STP Gas Booster 500
Martinsville Speedway - Ridgeway, VA
Sunday, April 7, 1:13 pm ET
JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS!
Lap 497: Jimmie Johnson looks on track for his eighth win at the track.
Lap 495: Jimmie Johnson clearly is in command. The battle seems to be for second and back now.
Lap 492: Jimmie Johnson handily pulls away from Clint Bowyer, who is battling to hold off Jeff Gordon for second.
RESTART: Lap 491: Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer lead the field.
Lap 488: Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, Casey Mears, Paul Menard, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Aric Almirola, Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya, Regan Smith, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and David Gilliland among those pitting.
Lap 487: Cars are rolling again after a 6-minute, 21-second red-flag period.
Radio chatter on Lap 487: Kurt Busch: "The pedal went straight to the floor ... we just had some bad luck today."
Radio chatter on Lap 487: Brad Keselowski on pit stop: "I'd like to see the video when we get done today."
Lap 487: The race is red-flagged as cleanup for Kurt Busch's fiery crash is underway.
CAUTION 12: Lap 486: Kurt Busch's car is on fire between Turns 1 and 3 after hard hit.
Lap 482: Jimmie Johnson continues to be the man in charge. Can Clint Bowyer or Jeff Gordon catch him.
Lap 480: Danica Patrick has passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 16th.
Lap 475: Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon still setting the pace at the front.
Lap 471: Jimmie Johnson holds the lead, with Clint Bowyer dropping in behind him for second. Jeff Gordon is low and inside of Kyle Busch in the battle for third.
RESTART: Lap 470: Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer will lead the field, with Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch lined up behind them.
Lap 468: Several drivers pitting, including Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski.
CAUTION 11: Lap 465: Dale Earnhardt Jr. spins. Brian Vickers tags Danica Patrick, pushing her into Earnhardt Jr. Clint Bowyer had just passed Jeff Gordon for second.
Lap 464: Jimmie Johnson has posted the fastest lap time of the day.
Lap 464: Brad Keselowski picks up a spot, to 10th.
Lap 460: Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer are staying close together at the front.
Radio chatter on Lap 458: Crew chief Chad Knaus tells Jimmie Johnson he might have a little more weight in the front "Be prepared for that." Spotter Earl Barban reminds him "you do have the 15 behind you."
RESTART: Lap 458: Jimmie Johnson pulls ahead of Jeff Gordon, with Clint Bowyer behind them. Kyle Busch is trying to get to the inside line in fourth.
Lap 455: Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon will lead the field to the green flag. Clint Bowyer will restart behind them.
Lap 454: Brad Keselowski loses lots of position on pit road after the call on his pit stop. He will start 11th. He says: “Sorry about that, I didn’t think I was on the line … A fraction of a hair”
Lap 453: Jimmie Johnson holds the lead through the pit stop.
Lap 452: Leaders pit. Brad Keselowski is told to back up in his stall with an official ruling he was on the line.
Radio chatter on Lap 451: Crew chief Steve Letarte wants Dale Earnhardt Jr. to pit. He feels they still have time to get the free pass.
Radio chatter on Lap 450: Jimmie Johnson says he's tight from trying to drive in.
CAUTION 10: Lap 448: Brian Vickers has a flat tire and spins in Turn 2 while running eighth.
Lap 448: In a race to the front - in more ways than one - seven-time Martinsville winners Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are set up to battle for the lead.
Lap 446: Jeff Gordon eases past teammate Kasey Kahne putting him in second.
Lap 439: Jeff Gordon bumps his way past Clint Bowyer, into third. Yep, that puts Hendrick cars in the top three spots.
Lap 438: Mark Martin, in 18th, is the last car on the lead lap. Martin is driving the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing entry of Denny Hamlin, who is sidelined for several races with a compression fracture in his lower back.
Lap 434: Juan Pablo Montoya pits.
Lap 433: Jeff Gordon is up to fourth.
Lap 431: David Gilliland pits.
Lap 430: J.J. Yeley pits.
Lap 427: Jimmie Johnson is whipping through traffic, lapping cars with relative ease.
Lap 426: Jimmie Johnson passes teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., costing him a lap.
Lap 425: Jimmie Johnson is about to lap his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Lap 423: Ryan Newman has another right front tire failure. He eases across the track and to pit road without a caution.
Radio chatter on Lap 421: Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Real, real, real tight. Not even turning.
