IS JIMMIE JOHNSON UNSTOPPABLE?

 This time of year Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR's four-time champion, turns into an unstoppable force of nature.  Be it because of his his self-help DVD or his uncomfortably placed golden horseshoe, the 48 team knows who to steer into Victory Lane.This year Johnson has snuck into the Chase for the Cup with little fanfare.  He garnered fleeting mention over that last two months due to poor finishes (only three top 10 finishes since June 27th), but Johnson starts the Chase in second place ...

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KURT BUSCH WILL WIN THE CHASE

So says Sports Illustrated, which has tabbed Captain Frowny Face as its 2010 Sprint Cup champion. Kurt Busch is SI's pick to dethrone Jimmie Johnson (SI.com) ...

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HAMLIN SOLIDIFIES POINTS LEAD WITH VICTORY

RICHMOND, Va._ Entering Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway, the drivers gearing up for the Chase for the Sprint Cup looked to secure the final 10 bonus points before the standings were reset, while the rest of the field hoped to outshine those Chase contenders. In what was hyped as a no-holds-barred event in which few had anything to lose, it was hometown favorite Denny Hamlin that scored the final win of the regular season. The victory was Hamlin’s sixth of the ...

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STEWART SMOKES ‘EM ON FINAL RESTART

HAMPTON, Ga._ Throughout the entire 500-mile even Sunday night at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Tony Stewart could not get going on the restarts. Running up front for much of the race, Stewart would spin the tires on nearly every restart and lose spots as a result. Yet when it mattered most, 'Smoke' got the job done and scored the victory – his first of the 2010 season. "I just couldn't keep from spinning the tires and I just made myself not even watch Carl (Edwards) on the bottom on th ...

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A FAVORITE HEADING INTO THE CHASE?

HAMPTON, Ga._ Every year it seems one or two drivers enter the Chase for the Sprint Cup with momentum, bonus points and the other drivers looking at them as the guy to beat in the final ten races of the year. This season, however, it seems the Chase field is full of unknowns, multiple possibilities and no hands down favorite to win. Despite being ninth in points and having only one top-10 in the last seven races, most people in the garage still point to four-time defending champions Jimmie Johns ...

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CHASE CLINCH SCENARIOS – ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga._ With only two races left before the 12-driver field is set for the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup, only two drivers enter this weekend’s race locked in the Chase. Points leader Kevin Harvick and second-place Jeff Gordon have already secured a spot in NASCAR’s version of the post-season, but this weekend the remaining 10 drivers in the top-12 have a chance to leave Atlanta with a place in the Chase. While each of the 10 have a mathematical shot to head to Richmond locked ...

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JOHNSON CRASHES AT BRISTOL

Not surprisingly, the World’s Fastest Half-Mile provided plenty of excitement this past weekend across all three series, culminating in a triumphant weekend sweep by Kyle Busch. What was surprising was the lack of crashes we’re accustomed to seeing at a short, steep track such as Bristol. There was plenty of hard racing on display, but drivers were able to avoid day-ending mistakes. Somehow, I don’t think Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus are taking much solace ...

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BUSCH-JOHNSON RIVALRY COULD REIGNITE

BRISTOL, Tenn._ After getting beat by Jimmie Johnson at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this year, Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch claimed he would have rather been beat by any of the other 41 cars in the field other than the No. 48.Over the last two seasons, Johnson and Busch have developed a rivalry on that track by racing hard, usually at the front of the field. Unfortunately for Busch, that has led to wrecked race cars and disappointing finishes. With both drivers coming into the Food City 5 ...

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EARNHARDT, JOHNSON, HAMLIN, HARVICK AND BIFFLE GATHER FOR ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

Sports Illustrated gathered NASCAR's most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., four-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, future champ (?) Denny Hamlin, points leader Kevin Harvick and -- why the heck not? -- Greg Biffle to sit down together at Michigan International Speedway for a roundtable discussion on the state of NASCAR. Everything you've been thinking? Yep, they agree. The highlights:The drivers admitted there is no reason to watch a race at Talladega until the last 10 laps. ...

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KURT BUSCH SAYS HE WAS NOT TRYING TO TAKE OUT JIMMIE JOHNSON AT LOUDON

Kurt Busch tapped Jimmie Johnson with seven laps to go at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, sending Johnson into what passes for an angry fit for the four-time champ. Busch claims he was not trying to spin out his rival, saying, "Driving into turn three, I had all intentions of passing him on the inside. Your motive is always to pass a guy clean ... I just got into him in the left rear." Riiiiiiiiight. Somehow Jimmie found a way to win. Jimmie always finds a way to win. 5 thin ...

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