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Johnson's mastery of Martinsville puts 48 team within striking distance of title

Just how dominant was Jimmie Johnson Sunday at Martinsville Speedway? Look inside the numbers: 339 laps led and a 149-point cushion in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Yes, folks, JJ is at it again, writes David Newton.

Updated: October 19, 2008, 11:49 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Jimmie Johnson warned everybody. He said he was comfortable being in the points lead before Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway, something that admittedly made him antsy a few years ago. He said he enjoyed the idea of controlling the championship race.

OK. OK. Everybody gets it.

Johnson is as good at leading the points as he was in playing catch-up to capture the last two titles.

He turned this Chase into a one-man ...

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