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Johnson leads 217 of 313 laps, extends lead over Edwards to 141 points

Updated: November 10, 2008, 1:19 PM ET
Associated Press

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- They popped the champagne in Victory Lane and celebrated as if Jimmie Johnson just won another championship.

Almost. But not quite there.

Johnson moved inches closer to his record-tying third straight NASCAR title Sunday, trouncing the field at Phoenix International Raceway to deliver a knockout punch to Carl Edwards' championship hopes.

Johnson needs to finish only 36th or better next week in the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to join Cale Yarborough (1976-78) ...

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