Virginian, Denny Hamlin won for the third time at the half miler in Martinsville, Virginia. Hamlin also led the most laps, and was dominate during the second half of the race. The #11 Toyota was leading when a caution came out with 8 laps to go. After getting four tires, Hamlin restarted 9th with just 4 laps to go. His JGR teammate Kyle Busch, who was in 2nd before that last caution, tried to make it three wide on a two wide track. Result: the final caution and a GWC finish which allowed Hamlin the extra laps he needed to wrest the win away from sore loser, Jeff Gordon.
Somehow, Joey Logano, another JGR teammate with Hamlin, wound up 2nd. Ryan Newman (4th), Martin Truex Jr (5th), and Brian Vickers (6th) all had much needed good finishes. Jeff Burton led 140 laps and was in 2nd when a flat tire with 20 laps to go ruined his good time.
Paul Menard wrecked a few people and somehow finished on the lead lap in 14th. He's still in the top-12 in points after 6 races. Has he finally decided he's tired of getting pushed around, and he's pushing back? There were also some tire problems at Martinsville, but these were just normal failures at the tight double horseshoe.
I was thrilled when Dave Rodgers replaced Steve Addington as Kyle Busch's crew chief this season. I guess I misjudged Addington's quiet, smiling, happy-go-lucky demeanor as weakness, and was glad to see the hyper, Rodgers come in. So, what happened? Addington's new team (#2 Penske Dodge) is 6th in points, and has a win and 3 top-10s in 6 races. Rodgers has led the #18 to one top-10 in 6 races, and has made terrible pit calls.... including pitting Monday when there were only 4 laps left on a half mile track!
The Fox weather guy. I don't know his name, but I've already seen WAY too much of that piece of work this year.