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NASCAR Power Rankings: Phoenix

Note: the quotes in this article are fictional. 1. Jimmie Johnson — Johnson opted for four tires on the final caution at Phoenix, foregoing a quicker two-tire stop in lieu of better handling for the final sprint to the finish. Alas, Johnson's decision proved wrong, as Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon, on two fresh tires, battled for the win while Johnson was rendered an observer with a third-place result.

Still, Johnson lengthened his lead in the point standings, and enjoys a 36 point cushion over Matt Kenseth. "As you know," Johnson said, "I made the call for four tires. And even though my 'Cups' runneth over, Chad Knaus is no bartender. But that doesn't mean he doesn't reserve the right to say 'last ' call. "But let's face it. ...

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