Johnson Closes Gap on Gordon in Nextel Cup Chase

Jimmie Johnson is closer to the Nextel Cup points lead following a victory in the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Johnson jumped from fifth to second after taking two fresh tires late in the race. He moved in front during an accident involving leader Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Junior.

Johnson is within nine points of the lead after starting the race 53 behind teammate and Nextel Cup leader Jeff Gordon, who finished seventh.

It was Johnson's second straight victory and eighth of the season.

Carl Edwards was second, followed by Reed Sorenson, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton.