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Published on June 14th, 2009 | by Michael J Smith


Martin Stretches Fuel, Wins Lifelock 400

martin1Mark Martin won a thrilling finish in Michigan, stretching his tank of fuel farther than Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle, and passing both of them on the last lap, when they ran out of fuel, to take the checkered flag of the Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Johnson pushed Biffle in the closing laps, forcing Biffle to run faster than he wanted to. Biffle was in conservation mode before Johnson caught him. As the two raced side-by-side, they burned off too much precious fuel. 

Johnson passed Biffle and pulled away. On the white flag lap, Johnson ran out of gas and began coasting. Biffle powered past him. About a half a straight-away later, Biffle was out of fuel and Martin passed him on the backstretch. Martin took the checkered flag easily. Johnson finished 22nd Biffle finished fifth.

Top 5: Martin, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, and Greg Biffle.

Juan Montoya, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Brian Vickers, and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top 10.

Notables: Jamie McMurray (11th), Elliott Sadler (12th), Kyle Busch (13th), Dale Earnhardt Jr (14th), Bill Elliott (16th), Kevin Harvick (18th), David Reutimann (19th), Matt Kenseth (20th), Kasey Kahne (21st), Jimmie Johnson (22nd), Ryan Newman (23rd), Jeff Burton (26th), and Marcos Ambrose (31st). 

Give a call to Elliot Sadler (12th), Bill Elliott (16th), and Robby Gordon (17th) who all had good runs and finished in the top 20.

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Michael J. Smith is a NASCAR enthusiast and blogger. In addition to founding this website, Michael is a journalist with over a decade of experience writing for prestigious media organizations.

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