Hamlin Masters Martinsville

With clear skies over the speedway at Martinsville, Denny Hamlin took both the green and the checkered flags in the top spot. 

“Who said it was over? It isn’t over.” Hamlin jokingly greeted the media post race. After dropping like a rock after starting on the pole, many thought Hamlin’s chances of pulling of the season sweep was slim.

Watching a Chevy dominate race, the bets were on to see if the Gibbs teams would bring their defensive game.

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Jeff Burton and teammate Kevin Harvick made excellent bids as the most dominate cars on Sunday. Between them, RCR lead 231 of the 500 laps. Despite being teammates and sharing the domination on the track, the “love” was not being shown in the RCR camp as several times the two were seen bumping, rubbing, and roughing each other up on track.

The surprise of the Tums Fast Relief 500 wasn’t the triumphant victory of Virginia’s “favorite” chaser, but the second place finish of Hendrick driver Mark Martin. The No. 5 team struggled throughout the day. After starting the race in 21st Martin had worked his way into the top 15 before he and AJ Allmendinger got together on lap 227 giving the No. 5 car damage. Battling the odds they fought their way back to finish a solid second.

“We were two laps down and to be honest we were going to finish 28th. So, boy; what an incredible race car, man!” Martin said post race.

All told it was the Gibbs Toyota of Denny Hamlin who stole the glory.  Sunday’s win was the 15th victory of his Sprint Cup Series career, his fourth win at Martinsville (the last three consecutive).  Taking the race win closes the gap between him and Jimmie Johnson to 6 points. They now share the closest margin between first and second with four races remaining since the beginning of the “Chase format era”.

Unofficial Race Results

Tums Fast Relief 500, Martinsville Speedway

October 24, 2010 – Race 32 of 36

http://www.speedwaymedia.com/Cup/Race.asp?Race=32

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps Status
1 0 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 190 5 500 Running
2 0 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 170 0 500 Running
3 0 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 170 5 500 Running
4 0 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 160 0 500 Running
5 0 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 155 0 500 Running
6 0 20 Joey Logano Toyota 150 0 500 Running
7 0 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 151 5 500 Running
8 0 99 Carl Edwards Ford 142 0 500 Running
9 0 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 148 10 500 Running
10 0 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge 134 0 500 Running
11 0 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 130 0 500 Running
12 0 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 127 0 500 Running
13 0 98 Paul Menard Ford 124 0 500 Running
14 0 83 Kasey Kahne Toyota 121 0 500 Running
15 0 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 118 0 500 Running
16 0 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 115 0 500 Running
17 0 6 David Ragan Ford 112 0 500 Running
18 0 26 Ken Schrader Ford 114 5 500 Running
19 0 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 106 0 500 Running
20 0 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 108 5 498 Running
21 0 9 Aric Almirola Ford 100 0 498 Running
22 0 7 Robby Gordon Toyota 102 5 498 Running
23 0 82 Scott Speed Toyota 94 0 498 Running
24 0 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 96 5 498 Running
25 0 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 88 0 496 Running
26 0 71 Hermie Sadler Chevrolet 85 0 496 Running
27 0 0 David Reutimann Toyota 87 5 494 Running
28 0 19 Elliott Sadler Ford 79 0 474 Running
29 0 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 76 0 473 Running
30 0 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 78 5 455 Running
31 0 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 70 0 442 Running
32 0 34 Tony Raines Ford 67 0 437 Running
33 0 16 Greg Biffle Ford 64 0 432 Running
34 0 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota 66 5 428 Running
35 0 38 Travis Kvapil Ford 58 0 423 In Pit
36 0 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 55 0 418 Running
37 0 37 David Gilliland Ford 52 0 382 Running
38 0 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 49 0 359 Running
39 0 81 J.J. Yeley Dodge 46 0 282 Running
40 0 13 Casey Mears Toyota 48 5 271 Out
41 0 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 40 0 264 Running
42 0 164 Landon Cassill Toyota 37 0 200 Running
43 0 9 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 34 0 197 Running

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