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NASCAR At Texas 2012: Jimmie Johnson outduels Brad Keselowski to claim 60th Sprint Cup victory

After a thrilling late-race duel with championship rival Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson won the AAA 500 for his 60th-career win. Johnson now holds a seven point lead with two races remaining in the 2012 Sprint Cup campaign.

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NASCAR Chase Standings: Johnson Extends Point Lead

As Jimmie Johnson wins his second consecutive race, he extends the points lead over Brad Kesoloweski to 7 points.

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Results of Sunday's AAA Texas 500

Jimmie Johnson won Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Greg Biffle rounded out the top-10.

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Johnson outduels Keselowski at Texas

After a thrilling late-race duel with championship rival Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson won the AAA 500 for his 60th-career win. Johnson now holds a seven point lead with two races remaining in the 2012 Sprint Cup campaign.

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Keselowski leads entering final 100 miles at Texas

When you run 36 points-paying races over the course of the year, you're not always going to have barn-burners. Some events are just not going to be the most scintillating. Some just, shall we say, fall short.

Through nearly 400 miles, the AAA Texas 500 has fallen short. It has been an exercise in how difficult wheeling a stock car can be, and unfortunately when drivers are fighting just to keep their car under them, it's tough to battle with one another and create an exciting show.

Sprint Cup championship challenger Brad Keselowski leads the way at the Texas Motor Speedway, a track on which he has struggled to find results before today. Keselowski - who entered the day two points behind Jimmie Johnson - could assume the point lead if he holds on.

Jeff Gordon, who suffered through all kinds of misery at Texas when the track first opened in 1997 (and didn't win there until 2009), has got his No. 24 Impala in the runner-up position. Kyle Busch runs third in Joe Gibbs' No. 18 Toyota. He's dominated Texas in Nationwide competition, winning five-straight races there at one point, but he has never won a Sprint Cup race there.

Rounding out the top-five is Johnson, who started from the pole and dominated the race's opening 300 miles but has faded a little of late. Johnson has led 163 laps - nearly half a full-race distance at Texas - and therefore has the extra point for leading the most laps sewn up. With Keselowski's Dodge now showing the way, that point very well could come in handy if things don't turn back into Johnson's favor before the conclusion of the event.

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Cat and mosue game between Johnson and Keselowski

The first caution flag in nearly a full race's worth of laps at the Texas Motor Speedway has slowed the field in the AAA Texas 500 at lap 99. That, on top with a 234-lap green-flag run to complete April's Samsung 500 put the Sprint Cup stars within one lap of a 334-lap green-flag stretch.

Jimmie Johnson has looked unstoppable throughout the race's opening stages, leading all but three laps from the pole position. The Sprint Cup point leader had a lead of over eight seconds when the yellow flag flew for debris. Brad Keselowski, however, has jumped ahead of his rival under this caution period by only taking fuel on his pit stop. Keselowski had pitted for four tires under green just 10 laps prior to the no-tire call by crew chief Paul Wolfe. Ryan Newman took the lead by not pitting.

Wolfe's decision not to put fresh rubber on the No. 2 Dodge is just the latest move in the cat and mouse game between Johnson and Keselowski's teams. During the first cycle of green flag stops, Johnson stayed on the track longer than he perhaps should have in order to prevent Keselowski from leading a lap and picking up a bonus point.

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Johnson shows early pace at Texas

Jimmie Johnson had a clear view of the Texas Motor Speedway at the beginning of the AAA Texas 500, thanks to the pole he claimed on Friday. Johnson has kept that clear view throughout the opening 40 circuits around the 1.5-mile oval in Fort Worth, holding a lead of just under three seconds on Kyle Busch.

Greg Biffle, who passed Johnson late to win the Samsung 500 at Texas back in April, currently holds down the third spot, while Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer round out the top-five. Truex, a native of hurricane-ravaged Mayetta, N.J., has pledged to donate all of his winnings for this evening's race to the relief effort, one of just several such initiatives by the NASCAR community.

Johnson's championship rival Brad Keselowski runs sixth, while Carl Edwards runs seventh as he seeks his first win since Las Vegas in March 2011. Mark Martin runs eighth in the third Waltrip-owned Toyota, with Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne completing the top-10.

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Skydiver damages Harvick's car before race

You know it's just not your year when your car is just sitting a couple hours before the race, not doing anything but looking pretty, and an errant skydiver's weight for his flag hits the door and send your team scrambling to repair it.

That's the fate that has befallen Sprint Cup superstar Kevin Harvick and his No. 29 Richard Childress Racing team at the Texas Motor Speedway. Their Chevy Impala, sponsored this week by Atlanta-based Rheem, sustained significant damage to the driver's side door when a parachutist was diving into the speedway and his sandbag hit Harvick's car.

The Gil Martin-led pit crew got the car repaired and have returned it to the grid. Because the team never even opened the hood, only working to repair the door, NASCAR did not make the team go back through pre-race inspection.

The whole situation is probably a reality check of sorts for Harvick. He won last night's Nationwide Series 300-miler handily, but 2012 as a whole has been a comedy of errors in a professional sense for the Bakersfield native. From a personal sense, 2012 will always be special as Harvick and wife Delana welcomed their first son, Keelan Paul, in July. One must wonder if this incident will give the Harvicks a new term to use during diaper duty.

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AAA Texas 500 television and radio information

Race eight of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and the 34th overall of the 2012 season airs Sunday on ESPN and the Performance Racing Network. Point leader Jimmie Johnson starts from the pole.

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Kevin Harvick Wins O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

While Harvick wins the race, Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Elliott Sadler are virtually tied for the points lead after Sadler had a rough night.

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NASCAR Nationwide at Texas: Kevin Harvick Leads

After Kyle Busch dominated the first 60 laps of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, there is a new leader in the race.

Kevin Harvick passed Kyle Busch for the lead on Lap 64 and now has over a one second lead over Busch. Elliott Sadler, who is the points leader currently, is third.

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NASCAR At Texas: Caution Brings Pit-Stops

With the caution coming out on Lap 45 because of debris in turn 3, it was perfect timing for green-flag pitstops because cars were already on pit-road.

After a ton of cars came to pit-road, Kyle Busch was able to beat Kevin Harvick off of pit-road. Because Austin Dillion pitted under green before the yellow came out, Dillion will lead the restart when they go back to racing.

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NASCAR Nationwide at Texas: Caution Out

The O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge is underway and Kyle Busch is fast right out of the gate. He had over a one second lead over Nationwide Series points leader Elliott Sadler before the caution came out.

The caution flag waved because Hal Martin lost control of his car and smacked the wall in Turn 4.

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A Mistake May Cost Johnson/Keselowski the Title...

With three races left in the Sprint Cup season, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keseloweski need to make zero mistakes for their teams to be in contention for the Sprint Cup come Homestead.

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Nationwide Series At Texas: Start time, TV Info

With just three races to go, Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Elliott Sadler have a tight battle for the Nationwide Series title as the series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

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Jimmie Johnson Wins AAA Texas 500 Pole

Jimmie Johnson continues to be on a roll as he wins the pole for Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Two-man title fight entering Texas

With three races remaining in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, the championship fight is effectively a two-man race. Jimmie Johnson carries a two-point edge to the Lone Star State, where he turned in a career-defining performance in 2007.

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