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Lap-by-Lap: Atlanta

September 06, 2011, ,

CHECKERED FLAG: Jeff Gordon becomes the third driver in NASCAR history to earn 85 victories. He holds off a spirited challenge from his teammate Jimmie Johnson to win the AdvoCare 500.

Lap 325 -- WHITE FLAG: Jimmie Johnson slides while trying to track down Jeff Gordon, costing him his last chance to catch Gordon.

Lap 324 -- Jimmie Johnson is back to .143 seconds off the lead. He might have had his best chance.

Lap 323 -- Jimmie Johnson goes again to the low side, hoping his car will stick this time. But it's still a no-go.

Lap 322 -- They are side-by-side as they battle for the lead. Jimmie sat next to him, but he couldn't get around him.

Lap 321 -- Jimmie Johnson is closing in on the lead.

Lap 320 -- Jeff Gordon leads by .115 seconds.

Lap 319 -- Jimmie Johnson is getting loose putting it all out on the line going for the lead.

Lap 318 -- And with that, Jimmie Johnson is right up on the tail of Jeff Gordon yet again.

Lap 317 -- Jeff Gordon is coming up on a lapped car, that of Marcos Ambrose, but Ambrose gives Gordon plenty of room.

Lap 316 -- Jeff Gordon is still out front, but he's far from out of the woods. JImmie is still tracking him down.

Lap 315 -- Jimmie Johnson is right in the rear-view mirror of his teammate, stalking the lead. Johnson is looking to the inside.

Lap 313 -- Jimmie Johnson is only three-tenths of a second behind Jeff Gordon.

Lap 310 -- Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski have the closest battle in the top nine, with just seven-tenths of a second between them in their battle for fifth.

Lap 309 -- Jeff Gordon's lead over Jimmie Johnson has shrunk to 1.3 seconds.

Lap 306 -- Lapped traffic is slowing Gordon down just a hair, and Jimmie Johnson has cut the lead to less than 1.5 seconds.

Lap 305 -- The top nine is largely unchanged. The usual suspects remain up front.

Lap 303 -- It's a two-car race, if you can even consider it that. It's 1.8 seconds between Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, and then another 3.3 back to Kurt Busch.

Lap 301 -- Jeff Gordon's lead en route to win No. 85 is at nearly 1.7 seconds.

Lap 299 -- Carl Edwards has gotten past Brad Keselowski for fourth.

Lap 296 -- Kevin Harvick is running seventh in the race, with his eyes on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 294 -- Brad Keselowski is right there in fourth after an adjustment on his last stop, seeing that $3 million right in front of him.

Lap 291 -- Jeff Gordon's lead is up to nearly a one-second lead on Jimmie Johnson. Kurt Busch is running strong in third.

Lap 289 -- Jeff Gordon is back to the lead with a six-tenths of a second lead on Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 285 -- Mike Skinner is scored as the race leader. Ryan Newman has hit the pits, and Kyle Busch is serving a pass-through penalty for a commitment cone violation.

Lap 284 -- Jeff Gordon is on pit road. He's taking four tires and a full tank of fuel. No adjustments, however. Kurt Busch takes four tires and air pressure out of the rear. Denny Hamlin gets a wedge adjustment and four tires.

Lap 283 -- Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick start the pit road parade. Joining them are Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton.

Lap 282 -- There's a lapped car between Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. Also, nearly two seconds.

Lap 281 -- Jeff Gordon is contemplating when to make his stop for the vibration in his tires.

Lap 279 -- Jimmie Johnson has already dropped to 1.2 seconds off the lead.

Lap 277 -- Tony Stewart is back up to eighth. Matt Kenseth continues to slide.

Lap 276 -- Jeff Gordon finally takes over the lead, passing Jimmie Johnson on the inside. Jeff is complaining about a vibration in the tires.

Lap 274 -- Jeff Gordon is on the inside in the battle.

Lap 272 -- Kurt Busch takes over third from Carl Edwards.

