Johnson wins in record-breaking day at Martinsville-NOTES by Lug - - Jackson, MS

NASCAR NOTES: Johnson wins in record-breaking day at Martinsville

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Jimmie Johnson dominated the final laps at Martinsville Speedway in route to his 62nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win and his eighth at Martinsville Speedway. The victory placed him third all-time in the track's history, but it was his car owner that set the record.

Hendrick Motorsports' owner Rick Hendrick has had a lot of success and sorrow at Martinsville, VA. However, on this day, his team's victory moved him past Richard Petty and made him the car owner with the most wins at the paperclip-shaped race track.

"That's awesome," said third place finisher Jeff Gordon of his boss' accomplishments. "I'm so proud to be a part of Hendrick. They've got an awesome organization and work very hard at. It's great to be a part of that."

The always humble Hendrick tries hard to keep out of the limelight when it comes to accomplishments for his organization. However, it was evident that this win was important.

"We've been very fortunate to have some great drivers, and this track has been awfully good to us," said Hendrick about the day's success. "I knew we were tied with Petty, and he's dominated this place for so long. But I'm really proud of these guys and proud of the organization because they all ran good today."

The No. 48 team was the best car in the Hendrick stable, and the team owner pointed out that he was impressed with how Johnson has seemingly come to a point of mastering the place.

"I watched him today," said Hendrick of his star driver. "I like to go to the front stretch and watch the cars come off the corner nice and straight and don't bobble, and he does an excellent job with the throttle."

Johnson now stands behind Petty and Darrell Waltrip in all time wins at Martinsville, but it was teammate Gordon who taught him how to go fast around the flat, sharp-turned race track.

"We hit on some things years ago for us here," said Gordon on sharing his past Martinsville secrets with Johnson. "I think the 48 has been able to take that success that we had and really build on that."

Johnson might have figured it out for now, but it is the Hendrick organization that turns good drivers into dominators. With three of their four teams finishing inside the top five, HMS is showing that their domination will continue for years to come.

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