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The Lugnut Report: Jimmie Johnson Shows Why He’s a Champion in Phoenix

Can anything stop Jimmie Johnson? Apparently, the answer is an astounding no. After losing 111 points to championship challenger and teammate Mark Martin after his Lap Three crash at the Texas Motor Speedway, a flame of hope was briefly lit for those hoping anyone but Johnson would win the 2009 Chase to the Sprint Cup title. But Johnson was anything but dead in the water, and if there was any track Johnson could rebound at, Phoenix International Raceway was it. With three wins, seven top fives and seven top tens, the No. 48 Lowe's crew led by Chad Knaus had every reason to be confident. They ran seventh in the first practice of the weekend, and rocked Happy Hour by laying down the session's fastest speeds. The team would start third on the ...

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