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Believe it or not, Johnson still has a shot

Originally Published: November 18, 2005
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- The 2005 Nextel Cup trophy has all but been handed to Tony Stewart. Never mind that he has only a 52-point edge over Jimmie Johnson coming into the last race and that only 10 previous points races have been as close coming into the finale.

Perhaps there's good reason many consider Stewart a lock. After all, the odds aren't in Johnson's favor to catch and surpass -- no one has done it entering the last race trailing by more than 30 points. More daunting to Johnson's prospects ...

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