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Another tiebreaker not in Johnson's favor ... yet

October 27, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service,

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Jimmie Johnson wouldn't want to see a repeat of 2011 -- a Cup championship decided by a tiebreaker -- unless he can win at least two of the final four races.


Race Lineup
2.B. Vickers97.53319.415
3.Ky. Busch97.42719.436
4.J. Burton97.39219.443
5.D. Hamlin97.38219.445

The math is working against Johnson right now. If two drivers are tied in points after the 10 Chase for the Sprint Cup races, the one with more wins is champion by virtue of the tiebreaker. That's how Tony Stewart edged Carl Edwards for the title last year.

Johnson, currently second in the standings, has three victories this season, but first-place Brad Keselowski and third-place Denny Hamlin have five each, putting them in control of the tiebreaker for the time being.

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That's one reason why Johnson is so focused on getting to Victory Lane.

"I feel like we've been close, and I hate that a few [wins] have slipped away this year, especially in the Chase," Johnson said Friday at Martinsville. "But that stuff is behind me. I'm looking forward. We're at a great track.

Texas1Only one win there in 18 starts, in the Chase race of 2007. Johnson is a five-time runner-up at Texas, including the spring race of 2012 when he led 156 laps.
Phoenix4Leads all drivers in wins. Johnson's four victories came in a five-race stretch. In the five races since, he's finished in the top five four times.
Homestead0Has never won at Homestead in 11 starts. Johnson has won two poles there, and finished second twice, most recently in 2010.

"I feel like at all four tracks remaining, we're one of the favorites to win. I feel like you have to win, and you have to win during the Chase to be the champion. It certainly can be won without, but my mind-set right now is win, win, win."