Virginia native Denny Hamlin captured Toyota’s second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win Sunday of the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA. But the bigger celebration for Hamlin was the fact that it was his first Sprint Cup win in his home state.

Hamlin’s break came on the 18th caution of the race on lap 388 when he took fuel only his pit stop and beat Jeff Gordon out. The stop still put him behind the cars that did not stop, including Jeff Burton, Brian Vickers, Carl Edwards and Casey Mears. One by one, Hamlin got by them, passing Burton for the led on lap 427 and staying out front until the end.

Jeff Gordon hung on for second with Burton, Johnson and Tony Stewart rounding out the top five. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who lead the most laps (243) for the day, finished sixth, while Carl Edwards, who had been fifth, ran out of fuel coming off turn four on the final lap and finished ninth.

The points leader heading to Texas Motor Speedway is Jeff Burton, with Kevin Harvick second, Greg Biffle third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth and Kyle Busch fifth.

David Reutimann, who moved from the #00 car to the UPS #44 car replacing Dale Jarrett, took the big points hit.

David left Bristol 27th in the owner’s points in the #00 car, and now sits 37th in owner’s points in the #44. The only relief is that he is 28th in driver’s points, but the owner’s points puts him back out of the top 35, meaning that he must qualify on speed.

•All the local racing in the area was cancelled due to the rain as tracks scramble to reschedule the races.

Crossville Raceway, which had a practice session scheduled for Sunday, was no exception. The practice was rescheduled for Thursday night, but the week's weather forecast doesn't look favorable. The second practice for Sunday at noon is still set with opening night Friday, April 11.

Joe Dunn is a Chronicle correspondent, and his column appears weekly. He can be reached at joe@onpitroad.com.

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