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NASCAR Spoke And Jimmie Johnson Listened, Extending Points Lead To 184

"We want to see sunshine between the cars," was NASCAR president Mike Helton's bump-draft warning to the field in Sunday's drivers meeting before the Amp Energy 500. Point’s leader Jimmie Johnson took Mike Helton’s warning literally, when he chose to ride out the early stages of the race with plenty of sunshine between him and the race leaders. Johnson, who started the race on the pole, quickly began moving backwards and by the end of lap 10 he found himself in 31st place. Even with the T.V. cameras focusing on the point’s leader, Johnson made it obvious that there was nothing out of the ordinary going on except that he was following his pre-race game plan. And out of the ordinary, or unorthodox is probably the best way to dissect the...

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