NASCAR Martinsville Results 2012: Ryan Newman Steals Late Win After Leaders Wreck

Ryan Newman spoiled an afternoon of Hendrick hegemony with an opportunistic victory in the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.

After Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson dominated the action for 497 laps, an untimely caution flag flew on Lap 497 and sent the race to overtime, after David Reutimann stalled on the frontstretch.

Gordon and Johnson stayed out on old tires as the lead-lap cars behind them came to the pits for tires and fuel. On the restart on lap 504, Clint Bowyer took Johnson and Gordon three-wide into the first corner, and all three cars spun, ruining a potential 200th victory party for Hendrick Motorsports.

After the dust settled, Newman cleared runner-up AJ Allmendinger on the second lap of a green-white-checkered-flag restart and held on to win by .342 seconds. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr.

The victory was Newman's first of the season, his first at Martinsville and the 16th of his career. It was the third win of the year in six events for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Gordon had led 322 laps before Johnson passed him for the top spot on Lap 356. That brought Johnson all the way back from a pit road speeding penalty incurred on Lap 100 under the first caution of the race. Johnson was flagged for speeding on exit and restarted at the tail end of the field.

But with 80 percent of the race ahead of him, the five-time champion had plenty of time to work his way back to the front of the field.

Denny Hamlin beat both Johnson and Gordon off pit road on Lap 363, during pit stops under caution for Travis Kvapil's spin in Turn 2, but Johnson regained the lead on Lap 393, passing Hamlin to the inside through Turns 1 and 2 after dogging the No. 11 Toyota for more than 10 circuits.

Gordon regained the lead on Lap 497 moments before caution slowed the race. The eighth caution for the Bowyer/Gordon/Johnson wreck extended the race to 515 laps, 15 past the scheduled distance.

Here are the NASCAR results from Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway:

  1. Ryan Newman
  2. AJ Allmendinger
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Martin Truex Jr.
  6. Denny Hamlin
  7. Tony Stewart
  8. Aric Almirola
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Clint Bowyer
  11. Carl Edwards
  12. Jimmie Johnson
  13. Greg Biffle
  14. Jeff Gordon
  15. Marcos Ambrose
  16. Regan Smith
  17. Bobby Labonte
  18. Brian Vickers
  19. Kevin Harvick
  20. Jamie McMurray
  21. Juan Pablo Montoya
  22. Jeff Burton
  23. Joey Logano
  24. David Ragan
  25. Casey Mears
  26. Paul Menard
  27. Travis Kvapil
  28. David Gilliland
  29. Landon Cassill
  30. David Stremme
  31. Hermie Sadler
  32. Ken Schrader
  33. Kurt Busch
  34. Dave Blaney
  35. David Reutimann
  36. Kyle Busch
  37. JJ Yeley
  38. Kasey Kahne
  39. Joe Nemechek
  40. Michael McDowell
  41. Josh Wise
  42. Scott Riggs
  43. Reed Sorenson
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