Published on October 26th, 2009 | by Michael J Smith0
Hamlin Wins Tums Fast Relief 500
Denny Hamlin held off Jimmie Johnson to win the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, but Johnson came one step closer to earning his fourth consecutive championship, increasing his points lead to 118 points.
Top 5: Hamlin, Johnson, Juan Montoya, Kyle Busch, and Jeff Gordon.
Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 10.
Notables: Brian Vickers (11th), Joey Logano (12th), Bobby Labonte (13th), Matt Kenseth (14th), Jeff Burton (15th), David Reutimann (16th), Kurt Busch (17th), Clint Bowyer (19th), Carl Edwards (20th), Greg Biffle (25th), Dale Earnhardt Jr (29th), and Kasey Kahne (32nd).
On a green-white-checker finish, John Andretti spun at the start finish line. He was unable to drive away, yet NASCAR did not throw the caution the right way, allowing the leaders to race back to the line.
As the cars came off of turn four, Andretti started to move towards the center of the track, in an effort to get going again. At that point, NASCAR displayed the checkered flag and the yellow flag. Chad Knaus looked confused and surprised that NASCAR did not display the caution, thus ending the race, right after Andretti spun.