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NASCAR: Johnson/Earnhardt Jr. Nips Sprint Cup Pack at Talladega

Racin’ with Russ—Call him good, call him lucky, but the main thing you have to do is call Jimmie Johnson the winner of Sunday’s wild-ending NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega with some strong help from teammate and “pusher” Dale Earnhardt Jr. You would have to call an eight-car charge at the stripe wild as it appeared Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin were the strong cars at the end, but Clint Bowyer hooked up with Kevin Harvick along with Carl Edwards and teammate Greg Biffle pushing him to the checkers still wasn’t enough. Enter Hendrick teammates Johnson and Earnhardt Jr. in the mix with a wild move to the bottom to capture the closest win (ties Ricky Craven over Kurt Busch at Darlington—.002) by a fe...

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