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The folly of fretting about Jimmie Johnson in NASCAR's Chase
The folly of fretting about Jimmie Johnson in NASCAR's Chase

We're only one race into NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup title playoff and already there's a lot of hand-wringing about Jimmie Johnson. Johnson, who turned 39 on Wednesday, is the reigning Cup champion who's seeking a seventh title, which would tie him for the all-time record with Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt. Johnson has three victories this year and easily qualified for the 16-driver Chase. But his last win came back in June, at Michigan, and he's finished in the top five only twice in the 12 races since then. In the first Chase race last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, the El Cajon, Calif., native finished 12th in his No. 48 Chevrolet...

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