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Jimmie Johnson takes Sprint Cup point lead after Martinsville

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hellmann's 500 Qualifying

TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 22: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 22, 2016 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jimmie Johnson took the point lead in the Sprint Cup Series after his ninth Martinsville win Sunday.

Johnson now leads three of the four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, with Denny Hamlin sitting second. Johnson is now the first driver advancing to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is the first time Johnson has advanced to the championship round in the elimination era of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Eight drivers in the top 20 in points changed positions following the Goody’s Fast Relief 500.

Click here to see the points standings after Martinsville