Jimmie Johnson’s steady march toward what would be a record-tying seventh Cup Series championship continued Sunday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. Johnson led just once all day, but he had the Number-48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in front when it counted most – leading the final ninety-two laps and beating runner-up Brad Keselowski to the finish by one-point-two seconds. Three Joe Gibbs Racing entries … driven by Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch … filled out the rest of the top five. Pole sitter Martin Truex Junior finished seventh after leading six times for 147 laps. For two straight rounds of this year’s post-season Chase, Johnson has quickly won a race to guarantee advancement. In this case, Sunday’s win puts him into The Championship Four at Homestead-Miami Speedway – where he’ll race for a title on Sunday, November 20th. With six championships, Johnson is one away from tying Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt for the NASCAR record … With Johnson’s victory, Hendrick Motorsports has now won the last five fall races at Martinsville. Rick Hendrick easily leads all Cup Series teams owners with twenty-four victories on the Virginia half-mile … Kenseth started seventeenth on Sunday and led a race-high 176 laps before settling for fourth place … Busch was victorious at Martinsville earlier this year but led just three laps yesterday en route to his fifth-place finish in a failed bid for the season sweep … Defending race winner Jeff Gordon placed sixth in what is expected to be his final Martinsville start, subbing for Dale Earnhardt Junior.