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Gas holds up for Martin win in Michigan

 Brooklyn,  MI  (Sports Network) -  Mark Martin won  Sunday's LifeLock 400 in thrilling battle of fuel mileage at Michigan International Speedway.      Jimmie  Johnson held the lead before running out of gas just short of crossing   the  line to start the final lap. Greg Biffle then inherited the top position,   but  he  too ran out  of fuel on  the backstretch, allowing 50-year-old Martin   to  lead just  the last  lap to  claim  his third  victory of  the season  and   the 38th of his Sprint Cup Series career.      Martin also his picked up his fifth win in 47 starts at the two-mile track.      "I  went for the  points," Martin said. "I thought those guys were running too   hard for us to save gas. I couldn't do both, save gas and run with them."      With the victory, Martin moved from 13th to eighth in the point standings with   11  races remaining  before the "Chase for the Sprint Cup" championship begins   in September.      "We  were just  on  the outside  looking  in  on this  Chase  thing, and  this   team deserves to be in the Chase," he added.      It's  the second  time  a Hendrick  driver  has  won a  fuel  mileage race  at   Michigan.  One year  ago, Dale  Earnhardt Jr.  ran the  final 54  laps without   refueling.  Earnhardt  Jr. had  just enough gas  to hold off  Kasey Kahne in a   two-lap  overtime finish  before  his car  stalled on  the  cool-down lap.  He   snapped a 76-race winless streak, but has not scored a victory since then.      Earnhardt Jr. finished 14th in this year's race.      Jeff  Gordon crossed  the line  second, giving  Hendrick a  one-two finish  at   Michigan.  Gordon  had to  start from  the rear  of the  field after making an   engine change prior to Friday's qualifying.      "The fuel mileage certainly played out in our favor, and we came home second,"   Gordon said.      Denny  Hamlin came  in third, while Carl Edwards was fourth. Biffle managed to   coast home fifth.      "We  would've made it,  but the 48 (Johnson) came up there and put pressure on   us,"  Biffle  said. "I felt  like I had  a faster car than  the 48, but I knew   running  that  pace we weren't going  to make it, so  I backed it off a little   bit."      After  the final round of pit stops with 47 laps remaining, Biffle beat Hamlin   and  Johnson out of  the pits to take the lead. But Johnson chased down Biffle   and slid underneath him to take the edge with six laps to go.      Johnson  dominated the  race, leading 146 laps, but ended up with a 22nd-place   finish.      "I'm  trying to  look at  the bright  side  of things  because we  had such  a   dominant  car and we  passed second and third and we went up to get the lead,"   Johnson  said.  "It's unfortunate that we  ran out of  gas, but that is how it   is."      Juan  Pablo Montoya,  Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Brian Vickers and Clint Bowyer   completed the top-10.      Stewart slightly increased his lead to 47 points over Gordon.  
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