Hendrick drivers go bump in the Atlanta night

HAMPTON, GA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Dover White Chevrolet, loses control of his car during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 1, 2013 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

HAMPTON, GA – SEPTEMBER 01: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Dover White Chevrolet, loses control of his car during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 1, 2013 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

It was another week of frustration for the Hendrick Motorsports drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday night.  Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne both suffered issues that left them with terrible finishes, caused in large part by teammate Jeff Gordon. Gordon meanwhile needed a win to make the Chase but fell a little short and will need luck along with a stellar run at Richmond this Saturday night.

The only Hendrick driver to have a decent outing was Dale Earnhardt Jr. who can breathe a little easier.

The trouble began early. On a restart after a competition caution on lap 31, Gordon starting on the outside of leader Juan Pablo Montoya, lost grip and slowed dramatically. The resulting accordion effect stacked up the field behind him. MORE>>>

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