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Dickies 500 Brings Competition Back to the Chase

Sunday's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway reintroduced something to the Chase for the Sprint Cup that has been sorely lacking for the past few races: competition. For the past few weeks it seemed as if Jimmie Johnson was home free to his fourth consecutive NASCAR championship and his place in the record books. However, an early mistake by David Reutimann and Sam Hornish Jr. on lap three sent Johnson careening into the inside wall of turn two and into the garage for over an hour. 112 laps later, the No. 48 re-entered the race and Johnson finished in 38th position, knocking 111 points off of his lead. Johnson was not the only driver to come on hard times though. On lap 174, Chase contender Juan Pablo Montoya got loose and slid up the trac...

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