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Cup: Atlanta - Race results

Denny Hamlin won the AdvoCare 500 night race under the floodlights at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a race which decided almost all of the 2012 Chase line-up.
Denny Hamlin claimed his fourth win of 2012 with victory in the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday evening, holding off Jeff Gordon in a green-white-chequered finish. It's his first ever victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and his 21st win in 248 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts.

Greg Biffle continues to lead the championship by 8pts over Dale Earnhardt Jr. despite a 15th place finish. The result confirms that Hamlin joins them as a lock for the post-regular season Chase that decides the Sprint Cup championship: also locked into the top ten now are Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick, while Jimmie Johnson claimed his berth last week. That leaves only one spot in the top ten still available: while Tony Stewart hasn't yet clinched that, he's likely to and if not will claim one of the two wild card slots instead.

Currently the two wild card slots are in the hands of Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch. Hamlin did his Joe Gibbs Racing team mate a huge favour on Sunday night, since a win for Jeff Gordon would almost certainly have knocked Busch out of his final chance of making the Chase, if Gordon had been handed the second wild card by beating Hamlin to the line.

There had been two practice sessions held on Saturday, with Greg Biffle pacing the first with a lap of 30.629s (181.005 mph) on the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway ahead of Matt Kenseth, who went on to top the later session with a time of 30.653s (180.863 mph) just ahead of Jeff Gordon. In both sessions, Michael McDowell took the wheel of the #20 after regular driver Joey Logano reported ill with stomach pains.

Race results

1. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 327 laps 3hrs 32mins 45sec (48/5 pts)
2. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 327 laps + 0.378s (43/1 pts)
3. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 327 laps + 0.568s (41/0 pts)
4. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 327 laps + 1.414s (41/1 pts)
5. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 327 laps + 1.713s (40/1 pts)
6. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 327 laps + 1.916s (39/1 pts)
7. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 327 laps + 2.314s (37/0 pts)
8. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 327 laps + 2.531s (36/0 pts)
9. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 327 laps + 2.733s (35/0 pts)
10. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 327 laps + 2.807s (34/0 pts)
11. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 327 laps + 3.149s (0pts)
12. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 327 laps + 3.396s (32/0 pts)
13. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 327 laps + 3.578s (31/0 pts)
14. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 327 laps + 3.982s (30/0 pts)
15. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 327 laps + 6.535s (30/1 pts)
16. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 327 laps + 6.800s (0pts)
17. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 327 laps + 7.519s (27/0 pts)
18. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 327 laps + 7.763s (26/0 pts)
19. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 327 laps + 8.413s (25/0 pts)
20. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 327 laps + 1 lap (24/0 pts)
21. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 327 laps + 1 lap (23/0 pts)
22. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 327 laps + 1 lap (23/1 pts)
23. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 325 laps + 2 laps (21/0 pts)
24. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 325 laps + 2 laps (20/0 pts)
25. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 324 laps + 3 laps (19/0 pts)
26. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 324 laps + 3 laps (18/0 pts)
27. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 324 laps + 3 laps (17/0 pts)
28. #34 David Ragan Ford 323 laps + 4 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 321 laps + 6 laps (0pts)
30. #32 T.J. Bell Ford 319 laps + 8 laps (0pts)
31. #38 David Gilliland Ford 298 laps + 29 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 297 laps + 30 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #13 Casey Mears Ford 291 laps Engine (11/0 pts)
34. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 269 laps Accident (10/0 pts)
35. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 268 laps Accident (9/0 pts)
36. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 264 laps Engine (8/0 pts)
37. #195 Scott Speed Ford 196 laps Suspension (7/0 pts)
38. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota 77 laps Vibration (0pts)
39. #30 David Stremme Toyota 54 laps Susp. (5/0 pts)
40. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 43 laps Vibration (4/0 pts)
41. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 32 laps Brakes (3/0 pts)
42. #191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 24 laps Overheating (0pts)
43. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 22 laps Rear Gear (0pts)

