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Mark Martin/Jeff Gordon 1-2 wins $1M bonus

NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland
Sunday, July 12, 2009

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Mark Martin celebrates
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Body-slamming and bump-drafting were the order of the day -- at 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway, no less -- and 50-year-old Mark Martin was the last man standing in a wild LifeLock.com 400.

Pulling away after a double-file restart with two laps left in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race, Martin won his series-best fourth race of the season and the 39th of his career. Martin gained two positions to 11th in the standings and will have at least 40 bonus points for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup seven races hence, if he can hold a position in the top 12.

Martin took the checkered flag 0.415 seconds ahead of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon. Kasey Kahne ran third, followed by series points leader Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin. Ryan Newman, pole sitter Brian Vickers, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Juan Pablo Montoya completed the top 10.

Mark Martin celebrates
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"That was fun," Martin exulted after climbing from his car. "That's what life's all about right there. These guys (Martin's No. 5 Chevrolet crew) deserved to win. We could have parked the car (Friday) with an hour left in practice. I knew it was awesome.

"But the best car doesn't usually win. The double-file restarts are to mess the best car up so he doesn't win, to make it good for the fans -- and it did -- but luckily we pulled it off anyway."

As the race neared its end, the action intensified. Contact from Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Chevrolet cut the left rear tire of Paul Menard's Ford on Lap 227 of 267, igniting a multicar wreck in the tri-oval that eliminated the cars of Jeff Burton and Scott Speed.

NASCAR called the sixth caution on Lap 246 for debris from David Reutimann's car, which scraped the wall in Turn 2 after a side-by-side battle with Montoya. Gordon took tires under caution on Lap 248, and after a restart on Lap 251 dropped Johnson from the lead and scrambled the running order at the front of the field, Martin pulled away with Gordon chasing.

Oil from Kyle Busch's blown engine brought out the seventh caution on Lap 261, setting up the restart with two laps left, with Martin opting for the outside lane with Gordon beside him to the inside. Martin got an excellent jump on the start and pulled away for the win.

"What an incredible call that (crew chief) Steve Letarte made," said Gordon, who is second in the standings, 175 points behind Stewart. "And the whole pit crew that did a fantastic job getting us off pit road with four tires. Then it was just a battle, maneuvering through traffic, cars slipping and sliding all over the place.

"Mark went a little bit early (on the final restart). I just spun the tires when I tried to get it going. It was still a great finish, one-two for Hendrick."

Johnson, the three-time defending Cup champion, led the field to the restart on Lap 251 only to see his No. 48 Chevrolet roughed up in traffic on the restart. Johnson, Hamlin and Vickers all sustained damage as the cars were dicing for position during the next two laps.

"… There was a lot of body-slamming out there, and guys were bump-drafting down the straightaways," Johnson said. "I didn't think we could do that at a mile-and-a-half track."

Notes: Martin is within one victory of Harry Gant's 1991 record of five wins in a season by a driver 50 or older. … By picking Martin and Jeff Gordon to finish first and second in the LifeLock 400 at Michigan in June and seeing them finish in the same order at Chicagoland, sweepstakes winners Donna and Richard Musgrave of Newcastle, Colo., won a $1-million prize. Gordon passed Kahne for second place on the final lap. … Greg Biffle finished 31st Saturday and fell to 13th in the standings, 10 points behind Matt Kenseth in 12th.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 14 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg's 195/10 267 Running
2 7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet National Guard Patriot Academy / DuPont 170/0 267 Running
3 15 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 170/5 267 Running
4 32 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot "Back to School" 165/5 267 Running
5 4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 155/0 267 Running
6 12 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 150/0 267 Running
7 1 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 151/5 267 Running
8 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 147/5 267 Running
9 5 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios 138/0 267 Running
10 19 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 134/0 267 Running
11 10 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Kingsford / Clorox / Bush's Beans 130/0 267 Running
12 9 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 127/0 267 Running
13 20 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Hunt Brothers Pizza 124/0 267 Running
14 25 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 121/0 267 Running
15 13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 118/0 267 Running
16 21 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 115/0 267 Running
17 22 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 112/0 267 Running
18 24 20 Joey Logano * Toyota The Home Depot 109/0 267 Running
19 28 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 106/0 267 Running
20 37 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 103/0 267 Running
21 42 96 Bobby Labonte Ford DLP HDTV 100/0 267 Running
22 30 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Sears Auto Center / Valvoline 97/0 267 Running
23 33 17 Matt Kenseth Ford USG Sheetrock 94/0 267 Running
24 11 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald's McCafe 91/0 265 Running
25 17 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 88/0 265 Running
26 36 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 85/0 265 Running
27 34 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Insignia 87/5 265 Running
28 38 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 79/0 265 Running
29 8 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 76/0 265 Running
30 40 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Long John Silver's Baja Fish Tacos 73/0 265 Running
31 35 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 70/0 265 Running
32 29 25 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 67/0 265 Running
33 6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 64/0 257 In Pit
34 41 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Red Stag by Jim Beam / Kid Rock 61/0 237 Running
35 27 98 Paul Menard Ford Sylvania / Menards 58/0 226 In Pit
36 2 82 Scott Speed * Toyota Red Bull 55/0 226 In Pit
37 23 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 52/0 224 In Pit
38 16 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy 49/0 217 In Pit
39 39 36 Mike Skinner Toyota Palermo's Pizza 46/0 60 Out of Race
40 26 09 Mike Bliss Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 43/0 58 Out of Race
41 31 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota New York City Bagel Deli 40/0 30 In Pit
42 43 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 37/0 11 In Pit
43 18 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 34/0 10 Out of Race

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