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Complete Preview of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway

The Sprint Cup world learned a very valuable lesson this past Sunday at Michigan: even those with a comfortable place in the standings can suffer a big points drop in just one race. Jimmie Johnson, who has been No. 1 for 20 of the first 23 races, came into Michigan with a 75-point lead over second-ranked Clint Bowyer. After his engine blew up and left him with a 40th-place finish, Johnson left Michigan with just a 41-point edge over Bowyer heading into this Saturday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway. That's a 34-point drop in just one race. And while Johnson is still locked in for one of the 10 automatic Chase berths, it clearly illustrated that as many as 12 drivers vying for eight remaining Chase spots are quite aware of what could potenti...

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