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NASCAR Championship Is Coming Down To The Wire

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Unlike baseball’s World Series this year, NASCAR’s season title is coming right down to the final events. We have a new point leader and just 3 races left to go. It’s still unknown who the champion is going to be.

Jimmie Johnson held off Kyle Busch on a restart with five laps to go Sunday and won for the seventh time in his career at Martinsville Speedway. The five-time series champion moved into the lead in the championship standings, two points over Brad Keselowski with three races remaining.

Keselowski started 32nd, methodically worked his way forward, and took a late gamble to grab the lead on a restart with 19 laps to go. When Johnson and the rest of the leaders pitted for tires, Keselowski was a sitting duck once the race went back to green.

Johnson made the race a points bonanza, leading the most laps and earning three points for the victory. Busch was second, followed by Kasey Kahne.

Here’s a quick snapshot of where things are:

TOP 5 IN POINTS (with point total)

  1. Jimmie Johnson 2291
  2. Brad Keselowski 2289
  3. Clint Bowyer 2265
  4. Kasey Kahne 2262
  5. Denny Hamlin 2242

3 RACES TO GO:

  1. Sunday at Texas
  2. November 11 at Phoenix
  3. November 18 at Homestead, FL

 

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