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NASCAR Chase Standings: Jimmie Johnson Moves Into 1st Place

Jimmie Johnson has moved into first place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings.

FONTANA CA - OCTOBER 08:  Jimmie Johnson driver of the #48 Lowe's/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevrolet practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pepsi Max 400 on October 8 2010 in Fontana California.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
FONTANA CA - OCTOBER 08: Jimmie Johnson driver of the #48 Lowe's/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevrolet practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pepsi Max 400 on October 8 2010 in Fontana California. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Denny Hamlin won Sunday's Sylvania 300, but it was Jimmie Johnson who took over the lead in the NASCAR Chase standings. Johnson has finished in second place in each of the last two races, which was enough to vault him to the top of the standings.

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Johnson leads by just one point over Brad Keselowski, and there are a total of five drivers within 15 points of first. Johnson will look to create a little breathing room at Dover next week; Dover is one of Johnson's better tracks.

The current Chase standings:

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Brad Keselowski -1
  3. Denny Hamlin -7
  4. Tony Stewart -10
  5. Kasey Kahne -15
  6. Clint Bowyer -15
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -26
  8. Kevin Harvick -31
  9. Greg Biffle -33
  10. Martin Truex Jr. -34
  11. Matt Kenseth -35
  12. Jeff Gordon -45

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