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'Bad' day for Johnson a great day for any other driver

Chad Knaus told his driver to put on his cape and save the day. Jimmie Johnson didn't reel in winner Carl Edwards, but his runner-up effort after being a lap down Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway was nothing short of heroic.

Updated: October 27, 2008, 8:20 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

HAMPTON, Ga. -- With bad days like Sunday, Jimmie Johnson won't need any more good ones this year.

His struggle through, and spectacular finish to, the Pep Boys 500 was a study in how championships are won, and what champions are made of.

The runaway Chase leader finally made a blunder, speeding onto the pit road early in the race. A pass-through penalty dropped him back to 30th.

But when his day was done, Johnson had actually padded his points ...

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