Lap 419: While Kasey Kahne and Clint Bowyer are keeping close to leader Jimmie Johnson, the rest of the field is at least four second back on the half-mile track.
Radio chatter on Lap 416: NASCAR says to post the 83 of Reutimann. He has to have all four brake rotors on.
Lap 415: Jimmie Johnson has an eight-tenths of a second lead over teammate Kasey Kahne.
Lap 411: Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. battling for 18th. Patrick takes the spot.
Lap 408: David Reutimann hits the wall and has a tire down. He makes it to pit road, so no caution.
Radio chatter on Lap 406: Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't afraid to use his bumper on Casey Mears.
Lap 405: The Joe Gibbs Racing duo has lost some ground. Matt Kenseth is running fourth, Kyle Busch is fifth.
Radio chatter on Lap 401: Brad Keselowski says he's loose in and not as tight as his last run. He's running eighth.
Lap 400: With 100 laps to go, watch for drivers to start mixing things up a little more.
Lap 398: Brian Vickers passes Kevin Harvick to take ninth.
Lap 394: Jimmie Johnson continues to hold the lead. Clint Bowyer has moved into third, passing Matt Kenseth.
Lap 389: Jamie McMurray moves into seventh.
Lap 387: Kurt Busch's problem is a leak in the fuel cell.
Lap 386: There's another Hendrick driver trying to get into the mix for the win as well. Jeff Gordon, who was fast early in the race, is up to sixth and just ran the fastest lap on the track.
Lap 382: Kasey Kahne is the fastest on the track. Can he catch teammate Jimmie Johnson?
Lap 380: Dale Earnhardt Jr. moves into 16th.
Lap 376: Matt Kenseth surrenders second to Kasey Kahne. Now, once more, Hendrick Motorsports has the top two slots.
Lap 375: Kasey Kahne is in the mix once more. Kahne is third out of nowhere - and all over Matt Kenseth's bumper.
Lap 373: Jimmie Johnson, who has led the most laps today, is back in the front and trying to pull away again.
Radio chatter on Lap 371: After contact, Danica Patrick thinks she has a tire going down but it could just be air pressure.
Lap 370: Restarts breed lots of contact at Martinsville Speedway. Lots of that throughout the field.
RESTART: Lap 369: Jimmie Johnson, who took the lead on the pit stop, and Matt Kenseth lead the field.
Radio chatter on Lap 368: Crew chief Chad Knaus says that's the worst he's seen the tires during the race.
Radio chatter on Lap 369: Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "Tight in the middle has been there all day -- after 25 laps it gets tighter." Track bar adjustment on that stop and spring rubber adjustment for the 88.
Lap 366: Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth will lead the field to the green when the restart comes.
Lap 363: Leaders pit. Jimmie Johnson takes the lead in the stop.
Lap 362: Ryan Newman will be held for three laps by NASCAR for intentionally causing a caution.
CAUTION 9: Lap 361- Ryan Newman has a flat tire.
Radio chatter on Lap 356: Crew chief Steve Letarte to Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has fallen to 22nd: "We just need a caution to work on it." Earnhardt Jr.: "It's like a drive plate going bad."
Lap 355: Matt Kenseth has a little more breathing room right now. He leads Jimmie Johnson by more than a full second.
Radio chatter on Lap 352: Kurt Busch: "It won't run now."
Lap 351: Kurt Busch pulls into the garage.
Radio chatter on Lap 350: Kurt Busch: "This is tremendously exciting."
Lap 349: Kurt Busch is slow on the track, well off the pace.
Lap 348: Ironically, Danica Patrick mirrored Tony Stewart on the track in practice to develop a solid line around the track. Three positions now separate the teammates, who are 16th and 19th.
Lap 346: Matt Kenseth is holding a lead of about seven-tenths of a second over Jimmie Johnson lap after lap.
Radio chatter on Lap 342: Tony Stewart was as high as sixth but is now 16th, "You got to get me rolling better, bud."
Lap 341: This is Martinsville - there's a lot of black tape over front ends and missing parts on the rears of the cars on the track. Even those among the leaders.
Lap 340: The trio of drivers that have commanded this race are at the front. Matt Kenseth has led 73 laps, Jimmie Johnson has led 205 and Kyle Busch has led 58 up to this point.
Lap 339: Clint Bowyer, who also spun in the mid-race incident on a restart, is up to eighth.
