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NASCAR: Can Jimmie Johnson Make It Two in a Row in Phoenix?

The last driver to win the first two races of the Sprint Cup season was Matt Kenseth in 2009. But on Sunday, Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson will attempt to be the first driver to do it since Phoenix International Raceway reassumed the second slot on the Cup schedule in 2011. Johnson, who starts third behind Mark Martin and Kasey Kahne, is certainly a threat to win. But a combination of factors—represented by both his own performance and the performance of other drivers—suggest that it may not happen.  For one, he has an up-and-down record at Phoenix as of late. During his five-year streak of Sprint Cup championships from 2006 to 2010, Johnson never finished worse than fifth in Phoenix's fall race. But since the track was...

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