Lap 271 -- Jeff Gordon is less than a half-second behind Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 269 -- Brad Keselowski is up to fifth, and Denny Hamlin is now passing Matt Kenseth for sixth.

Lap 266 -- Jimmie Johnson continues to lead, but it's shrinking. With nearly 60 laps left, Jeff Gordon has plenty of time.

Lap 265 -- Jeff Gordon takes over second. He's now second to his teammate Jimmie Johnson by 1.2 seconds.

Lap 263 -- Jeff Gordon is closing on Carl Edwards for second place, but is still well back of Jimmie Johnson in the lead.

Lap 261 -- Jeff Gordon is up to third, passing Matt Kenseth for the spot.

Lap 260 -- Jimmie Johnson's lead is six-tenths of a second ahead of Carl Edwards.

Lap 258 -- Brad Keselowski, part of the Sprint Summer Showdown, is racing his teammate Kurt Busch for sixth.

Lap 256 -- Jeff Gordon gets past Martin Truex Jr. for fourth place.

Lap 255 -- It's Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth running 1-2-3 in this race.

Lap 254 -- GREEN FLAG: Jimmie Johnson leads the field back to green, with Carl Edwards to the inside.

Lap 251 -- Some sort of adjustment on pit road for Kyle Busch, and it took a little longer he had hoped for.

Lap 250 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 9: Regan Smith brings out the caution. That bunches the field back up with Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 249 -- David Ragan heads to the pits for an unscheduled pit stop. His engine is gone.

Lap 248 -- And Jimmie Johnson goes to the lead. He's making it look easy while he's out there too.

Lap 247 -- GREEN FLAG: Martin Truex Jr., based on a two-tire stop, is out front of the field on the restart.

Lap 246 -- "You just can't race around the [expletive]," -- Clint Bowyer on Juan Montoya

Lap 245 -- Martin Truex Jr. is just hoping not to spin the wheels on the restart.

Lap 243 -- Carl Edwards takes four tires and fuel and only 12.6 seconds. Martin Truex Jr. wins the race off pit road with a two-tire stop.

Lap 241 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 8: This time, it's for actual on-track action. Clint Bowyer is stopped up against the wall. That's bad news for his Chase hopes.

Lap 240 -- Carl Edwards has decided to make it a three-car run at the front. Jimmie Johnson has just moved to the inside and is battling Matt Kenseth, but Carl Edwards is right behind.

Lap 238 -- Good news for Junior fans: He's ahead of Kyle Busch. Bad news? He's still 22nd.

Lap 237 -- Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer are battling for 11th.

Lap 235 -- Matt Kenseth has handled every charge Jimmie Johnson has made at him thus far, but Johnson's not the type to give up easily. Jeff Gordon is back up to fifth.

Lap 233 -- And here comes Jimmie Johnson. He's all over Matt Kenseth for the lead.

Lap 232 -- Jeff Gordon is losing ground and is now ninth behind David Ragan.

Lap 231 -- Matt Kenseth uses the outside line to his advantage again, and he's out front of both Jimmie Johnson in second and Carl Edwards in third.

Lap 230 -- GREEN FLAG: Matt Kenseth leads the field back to green, yet again.

Lap 229 -- The one-to-go signal has come out, so buckle in!

Lap 227 -- The back of the field has come to the pits, from A.J. Allmendinger back.

Lap 221 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 7: The caution comes out again for rain. Matt Kenseth said he had nearly wrecked on the previous lap.

Lap 220 -- Matt Kenseth conginues to lead, but Carl Edawrds and Kevin Harvick are running hard to try to get up front. There are reports of more rain, and Kenseth is asking for the caution.

Lap 219 -- GREEN FLAG: Carl Edwards leads the field to green.

Lap 218 -- J.J. Yeley and Landon Cassill lose the dream -- for now, at least -- by hitting the pits. Carl Edwards is now the leader.

Lap 217 -- The pace car driver is saying the track looks good as the warm-up laps continue.

