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Why Chase Format Won’t Allow for Jimmie Johnson-Like Run of Titles

When Kyle Busch won the 2015 Sprint Cup championship, numerous predictions had him going on to win multiple championships from that point in his career. After all, Busch is still quite young (30) and likely has another good 10 to 15 years ahead of him in NASCAR’s premier series. And not surprisingly, comparisons with Jimmie Johnson and his six Sprint Cup championships—including five in a row from 2006 through 2010—were quick to be drawn. If the first championship is always the hardest to win, then Busch is well on his way to winning two, three, maybe even more in a row, right? While it’s mathematically possible for Busch to still win several championships in his career, the reality is that the same Chase format he be...

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