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Johnson on one of his patented late-season tears

He's been in the Chase every year since it was started and Jimmie Johnson somehow finds a way to Victory Lane as the stakes increase.

Updated: April 7, 2008, 12:57 PM ET
By Mike Harris | Associated Press

It seems like NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship was custom-made for Jimmie Johnson.

The only driver besides Matt Kenseth to qualify for the 10-race playoff each year since its inception in 2004, the reigning series champion has become the master of the big finish.

Asked what ignites his killer instinct about halfway through the Chase each year, Johnson grinned and shrugged.

"That is the most-asked question and I don't have an answer for you, ...

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