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Johnson, Kenseth Remain Locked in NASCAR Title Toss-Up

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Texas Motor Speedway
Four things we learned following Jimmie Johnson's win in NASCAR's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Someday, fans will look back and recognize the magnitude of what Jimmie Johnson has accomplished. Already a five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, two races away from (potentially) number six, he’s done it in an era where parity amongst the top teams reigns supreme. At an organization built around Jeff Gordon, his co-car owner who also hired him, Johnson stole the spotlight along with the lofty goals Gordon once seemed capable of reaching.

Johnson Firing on all Cylinders in Texas Win

Jimmie Johnson dominates AAA Texas 500, grabs NASCAR Chase lead
Jimmie Johnson wins the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and increases his lead in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup to seven points over Matt Kenseth.

Something is beginning to look familiar about this NASCAR championship chase.

One season ago, Jimmie Johnson was engaged in a dogfight atop the Sprint Cup Series point standings and emerged from Texas with a seven-point lead over rival Brad Keselowski after a commanding 168 laps-led performance. The Hendrick Motorsports driver has a different adversary this year, but the results from a Sunday shootout in Texas were the same. In fact, they were even more impressive.

Truex, Harvick, Chase leaders highlight NASCAR's Texas storylines

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Texas Motor Speedway
Geoffrey Miller highlights the five storylines to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit visits Texas Motor Speedway for the AAA Texas 500.

1. Martin Truex Jr.’s Texas Retribution  Martin Truex Jr.
He’s not in the Chase. He’s not contending for a title. Only three races remain. On the outside, his pressure is only to run up front and try to nab a win. He gets to, as they say, “go for broke.” These should be fun times for Martin Truex Jr., right?

Hardly.

Johnson defends points lead as NASCAR Cup Series heads to Martinsville

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Martinsville Speedway
Geoffrey Miller highlights the five storylines to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit visits Martinsville Speedway for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.

1. When will Jimmie Johnson’s Martinsville fortune run out?  Jimmie Johnson
I’ve been writing and talking this week about the shared topic of many others tasked with putting words together about Sunday’s race. That topic? Jimmie Johnson’s magical Martinsville touch.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Martinsville

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best Fantasy NASCAR picks for Martinsville Speedway
Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best Fantasy NASCAR picks for Martinsville Speedway.

To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its Sprint Cup Series driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List. The main picks are designed to make optimal use of Yahoo!’s nine-start maximum rule over the course of the season.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 5 Amazing Stats for Martinsville

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
David Smith crunches the numbers for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

The Jimmie Johnson-Matt Kenseth battle atop the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings takes an interesting turn this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Johnson and his No. 48 team were dominant in the last 13 races (spanning the entire CoT era and the first Martinsville race of the Gen-6’s existence), winning six times, most recently the 2013 spring race, and finishing inside the top five 10 times. Without much thought, it’s easy to cede this fight to Johnson.

Kenseth might be in better shape than a first impression suggests, though.

McMurray wins in Talladega; NASCAR Chase lead changes

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Talladega Superspeedway
Four things we learned following Jamie McMurray's win in NASCAR's Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Sunday on Twitter, as a single-file line froze in place after the NASCAR Sprint Cup race’s final caution on the white-flag lap, I wrote the following Talladega evaluation:

“Great race, but last few laps, almost all drivers decided getting out in one piece was more important.”

A NASCAR 12 Pack of Big Ones from Talladega

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Talladega

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best Fantasy NASCAR picks for the Camping World RV Sales 500 in Talladega
Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best Fantasy NASCAR picks for the Camping World RV Sales 500 in Talladega.

To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its Sprint Cup Series driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List. The main picks are designed to make optimal use of Yahoo!’s nine-start maximum rule over the course of the season.

Kvapil’s domestic violence arrest another NASCAR mess

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Geoffrey Miller highlights the five storylines to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit visits Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500.

1. Travis Kvapil’s domestic violence arrest another NASCAR mess
The controversies for NASCAR in 2013 have often taken a turn far from on-track action. Instead, the cavalcade of driver romance, drivers making asinine statements, fans getting injured and the whole Chase field fiasco has buffeted the sport’s news cycle between often so-so racing.

Enter Travis Kvapil.

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