Hamlin claims fourth season win with Atlanta victory

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Amanda Vincent, NASCAR Correspondent

The No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team got driver Denny Hamlin off pit road first during a caution that came out with five laps to go in the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night, and Hamlin did his part by staying up front for the final two laps to claim his fourth win of the season.

"This is one I wanted read bad," Hamlin said. "I've been really good here the last few years and not won one."

I've been really good here the last few years and not won one.

Denny Hamlin

Jeff Gordon got his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet by the No. 56 Michael Waltrip Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. in the final laps to take the runner up spot.

"I should've just gotten into him (Hamlin) in turn three, and then we'd be in victory lane," Gordon said after the race.

Truex wound up fourth, as Brad Keselowski also got by in the No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge for the third spot.

"All night long, I had trouble on the outside, spinning the tires," Truex said of the final restart of the race.

Between Hamlin and Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, JGR led much of the race.

Kevin Harvick, though, did take the lead in his No. 29 Richard Childress Chevrolet on a restart following a caution that came out for debris on lap 29.

Hamlin retook the lead by getting off of pit road ahead of Harvick when the next caution came out with 84 laps remaining in the 325-lap event. Truex got by Hamlin to take the lead with 44 laps to go. He continued to run up front until Hamlin beat him off of pit road during the sixth and final caution of the race that came out with five laps remaining.

Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Photo by: Action Sports Photography

Hamlin and Truex restarted on the front row for a green-white-checker sprint to the finish. Hamlin was able to remain up front, but Truex lost positions to both Gordon and Keselowski in the final laps.

Harvick finished fifth. Busch was sixth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. seventh in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and Paul Menard was eighth in the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. The No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford of Matt Kenseth finished ninth, and the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota of Mark Martin rounded out the top-10.

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