Johnson, Keselowski’s title hopes take big hit as other Chasers falter at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 05:  Crew members for Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, work on the car after a crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 5, 2014 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, KS – OCTOBER 05: Crew members for Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, work on the car after a crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 5, 2014 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has an uphill battle ahead if he hopes to add a record seventh title to his legacy.  After struggling all weekend, Johnson saw his trip to Kansas Speedway end in disaster in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.

Johnson, who has two wins at Kansas, spun in Friday’s qualifying round, and thus started Sunday 32nd. He was slowly working his way forward but shortly after a restart after the day’s second caution on lap 85 he was exiting turn 2 when his Chevy was tapped on the right rear by the Ford of Greg Biffle. Johnson spun down and into Justin Allgaier; he then continued and hit the inside wall before coming to rest.

“I was cruising along the top, thought everything was fine,” Johnson said. “And then found myself sideways down the back straightaway.” MORE>>>

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