Jimmie Johnson wins NASCAR event in Virginia | Auto racing
Jimmie Johnson won the STP Gas Booster 500, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. He leads the season standings.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — No matter the changes to the car, the tires or the weather, Martinsville Speedway is Jimmie Johnson's kind of place.
Johnson led a career-best 346 laps Sunday and pulled away on a restart with eight laps to go for his eighth career victory on the shortest track in the Sprint Cup Series, taking over third place on the list at NASCAR's oldest track.
The drivers ahead of Johnson in Martinsville victories are Hall of Famers Richard Petty (15) and Darrell Waltrip (11).
"We stuck to our game plan and knew what we wanted to have in the race and stayed patient, and it was tough to do at times, but it certainly worked out well," five-time series champ Johnson said after the STP Gas Booster 500.
Johnson leads the standings by six points over defending series champion Brad Keselowski.
Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw finished fourth and Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., was ninth.
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