HAMPTON, Ga — There may be a new sheriff in the Chase.
Denny Hamlin held off Jeff Gordon in a two-lap overtime to win Sunday night's AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his Sprint Cup Series-leading fourth victory of the season.
With one race remaining until the start of the 2012 Chase, Hamlin would be the No. 1 seed, having the most wins.
Brad Keselowski finished third, Martin Truex Jr. was fourth and Kevin Harvick was fifth.
Kyle Busch took early command of the race, leading 60 of the first 81 laps.
Aric Almirola brought out the race's first caution on Lap 40 after dropping oil on the track. Busch continued to lead on the restart.
Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Hamlin got into a back-and-forth battle for the lead, with Hamlin moving out front on Lap 82, Busch regaining the lead on Lap 85 and Hamlin retaking the top spot on Lap 91.
Kevin Harvick moved into the lead on Lap 135 and quickly moved out to a big advantage.
Debris on the backstretch brought out a caution on Lap 131. Harvick still led the way on the restart on Lap 135.
Halfway through the 325-lap race, Harvick remained the leader followed by Hamlin and Truex.
Harvick remained in charge until the race's third caution came out on Lap 241 after Juan Pablo Montoya slapped the wall. All of the lead-lap car pit for tires and fuel and Hamlin was the first on pit road and took over the lead.
On the restart on Lap 247, Hamlin was followed by Harvick and Busch.
Carl Edwards, who had been having a solid night, began to develop engine problems on Lap 264 and a caution was called on Lap 265 when Edwards' car dropped oil on the track.
I love this race track, but it looks like (we broke) a piston or something. It started making noise about 25-30 laps ago and its just hard to put into words, Edwards said. Thats just how our season has been going and I dont know what the reason is.
Well go to Richmond and go win that race and somehow maybe a miracle will happen. Well make the Chase and go win this championship. Thats our mission.
After pit stops, Hamlin continued to lead on the restart on Lap 270 followed by Truex and Harvick.
Shortly after the restart, a three-car wreck erupted involving Sam Hornish Jr., Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson.
On the restart on Lap 280, Hamlin remained in the lead followed by Truex, Busch, Matt Kenseth and Harvick.
Two laps later, Truex easily made his way under Hamlin to take the lead for the first time.
With 25 laps remaining, Truex maintained a big advantage over Jeff Gordon.
On Lap 321, Jamie McMurray had a tire blow which brought out the seventh caution of the race. All of the lead-lap cars elected to pit, with Hamlin the first car off pit road to take the lead.
On the restart on Lap 326, Hamlin was followed by Truex, Gordon, Harvick and Brad Keselowski.