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Johnson goes to Homestead-Miami with a 141-point Chase lead.
Let's just state the obvious: Jimmie Johnson is good. Very good. JJ all but wrapped up his third straight Sprint Cup title by dominating the field Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Terry Blount | Watch

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