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NASCAR Sprint Cup: Why Jimmie Johnson Will Be Back with a Vengeance in 2012

For the first time since 2005, Jimmie Johnson will not be hoisting the Sprint Cup championship trophy at Homestead-Miami Speedway following the season finale. After finishing 14th at Phoenix on Sunday, Johnson is 68 points behind leader Carl Edwards and is mathematically eliminated from title contention. Now that Jimmie Johnson's unprecedented title streak is finally over, the question is how the No. 48 team will respond in 2012. Will they fade into the pack and lose their perennial status as the team to beat? Or will they be back with renewed hunger for the title? To find the answer to those questions, let's turn to what Johnson himself has to say regarding the end of his era of dominance. After last week's race at Phoenix, Johns...

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