Stewart-Haas Racing took the checkered-flag, as Ryan Newman held off A.J. Allmendinger to with the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday. For most of Sunday’s race it appeared that Hendrick Motorsports would earn its 200th all-time win – Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, who led a race-high 328 laps, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were running 1-2-3 late in the race – but a series of unfortunate incidents in the waning laps – David Reutimann causing a caution when he inexplicably stayed out on the front stretch when his car lost power, and then Clint Bowyer wrecking both Johnson and Gordon on the ensuing re-start – opened the door for the final two-lap sprint between Newman and Allmendinger. Earnhardt Jr. finished third.
Earnhardt Jr. moved up second place in the standings, and is just six points behind Greg Biffle. Tony Stewart (seventh) also finished in the top 10 for Team Chevy, improving to third in the standings, 12 points off the pace.
Chevrolet now leads the manufacturers’ standings by nine points over Ford. The series is idle next week, and returns on April 14 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Martinsville also saw Chevrolet take the top four finishes in the NASCAR Truck Series. Kevin Harvick took the win, leading for 248 of the 250 laps at Martinsville – an all-time series record. Austin Dillon took second, James Buesher took third, and Justin Lofton took fourth. The next NASCAR Truck race will be April 15, at Rockingham (North Carolina).