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Johnson's Michigan woes continue in final laps

August 20, 2012, Seth Livingstone, Special to NASCAR.COM,

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Jimmie Johnson wasn't merely on the verge of winning his fourth race of the season, he was on the cusp of becoming the first driver to clinch a place in the 2012 Chase for the Cup.

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Johnson had just stormed past Brad Keselowski to take the lead in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 and seemed to be pulling away.

But it all went up in a puff of smoke with less than six laps to go.

Johnson, who was forced to change engines prior to Saturday's first practice, blew another power plant, leaving Keselowski to duel Greg Biffle for the win.

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Biffle prevailed, taking over the Sprint Cup points lead.

"I felt like I could catch [Johnson], but we'll never know," Biffle said. "Passing him might have been a different story."

Johnson finished 27th, one place ahead of teammate Jeff Gordon, who also left Sunday's race with engine problems, and dropped from first to fourth in points, 28 behind Biffle.

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