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Kyle Busch leads the field during the Coca Cola 600 last May at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Getty Images)

Never count Jimmie Johnson out of the season championship. He sat 10th in the point standings just two weeks ago, but after finishing second at Dover and his win at Kansas this past Sunday he’s moved up seven spots to third and he’s within four points of points leader Carl Edwards. So he’s in good position to extend his string of championships to six in a row.
Do you think Edwards is looking over his shoulder?

Johnson not only won at Kansas – he dominated the race in his 55th career victory.
The Chase continues on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a place where Johnson has done well. He’s tied with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for most wins at the track with six. But he’s downplaying it all by saying he’s not counting on anything until the last race at Homestead.

Edwards finished fifth at Kansas – but that was incredible when you consider all the problems he had with his car that day. That fifth place finish was good enough to move him one point up on Kevin Harvick who came in sixth.

Edwards sounded a lot like Johnson this week when he said there’s a lot that can happen over the next six races, all the way up until the last lap at Homestead.”

Jamie McMurray won last year’s fall race at Charlotte. Kyle Busch came in second. Interesting that Busch has six wins in the Nationwide Series and four more in the Truck series but has never won a Sprint Cup race at Charlotte. He calls it his favorite track and winning there would be really special.

The Nationwide Series is also running this weekend at Charlotte while the Truck Series is out west in Vegas.

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