Lap 212 -- Chad Knaus about J.J. Yeley's team on the radio: "If we can't win, I hope to hell they do."

Lap 211 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 6: They're back to yellow at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Lap 210, part 3 -- The engines have fired.

Lap 210, part 2 -- They have called the drivers back to the cars.

Lap 210 -- RED FLAG: They've brought out the red to give the jet dryers full run of the track.

Lap 209 -- J.J. Yeley's crew chief Jay Guy: "I hope it rains really hard right now." Sorry, that's LEADER J.J. Yeley's crew chief.

Lap 207 -- Jet dryers are out on the track.

Lap 206 -- I'm hearing -- hey, I've got sources! -- that Chad Knaus is telling Jimmie Johnson taht there's more rain building up all around the track.

Lap 205 -- Now that we have a slight break, here is the Harvick save from earlier. Tell me you don't love you some of that!

Lap 203 -- You knew a couple guys would gamble on the rain, and those two are J.J. Yeley and Landon Cassill. That scores them 1-2 on the track as we remain under caution.

Lap 202 -- Jeff Gordon takes a trackbar adjustment and four tires, same for Clint Bowyer. Carl Edwards took four tires, but he lost the race off pit road to his teammate Matt Kenseth. Jeff Gordon lost five spots on pit road, and Kyle Busch is still on pit road.

Lap 201 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 6: The rain has returned, and the caution has flown again. The cars have headed to pit road.

Lap 199 -- And here we go again. Jimmie Johnson has claimed sixth place after passing Brad Keselowski.

Lap 198 -- Well that didn't take long. Carl Edwards has closed up on Matt Kenseth and actually got a nose to the inside but couldn't complete the pass.

Lap 196 -- Clint Bowyer is fifth, with Brad Keselowski now up to sixth.

Lap 193 -- Matt Kenseth's lead on Carl Edwards is nearly a half second.

Lap 192 -- Brad Keselowski has picked up one more spot, to seventh.

Lap 191 -- Denny Hamlin is down to 10th, one spot ahead of Jeff Burton.

Lap 189 -- Jeff Gordon has now gotten past Kevin Harvick for third, and he seems content right now to just hold position.

Lap 187 -- Kevin Harvick is still running third, with Jeff Gordon right behind him. Paul Menard is up to 14th, the second best driver from the Sprint Summer Showdown lineup behind Brad Keselowski in eighth.

Lap 186 -- Matt Kenseth has taken the lead back from his teammate and those two are out front.

Lap 185 -- GREEN FLAG: Carl Edwards opted for the outside line on the restart, next to Matt Kenseth.

Lap 184 -- They're preparing for the green.

Lap 183 -- The jet dryers are out on the track along with the cars, hoping to dry up the slight amount of moisture that has found its way to the track.

Lap 180 -- The pace car still has its lights on, so we're not going green yet. Also, if the race ends at this point, Jimmie Johnson will have the Cup Series points lead all to himself and a seven-point cushion on Kyle Busch.

Lap 179 -- Carl Edwards said they're about to lose the race track. His crew chief Bob Osborne said pit road is already lost.

Lap 178 -- There are rain drops. At least we're official!

Lap 176 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 5: It finally gets thrown after David Gilliland sat defenseless at the entrance to pit road for what seemed like an eternity.

Lap 175 -- Down on the track bar and four tires and fuel for Denny Hamlin. Now that the stops have cycled, Carl Edwards is scored as the leader. He's six-tenths of a second up on Matt Kenseth.

Lap 174 -- Carl Edwards has given up his pursuit of the lead to hit the pits, taking four tires and fuel. Matt Kenseth comes in on the back side of the lap and gets his four tires and fuel.

Lap 173 -- Green-flag pit stops continue to cycle through. Jeff Gordon has hit the pits, taking four tires and fuel. Kyle Busch gets a chassis adjustment for a tight car and also takes four tires.

Lap 171 -- Carl Edwards is closing in on his teammate, Matt Kenseth, for the lead at Atlanta.

