Jeff Gordon Wins Rain-Delayed Atlanta Race

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- Jeff Gordon has won the rain-delayed NASCAR
race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his third victory of the season
and 85th of his career.

Gordon held off Jimmie Johnson by about a half-second to win the
AdvoCare 500, only the second Cup race since 1978 to be run on a
Tuesday. It was originally scheduled for Sunday night, but rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee forced a two-day postponement.

The four-time champion had already locked up a spot in the Chase
for the Sprint Cup championship, but this performance stamped him
as a prime contender to end Johnson's unprecedented streak of five
straight titles.

Then again, Johnson looks pretty strong, too. He thrillingly ran
right on Gordon's bumper for the last 10 laps and now leads the
season standings.


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