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Magic 8th for Johnson at Martinsville

Clint Bowyer is the biggest gainer in positions, up six spots to eighth place, while Carl Edwards loses three places after a troubled Martinsville event. But at least he was out on the track: Denny Hamlin drops out of the top ten after missing the race with a compression fracture in his lower back, although he was on hand over the weekend to help out his stand-in, Mark Martin, who managed a solid tenth place finish despite being completely unfamiliar with the JGR car and set-up.

"I'm proud of the effort that Mark Martin did," said Hamlin. "He is a guy that has been around longer than any driver in our sport but he wants to be treated like a rookie. He wants constant information all the time, and I just tried to do the best I could to give him the information when he needed it."

Seeing Hamlin around the paddock this weekend less than two weeks after his smash at Fontana led many to speculate that he might be back in the race seat sooner than forecast, but Hamlin admitted that being at the track had only brought it home to him how his recovery couldn't be rushed.

"I didn't realize the physical toll that coming out here all three days was going to take on me, so I might back off a little bit in the future," he said. "Come for one or two days to keep from rusting out.

"The start of the race was nothing like I thought it would be," he added. " I thought I was over it before I even got to the race track and thought that [I would be] emotionally tough enough to get through it, but the start of the race absolutely killed me. That was very, very tough to watch."

JGR's regular Nationwide Series driver Brian Vickers will now take over the #11 until Hamlin's return, starting from next week at Texas Motor Speedway.

Full race results and Sprint Cup Championship standings are available.



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