Jeff Gordon NASCAR Win

September 6, 2011 by staff 

Jeff Gordon Nascar WinJeff Gordon Nascar Win, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Gordon held off on Tuesday mighty Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson for the last eight laps of the rain and rescheduled for rain interrupted AdvoCare 500 in Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR rescheduled on Sunday the 325 laps, 500 miles – rained out Sunday night – on Tuesday morning because of a storm in the Southeast.

The victory was Gordon’s third this season and fifth at Atlanta Motor Speedway. More importantly, was the 85th of his career, moving to third on the all-time list behind Richard Petty (200 wins) and David Pearson (105). Until Tuesday afternoon, Gordon was tied for third with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip. By winning in Phoenix earlier this season, Gordon joined Cale Yarbrough for fourth all-time. He moved into a tie for third winner of the race at Pocono Raceway in June.

Gordon led 116 laps on Tuesday, more than anyone else. He and Johnson made a fierce final 10 lapse, often side by side as both drivers worked hard not to slip and fall on the other. Gordon did not have anything until Johnson had a big slide coming out of turn four toward the final lap.

“There were a couple of times when I thought I had,” Gordon said, talking about his teammate. “I ran away and he’d slip then I slide and I slide. Do not breathe a sigh of relief until I got clear and was sliding behind me. For the last lap, I just wanted it real straight and ease. ”

Johnson finished second to Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and AJ Allmendinger rounding of the top 10. Pole-winner Kasey Kahne led 15 laps but finished 34th after losing over 70 laps with radiator problems.

Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman (now fixed on the top-10 points) and Keselowski (with at least one wild card) were the last drivers for the Chase for the championship next year. Points, new leader Johnson, Gordon, Harvick, Kenseth, Edwards and Kyle Busch came to the race and place the safety of Chase. Stewart improved his chances greatly, and Hamlin went to secure one of two wildcard spots.

But Clint Bowyer crashed, likely ending his chances. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (18 on Tuesday) needs a decent run next weekend in Richmond to win his place in the playoffs for the first time in three years. The field of 12 drivers in the Chase 10 races will be set after the race Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.

1. Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 325 laps at 124,623 mph, 2. Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 325, 3. Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 325, 4. Kurt Busch, Dodge, 325, 5. Carl Edwards, Ford, 325, 6. Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 325, 7. Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 325, 8. Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 325, 9. Matt Kenseth, Ford, 325, 10. A.J. Allmendinger, Ford, 325

11. Brian Vickers, Toyota, 325, 12. Greg Biffle, Ford, 325, 13. Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 325, 14. Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 325, 15. Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 325, 16. Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 325, 17. Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 325, 18. Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 325, 19. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 325, 20. Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 325

21. Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 325, 22. Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 324, 23. Kyle Busch, Toyota, 324, 24. Joey Logano, Toyota, 324, 25. J.J. Yeley, Ford, 324, 26. Mike Bliss, Ford, 323, 27. Mike Skinner, Chevrolet, 323, 28. Casey Mears, Toyota, 321, 29. David Starr, Ford, 320, 30. Andy Lally, Ford, 319

31. David Reutimann, Toyota, 315, 32. Scott Speed, Ford, 310 (electric), 33. Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 284, 34. Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 269 (accident), 35. David Ragan, Ford, 249 (engine failure); 36.Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 243 (accident) 37. David Gilliland, Ford, 174 (transmission), 38. Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 91 (accident) 39. Robby Gordon, Dodge, 34 (rear gears), 40. Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 27 (power)

41. Michael McDowell, Toyota, 23 (back gear), 42. Travis Kvapil, Ford, 17 (electrical equipment), 43. Dave Blaney, Toyota, 2 (vibration)

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