Martinsville Speedway and the surrounding area was abuzz today as fans and drivers alike tried to figure out who would be crowned the winner of the AAA 400 m Sprint Cup Race. The race began late this morning and concluded just a couple of hours ago. For those of you who weren’t fortunate enough to get a ticket or get a day pass to the race, today’s result should hopefully give you some idea of what happened.
Danica Patrick Named The Winner
Last year, Danica Patrick made history by becoming the first woman to win a NASCAR race. She accomplished this feat at Martinsville Speedway and today, she became the first woman to win this year’s race as well. Patrick led 74 laps and was the best overall driver in the race. It was an emotional moment for the 37-year-old as she became the first woman to win a NASCAR race in front of her fans and family. Patrick took the checkered flag ahead of Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson.
This is the final victory for Patrick in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. She came into the season with high hopes of winning the championship. It’s clear she accomplished that goal as she is now the first woman to win the Sprint Cup title. Congratulations!
Who’s In Second Place?
In second place we have Jimmie Johnson. The most popular driver of the 2016 season finished today’s race in second place. He ran well all day and was never really challenged for the top spot.
This is Jimmie Johnson’s nineteenth Sprint Cup victory in a row. He is the most successful driver in the history of the sport and today’s result marks his sixth win at Martinsville Speedway. If there’s any track that Johnson can dominate, it’s Martinsville. He won the inaugural running of the race back in 2009 and has won every year since. Congratulations!
Rounding out the top five are Chase Carey, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Matt Mueller. Each of these drivers had a good day, but it was a bit of a struggle for them to put together a top five finish. They were definitely among the frontrunners all day.
Which One Won The Race?
At one point during the race, it was looking like Kevin Harvick might win the race. In the closing laps, though, it became evident that it would be Danica Patrick who took the checkered flag. From lap 166 to lap 170, Harvick led eight laps, which is a lot for a typical NASCAR driver. It’s not every day that a driver leads eight consecutive laps in a race of this magnitude. Harvick was clearly the best overall driver today and it’s a credit to him that he was able to keep the momentum going throughout the race.
It was a close call all the way until the end. Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick had something to prove and that something was that the first woman to win a NASCAR race was indeed the winner of this year’s edition. There was a huge amount of pressure on Danica all day and with good reason. She has certainly done a lot to prove that women can handle themselves in a tough sport, but today was definitely not her day. Despite leading the most laps, she finished in fourth place. Patrick is now a four-time winner of the event and with six overall wins at Martinsville, she definitely established herself as the queen of this race. Congratulations!
This year’s edition of the AAA 400 m Sprint Cup race was one of the most exciting races in recent years. We saw multiple lead changes and a huge amount of tire-tearing. For those of you who were fortunate enough to be there, you will remember this event for the rest of your lives. It was definitely a race to remember!