Martinsville, VA - With a solid ninth-place finish today in the rain-delayed Goody's Fast pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, takes over the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points lead.
Jeff Gordon brought the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet to the checkered flag in third in the overtime finish that brought the 500-lap advertised race total to 508 laps. Gordon led four times during the day for a total of 92 laps and jumped four spots in the standings to seventh place.
Ryan Newman brought the No. 39 Haas-Automation Chevrolet home in the fourth finishing position and moved him up to 22nd in the standings.
Clint Bowyer, No. 33 BB&T Chevrolet, continued his climb in the standings with a seventh place finish in today's race that jumped him to ninth in points.
It was a tough day for former points leader Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet, who dropped to fourth in the standings with a 35th place finish. He led twice for 57 laps before brake issues forced him to the garage twice during the race for repairs.
Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, saw a possible win slip away when a flat tire forced him to pit road with less than 15 laps remaining while battling for the lead. He led five times for a total of 140 laps and sits fifth in the standings with his 20th place finish.
Tony Stewart, No. 14 Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet is eighth in points after fighting handling issues today that relegated him to the 26th finishing position.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 AMP Sugar Free Lightning/National Guard Chevrolet, is 10th in the standings with a 15th place finish in race six of the season.
The series will take next weekend off and then head to Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 10, 2010.