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Gordon, who battled a poorly handling car at the start of the race, was thrilled with the final outcome -- until a NASCAR official informed him he'd only gained one spot in the standings to seventh.
"That's it? Can't you read it different? Just tell me I'm fifth," he said. He still cut his deficit from 122 points to 103.
Stewart said Gordon was coming fast in his rearview mirror.
"He was getting bigger," Stewart said. "The big thing was not to drive the tires off. We had a little left, but we didn't leave too much out there."
Biffle finished third and was followed by Juan Pablo Montoya, Denny Hamlin, Kahne and Martin.
David Reutimann was the only non-Chase driver in the top 11 with an eighth-place finish and was followed by Johnson, Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch.
Only two Chase drivers finished outside the top 11: Ryan Newman, was penalized for speeding off pit road midway through the race, was 22nd and Brian Vickers finished 37th after blowing his motor.
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