sprint Cup.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex, Jr. completed the Top Five.
After dominating the race, Gordon was forced to settle for 14th.
Johnson finished 12th while Bowyer was 10th.
Points leader Greg Biffle came in 13th and saw his lead shrink to 6th over Dale Earnhardt, Junior who moves up one spot to second.
Racing takes a week off in observance of Easter and returns the following week at Texas Motor Speedway.