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NASCAR At Atlanta 2012: Denny Hamlin Grabs Victory On A Green-White-Checkered Finish At Atlanta

On a green-white-checkered finish, it was Denny Hamlin who pulled out a victory with the help of late caution and a big move on pit road to top Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex, Jr. at the Atlanta Motor Speedway to claim victory at the AdvoCare 500.

Hamlin began the day in eighth place in the Sprint Cup standings and his performance on Sunday night will surely give him a more secure spot in the chase moving forward. Gordon, who was looking to make a move into the top 12 on the night, just missed out on catching Hamlin in the race's final lap.

Carl Edwards, who was looking for a boost of his own in the chase standings, blew his engine with less than 100 laps to go and finished well off the leaders in 36th place.

The unofficial finishing order is as follows:

1 Denny Hamlin
2 Jeff Gordon
3 Brad Keselowski
4 Martin Truex Jr.
5 Kevin Harvick
6 Kyle Busch
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8 Paul Menard
9 Matt Kenseth
10 Mark Martin
11 Sam Hornish Jr.
12 Jeff Burton
13 Kurt Busch
14 Regan Smith
15 Greg Biffle

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