Johnson has way of peaking at right time, and Richmond win may be sign

Jimmie Johnson has a way of turning up the dial when the heat is on. Winning two straight races heading into the Chase has even points leader Kyle Busch convinced JJ is the man to beat, writes Ed Hinton.

Updated: September 8, 2008, 9:47 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

RICHMOND, Va. -- Just as Jimmie Johnson was asked if he's the favorite to win his third straight Chase, Kyle Busch walked into the room and answered for him: "Yes."

That's Kyle Busch, mind you, the guy who dominated much of this season until Carl Edwards took command for a stint in August.

But now it's Johnson who is peaking -- at the perfect time to make a serious run at becoming the first three-peat NASCAR champion since Cale Yarborough 30 years ago.

And ...

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