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Johnson falls farther behind in Chase with Texas spin

November 06, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service, NASCAR.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Right about now, reality should be hitting Jimmie Johnson in the face.

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Trailing Chase for the Sprint Cup leader Carl Edwards by 55 points with two races left, Johnson will need a miracle -- make that a pocket full of miracles -- to extend his streak of consecutive Cup championships from five to six.

Johnson had a fast car in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway -- until he spun off Turn 4 on Lap 239 and slid sideways through the tri-oval grass.

* Video: Johnson gets loose, spins

Johnson was slapped with a commitment-line violation for driving straight to his pit box from the infield and restarted as the last car on the lead lap. Ultimately, he finished 14th.

Lack of handling contributed to the spin off Turn 4, Johnson said.

"Just a loose car," he said. "I fought a loose race car all night long, and I lost it off of 4. And I think sliding through the grass did some damage underneath the car.

"It may have been the rear end or something, because it didn't really drive really good after that. We were loose, but fast beforehand and then after the spin, that really hurt the car."

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