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Charlotte Victory Is Great for Jimmie Johnson but Just so-so for Everyone Else

Oh, that sneaky Jimmie Johnson. The nerve of him and his diabolical, scheming crew chief, Chad Knaus! Johnson, the six-time Sprint Cup champion, won the Bank of America 500 and officially advanced into the Chase's Round of 8 for the first time since the current format was adopted. This isn't Dale Earnhardt in the Daytona 500. Nor is it Arnold Palmer in the PGA. This is the third year of the elimination format. To the extent that this convoluted path to a championship is something of a game show, Johnson has so far made the right moves. His bid for a record-tying championship—Richard Petty and Earnhardt won seven—is successfully through Door No. 2. Johnson is free to play around now for the next two weeks on house money&md...

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