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Johnson takes control of Chase

Updated: October 18, 2009, 8:03 AM ET
Associated Press

CONCORD, N.C. -- Jimmie Johnson has a commanding lead in the race for the Sprint Cup title. He's practically on cruise control to a NASCAR-record fourth consecutive championship.

Yet he refuses to claim this title, even after a "perfect weekend" at Lowe's Motor Speedway gave Johnson his third win in five Chase for the championship races this season. He has a 90-point lead over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin at the halfway point of the 10-race Chase.

"I think it's ...

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