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Jimmie Johnson’s Fontana Victory Signals More Exciting Racing to Come in 2016

Until Jimmie Johnson captured his sixth career Sprint Cup victory in Fontana, California, NASCAR's low-downforce rules package had just been a qualified success. Sure, the finishes had been fantastic, but what about the three hours leading up to them? Sunday's Auto Club 400 was entertaining from start to finish. It was the genuine item. It was the real deal. Perhaps it was the two-mile track's aging, bumpy asphalt. Mostly, though, reduced downforce has made NASCAR racing, at least at its top level, perilous, pulsating and powerful again. The drivers love it, right up to the point where they lose control of their cars, and that is as it should be. "It was great racing," Denny Hamlin, who finished third, said. "Low downforce is obv...

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