* Denotes Rookie

Saturday Practice 3 times

1. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 30.653s (Leader) 180.863 mph
2. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 30.767s (-0.114) 180.193 mph
3. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 30.807s (-0.154) 179.959 mph
4. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 30.828s (-0.175) 179.837 mph
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 30.889s (-0.236) 179.481 mph
6. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 31.000s (-0.347) 178.839 mph
7. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 31.014s (-0.361) 178.758 mph
8. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 31.033s (-0.380) 178.648 mph
9. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 31.182s (-0.529) 177.795 mph
10. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 31.211s (-0.558) 177.630 mph
11. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 31.243s (-0.590) 177.448 mph
12. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 31.253s (-0.600) 177.391 mph
13. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 31.331s (-0.678) 176.949 mph
14. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 31.354s (-0.701) 176.820 mph
15. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 31.366s (-0.713) 176.752 mph
16. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 31.377s (-0.724) 176.690 mph
17. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 31.385s (-0.732) 176.645 mph
18. #20 Michael McDowell Toyota 31.410s (-0.757) 176.504 mph
19. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 31.425s (-0.772) 176.420 mph
20. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 31.454s (-0.801) 176.257 mph
21. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 31.524s (-0.871) 175.866 mph
22. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 31.574s (-0.921) 175.587 mph
23. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 31.619s (-0.966) 175.338 mph
24. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 31.621s (-0.968) 175.327 mph
25. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 31.675s (-1.022) 175.028 mph
26. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 31.726s (-1.073) 174.746 mph
27. #34 David Ragan Ford 31.732s (-1.079) 174.713 mph
28. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 31.779s (-1.126) 174.455 mph
29. #13 Casey Mears Ford 31.848s (-1.195) 174.077 mph
30. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 31.882s (-1.229) 173.891 mph
31. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 31.921s (-1.268) 173.679 mph
32. #195 Scott Speed Ford 31.927s (-1.274) 173.646 mph
33. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 32.067s (-1.414) 172.888 mph
34. #38 David Gilliland Ford 32.086s (-1.433) 172.786 mph
35. #30 David Stremme Toyota 32.136s (-1.483) 172.517 mph
36. #32 T.J. Bell Ford 32.210s (-1.557) 172.120 mph
37. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 32.316s (-1.663) 171.556 mph
38. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 32.444s (-1.791) 170.879 mph
39. #191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 32.556s (-1.903) 170.291 mph
40. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 32.668s (-2.015) 169.707 mph
41. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 32.868s (-2.215) 168.675 mph
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 33.142s (-2.489) 167.280 mph
43. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota

Saturday Practice 2 times

1. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 30.629s (Leader) 181.005 mph
2. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 30.675s (-0.046) 180.734 mph
3. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 30.817s (-0.188) 179.901 mph
4. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 30.870s (-0.241) 179.592 mph
5. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 30.978s (-0.349) 178.966 mph
6. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 31.048s (-0.419) 178.562 mph
7. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 31.062s (-0.433) 178.482 mph
8. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 31.088s (-0.459) 178.333 mph
9. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 31.118s (-0.489) 178.161 mph
10. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 31.134s (-0.505) 178.069 mph
11. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 31.158s (-0.529) 177.932 mph
12. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 31.191s (-0.562) 177.744 mph
13. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 31.193s (-0.564) 177.732 mph
14. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 31.272s (-0.643) 177.283 mph
15. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 31.297s (-0.668) 177.142 mph
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 31.373s (-0.744) 176.712 mph
17. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 31.473s (-0.844) 176.151 mph
18. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 31.477s (-0.848) 176.129 mph
19. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 31.497s (-0.868) 176.017 mph
20. #20 Michael McDowell Toyota 31.507s (-0.878) 175.961 mph
21. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 31.562s (-0.933) 175.654 mph
22. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 31.568s (-0.939) 175.621 mph
23. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 31.569s (-0.940) 175.615 mph
24. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 31.625s (-0.996) 175.304 mph
25. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 31.665s (-1.036) 175.083 mph
26. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 31.884s (-1.255) 173.880 mph
27. #34 David Ragan Ford 31.938s (-1.309) 173.586 mph
28. #13 Casey Mears Ford 31.942s (-1.313) 173.565 mph
29. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 31.971s (-1.342) 173.407 mph
30. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 32.040s (-1.411) 173.034 mph
31. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 32.094s (-1.465) 172.743 mph
32. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 32.114s (-1.485) 172.635 mph
33. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 32.129s (-1.500) 172.554 mph
34. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 32.186s (-1.557) 172.249 mph
35. #195 Scott Speed Ford 32.229s (-1.600) 172.019 mph
36. #30 David Stremme Toyota 32.428s (-1.799) 170.963 mph
37. #191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 32.598s (-1.969) 170.072 mph
38. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota 32.624s (-1.995) 169.936 mph
39. #32 T.J. Bell Ford 32.630s (-2.001) 169.905 mph
40. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 32.769s (-2.140) 169.184 mph
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 32.996s (-2.367) 168.020 mph
42. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 33.095s (-2.466) 167.518 mph

