NASCAR Martinsville 2016 results: Jimmie Johnson wins Goody's Fast Relief 500

Some drivers are racing for their jobs. They lead active drivers in Martinsville wins. We've just got to keep the intensity up, keep realizing we like the pressure; I think we're better under pressure. It's been a pretty good race track for us, we just haven't broken through for the victory and gotten that clock yet.

Keselowski, who finished second in his No. 2 Team Penske Ford, was asked afterward if he thought he could have caught race victor Jimmie Johnson had there been more green-flag laps.

Truex didn't join his Toyota brethren in advancing to this round.

"Winning here at Martinsville might be the biggest win of the year", Logano said. "[Winning the pole] is the first step in that direction".

Chase driver Matt Crafton had issues with about 50 laps remaining when he developed brake problems. "They're all out there trying to win". He's got nine wins already in the series this season over 16 starts, including the most recent Chase race at Kansas.

Wolfe said the front of the driver's convertible was "smashed up" from striking the pedestrians, who were lined up near a helipad where autograph-seekers gather in hopes of getting signatures from departing drivers after the race. "We're locked in. I'm just honored to be in this position". He led 108 laps on his way to finishing third in the March 2015 race and then had a dominating performance going when he led 207 laps before Matt Kenseth took him out a year ago. He rallied to finish 11th.

"We understand the stakes and they're extremely high and that's what makes great racing", he said. "I feel like we've kind of saved some of our best bullets, so to speak, for the end, and we can go and really work hard on our Homestead piece for these next couple weeks". That happens a lot in this race. This will be a tricky week for the teams who will have to get the cars ready for the shortest track, at just.526 miles per lap, on the schedule after racing at the longest, 2.66 miles per one trip around, and there are certainly some teams that can do it better than others.

During preparations for Sunday's Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Truex claimed his fifth pole this season with a 98.206-mph lap.

Gordon's success at Martinsville is a bonus to Hendrick Motorsports because he's another resource this weekend for Johnson to lean on in Johnson's quest for his seventh championship. He "only" has two wins in his last 14 starts at the track. "I'm thinking it, too". Not that he would anyway. "With that in mind, I have not gone there [in my mind]". With only three slots remaining, the jockeying for a shot at the championship could quickly turn cutthroat.

With the Chase for the Sprint Cup field so close, and with this being the opening race of the third and final segment before the championship race, NASCAR appeared to be trying to be conscientious in making the decisions on where everyone should be. "... It was dynamic, it was always changing, they kept throwing curveballs at us and to make sure that we didn't get confused, that we got all the data, and that we got it right when we came back to green, we felt we had the lineup right and here we are". "It looks super-cool", Logano said. "I'll be honest with you, it's hard".

"You're never going to erase it from your mind".

Johnson earned one of four spots in next month's title-deciding season finale Sunday with his ninth career victory at Martinsville Speedway. Remember the excitement of his win previous year? I want to win a championship. During Gordon's last five years as a full-time driver at Hendrick, his No. 24 cars were prepared in a shop shared with the Hendrick No. 5 auto. "Rick Hendrick, Jeff Gordon - all of the people who have believed in me to get to this point". Same thing is the case here.

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