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So the Chase Is Settled, Eh? Not Quite

It seems like a grand majority of NASCAR fans and pundits are convinced that Jimmie Johnson is well on his way to an inevitable fourth consecutive championship.

Tony Stewart may have won the race at Kansas on Sunday, but Johnson still appears to have the upper hand in the war. He may have lost eight points on leader Mark Martin, finishing ninth to Martin's seventh, but Johnson's car was better throughout most of the race. He led 42 more laps than "The Kid" and finished with a driver rating nearly 18 points better than Martin's.

Remember, Kansas was the race last year after which Johnson claimed the points lead for good, extending a gap over Carl Edwards that the affable Aflac spokesman found insurmountable.

With the ga...

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