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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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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, passes Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, to take the lead and win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and team owner Tony Stewart celebrate winning in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with his wife DeLana and son Keelan in victory lane after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, leads Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet, wins the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates winning the series championship during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 15, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 ToyotaCare Toyota, pits during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 14, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, who is not in the Championship Four final phase of the Chase, qualified for 2nd position Friday, November 14, 2014 for Sunday`s final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. He will be joined on the front row by Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS who won the Pole position. Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS, who is not in the Championship Four final phase of the Chase, won the pole position Friday, November 14, 2014 for Sunday`s final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. He will be joined by Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS on the front row. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 14, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Regan Smith, driver of the #7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 14, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 ParkerStore Chevrolet, poses with the Keystone Light Pole Award after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 14, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS finished in 2nd place Sunday, November 9, 2014 in the final Eliminator 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Gordon just missed out being in the Championship 4 finale next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, speaks to the media after failing to advance to race for the championship in the season finale after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 9, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
Chase Elliott at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. July 12, 2014. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, and Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, leads the field at the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series DAV 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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