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Johnson out front as points set pole

Updated: October 31, 2009, 3:05 PM ET
Associated Press

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Jimmie Johnson last started from the pole at Talladega Superspeedway in 2002, as the points leader, lined up next to Mark Martin.

He didn't even make it to the first lap.

In a bizarre prerace mishap as the drivers were warming up their tires, a problem with Martin's steering box caused him to run into Johnson. The two cars skidded into the infield grass, Johnson suffered damage to the front of his Chevrolet, and had dropped to the back of the field when the race ...

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