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Johnson clinches spot in the Chase with fifth win of season

Updated: September 3, 2007, 9:55 AM ET
Associated Press

FONTANA, Calif. -- After going four months without a victory, Jimmie Johnson picked a great time to get back to Victory Circle.

The reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup champion came on strong at the end of Sunday night's 250-lap race, grabbing his series-leading fifth victory of the season, clinching a spot in the Chase for the championship and guaranteeing he will be no worse than a tie for the top seed in the 10-race playoff.

Johnson dominated the second half of the Sharp Aquos 500, ...

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