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Jimmie Johnson Ties Earnhardt Victory Mark as NASCAR Returns to Normal

The last lap of the QuikTrip 500 was emblematic of a familiar adage concerning the skills of six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and the reigning titlist, Kyle Busch. It's amazing how well Busch saves a car, and it's amazing how seldom Johnson has to. Busch, who had won the Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway the previous day, expertly moved up past a fading Kevin Harvick and took off after Johnson. And while Johnson made his Chevrolet as smooth as one can be at breakneck speeds on a bumpy track, Busch's impetuosity worked against him. "We got down to (turn) three, and I was, like, the only opportunity I have is to try to go outside his wake and not follow him," Busch said to Fox Sports. "And when I did that, man, i...

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