Allmendinger, Larson, Earnhardt, others have memorable days at Martinsville

Dale Earnhardt Jr. spins during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. spins during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. spins during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia.

It was a best of times, worst of times for several drivers at Martinsville Speedway Sunday. Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup series STP 500, a career first at NASCAR’s shortest track. He staged a dominating performance leading a race high 352 of the 500 laps.

While Busch was firmly in control much of the afternoon, the story of the day for many was rally. The trouble started early for former Martinsville winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. He struggled in qualifying Friday and started Sunday 21st. .  On lap 5 Earnhardt Jr. and David Regan got together while fighting for 20th; Earnhardt spun with a flat tire and lost a lap. He came back to run inside the top 10 at one point. On the final caution however, Earnhardt pitted for fresh tires. They were no help though and Earnhardt settled for 14th place finish.

“The car was fun,” Earnhardt said.

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