Mark Martin Saves Enough Fuel For Win at Michigan

Bryan FlynnAnalyst IJune 14, 2009

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 14:  Mark Martin, driver of the #5 CARQUEST/Kellogg's Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2009 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Michigan was dominated by Jimmie Johnson for most of the race leading 145 laps out of 200.

Even with all the dominance by Johnson after a caution saw the leaders making pit stops on lap 154 to set up an exciting finish. Johnson is beaten of pit road by Denny Hamlin and Greg Biffle.

With Biffle leading the race and Hamlin in second fuel concerns take over with only a few cars having enough gas to make it to the end of the race.

Johnson comes off pit road in third and by lap 179 was able to overtake Hamlin for second. Hamlin is passed by Mark Martin who takes third.

Johnson then sets his sights on Biffle who is trying to conserve gas to make it to the finish. 

Tailing Biffle by 1.7 seconds, Johnson slowly ate into Biffle’s lead catching him on 193. On lap 194, Johnson and Biffle fought for the lead with Johnson taking the first position.

The only problem was that it used most of the gas both drivers need to save to finish. With only two laps to go Johnson runs out of fuel and is passed by Biffle for the lead. Biffle takes the white flag but on the back end of the finale lap, he runs out of fuel.

With Johnson and Biffle running out of gas, Martin is able to take the lead and with just enough fuel is able to hang on and win the race. The win is Martin’s third of the year, as he moves up to eighth place in the points.

Behind Martin was Jeff Gordon, who is also second in the points. Following Gordon was Hamlin in third place (tenth in the points). In fourth place was Carl Edwards, who is sixth in the points; and fifth place was Biffle, who is seventh in the points.

The following is a recap of how the drivers in the top five in points fared at Michigan. In first place in the points Tony Stewart finished in seventh place.  Johnson who is third in the points finished in 22nd place after running out of gas.

Rounding out the top five is Kurt Busch who is fourth in the points, finishing the race in eighth place. Sitting in fifth spot in the points, Ryan Newman had a disappointing day finishing in 23rd place.