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Johnson sweeps Darlington; Cup race closest ever

Updated: November 17, 2004, 8:12 PM ET
Associated Press

Johnson DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Jimmie Johnson has fought through mistakes, mechanical failures and the despair of losing friends in a plane crash to charge back into NASCAR's closest championship battle ever.

He got some unexpected help Sunday from teammate Jeff Gordon, whose crew made an uncharacteristic mistake on pit lane. Johnson took advantage of the opportunity to win the final Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and move within easy reach of Nextel Cup points leader Kurt Busch with ...

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