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NASCAR at Martinsville 2014: Live Results and Analysis from STP 500

MARTINSVILLE, VA - MARCH 30:  Kurt Busch, driver of the
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Michael GuadalupeFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2014

Martinsville was filled with plenty of bumping and short tempers. From the early parts of the race, we saw drivers lose their patience with each other.

Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch were two of those drivers.

After an incident in pit road involving the two drivers, Keselowski would go to the garage as his day ended because of major damage to the front of his car. He eventually made his way back out onto the track and had his eyes set on Kurt Busch.

The two battled back and forth for several laps, bumping into each other. Their tempers didn't boil over too much though, as they managed to avoid completely wrecking each other.

Besides for short tempers, drivers also had to battle tire issues. While they weren't cutting tires like they did last week at Fontana, but if drivers tried to push to the front, they would lose grip and drastically slip backwards in position. This was due to the rain on Saturday, which washed away any rubber built up on the track.

We saw nine caution by the halfway lap as drivers were spinning out throughout the day and hitting into the walls.

There were several different leaders during the STP 500, but Jimmie Johnson was the most dominant. Not only did he lead the most laps, he always managed to make his way back to the front.

Johnson continued to dominate during one of the longer green flag stretches, and put drivers like Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart a lap down.

More cautions would come out, but Johnson continued to maintain the lead.

With 50 laps to go Clint Bowyer passed Jimmie Johnson for the lead, after Johnson led for a majority of the race. A caution eventually came out, and while Bowyer went into the pits in first, a poor stop had him come out in 10th, while Johnson came out in first once again.

Kurt Busch also challenged Johnson for the lead and the two continued to battle throughout the end of the race.

Even though Johnson seemed unstoppable, it would be Kurt Busch in victory lane. After battling with Brad Keselowski early on, he was able to come back and beat one of the best drivers at Martinsville.

Gene Haas finally got a car in victory lane with his name on the hood, and also now has a second driver with a great chance to make it into the Chase.

The move to Stewart-Haas was the right move for the Outlaw. He earned his 25th career win at Martinsville and snapped his 83 race long win-less streak.

 

Winner at Martinsville: Kurt Busch

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