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NASCAR: About That Championship Chase…

So, two weeks ago, after the Kansas race, I wrote an article about how this year's Chase may not be settled as early as last year's was. I wrote about how Tony Stewart, Juan Montoya, and especially Mark Martin would pose a challenge for three-time reigning champion Jimmie Johnson, and that it wasn't going to be easy for the 48 team to four-peat. And at the time, I fully believed it.

But after this weekend, I'm not so sure I buy into it anymore.

So Johnson couldn't capitalize at Kansas. Big deal. He led huge chunks of the NASCAR Banking 500, both early and late. He had a driver rating of 139.1, nearly 14 points better than that of Kasey Kahne, who ran the second-best race according to NASCAR's loop data. And after Martin fi...

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