Lap 332: Jimmie Johnson is running second and trying to catch leader Matt Kenseth. They have combined to lead 270 laps today.
Lap 329: Martin Truex Jr. returns to the track after undergoing repairs.
Lap 328: There are 25 cars remaining on the lead lap.
Lap 328: Danica Patrick is now running in the top 20 after enduring setbacks earlier in the race.
Radio chatter on Lap 327: Jeff Gordon: "It will not turn when I get back to the throttle." Gordon stared out in the top 10 and ran as high as second before dropping to his current position of 14th.
Lap 322: Brad Keselowski, in fourth, is the fastest on the track this time.
Lap 320: Joey Logano is passing Tony Stewart. Logano is on the outside, and makes a clean pass for 11th.
Lap 319: Jamie McMurray, despite incurring some damage in an earlier incident, is running fifth.
Lap 314: Matt Kenseth continues to chase his first win at Martinsville, but Jimmie Johnson clearly is going to be a contender to the finish.
Lap 310: Kyle Busch surrenders another position as Jimmie Johnson takes second.
Lap 308: Matt Kenseth takes the lead from his teammate, Kyle Busch.
Lap 304: Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth are pulling away a little from Jimmie Johnson, who is running third. Johnson is seeking his eighth Sprint Cup win at the track.
Lap 302: Kyle Busch, in the lead, is the fastest car on the track. Can he make it two Sprint Cup wins in a row?
Lap 299: Brad Keselowski is up to third.
RESTART: Lap 298 - Kyle Busch pulls away from Matt Kenseth on the restart. Kenseth holds second.
Radio chatter on Lap 296: Joey Logano: “I’m getting pushed like crazy, will the bumper crumble?” Crew chief Todd Gordon: "I think your bumper is good." Kevin Harvick has been pounding Logano's car from behind and Tony Stewart is in front of him.
Lap 295: Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth will once more lead the field to the green flag.
Lap 294: Several teams are pitting. This is a great chance for the drivers that took the wavearound earlier, as well. They have the lead-lap slots - and now have the fresh tires as well.
CAUTION 8: Lap 292: Kurt Busch spins between Turns 3 and 4 after contact with David Gilliland. Busch appeared to be trying to get back into the lower line when the contact was made.
Lap 289: Tony Stewart is rallying nicely today, too. He's seventh - with Joey Logano one spot behind him.
Lap 288: Joey Logano, his hood taped down after earlier contact in the race, is now running eighth.
Lap 287: Jimmie Johnson gets past Brad Keselowski to take third after the restart contact.
Lap 286: Kyle Busch takes the lead as Matt Kenseth fights for control after contact from Brad Keselowski on the restart.
RESTART: Lap 285: Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth lead the field on the restart.
Lap 286: Several drivers get the wave-around and are back on the tail end of the lead lap. Casey Mears earned the free pass for this caution.
Lap 282: Kyle Busch has the lead, with Jimmie Johnson second, during the caution period.
CAUTION 7: Lap 281: Martin Truex Jr. spins in Turns 3 and 4.
Lap 277: Kurt Busch is back on the track, and two laps down, after pitting for his flat tire.
Lap 276: See? Brad Keselowski is fourth and back in contention for the win.
Lap 275: Jimmie Johnson, in third, is currently running the fastest laps on the track.
Lap 274: NASCAR just announced an extra man over the wall on next stop for the windshield.
Lap 273: Danica Patrick is battling with lapped traffic. She's trying to stay in position to get the free pass should a caution come out.
Lap 270: Kyle Busch has the lead, but Matt Kenseth, in second, is the fastest on the track.
Lap 265: Kyle Busch takes the lead from teammate Matt Kenseth.
Lap 261: Kurt Busch has a left front tire going down, but he's still going.
RESTART: Lap 260: Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch lead the field to the green.
Radio chatter on Lap 257: "I'm leaving on the jack, just to make sure." Mark Martin says after the miscue.
Lap 256: Mark Martin pits for the other two tires. As he starts to pull out of the stall, his front left tire is not fully attached and comes off. And then he is penalized for pitting outside the box as his crew frantically works to get things back in order.
CAUTION 6! Lap 254: After contact between Marcos Ambrose and Bobby Labonte, Carl Edwards has a tire failure.
