AdvoCare 500 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor ISeptember 2, 2012

HAMPTON, GA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 Sport Clips Toyota, leads Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Rheem Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 2, 2012 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
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Denny Hamlin can go ahead and thank Jamie McMurray for his AdvoCare 500 win at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night. 

The 31-year-old led for an impressive 105 laps, but as the racers neared the checkered flag, it was Martin Truex Jr. who appeared ready to take home the victory.

With just five laps to go, Truex Jr. had the comfortable lead over Jeff Gordon with plenty of gas to take him home, but McMurray tore into a retaining wall, bringing out the caution. That allowed the leaders to even up, and a poor restart from Truex Jr. allowed Hamlin to jump back out in the lead and coast to victory.

It was the second win for Hamlin in as many weeks and fourth of the season. 

For Truex Jr., it would have been his first Sprint Cup victory since 2007 and just the second of his career. Ouch. Instead, he'll settle for fourth place and his first top-five finish ever at Atlanta. 


AdvoCare 500 Leaderboard

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Position Car Driver
1 11 Denny Hamlin
2 24 Jeff Gordon
3 2 Brad Keselowski
4 56 Martin Truex Jr. 
5 29 Kevin Harvick
6 18 Kyle Busch 
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
8 27 Paul Menard 
9 17 Matt Kenseth 
10  55 Mark Martin 


Updated Sprint Cup Standings

Hamlin's fourth win of the year continued to move him up the standings, as he jumped Clint Bowyer into seventh place. 

Jimmie Johnson, meanwhile, suffered a wreck late in the race and was only able to complete 269 of the race's 325 laps. As a result, he drops to fourth place in the standings while Earnhardt Jr. and Kenseth move to second and third, respectively. 

Jeff Gordon, who held on for a second-place finish, moved up one spot to 13th as he continues to fight for the Top 10. 

For a complete look at the standings, check out

Rank Driver Points
1 Greg Biffle 879
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3 Matt Kenseth
4 Jimmie Johnson 848
5 Martin Truex Jr. 838
6 Brad Keselowski 831
7 Denny Hamlin
8 Clint Bowyer 811
9 Kevin Harvick 807
10 Tony Stewart 769


What's Next?

The drivers head to Richmond International Raceway to take part in the Federated Auto Parts 400. It takes place on Saturday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. EDT.