Sunday, October 18, 2008. (AP) -- Jimmie Johnson has won at Martinsville Speedway, padding his lead in his bid for a third straight title with four races to go.
The two-time defending series champion led 339 laps Sunday as he and his Hendrick Motorsports teammates again dominated on this track.
Johnson won the fall race for the third consecutive time on the smallest, trickiest circuit in the Sprint Cup Series. It was his fifth career victory on the oval and fourth in the last five races.
Teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second, followed by Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon, giving Hendrick three of the top four spots.
Johnson increased his lead from 69 points over Jeff Burton to 149 over Greg Biffle. Burton started second and finished 17th.
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