Sprint Cup Series championship standings

1. (--) Greg Biffle 879pts
2. (+1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 871pts (-8pts)
3. (+1) Matt Kenseth 858pts (-21pts)
4. (-2) Jimmie Johnson 848pts (-31pts)
5. (--) Martin Truex Jr. 838pts (-41pts)
6. (+1) Brad Keselowski 831pts (-48pts)
7. (+1) Denny Hamlin 822pts (-57pts)
8. (-2) Clint Bowyer 811pts (-68pts)
9. (--) Kevin Harvick 807pts (-72pts)
10. (--) Tony Stewart 769pts (-110pts)
11. (--) Kasey Kahne 751pts (-128pts)
12. (+1) Kyle Busch 746pts (-133pts)
13. (+1) Jeff Gordon 734pts (-145pts)
14. (-2) Carl Edwards 720pts (-159pts)
15. (+2) Paul Menard 710pts (-169pts)
16. (--) Marcos Ambrose 706pts (-173pts)
17. (-2) Ryan Newman 697pts (-182pts)
18. (--) Joey Logano 664pts (-215pts)
19. (--) Jamie McMurray 618pts (-261pts)
20. (--) Jeff Burton 609pts (-270pts)
21. (--) Juan Montoya 584pts (-295pts)
22. (--) Aric Almirola 569pts (-310pts)
23. (--) Regan Smith 546pts (-333pts)
24. (--) Bobby Labonte 538pts (-341pts)
25. (--) Kurt Busch 483pts (-396pts)
26. (+2) Mark Martin 451pts (-428pts)
27. (-1) Casey Mears 447pts (-432pts)
28. (-1) David Gilliland 438pts (-441pts)
29. (--) David Ragan 425pts (-454pts)
30. (+1) Travis Kvapil 417pts (-462pts)
31. (-1) AJ Allmendinger 400pts (-479pts)
32. (--) Landon Cassill 396pts (-483pts)
33. (--) Dave Blaney 327pts (-552pts)
34. (--) David Reutimann 306pts (-573pts)
35. (--) Brian Vickers 177pts (-702pts)
36. (--) David Stremme 177pts (-702pts)
37. (--) J.J. Yeley 138pts (-741pts)
38. (--) Michael McDowell 122pts (-757pts)
39. (--) Josh Wise* 107pts (-772pts)
40. (--) Ken Schrader 102pts (-777pts)
41. (--) Stephen Leicht* 89pts (-790pts)
42. (+1) Scott Speed 76pts (-803pts)
43. (-1) Michael Waltrip 75pts (-804pts)
44. (--) Tony Raines 67pts (-812pts)
45. (--) Terry Labonte 66pts (-813pts)
46. (--) Brendan Gaughan 50pts (-829pts)
47. (--) Scott Riggs 45pts (-834pts)
48. (--) Boris Said 34pts (-845pts)
49. (--) Bill Elliott 14pts (-865pts)
50. (--) Hermie Sadler 13pts (-866pts)
51. (--) Robby Gordon 11pts (-868pts)
52. (--) Mike Skinner 10pts (-869pts)
53. (--) Tomy Drissi 6pts (-873pts)
54. (--) Stacy Compton 5pts (-874pts)
55. (--) David Mayhew 4pts (-875pts)
56. (--) Kelly Bires 2pts (-877pts)
57. (--) Patrick Long 2pts (-877pts)

* Denotes Rookie
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