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--Johnson hasn't won his sixth title yet. It's down to Johnson and
--Even so, Johnson is a favorite at Phoenix. He's the all-time leading Sprint Cup Series winner at Phoenix with four victories, and he was second behind
--John Force's coronation awaits in Pomona. As the National Hot Rod Assn. closes its season this weekend at Auto Club Raceway, Force already has clinched a record 16th funny car championship. But the top-fuel title is still up for grabs, even though Shawn Langdon has a comfortable 102-point lead over reigning champion Antron Brown. This also will be the first time Brown has returned to Pomona since his harrowing crash there in February.
--Bryan Clauson has yet another USAC title. With his second-place finish in the season finale at Perris Speedway, the 24-year-old driver won his second consecutive USAC National Sprint Car championship. This is Clauson's sixth USAC title overall, and he won his latest driving for the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team.