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The Johnson Rules: NASCAR Responds To Fan Sentiment, JJ Domination

Jimmie Johnson's road to a fifth consecutive Sprint Cup championship begins at Daytona International Speedway next month, and it promises to be a bumpy one.

And a faster one. NASCAR announced this week that the restrictions on bump-drafting and horsepower at restrictor-plate tracks such as Daytona and Talladega will be adjusted or lifted outright, in an effort to promote more competitive racing. "There's an age old saying that in NASCAR, 'If you ain't rubbing, you ain't racing,' " NASCAR president Mike Helton said Thursday. "I think that's what the NASCAR fan, the NASCAR stakeholders all bought into, and all expect." What Helton didn't say is that the rule changes are in response to the way Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus have steam...

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