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Chase leader Johnson feeling fortunate with top-10 run at Dega

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Updated: October 5, 2008, 10:53 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

AP Photo/Dale Davis

Jimmie Johnson (48) avoided this pileup, but fellow Chase contenders Matt Kenseth (17), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) and Greg Biffle (16) didn't.

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Ninth place never looked so good to Jimmie Johnson.

He avoided the carnage while his two closest rivals in the Chase -- Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle -- wrecked with 15 laps to go.

Johnson now has a 72-point lead over Edwards and a 77-point ...

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