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Johnson Wins Martinsville

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, March 29 2009
(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)  

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson bumped his way to the lead past Denny Hamlin with 16 laps to go in Sunday’s Goody’s Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway and then held on to get his first victory of the season.

Hamlin finished second and Tony Stewart was third.

Hamlin had dominated the second half of the race, leading 296 races.

He took the lead on a restart with 44 laps to go when he got past Johnson on a restart and appeared headed for his first victory since he won at Martinsville a year ago.

But Johnson, going for a fourth straight championship, regained the lead when he put a fender to Hamlin, heading into a turn with 16 to go. Johnson went under Hamlin when Hamlin wiggled and then went on to take the checkered flag.

Four-time series champion Jeff Gordon dominated the early portion of the race as he led for 147 laps. He finished fourth and retained his lead in the series point standings.

Johnson moved from ninth to fourth in the standings.

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, March 29 2009
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