Where they finished: Tums Fast Relief 500

In a race that featured a little bit of everything, Jimmie Johnson went on to claim victory in Sunday’s Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway

It marks the fourth time in 2012 that the No.48 has visited victory lane, and the seventh time he was won at Martinsville Speedway.

With Sunday’s race playing a crucial roll in the new-look championship standings, here’s how the drivers finished and a little bit about how they wound up there.

  1. Jimmie Johnson- Starting the race from the pole, Johnson wound up leading the most laps on the day. However, it wasn’t all easy as handling issues on longer runs caused the No.48 to fall back in traffic. On the final round of pit stops, Johnson’s crew was able to get him out first, and he passed Brad Keselowski for the win with under 20 laps to go.
  2. Kyle Busch- It was almost a spin and win for Busch on Sunday. After spinning on lap 155 after cutting a tire, Busch was able to bounce back to eventually have a few chances to lay the bumper to Johnson on the final laps of the race but was unable to make the pass.
  3. Kasey Kahne- Running inside the top-10 for about the entire race, Kahne took the lead after the final round of green flag stops from Matt Kenseth. However, he was only able to hold that spot for 11 as the lead was quickly swiped from his grasp.
  4. Aric Almirola- A very quiet day for the No.43. At one point, Almirola went down a lap to the leaders. But, through pit strategy and breaks with cautions, Almriola was able to tie his best career Sprint Cup finish.
  5. Clint Bowyer- Having one of the fastest cars throughout the entire race, Bowyer looked to be well on his way to his fourth win of 2012. But when the cautions started to fly at the end, Bowyer dropped down the running order on the restarts and the final pit stop of the race.
  6. Brad Keselowski- Rallying from a 32nd place starting position, Keselowski would take the lead of the race on lap 478 after staying out when most elected to pit. Eventually being freight trained by the top-five, Keselowski was able to salvage a good finish despite having a below average race for the majority of the 500 laps.
  7. Jeff Gordon- Having one of the strongest cars in the field, Gordon paced the race for 92 laps, taking the top spot of the race on three different occasions. Running down Johnson for the win, the caution flag with under 30 laps to go ended his chances at victory with a car better suited on the long runs.
  8. Brian Vickers- Making his final start of the 2012 season, Vickers lead the race twice for 27 laps after starting from the outside of the front row. Running in the top-five late, a bad restart position with 5 laps to go dropped the No.55 down the running order.
  9. Bobby Labonte- Sunday’s 500-lap race at Martinsville produced the best finish of Labonte’s 2012 season. Keeping his nose clean throughout the day, Labonte took advantage of four-fresh tires with under 30 laps to go to score a top-10.  
  10. Greg Biffle- Typically, Martinsville isn’t a track where Biffle posts top-10 finishes at. Sunday was a different story as Biffle played the tire management game late in order to gain track position on the final round of pit stops.  
  11. Ryan Newman- The winner of the April race simply had a long day. Struggling throughout much of the first half of the race, Newman spent the majority of his day outside the top-15.  
  12. Paul Menard- Like Newman, Sunday was a long day for Menard. Running near the 20th position for most of the race, Menard found himself racing for a spot inside the top-10 on the restart with 5 laps to go.
  13. Sam Hornish Jr.- He was involved in the contact between Earnhardt Jr. and Edwards to bring out the final caution of the race. His team got him track position late as Hornish Jr. kept his nose clean for most of the race.  
  14. Matt Kenseth- Leading the race under green flag pit stops for one lap, Kenseth said over the radio that his car was flat out junk during the early laps of the race. Never having a car to contend, the No.17 team did what they could.  
  15. Kurt Busch- Running as high as fourth early, contact with Harvick in turn three on lap 230 sent Busch spinning near the outside wall. Sustaining minimal damage, he was able to battle back for a top-15.  
  16. Joey Logano- Spending most of his race in the top-20, Logano had a chance late in the race to break into the top10 but was shuffled out on the outside line on late restarts.
  17. Jamie McMurray- Moving up from his 24th pace starting position, McMurray cracked the top-five before the halfway mark of the race. As the race went on, his advancement stopped and fell down the running order.   
  18. Carl Edwards- He was contending for a top-10 finish before contact with Earnhardt Jr. in turn one on lap 492 dropped him nearly outside the top-20.
