NASCAR Atlanta Results: Jeff Gordon Takes Checkered Flag, Moves To Third On All-Time Wins List

Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson will each go down as one of NASCAR's greatest champions. And on Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, both of them showed why.

Gordon and Johnson staged an epic battle for the lead over the final 10 laps as both fought loose cars, and it resulted in Gordon ultimately holding off his Hendrick Motorsports teammate for the 85th win of his fantastic career.

Only Richard Petty and David Pearson have more victories than Gordon, who is now third on the all-time Sprint Cup Series wins list.

"Oh my goodness," Gordon said. "That was a lot of fun racing with him. I was slipping, he was slipping. A couple moments where I really thought he got us. What an incredible win."

Said Johnson, who finished second: "What a lot of fun. To be that sideways at 180 mph, lap after lap, is a good time."

Tony Stewart finished third – a major boost for his team and its Chase chances – and the team owner called it "big."

"You never know what could happen next week," he said.

Stewart is 23 points inside the top 10 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (19th place on Tuesday) is clear of 11th place by 25 points.

Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five, followed by Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and AJ Allmendinger.

Here is the top 10 in the NASCAR Atlanta race:

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Tony Stewart
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Carl Edwards
  6. Brad Keselowski
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Matt Kenseth
  10. AJ Allmendinger
  11. Brian Vickers
  12. Greg Biffle
  13. Jeff Burton
  14. Martin Truex Jr.
  15. Juan Pablo Montoya
  16. Jamie McMurray
  17. Mark Martin
  18. Paul Menard
  19. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  20. Ryan Newman
  21. Marcos Ambrose
  22. Landon Cassill
  23. Kyle Busch
  24. Joey Logano
  25. JJ Yeley
  26. Mike Bliss
  27. Mike Skinner
  28. Casey Mears
  29. David Starr
  30. Andy Lally
  31. David Reutimann
  32. Scott Speed
  33. Regan Smith
  34. Kasey Kahne
  35. David Ragan
  36. Clint Bowyer
  37. David Gilliland
  38. Bobby Labonte
  39. Robby Gordon
  40. Joe Nemechek
  41. Michael McDowell
  42. Travis Kvapil
  43. Dave Blaney
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