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NASCAR: Kenseth, Johnson locked in battle for Sprint Cup


 

When is 3 more than 4 and 20 greater than 48?

When you’re Matt Kenseth and you’re trying to beat Jimmie Johnson and win a NASCAR Sprint Cup title.

Kenseth may have posted his biggest performance Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, pushing his No. 20 car ahead of Johnson’s No. 48 into third place. That kept Kenseth ahead of Johnson in the points race on a night when his car wasn’t performing like a top-5 car for most of the race.

“They did an incredible job tonight,” Kenseth told Fox Sports. “I’m sure I had him frustrated by run 2, because I was getting cranky that I couldn’t get my car to turn, and man, they did some really nice adjustments to really wake it up. That’s hard to do on pit road these days, and they did a good job of that.”

By finishing third, Kenseth moved to four points ahead of fourth-place finisher Johnson with five races remaining. Kevin Harvick trails the two in third. The top 2 will lock horns Sunday at the Camping World 500 at Talladega.

Despite the fact that he trails Kenseth, Johnson is in good position to claim yet another NASCAR points title. Johnson is a master strategist and arguably the sport’s best superspeedway driver. He has won at Talladega four times in his career and has finished in the top-5 eight times. Oh, by the way, he also has five NASCAR titles to his credit and is poised to win No. 6.

And that’s a number that’s second only to Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Richard Petty in NASCAR history.

Tags: Charlotte Chase Jimmie Johnson Matt Kenseth NASCAR Sprint Cup Talladega