Kurt Busch wins at Martinsville

Kurt Busch celebrates at Martinsville

Kurt Busch celebrates at Martinsville

For the sixth time in as many races there is a different winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup with Kurt Busch beating Jimmie Johnson at the STP 500 at Martinsville.

On a good day for Australia’s Marcos Ambrose, he backed-up his fifth place finish at Bristol a fortnight ago with another top-5 (fifth place) at the half-mile flat track in Virginia.

Busch outdueled Johnson taking the lead from the six-time champion twice in the final 27 laps of the 500 lap journey.

After moving into first on Lap 473, Busch slipped to second 10 laps later, before the Stewart-Haas Racing driver took the lead for good on Lap 490. It’s his first win for the team, second victory at Martinsville and his first success since October 2011 at Dover International Speedway with Penske. It also marked his 25th race win of his career.

“I didn’t know if we’d be able to do it, (Johnson) is king here,” said Busch.

It all came after an early race pit collision with Brad Keselowski where he declared over the radio “We’re done for the day”.

“We won, and we’re not worried about any of that nonsense now,” he said after the race.

Johnson, who led a race-high 296 laps, finished 0.263 seconds behind in second, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano and Marcos Ambrose.

Ambrose collected his second top-5 from six races

Ambrose collected his second top-5 from six races

Like last week at California, tyres were a big talking point and Ambrose’s Ford was able to hold onto its rubber on the longer runs which allowed him to be in and around the top-10 throughout the entire race.

The only issues seemed to come on the double-file re-starts where the inside line had a clear advantage. Ambrose had a number of re-starts on the outside and had to show plenty of patience as others drove underneath him. Importantly for the final re-start he had the inside lane and was able to climb onto the rear bumper of Joey Logano for the final run to the flag.

“We spent a lot of money and a lot of effort in getting Richard Petty Motorsports back on the map and I think you’re seeing the results,” said Ambrose.

“We’ve been fast for about four weeks in a row and we’re just starting to hit our stride.  We’re gonna win one of these soon and lock ourselves in the Chase and feel good about our chances.”

The Tasmanian was racing with the Petty family foremost in his mind after the passing of Lynda Gayle Owens Petty, the wife of team owner and NASCAR legend Richard.

“We’ve had a really tough week.  We lost Miss Lynda.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Petty family right now.  We really wanted to win for them bad out there, but we’ll take a top five,” said Ambrose.

“We’re really proud of our efforts.  We had great pit stops all day.  Our guys probably had their best day on pit road in a long time and Drew Blickensderfer and Derek on the pit box made great calls late in the race and if we would have had another round of pit stops, we might have had something for them.”

The result vaulted Ambrose up sixth places in the standings to 14th.

VIDEO: Race finish and celebrations

RESULTS: STOP 500 – Martinsville Speedway

POS 

Car # 

Driver 

Make 

Start Pos. 

