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By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
Distributed by The Sports Xchange

7: The points differential Jimmie Johnson enjoys over second-place Matt Kenseth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after winning Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Coincidentally, Johnson also took a seven-point lead over Brad Keselowski with a victory in last year's Texas Chase race but failed to win his sixth title after a wreck at Phoenix and mechanical issues in the season finale at Homestead. If Johnson can close the deal this season, he will notch his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, one short of the record shared by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

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