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NASCAR At Atlanta 2012: Harvick An Early Leader At AdvoCare 500

The Atlanta Motor Speedway and the AdvoCare 500 is the center of the NASCAR world Sunday night, as the NASCAR schedule enters its final stretch and drivers battle for the final spots in the Chase.

Through 83 laps of a 325-lap race, Kevin Harvick, currently ninth in the Chase standings, is leading in Atlanta, just ahead of Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson.

Carl Edwards, who is 12th in the Chase, but could be passed by those behind him because of his lack of race victories, is running 12th on the night so far.

The full running order through 83 laps at the AdvoCare 500:

1 Kevin Harvick
2 Denny Hamlin
3 Jimmie Johnson
4 Jeff Gordon
5 Brad Keselowski
6 Kyle Busch
7 Sam Hornish Jr.
8 Clint Bowyer
9 Martin Truex Jr.
10 Matt Kenseth
11 Tony Stewart
12 Carl Edwards
13 Marcos Ambrose
14 Paul Menard
15 Ryan Newman

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.