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Jimmie Johnson Wins at Martinsville Speedway [VIDEO]

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After a late race re-start, Jimmie Johnson pulled away to win the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway. This is Johnson’s second win of the season. Johnson now has 62 NASCAR Sprint Cup wins, and this is his eighth win at Martinsville.

Johnson was strong all day leading 346 of the 500 laps, and in the process regains the points lead from teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. who finished two laps down in the 24th postition. In the end, Johnson for the win followed by Clint Boyer in second, Johnson’s teammates Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne finished third and fourth, with Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

My most favorite race of the year goes down this weekend when the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will race at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth…UNDER THE LIGHTS! This will be the first time in 2013 for both series to race at night. The O’reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday night April 12, and the first NRA 500 Saturday night April 13.

Television coverage for the NRA 500 will be on Fox beginning at 6:00 p.m. central time.

Hereʼs whatʼs on tap for the NRA 500 race weekend at Texas:

Thursday, April 11 – Gates open at 12:30 pm – The day will feature a full-blown
test session of the Sprint Cup Seriesʼ new, Gen-6 race car, as well as practice
sessions for the Nationwide Series.

Friday, April 12 – Gates open at 9:30 am – A full day of on-track action is set for
Friday with practice and Sports Day Qualifying from both the Sprint Cup and
Nationwide cars, followed by the OʼReilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race.

Saturday, April 13 – Gates open at 2:30 pm – Season Ticket holders will get the
day started early, with a 1:30 opening to the No Limits Garage Party Presented
by WinStar World Casino. The exclusive event will feature Lawnmower racing, a
motorcycle high-wire act, Driver/Celebrity Q&Aʼs, and more.

Then, shortly after 4:00 pm, Country Music star, Sara Evans will perform in the Great American Pre-Race Spectacular.

The green flag for the NRA 500 will drop just after 6:30 pm!

As the Sprint Cup Series heads into Texas Motor Speedway, Johnson is back on top in points…

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