Teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second, followed by Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon, giving Hendrick three of the top four spots. The 1-2 finish was the 23rd for the multicar team and third at Martinsville.
Just in case you forgot, Jimmie Johnson was 6th in points after the California Sprint Cup race last year. It was his unbelievable 4 wins in a row out of the last 5 races in the NASCAR Chase that earned him his 2nd Sprint Cup championship in 2007.
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson are expected to qualify for the “Chase” when they leave California, as both drivers only need to finish 40th or better. Earnhardt, Jr. is third in points, and Johnson is fourth.