Lap 250: At the halfway point, Matt Kenseth has the lead. But they are racing hard behind the front pair. Mark Martin is stuck on the outside and trying to get back down inside, as are a host of other contenders running behind him.
RESTART: Lap 248 - It's Joe Gibbs Racing at the front, with Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch leading the field to the flag.
Lap 247: What is it with this guy? Brad Keselowski has once more patiently and quietly moved into contention in the race.
Lap 246: Greg Biffle will get the free pass.
Radio chatter on Lap 243: Regan Smith, who made contact with David Reutimann to cause the spin: "If he asks, he could have prevented that himself."
Lap 243: Leaders pitting.
CAUTION 5: Lap 241: David Reutimann brings out the caution flag.
Radio chatter on Lap 236: Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he's tight in the center and rolling into the throttle.
Lap 234: Jimmie Johnson has company at the front. Kyle Busch is closing in to battle for second.
Lap 230: Matt Kenseth is heading toward traffic. Now he'll try to hold the lead as he works his way through them.
Radio chatter on Lap 228: Spotter Joey Meier tells Brad Keselowski that Jimmie Johnson has changed to a higher line to catch Matt Kenseth.
Lap 222: Matt Kenseth is the race leader now. Kenseth has never won at Martinsville Speedway.
Lap 221: Matt Kenseth makes his move, getting alongside Jimmie Johnson in Turn 3 in battle for the lead.
Lap 218: Matt Kenseth isn't wasting any time taking advantage of his spot. He's heading into a challenge for the lead.
Miss anything? Catch the restart crash that hampered several drivers runs here.
Lap 213: Matt Kenseth passes his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth for second.
Lap 208: Jimmie Johnson is in front and in command now. Kyle Busch is chasing - is he just waiting for the right moment to pounce?
Radio chatter on Lap 201: Clint Bowyer says he's "loose under throttle now."
Lap 198: Jimmie Johnson holds the lead through the restart while Jeff Gordon breaks his way into the inside line, running third.
RESTART: Lap 197: Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch lead the field to the green flag. Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth battling hard for third.
Radio chatter on Lap 195: Crew chief Chad Knaus tells Jimmie Johnson "drag those brakes."
Lap 195: Marcos Ambrose leaves pit road after undergoing repairs.
Lap 194: Jimmie Johnson will lead the field to the flag for the restart. Although he slowed for the caution before those following him, he was the leader at the last timing line before the caution came out.
Radio chatter on Lap 191: Crew chief Steve Letarte: Take your time, we have plenty of time. The team found something loose on the bottom of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car. "Thank, God!" Junior says, sounding relieved. "It was annoying."
Lap 190: Travis Kvapil evaluated and released; pit road will open next time around.
Radio chatter on Lap 186: Jimmie Johnson says his tires are covered with rubber and vibrating like crazy
Lap 186: Marcos Ambrose pits again.
Lap 184: Drivers with damage are pitting.
Lap 183: Carl Edwards is pitting and having work done on his car as well.
Lap 182: Jamie McMurray was having a great day. Now he's dragging parts around the track.
Radio chatter on Lap 181: Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants someone to look under the car, he's still concerned about the track bar.
Lap 181: Lots of cars have damage from the crash. Clint Bowyer spins, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Marcos Ambrose, Jeff Burton, Brian Vickers, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray and Travis Kvapil have damage in the incident.
CAUTION 4: Lap 180: Marcos Ambrose into the side of Mark Martin, Clint Bowyer spins as field stacks up.
RESTART: Lap 179: Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch lead the field, Clint Bowyer spins!
Lap 178: Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch will lead the field on the restart.
PENALTY: Casey Mears penalized for speeding on pit road.
Radio chatter on Lap 177: Crew chief Steve Letarte worked to tighten the exit for the 88. Says he relied on the information he received from the other Hendrick cars.
Radio chatter on Lap 176: "How big of an adjustment do you need," asks crew chief Chris Heroy, Juan Pablo Montoya: "Plowing through the middle."
Lap 175: Leaders pit. Martinsville's pit road is treacherous - and critical - for drivers in this race.
Lap 173: They're together now. Joey Logano is 19th, with Tony Stewart 20th on the track - but pit stops are coming.
CAUTION 3: Lap 172: Debris on the track. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s grille came off after making contact.
Lap 169: Brian Vickers punts Juan Pablo Montoya out of his way.
Lap 167: All the Roush Fenway Racing cars are now down a lap. A day of struggle for this group.