Laps 

Laps Led 

Final Status

Points

Bonus Points

1

41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 22 500 23 Running 47 4

2

48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 4 500 296 Running 44 2

3

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 26 500 25 Running 42 1

4

22 Joey Logano Ford 3 500 39 Running 41 1

5

9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 17 500 22 Running 40 1

6

20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 6 500 36 Running 39 1

7

4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 18 500 1 Running 38 1

8

43 Aric Almirola Ford 20 500 0 Running 36 0

9

15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 12 500 16 Running 36 1

10

27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 21 500 0 Running 34 0

11

47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 15 500 1 Running 34 1

12

24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 5 500 0 Running 32 0

13

99 Carl Edwards Ford 8 500 0 Running 31 0

14

18 Kyle Busch Toyota 1 500 22 Running 31 1

15

3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 34 500 0 Running 29 0

16

55 Brian Vickers Toyota 13 500 0 Running 28 0

17

14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 7 500 0 Running 27 0

18

16 Greg Biffle Ford 11 500 18 Running 27 1

19

11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 2 500 0 Running 25 0

20

31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 16 500 0 Running 24 0

21

78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 31 500 0 Running 23 0

22

5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 27 500 0 Running 22 0

23

51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 25 500 0 Running 21 0

24

13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 23 500 0 Running 20 0

25

40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 36 500 0 Running 0 0

26

38 David Gilliland Ford 39 499 0 Running 18 0

27

42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 28 498 0 Running 17 0

28

34 David Ragan Ford 24 497 0 Running 16 0

29

26 Cole Whitt Toyota 35 497 0 Running 15 0

30

83 Ryan Truex Toyota 38 496 0 Running 14 0

31

7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 40 495 0 Running 13 0

32

10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 10 494 0 Running 12 0

33

32 Travis Kvapil Ford 29 493 1 Running 12 1

34

36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 42 492 0 Running 10 0

35

98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 33 492 0 Running 9 0

36

23 Alex Bowman Toyota 19 488 0 Running 8 0

37

95 Michael McDowell Ford 32 474 0 Brakes 7 0

38

2 Brad Keselowski Ford 14 469 0 Running 6 0

39

33 David Stremme Chevrolet 37 440 0 Running 5 0

40

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 30 409 0 Running 4 0

41

30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 41 408 0 Running 3 0

42

1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 9 396 0 Running 2 0

43

66 Joe Nemechek Toyota 43 310 0 Accident 0 0

 

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES STANDINGS

Position

Driver

Points

Behind

Starts

WINS

Top 5 

Top 10 

DNF

1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 227 Leader 6 1 4 4 0

2

Matt Kenseth 218 -9 6 0 1 4 0

3

Carl Edwards 217 -10 6 1 2 4 0

4

Jeff Gordon 216 -11 6 0 2 4 0

5

Jimmie Johnson 209 -18 6 0 2 4 0

6

Kyle Busch 189 -38 6 1 1 2 0

7

Brad Keselowski 188 -39 6 1 3 3 0

8

Joey Logano 187 -40 6 0 3 3 0

9

Austin Dillon 179 -48 6 0 0 1 0

10

Ryan Newman 174 -53 6 0 0 2 0

11

Paul Menard 168 -59 6 0 1 3 0

12

Denny Hamlin 165 -62 5 0 1 2 0

13

Brian Vickers 165 -62 6 0 0 2 0

14

Marcos Ambrose 162 -65 6 0 2 2 0

15

Tony Stewart 154 -73 6 0 2 2 0

16

AJ Allmendinger 152 -75 6 0 0 1 0

17

Clint Bowyer 150 -77 6 0 0 1 1

18

Greg Biffle 149 -78 6 0 0 1 0

19

Kyle Larson 148 -79 6 0 1 2 1

20

Kurt Busch 146 -81 6 1 2 2 1

21

Casey Mears 146 -81 6 0 0 1 0

22

Kasey Kahne 145 -82 6 0 0 2 0

23

Jamie McMurray 140 -87 6 0 0 2 1

24

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 136 -91 6 0 1 2 0

25

Kevin Harvick 135 -92 6 1 1 2 1

26

Aric Almirola 132 -95 6 0 1 2 2

27

Justin Allgaier 109 -118 6 0 0 0 1

28

Martin Truex Jr 105 -122 6 0 0 0 1

29

Danica Patrick 104 -123 6 0 0 0 1

30

Reed Sorenson 101 -126 6 0 0 0 0

31

Michael Annett 88 -139 6 0 0 0 1

32

Cole Whitt 86 -141 6 0 0 0 1

33

David Gilliland 85 -142 6 0 0 0 0

34

David Ragan 85 -142 6 0 0 0 0

35

Alex Bowman 73 -154 6 0 0 0 1

36

Josh Wise 59 -168 5 0 0 0 0

37

Ryan Truex 47 -180 5 0 0 0 1

38

Travis Kvapil 45 -182 5 0 0 0 0

39

Parker Kligerman 36 -191 6 0 0 0 3

40

Bobby Labonte 29 -198 1 0 0 0 0

41

Jeff Burton 27 -200 1 0 0 0 0

42

Michael McDowell 26 -201 4 0 0 0 2

43

Terry Labonte 24 -203 1 0 0 0 0

44

David Reutimann 16 -211 1 0 0 0 0

45

Timmy Hill 7 -220 2 0 0 0 1

46

David Stremme 5 -222 1 0 0 0 0

47

Michael Waltrip 4 -223 1 0 0 0 1

48

Landon Cassill 0 -227 4 0 0 0 0

49

Sam Hornish Jr 0 -227 1 0 0 0 0

50

Trevor Bayne 0 -227 2 0 0 0 1

51

Brian Scott 0 -227 3 0 0 0 0

52

Joe Nemechek 0 -227 4 0 0 0 2

53

Blake Koch 0 -227 1 0 0 0 0

54

Morgan Shepherd 0 -227 1 0 0 0 1

55

Dave Blaney 0 -227 0 0 0 0 0

56

Eric McClure 0 -227 0 0 0 0 0

57

J.J. Yeley 0 -227 0 0 0 0 0

 

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