Lap 169 -- Carl Edwards has also moved past Jeff Gordon into second, and Denny Hamlin follows him into third.

Lap 165 -- Matt Kenseth has put a crinkle in that plan, taking over the lead again.

Lap 163 -- And ... Jeff Gordon is officially halfway through what could be his 85th career Cup victory.

Lap 161 -- Carl Edwards is up to third after passing Denny Hamlin.

Lap 160 -- Jeff Gordon is leading Matt Kenseth by 1.1 seconds and Denny Hamlin by 2.4.

Lap 159 -- Kevin Harvick is sitting in fifth, with no adverse affects from his earlier near-spin.

Lap 156 -- Kyle Busch continues to drop, now down to eighth in the running order.

Lap 153 -- Jimmie Johnson is up to eight after struggling so mightily earlier in the race.

Lap 151 -- There's all kinds of shuffling up front. David Ragan is now third, Denny Hamlin fourth, and Carl Edwards fifth. Kyle Busch has fallen to sixth.

Lap 150 -- Denny Hamlin is back up to fourth, getting past David Ragan for the spot.

Lap 147 -- Don't look now, but Tony Stewart is up to eighth. And Jimmie Johnson is ninth. The more things change ...

Lap 145 -- Jeff Gordon retakes the lead from Matt Kenseth.

Lap 144 -- David Ragan is up to fourth place.

Lap 143 -- Brad Keselowski is up to eighth.

Lap 142 -- Jeff Gordon is closing in on Kenseth, now just two-tenths of a second back.

Lap 139 -- Matt Kenseth is leading Jeff Gordon by just about six-tenths of a second.

Lap 136 -- The replay from inside Harvick's car made that even more impressive. If you're not watching this on TV while reading these fine updates, make sure you check out the video highlights here on NASCAR.COM.

Lap 135 -- Kevin Harvick just made an amazing save on that restart. He went a good 45 degrees sideways.

Lap 134 -- GREEN FLAG: Matt Kenseth leads the field back to green, with Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

Lap 131 -- Pit road is open. The leaders have hit pit road. Jeff Gordon takes four tires and a spring rubber in the right rear. Kyle Busch takes four tires and a track bar and air adjustment. Denny Hamlin takes wedge out and four tires. Matt Kenseth takes over the lead when the spring rubber delays Gordon's exit.

Lap 129 -- Good news, 88 fans! It looks like Dale Earnhardt Jr. will get the free pass.

Lap 128 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: Andy Lally has scraped the wall and is in the pits with right-side damage.

Lap 127 -- P.S. we're 36 laps from official. Not that I'm counting. Good news: only a 10 percent chance of rain the rest of the way!

Lap 125 -- Tony Stewart continues to climb, now up to 13th. Brad Keselowski has dropped to 12th, getting passed by Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards.

Lap 122 -- David Reutimann is in an unenviable position: On pit road with his hood up and four crew guys peering in.

Lap 121 -- Matt Kenseth takes over second place from Kyle Busch. Talk about being quietly solid!

Lap 119 -- Martin Truex Jr. has been quietly solid today, and is knocking on the door of the top 10. He's got Brad Keselowski just ahead of him.

Lap 116 -- Tony Stewart is 15th, with Jimmie Johnson one spot behind him in 16th.

Lap 115 -- Clint Bowyer took over ninth, dropping Brad Keselowski to the verge of falling out of the top 10.

Lap 114 -- Brad Keselowski is dropping, now battling Clint Bowyer to hold on to ninth.

Lap 111 -- Speaking of Ragan, another win would vault him past Denny Hamlin into the second wild card spot. Unless Brad Keselowski reaches the top 10. At which point, Ragan would be the first wild card. Oh, it's still too much up in the air for definites!

Lap 110 -- Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski, teammates at Penske, are running seventh and ninth. David Ragan just got past Keselowski for eighth.

Lap 109 -- Jeff Gordon's lead is nearly one second.

Lap 107 -- Sprint Summer Showdown participant Paul Menard is up to 21st.

Lap 106 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the first car one lap down.

Lap 105 -- Tony Stewart is telling his crew to keep its collective heads up after a pit stop dropped him back in the field.

Lap 103 -- Watch out! Jeff Burton is up to 11th and knocking on the door of the top 10.

Lap 102 -- Jeff Gordon's lead is nearly a half-second over Kyle Busch.

Lap 100 -- Jeff Gordon goes back to the lead, so it was a short-lived time in second for him.

Lap 99 -- Kyle Busch has made the low line work for him, and he and Jeff Gordon are side by side for the lead, with Kyle Busch leading the lap.

Lap 98 -- GREEN FLAG: Jeff Gordon is hoping for a strong restart to gain back the advantage he had before the caution.

Lap 97 -- Resetting the field: Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, A.J. Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and David Ragan. That's one Hendrick driver, two JGR guys, two Roush Fenway guys, two RCRs, one RPM and both Penskes.

Lap 94 -- The leaders have hit pit road, with Jeff Gordon leading the way off pit road. The top 10 cars each took four tires, but David Ragan picked up four spots.

Lap 93 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: Bobby Labonte brings out his second caution of the day after tearing up the front end of his race car. Jeff Gordon passed Regan Smith just before the caution, giving Smith the free pass instead of Gordon's teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Lap 92 -- Kasey Kahne, who started on the pole, is running 24th.

Lap 91 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has his teammate Jeff Gordon putting him a lap down.

Lap 89 -- David Ragan, whose name we haven't heard much today, takes over 14th position.

Lap 88 -- Kevin Harvick is running in third.

Lap 87 -- Jeff Gordon's lead is back to nearly 3 seconds again.

Lap 85 -- Marcos Ambrose is up into the top 15, running 14th.

Lap 83 -- Jeff Gordon's lead over Kyle Busch immediately after he came back out on the track was 1.4 seconds. Now it's 1.9.

Lap 81 -- Matt Kenseth and A.J. Allmendinger -- third and fourth, respectively -- made big gains on that stop. Denny Hamlin is sixth after having to roll backward to get out of his pit.

Lap 79 -- Carl Edwards now loses the lead to take his four tires and some adjustments, including a tear-off from his windshield. Jeff Gordon is back to the lead, but Kyle Busch is back in second.

Lap 78 -- Jeff Gordon gives up the lead to Carl Edwards to make his stop. Gordon says his car is "really good everywhere." Four tires and fuel for Denny Hamlin. Jimmie Johnson takes four tires and an air pressure adjustment.

Lap 77 -- The leaders are starting to cycle through, though Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin stay out. Kyle Busch takes four tires (his third set of the day) and a track bar adjustment.

Lap 76 -- Brad Keselowski is in the pits for a green-flag stop. He's taking four tires. Jamie McMurray has also taken four.

Lap 74 -- Denny Hamlin has just gotten past Kyle Busch to take over the runner-up spot to Jeff Gordon. Hamlin is about two and a half seconds off the lead.

Lap 73 -- An updated Sprint Summer Showdown rundown: Kyle Busch second, Brad Keselowski 13th, Marcos Ambrose 16th and Paul Menard bringing up the rear of that group in 23rd.

Lap 72 -- Those third-through-fifth spots continue to shuffle, with Denny Hamlin now showing third, Tony Stewart fourth and Kevin Harvick fifth.

Lap 71 -- Kevin Harvick is now up to third, with Denny Hamlin sitting in fourth and Tony Stewart in fifth.

Lap 70 -- Kyle Busch is cutting down Jeff Gordon's lead, slowly but surely, but it's still nearly 3 seconds.

Lap 69 -- Carl Edwards is running in 12th.

Lap 67 -- Jimmie Johnson said his right rear tire is "gone" and he's nearing trouble.

Lap 66 -- Jimmie Johnson is back in 22nd place. Jeff Gordon, who continues to lead by more than three seconds, is the lone Hendrick Motorsports car in the top 20.