Lap 165: Josh Wise rolls up to the wall, but stays on the track.
Radio chatter on Lap 165: Crew chief Dave Rogers tells Kyle Busch that there's no body damage -- the left rear is fine and that contact with Danica Patrick just knocked the Goodyear off the tire.
Lap 164: Carl Edwards goes down a lap.
Lap 160: That's not good - Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle are being challenged by Jimmie Johnson. Roush Fenway Racing is struggling today.
Lap 156: Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch get by Jeff Gordon, who is now running fourth.
Radio chatter on Lap 153: Mark Martin says to remind me to reset the brakes.
Radio chatter on Lap 150: Matt Kenseth is asking for help for the right front, says it's sliding too much.
Lap 145: Jamie McMurray is on a tear today. The Earnhardt Ganassi Racing drivers have struggled this season, but McMurray is having a solid outing. He's fifth and fast now.
Lap 142: Matt Kenseth is up to third.
Radio chatter on Lap 132: Spotter Earl Barban tells Jimmie Johnson that Jeff Gordon (p2) is "diamonding the corner" behind him.
Lap 130: Jimmie Johnson's lead over Jeff Gordon is holding steady, at eight-tenths of a second.
Lap 126: All four Hendrick Motorsports teams are in the top 10, with Jimmie Jonson leading, Jeff Gordon second, Kasey Kahne eighth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 10th.
Lap 125: Dale Earnhardt Jr. falls back to 10th, behind Brian Vickers.
Lap 124: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. just went down a second lap down. That shows how difficult this track is.
Lap 122: Matt Kenseth said prior to the race that Martinsville isn't his best track - but he's certainly looking good right now, running fourth.
Radio chatter on Lap 118: Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "I'm running as good as I can run."
Lap 115: Check out the Hendrick battle now. Jeff Gordon is up to second. Can he catch Jimmie Johnson?
Lap 114: Jamie McMurray is up to seventh - and still the fastest on the track.
Lap 111: Jeff Gordon is running third - will he or Jimmie Johnson be the next Hendrick Motorsports driver to win at Martinsville? Each has seven wins now.
Radio chatter: Jimmie Johnson: "We fixed the entry, the exit could be a little snug."
Lap 108: Jamie McMurray, in eighth, is the fastest on the track.
Lap 105: Jimmie Johnson is back in the lead once more. He's now going to lead the race through the lapped cars.
Lap 101: Kyle Busch is starting to catch the rear of the field now. He'll have to pick his way through traffic.
Lap 98: Jimmie Johnson is in second but keeping right with Kyle Busch.
Radio chatter on Lap 95: Tony Gibson tells Danica Patrick "nice and smooth, you are the lucky dog right now." She is running 30th.
Radio chatter on Lap 93: Spotter Mike Calinoff reminds Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to stay smooth.
Radio chatter on Lap 92: Brad Keselowski is told that his rear tires showed just a little bit more wear than the front tires.
Lap 91: Kyle Busch takes the lead from Jimmie Johnson.
Lap 90: Kyle Busch is battling for the lead.
Lap 87: Danica Patrick passed her rookie competitor, and boyfriend, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for 33rd.
Lap 83: Danica Patrick and David Reutimann make contact, with Patrick taking on damage.
Lap 80: Watch out! Things are getting a little wild as drivers battle for position.
Lap 77: Jimmie Johnson pulls away with the lead on the restart. Behind him they are stacking up battling for spots.
RESTART: Lap 76: Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch battle for the lead.
Radio chatter on Lap 73: Right side tires are real heavy on wear for the 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Radio chatter on Lap 72: Wedge adjustment for Jimmie Johnson and four tires. Crew chief Chad Knaus tells Johnson his tires look "really good. If you can keep that tempo, we'll be in great."
Lap 72: Leaders pit.
Radio chatter on Lap 70: Brad Keselowski says he's really struggling to keep his left front tire working...he's not happy with the front end.
CAUTION 2: Lap 70: Scott Speed stops on frontstretch.
Lap 65: Here he comes: Kyle Busch gets around Brian Vickers for third. Jeff Gordon has moved up to second. Can he challenge his Hendrick Motorsports teammate?
Lap 60: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is running ninth. Is he the driver who is benefiting the most from the Generation 6 car?
