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"He did a helluva job saving it," Johnson said of Hamlin.
Hamlin said he bore Johnson no ill will, but will look forward to exacting his revenge.
"I would have done the same to him and if it comes back around, I will do the same thing," he said. "It's just the way it is. At Martinsville, you've got to battle for every inch."
For Johnson, the finish was not surprising considering his record at Martinsville, but it was since Hamlin and Gordon had dominated the first 428 laps. Gordon led 147 early, and Hamlin led almost all of the rest until emerging second with 72 laps remaining.
Gordon, who started on the pole for the eighth time at the track when qualifying was rained out and the starting lineup was set on points, ran in the top five for most of the day, but still saw his winless streak extend to a career-high 47 races.
He did remain the points leader by 89 over Bowyer.
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