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Johnson's victory highlights busy weekend of racing at AMS

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon came to Atlanta Motor Speedway battling it out for the two top spots in the Nextel points championship.

By the time they ended their 500-mile drive on Sunday in Hampton, things got even tighter in the points race as Johnson took the checkered flag and closed Gordon's lead to just nine points as the circuit heads to Texas Motor Speedway next week.

Fans missed out on seeing Carl Edwards' victorious backflip as he settled for second. Former Thursday Thunder Summer Legends series driver Reed Sorenson nearly brought home a win in front of his home fans, finishing third during the wild day of racing. The race featured 14 caution flags and took 3 hours and 44 minutes to complete.

It was all a part of the weekend pageantry in Hampton as more than 100,000 fans converged on Henry County for the three days of racing, which started with qualifying on Friday and featured a NASCAR truck race as part of the festivities.

Sunday's action was highlighted by former NASCAR great Richard Petty, who dropped the green flag to start Sunday's race.

Petty raced in his final NACAR event 15 years ago in Hampton.

The NASCAR circuit comes back to AMS next March.