Lap 57: Jimmie Johnson has built a lead of more than a second at the tight Martinsville Speedway as he works his way through traffic.
Lap 50: There are 36 cars remaining on the lead lap now as Jimmie Johnson is setting a hot pace and working his way through the field.
Radio chatter on Lap 44: NASCAR just came over the radio and told teams speed must pick up and the 95 and 44.
Radio chatter on Lap 42: Jimmie Johnson is looking for a little front brake to help his entry into the corners. Crew chief Chad Knaus tells Johnson he has debris on the grille.
Lap 40: Jimmie Johnson continues to pace the field. He's entering lapped traffic and picking his way past slower cars.
Radio chatter on Lap 35: Scott Riggs is lapped as the leaders have caught the field.
Lap 30: Michael McDowell to the garage.
Radio chatter on Lap 30: Tony Stewart: "The back is starting to free up a bit. It’s rotating where we need it."
Lap 28: Jimmie Johnson is holding form still. Brian Vickers and Jeff Gordon are chasing him for the lead.
Lap 27: Marcos Ambrose is trapped outside and losing position. He needs to break into that lower line to hold a spot.
Lap 24: Martin Truex Jr. has damage to his hood after contact with another car.
Lap 23: Brian Vickers, driving with Michael Waltrip Racing in a planned start this weekend, takes second.
Lap 22: Jimmie Johnson pulls away in the lead once more, with Brian Vickers challenging Marcos Ambrose for second.
RESTART: Lap 21: Jimmie Johnson and Marcos Ambrose lead the field back to green.
Radio chatter on Lap 20: Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he feels as if "a track bar is coming loose."
Radio chatter on Lap 18: Jimmie Johnson says he feels like the rear feels like it want to swing around. Crew chief Chad Knaus consoles him and says their next adjustment will be predicated on whether the track takes rubber or not.
Lap 17: Kasey Kahne pits with a series of others, including Aric Almirola, Mark Martin, Brian Vickers, Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte, Joe Nemechek and Regan Smith.
CAUTION 1: Lap 15: Danica Patrick in Turns 3 and 4.
Lap 11: Dale Earnhardt Jr., in 17th, posts the fastest lap on the track.
Lap 8: Jimmie Johnson continues to lead at the track. Drivers are cautiously trying to pick their way through traffic.
Lee Spencer reports on Lap 5: Dale Earnhardt Jr. told the team to keep reminding him about the left rear tire. For the younger -- and less experienced drivers -- today will be about tire and brake management. Johnny Sauter's ability to manage tires in the Truck race was the difference between he and Jeb Burton winning.
Lee Spencer reports: Before the race tire changer Mike Lingerfelt (17 car) said he can't remember the team reserving 10 sets of tires for any race in the last three years.
Radio chatter: Brad Keselowski told his crew we have 11 sets and I plan on using every one.
Lap 2: Jimmie Johnson takes the lead from Marcos Ambrose. Johnson, who started from the pole position, has seven wins at the track.
Lap 1: It's a real battle at the front!
1:18 p.m. ET: Here we go! Green flag!
Prerace radio chatter: Crew chief Kenny Francis reminds Kasey Kahne to start building heat in his brakes. Kahne replies that the 55 (of Brian Vickers) has the lowest left rear at the start of the race that he's ever seen.
Prerace radio chatter: Marcos Ambrose noticed oil on the track -- crew tells him it's from yesterday's Truck race when one of the drivers broke a drive shaft.
Prerace radio chatter: Walt Czarnecki, executive vice president for Penske Corp, tells the No. 22 team of Joey Logano to "have a good, safe day."
Prerace radio chatter: Danica Patrick will drop to the rear for an engine change.
1:08 p.m. ET: At the request of actress/producer Roma Downey, "Drivers please start your engines," drivers fire them up. What will happen today at Martinsville?
Brian Vickers discusses his career setbacks, and his renewed chance to showcase his talents. Watch it.
Pit road is a crucial component of the Martinsville race. How important is it? Watch and see.
How wild will things get in the Martinsville race? DW knows.
Michael Waltrip Racing's Clint Bowyer bears watching on Sunday, too. Bowyer led both practice sessions on Saturday at the track.
Seven-time Martinsville race winner Jimmie Johnson will start from the pole position in today's race. For the full lineup, click here.
Welcome to the FOXSports.com coverage of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Race coverage is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. ET, with the green flag shortly after 1 p.m. ET.