  19. Landon Cassill- After the drama of Kansas one week ago, Cassill had a relatively quiet day at Martinsville. Steering free of trouble, Cassill was able to finish top-20 and sustain minimal damage.
  20. Juan Pablo Montoya- At one point in the race, Montoya climbed just outside the top-five in the seventh position. It was all downhill from there though as he spun after contact with race leader Johnson to bring out the caution on lap 440.
  21. Dale Earnhardt Jr.- In his return to racing since being sidelined for two races, Eanhardt Jr. found himself running in the top-10 with under 10 laps to go. Contact with Carl Edwards dropped Earnhardt Jr. down the running order and ultimately outside the top-20.  
  22. Jeff Burton- The first car one lap down, Burton started the race from the fourth spot, but he quickly dropped outside the top-10 after 50 laps and dropped further before the halfway mark.  
  23. Martin Truex Jr.- Getting tagged with a lane-change violation on an early race restart, Truex Jr. was never able to make his way back through the pack after running near the top-10 early.  
  24. Marcos Ambrose- In a span of 13 laps, Ambrose was involved in two caution flags before the halfway mark of the race. Contact with Kvapil sent Ambrose around for a second time while the first was a solo spin.  
  25. Casey Mears- The most recognition Mears got during the race was when he made contact with the race leader, Johnson, prior to Montoya spinning off the bumper of the leader. Mears finished the race one lap down.  
  26. David Ragan- Where’s Waldo? On Sunday, it was more like “Where’s Ragan?” Running mid-pack for most of the race, Ragan was however able to keep his special “Where’s Waldo” scheme intact.
  27. Tony Stewart- The winner from 2011, Stewart in no way had a day invective of a win. Being involved in the lap 440 caution with Montoya and Kvapil, Stewart would finish the race as the first car, just two laps down.
  28. AJ Allmendinger- Struggling early in the race, Allmendinger was able to make his way up to the 12 position. However, a dangling bumper bar forced NASCAR to black flag him to remove it which put him two laps down at race’s end.
  29. Ken Schrader- After starting the race 28th, Schrader wasn’t much of a factor during the race as he was the only car to finish 5 laps down.  
  30. David Gilliland- Cutting a tire on lap 98 in turn three, Gilliland’s car was damaged enough to where he couldn’t contend much past the 30th position. He would finish six laps down to the leaders.  
  31. Travis Kvapil- If there was an award for being involved in the most cautions, Kvapil would take home the top prize on Sunday after being caught up in three separate instances on the day. They occurred on laps 129,213 and 440.
  32. Kevin Harvick- After having a solid run throughout the race, Harvick’s day ended on lap 476 when his engine expired while running outside the top-20 after the majority of his race was spent inside it.  
  33. Denny Hamlin- It looked to be shaping up to be the comeback story of Hamlin on Sunday. After two speeding penalties on pit road, Hamlin was running inside the top-five when electrical issues caused him to stop on the race track, ending his championship hopes.
  34. Stephen Leicht- Regardless of the the track, brakes are a crucial element of the car. Surely at a track like Martinsville where brakes are used over 1,000 times, they’re needed greatly. Leicht lost his on lap 253.
  35. Dave Blaney- Much like Leicht, Blaney lost the brakes on his Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet before the 200 lap mark of the race, forcing the veteran driver to park his car early.  
  36. David Reutimann- In April, Reutimann’s late-race issues changed the outcome of the race, bringing out a caution flag. Sunday, he wasn’t a factor in the finish after parking the car on lap 185 due to overheating.
  37. Scott Speed- Although Martinsville is more of a finesse track and in the hands of the driver, handling is still important. For Speed, suspension issues forced him behind the wall on lap 116.
  38. Josh Wise- After timing his way into the starting field in the 31st position, Wise lost the brakes on his MDS Transport Ford before the 100th lap of the race, forcing him to park.
  39. Michael McDowell- Setting fast times in Friday practice sessions, McDowell’s race day barely made it past the 50th lap as brake problems hampered his car.  
  40. David Stremme- Bringing out the first caution of the race on lap 46, Stremme retired his car with crash damage after blowing a right-front tire.  
  41. Joe Nemechek- The series veteran never had a chance to make anything of his day after brake issues forced him to head home after 35 laps.
  42. Scott Riggs- It was a cool day on Sunday, but obviously not cool enough to keep Riggs’ engine cool as overheating ended his race.  
  43. Reed Sorenson- Much like Riggs, the Nationwide Series veteran didn’t have much of a race on Sunday with overheating issues knocking him out on lap 19.