Stewart holds off Johnson in Martinsville

Tony Stewart leads Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville

Tony Stewart leads Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville

Tony Stewart has won the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville, fending off a late charge from Jimmie Johnson to secure the win.

Stewart passed Johnson on a restart with three laps to go, and survived the reigning champion’s desperate bids to get back in front.

The win has moved Stewart up to second place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, now just eight points behind leader Carl Edwards. It was Stewart’s third win in this year’s Chase and his 42nd career win.

Immediately after the win, Stewart laid down the challenge to Edwards, who suggested that Edwards should be “worried” about his speed with three events to go.

“He’d better be worried, that’s all I can say,” Stewart said.

“He’s not going to have an easy three weeks.”

Edwards dug deep to score ninth place having dropped off the lead lap twice.

Jeff Gordon finished third, followed by Kevin Harvick, who climbed to third in the standings, 21 points behind Edwards. Denny Hamlin came home fifth ahead of Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Martin Truex Jr, Edwards and Ryan Newman.

Australian Marcos Ambrose finished 29th.

Chase contenders Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski both experienced late trouble and finished 31st and 17th respectively.

See below for the full race result

FIN

ST

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 4 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 47/4 500 Running
2 7 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet MyLowe’s 43/1 500 Running
3 10 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 42/1 500 Running
4 5 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 41/1 500 Running
5 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 40/1 500 Running
6 23 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 38/0 500 Running
7 9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew 37/0 500 Running
8 24 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 36/0 500 Running
9 1 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts WinterGuard Fertilizer 36/1 500 Running
10 12 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 35/1 500 Running
11 16 A.J. Allmendinger Ford AdvoCare 34/1 500 Running
12 33 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 32/0 500 Running
13 26 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 31/0 500 Running
14 8 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 30/0 500 Running
15 15 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Filtrete 29/0 500 Running
16 35 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver’s 0 500 Running
17 3 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 27/0 500 Running
18 22 Joey Logano Toyota Interstate Batteries 26/0 500 Running
19 13 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet American Ethanol 25/0 500 Running
20 28 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 24/0 500 Running
21 34 Ken Schrader Ford U.S. Chrome 23/0 500 Running
22 20 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 22/0 497 Running
23 32 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 21/0 497 Running
24 21 Paul Menard Chevrolet Richmond / Menards 20/0 497 Running
25 14 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 19/0 495 Running
26 36 Hermie Sadler Ford Home Smart 0 493 Running
27 6 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Halloween 19/2 493 Running
28 19 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / GoDaddy.com 16/0 491 Running
29 17 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 15/0 488 Running
30 25 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 14/0 484 Accident
31 2 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 14/1 477 Running
32 29 Bobby Labonte Toyota Grilling.com 12/0 464 Running
33 18 David Ragan Ford UPS My Choice 11/0 444 Running
34 31 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 11/1 357 Accident
35 27 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 9/0 85 Accident
36 37 Reed Sorenson Dodge Speed Energy 0 77 Vibration
37 39 Scott Speed Ford Green Stuff Absorbent 0 74 Rear Gear
38 42 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 6/0 52 Brakes
39 40 Michael McDowell Toyota Victory Junction 5/0 45 Brakes
40 43 J.J. Yeley Ford Front Row Motorsports 4/0 40 Brakes
41 41 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com 0 33 Rear Gear
42 30 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 0 27 Brakes
43 38 Mike Skinner Ford Max Q Motorsports 0 7 Accident

See below for the updated championship points standings

RANK

DRIVER

POINTS

1 Carl Edwards 2273
2 Tony Stewart 2265
3 Kevin Harvick 2252
4 Brad Keselowski 2246
5 Matt Kenseth 2237
6 Jimmie Johnson 2230
7 Kyle Busch 2216
8 Kurt Busch 2215
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2200
10 Jeff Gordon 2197
11 Denny Hamlin 2193
12 Ryan Newman 2184
13 Clint Bowyer 940
14 Greg Biffle 916
15 Kasey Kahne 915
16 A.J. Allmendinger 912
17 Juan Montoya 863
18 Marcos Ambrose 862
19 David Ragan 857
20 Mark Martin 857
21 Paul Menard 854
22 Jeff Burton 842
23 Joey Logano 837
24 Martin Truex Jr. 835
25 Brian Vickers 775
26 Regan Smith 762
27 Jamie McMurray 730
28 David Reutimann 672
29 Bobby Labonte 614
30 David Gilliland 535
31 Casey Mears 486
32 Dave Blaney 466
33 Andy Lally* 383
34 Robby Gordon 259
35 J.J. Yeley 171
36 Tony Raines 129
37 Michael McDowell 123
38 Ken Schrader 110
39 Terry Labonte 102
40 Bill Elliott 100
41 David Stremme 78
42 Michael Waltrip 56
43 Boris Said 38
44 Stephen Leicht 20
45 Andy Pilgrim 18
46 Chris Cook 17
47 T.J. Bell* 14
48 Brian Simo 11
49 Geoffrey Bodine 6
50 Brian Keselowski* 3
51 Erik Darnell 2
52 Steve Park 2
53 Trevor Bayne 0
54 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0
55 Landon Cassill 0
56 Travis Kvapil 0
57 Steve Wallace 0
58 Mike Skinner 0
59 Mike Bliss 0
60 Hermie Sadler 0
61 Austin Dillon 0
62 Scott Wimmer 0
63 David Starr 0
64 Patrick Carpentier 0
65 Joe Nemechek 0
66 Ron Fellows 0
67 Scott Speed 0
68 Jason White 0
69 Sam Hornish Jr. 0
70 Andrew Ranger 0
71 Johnny Sauter 0
72 Reed Sorenson 0
73 Josh Wise 0
74 Todd Bodine 0
75 Dennis Setzer 0
76 Robert Richardson Jr. 0
77 Scott Riggs 0
78 Kevin Conway 0
79 P.J. Jones 0
80 Jeff Green 0
81 Derrike Cope 0
82 Tony Ave 0

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