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Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: What It’ll Take for Jimmie Johnson to Win

Jimmie Johnson sits seventh in the championship standings, a whopping 50 points off the lead. He's not giving up hopes for a sixth consecutive title yet, but the road ahead is a daunting one, to say the least. Fifty points is more than the maximum points that can be scored in one race, and there are just four races left in the Sprint Cup season. Points leader Carl Edwards has been the Jimmie Johnson of the 2011 Chase, scoring top 10s in every race except Talladega, where he finished a safe and solid 11th. However, there's a blueprint for what it would take for Johnson to win, and it's a blueprint of his own making. In 2007, Johnson trailed his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon at the halfway point in the Chase. Gordon had ...

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