Denny Hamlin wins at Atlanta

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Monday 3rd September, 2012 - 2:16pm

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Denny Hamlin got the jump in the pits and took the win in Atlanta

Denny Hamlin has backed-up his win at last weekend’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol with victory in the AdvoCare 500 in Atlanta.

Hamlin held-off Jeff Gordon in a green-white-chequered to win his fourth race of the year and 21st of his career.

The victory was important for the likes of Marcos Ambrose, Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch, who along with Gordon still have a chance to make the Chase for the Cup at Richmond next weekend.

Heartbreak for third place finisher Martin Truex Jr. Who had a comfortable lead with five laps to run when Jamie McMurray slammed the wall and brought out the caution.

With fuel so tight, all teams had to come to put road and also put on four new tyres. Truex lost the race off pit road to Hamlin and Gordon sliced through to second at the re-start.

Ambrose started strongly running as high as fourth from his starting position of 10th. However, the long green flag runs in the middle of the race saw him lose the lead lap and although cautions did start to fall, he was always one spot back from the lucky dog.

On the final re-start he chose to take the wave around and not stop for tyres and although he finished on the lead lap it was in 17th position.

“We started off the night so good,” said Ambrose.

“We ran fourth up to the first pit stop and then I don’t know what happened, but we just lost pace there and couldn’t keep up with it.

“We were just fighting grip. It’s a great race track and I love racing around there, it’s just a lot of work.”

2012 Unofficial Race Results : AdvoCare 500

FIN

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 Denny Hamlin Toyota Sport Clips 48/5 327 Running
2 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 43/1 327 Running
3 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 41/0 327 Running
4 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Shocks 41/1 327 Running
5 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 40/1 327 Running
6 Kyle Busch Toyota Wrigley’s Doublemint 39/1 327 Running
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 37/0 327 Running
8 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 36/0 327 Running
9 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 35/0 327 Running
10 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 34/0 327 Running
11 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 0 327 Running
12 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 32/0 327 Running
13 Kurt Busch Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 31/0 327 Running
14 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 30/0 327 Running
15 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Manheim Auctions 30/1 327 Running
16 Trevor Bayne Ford Good Sam Club / Camping World 0 327 Running
17 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT 27/0 327 Running
18 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 26/0 327 Running
19 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford 25/0 327 Running
20 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 24/0 327 Running
21 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 23/0 327 Running
22 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 23/1 327 Running
23 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 21/0 325 Running
24 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 20/0 325 Running
25 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 19/0 324 Running
26 Travis Kvapil Toyota Dr Pepper / Burger King 18/0 324 Running
27 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 17/0 324 Running
28 David Ragan Ford Glory Foods 16/0 323 Running
29 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 0 321 Running
30 T.J. Bell Ford Greensmoke 0 319 Running
31 David Gilliland Ford House / Autry 13/0 298 Running
32 Aric Almirola Ford AdvoCare 12/0 297 Running
33 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 11/0 291 Engine
34 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 10/0 269 Accident
35 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Army Medicine 9/0 268 Accident
36 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 8/0 264 Engine
37 Scott Speed Ford Jordan Truck Sales 7/0 196 Susp.
38 Jason Leffler Toyota Robinson-Blakeney Racing 0 77 Vibration
39 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 5/0 54 Susp.
40 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 4/0 43 Vibration
41 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet MaxQworkforce.com 3/0 32 Brakes
42 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Plinker Tactical 0 24 Overheating
43 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 0 22 Rear Gear

* Denotes Rookie

 

 

STANDINGS: Race 25 of 36 

RANK

+/-

DRIVER

POINTS

BEHIND

STARTS

POLES

WINS

TOP 5

TOP 10

1 Greg Biffle 879 Leader 25 2 2 10 14
2 +1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 871 -8 25 0 1 10 17
3 +1 Matt Kenseth 858 -21 25 1 1 9 15
4 -2 Jimmie Johnson 848 -31 25 1 3 12 17
5 Martin Truex Jr. 838 -41 25 1 0 6 14
6 +1 Brad Keselowski 831 -48 25 0 3 10 14
7 +1 Denny Hamlin 822 -57 25 2 4 11 13
8 -2 Clint Bowyer 811 -68 25 0 1 5 14
9 Kevin Harvick 807 -72 25 0 0 4 10
10 Tony Stewart 769 -110 25 1 3 9 11
11 Kasey Kahne 751 -128 25 2 2 7 13
12 +1 Kyle Busch 746 -133 25 1 1 6 12
13 +1 Jeff Gordon 734 -145 25 1 1 6 11
14 -2 Carl Edwards 720 -159 25 1 0 2 11
15 +2 Paul Menard 710 -169 25 0 0 0 7
16 Marcos Ambrose 706 -173 25 2 1 3 8
17 -2 Ryan Newman 697 -182 25 0 1 3 8
18 Joey Logano 664 -215 25 1 1 2 8
19 Jamie McMurray 618 -261 25 0 0 0 3
20 Jeff Burton 609 -270 25 0 0 2 4
21 Juan Montoya 584 -295 25 2 0 0 2
22 Aric Almirola 569 -310 25 1 0 0 2
23 Regan Smith 546 -333 25 0 0 0 2
24 Bobby Labonte 538 -341 25 0 0 0 1
25 Kurt Busch 483 -396 24 0 0 1 2
26 +2 Mark Martin 451 -428 16 4 0 2 6
27 -1 Casey Mears 447 -432 25 0 0 0 0
28 -1 David Gilliland 438 -441 25 0 0 0 0
29 David Ragan 425 -454 25 0 0 0 1
30 +1 Travis Kvapil 417 -462 24 0 0 0 0

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