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Jeff Gordon came out top in a thrilling battle of the champions and in a war with the elements in the rain-delayed Tuesday morning AdvoCare 500 Cup race in Atlanta.
Jeff Gordon saw off a fierce challenge from his Hendrick Motorsports team mate Jimmie Johnson to become only the third driver in NASCAR history to claim 85 Cup victories in his career.

In a race already delayed by 38 hours from its originally scheduled start-time due to severe weather around Atlanta Motor Speedway, the AdvoCare 500 Cup race was further interrupted on multiple occasions by mist and rainfall before delivering a spectacular finale as Gordon and Johnson fought it out to the finish line.

Two more former Cup champions, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch, finished in third and fourth place.

In the Chase, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon are now 'upgraded' to make the post-season shoot-out based on definite top ten finishes rather than wildcar fall-backs, and are joined by Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman who clinched places with their results at Atlanta. Brad Keselowski is now also locked in but may still have to rely on a wildcard place as Tony Stewart's third place dramatically improved his safety margin in the championship. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has yet to confirm his Chase place after finishing in 19th place at Atlanta.

Race results

1. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 325 laps 4:00:58.000s (48/2 pts)
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 325 laps + 0.598s (43/1 pts)
3. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 325 laps + 4.518s (41/0 pts)
4. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 325 laps + 4.796s (40/0 pts)
5. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 325 laps + 5.108s (40/1 pts)
6. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 325 laps + 5.682s (39/1 pts)
7. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 325 laps + 6.020s (37/0 pts)
8. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 325 laps + 10.259s (37/1 pts)
9. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 325 laps + 15.711s (36/1 pts)
10. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 325 laps + 18.703s (34/0 pts)
11. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 325 laps + 18.771s (33/0 pts)
12. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 325 laps + 20.088s (32/0 pts)
13. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 325 laps + 21.177s (31/0 pts)
14. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 325 laps + 21.879s (31/1 pts)
15. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 325 laps + 28.460s (29/0 pts)
16. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 325 laps + 28.633s (28/0 pts)
17. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 325 laps + 29.682s (27/0 pts)
18. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 325 laps + 30.957s (26/0 pts)
19. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 325 laps + 31.328s (25/0 pts)
20. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 325 laps + 31.659s (24/0 pts)
21. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 324 laps + 1 lap (23/0 pts)
22. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 324 laps + 1 lap (0pts)
23. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 324 laps + 1 lap (22/1 pts)
24. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 324 laps + 1 lap (20/0 pts)
25. #38 JJ Yeley Ford 324 laps + 1 lap (20/1 pts)
26. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 324 laps + 1 lap (0pts)
27. #36 Mike Skinner Chevrolet 323 laps + 2 laps (0pts)
28. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 321 laps + 4 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #195 David Starr Ford 320 laps + 5 laps (0pts)
30. #71 Andy Lally * Ford 319 laps + 6 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 315 laps + 10 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #46 Scott Speed Ford 310 laps Electrical (0pts)
33. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 284 laps + 41 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 269 laps Engine (11/1 pts)
35. #6 David Ragan Ford 249 laps Engine (9/0 pts)
36. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 243 laps Accident (9/1 pts)
37. #34 David Gilliland Ford 174 laps Transmission (7/0 pts)
38. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 91 laps Accident (6/0 pts)
39. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 34 laps Rear Gear (5/0 pts)
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 27 laps Ignition (0pts)
41. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 23 laps Rear Gear (3/0 pts)
42. #55 Travis Kvapil Ford 17 laps Electrical (0pts)
43. #60 Dave Blaney Toyota 2 laps Vibration (1/0 pts)

* Denotes Rookie



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Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, leads Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 6 in Hampton, Ga. [Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR]
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Crew chief Chad Knaus inspects the car of Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, after a crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, crashes in the early part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies second Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies second Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
 
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies second Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
 
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, qualifies fourth Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
 
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies fifth Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, right, poses with Miss Coors Light Rachel Rupert and the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 11, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Patriotic Chevrolet, climbs from his car after being involved in an on track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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