Jimmie Johnson could clinch NASCAR title in Phoenix

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, is introduced with The Great American Sweethearts during the victory champagne toast in The Speedway Club after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

It isn’t over, but NASCAR’s penultimate race in the 2012 season could be the event where Jimmie Johnson clinches his sixth NASCAR title.  Johnson is in control as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Phoenix International Raceway for Sunday’s Advocare 500.  With a seven point lead Johnson knows it’s his Chase to win, or lose.

“It’s a small amount of control, but we’re definitely in control,” Johnson said. “We don’t have to catch any or make up any points. Seven points is nothing to feel comfortable about and to relax on. We’re still going to go into Phoenix and act as if we’re behind and go in there to try to sit on the pole and win the race again.”

Johnson has a pretty good shot at another win Sunday; he leads all active drivers with four wins here and has earned more points in the last five races at Phoenix than any other driver. Johnson also has the highest average finish and the highest driver rating among the top 12 drivers. The only hope the rest of the field has is that Johnson’s last victory came in 2009.  But, in the last five races Johnson has finished fifth or better in four events. MORE>>>

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