37: In points, the lead Jimmie Johnson enjoys over second-place Kasey Kahne in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings eight races into the 2013 season. That’s the largest margin a leader has held after eight races since 2005, when Johnson was 173 points ahead of Kurt Busch (approximately 43 points when translated to the current scoring system). Johnson didn’t win the Cup championship in 2005, but the following year he began a streak of five straight titles, a record for the series.
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