Lap 64 -- Tony Stewart is up to third after making his way past Kevin Harvick.

Lap 63 -- Clint Bowyer has dropped to eighth.

Lap 62 -- Marcos Ambrose, who is also part of the Sprint Summer Showdown, is up to 16th.

Lap 60 -- Denny Hamlin is running fifth, one spot ahead of Kurt Busch who has been climbing.

Lap 59 -- Your occasional Dale Earnhardt Jr. update: He's running 28th.

Lap 57 -- Jeff Gordon's lead is above the two-second mark.

Lap 56 -- Matt Kenseth is running ninth.

Lap 54 -- Among the Sprint Summer Showdown drivers, only Kyle Busch (second) and Brad Keselowski (seventh) are in the top 10.

Lap 53 -- Greg Biffle has climbed into the top 15, running 14th.

Lap 51 -- Kevin Harvick is up to third and Tony Stewart is fourth, behind Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch.

Lap 50 -- Brian Vickers, who had moved ahead of Clint Bowyer but never officially led a lap, is now 10th.

Lap 49 -- Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart have gotten past Brad Keselowski and are now fourth and fifth, respectively.

Lap 47 -- Jeff Gordon has taken over the lead from Kyle Busch.

Lap 43 -- Martin Truex Jr. is down to 13th.

Lap 42 -- Jamie McMurray is up to 11th. He started 25th.

Lap 41 -- Greg Biffle is up to 17th after starting at the rear of the field for changing the engine in his No. 16.

Lap 40 -- Denny Hamlin is down to ninth after restarting second.

Lap 39 -- It's a two-car breakaway at the front with Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon.

Lap 38 -- Jeff Gordon has designs on the lead of Kyle Busch, but he hasn't been able to make the move yet.

Lap 36 -- Brad Keselowski is running in fourth, one spot ahead of Brian Vickers.

Lap 35 -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch leads the field back to green, with his teammate Denny Hamlin next to him.

Lap 34 -- Mike Bliss was scored as the leader after not pitting, but he has headed to the pits now. Robby Gordon got the free pass.

Lap 33 -- Four tires and fuel for leader Kyle Busch. Four tires is the way to go as people have learned from Busch. All the leaders have taken on four.

Lap 32 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Competition caution is out.

Lap 30 -- A.J. Allmendinger is back up to sixth.

Lap 29 -- Jeff Gordon has gotten past Clint Bowyer for third place in the AdvoCare 500.

Lap 27 -- Kyle Busch is the new leader in the race.

Lap 26 -- Kyle Busch is up to second and is now battling Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Lap 25 -- Denny Hamlin takes over the lead from Clint Bowyer.

Lap 24 -- Brian Vickers had the lead momentarily, but then slid into the wall and fell to third behind leader Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 22 -- Tony Stewart is up to fourth after starting 20th.

Lap 21 -- Brian Vickers is trying to make a battle for the lead with Clint Bowyer.

Lap 19 -- Denny Hamlin, who is in the second wild card spot but is far from locked in, runs in third. His teammate Kyle Busch is moving fast with his four fresh tires.

Lap 18 -- Brian Vickers is on the outside and running second.

Lap 17 -- Clint Bowyer takes over the lead as Kasey Kahne has trouble on the restart.

Lap 16 -- GREEN FLAG: Kasey Kahne leads a pack of drivers who stayed out of the pits back to the green.

Lap 15 -- Resetting the field, the top 10 are Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers, Juan Montoya, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Regan Smith, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin and J.J. Yeley.

Lap 14 -- Crew members are up on the wall awaiting their drivers. Kasey Kahne, the leader, stayed out on the track, but most of those behind him have headed to pit road. Jeff Gordon takes four tires and no adjustments. Kyle Busch says his car is pretty good, they took four tires and wedge out of the left rear. Carl Edwards gets four tires and some tape on the front grille. Eighteen cars stayed out on the track.

