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Jimmie Johnson’s Martinsville Win Boosts Hopes of Tying NASCAR Titles Record

At long last, Jimmie Johnson's destiny beckons. Only two drivers in NASCAR history have won seven titles. As for those two, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, opinion is divided as to which was the greatest of them all. Johnson has six. Five were in a row, which no one else has even approached. Winning at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday means that Johnson, a friendly, hardworking guy with the name of a friendly, hardworking guy, is poised for stock car racing immortality. As he said to NBC Sports after winning the Goody's Fast Relief 500, "I have been trying to ignore this conversation about seven [championships], but now I can't. We're locked in." The Chase for the Cup schedule has races ahead in Fort Worth, Texas, and Avondale, Arizona (...

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