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NASCAR Sprint Cup at Homestead: Why Jimmie Johnson’s Days of Domination Are Done

The reign is over, folks. Jimmie Johnson’s stranglehold atop the Sprint Cup heap is over come Sunday, when either Carl Edwards or Tony Stewart will be crowned the new champion and end a five-year run of dominance by Johnson, crew chief Chad Knaus and Hendrick Motorsports. And I hate to say it, No. 48 fans, but I don’t think they’ll ever get back there. Sure, that would be to go against half a decade of a proven track record. This team was the unstoppable force, after all, coming back to win the 2006 title in an unlikely fashion and winning more convincingly just about every year. Last year’s utter psyche-out of Denny Hamlin, giving up the points lead at Texas only to quickly reclaim it at Phoenix, may have been the m...

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