Lap 13 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: Bobby Labonte takes a spin through the grass and brings out the caution. Teams can pit, but they can not add fuel until the competition caution on Lap 30.

Lap 12 -- Matt Kenseth has lost four spots in the first 12 laps, going from sixth to 10th.

Lap 11 -- And with that, Jeff Gordon is up to third. He gets past Clint Bowyer for the spot.

Lap 10 -- Jeff Gordon is up to fourth, trading spots with Brian Vickers

Lap 9 -- Kyle Busch has overtaken Clint Bowyer for second place, but he's still well behind the pace set by Kasey Kahne.

Lap 7 -- Juan Montoya continues to climb, while A.J. Allmendinger is sliding through the field.

Lap 6 -- Juan Montoya is up to ninth after starting 12th.

Lap 4 -- Martin Truex is working his way up after starting eighth. He's on the tail of Jeff Gordon for sixth.

Lap 2 -- Kasey Kahne regains the lead. Kurt Busch has picked up two spots to eighth.

Lap 1 -- Kasey Kahne gives up the lead on the low line, with Clint Bowyer taking over on the outside.

11:11 a.m. ET -- GREEN FLAG: Kasey Kahne leads the field to green about 38 hours after he was originally slated to do so.

11:06 a.m. ET -- Four drivers have moved to the rear -- Greg Biffle for an engine change, Mike Skinner missed the drivers' meeting, David Starr missed the driver intros and Dave Blaney replaced Skinner in the No. 60.

11:01 a.m. ET -- Richard Wright, the president and CEO of race sponsor AdvoCare, and Sherry Wright, who works in the company's distributor relations department, give the command to start engines.

10:54 a.m. ET -- The national anthem is performed by Will Turpin of Collective Soul.

10:53 a.m. ET -- The invocation is given by Billy Mauldin of MRO.

10:46 a.m. ET -- Apparently the competition caution has been moved to Lap 30.

10:23 a.m. ET -- Word has come down there will be a competition caution at Lap 35.

9:20 a.m. ET Tuesday -- And here we are again. The jet dryers are on the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and a few hardy fans are in the stands watching the drying parade. The invocation and the rest of the pre-race festivities is scheduled to begin at 10:53 a.m. According to the forecast, it's 63 degrees right now with a 30 percent chance of rain and a high of 67 throughout the day.

9:41 p.m. ET -- The long wait is over. The race has been postponed until 11 a.m. ET Tuesday. It will be broadcast on ESPN. See you guys Tuesday ... same bat time, same bat channel!

9:18 p.m. ET -- Scratch that. The skies have re-opened, and it won't take long to lose the track again if they haven't already. The shots with the rain in front of the light stands are telling.

9:09 p.m. ET -- A NASCAR spokesperson just said the cars will be pushed to the grid at around 9:45 p.m. ET, but no starting time has yet been announced.

8:56 p.m. ET -- The cars are still in their closed garage stalls, but the line at the fuel station is growing as teams are filling up for the race. Stay tuned!

8:06 p.m. ET -- The jet dryers remain on the track. It reportedly takes about two hours to get the surface ready.

7:24 p.m. ET -- A NASCAR spokesperson has just announced in the media center that they are turning the jet dryers loose on the track to attempt to get the surface ready for racing.

7:01 p.m. ET -- Driver intros are done, but the drivers went right back to the motorhomes. There are no cars on pit road at this time, and six jet dryers are sitting at the entrance to Turn 1.

6:50 p.m. ET -- Driver introductions are under way at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but the jet dryers have not yet begun to work in earnest. There's a light sprinkle and plenty of humidity in the air.

2:03 p.m. ET -- The optimism of NASCAR fans knows no bounds, but it may be in trouble today. They've moved the race up 20 minutes to 7:30 p.m. ET, trying to get as much racing in as they can. The weather forecast, however, is not looking good. Kasey Kahne will start on the pole for the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with Chase bubble boy Clint Bowyer sharing the front row.