Is the Chase really necessary?
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- You can feel the tension, the anticipation, in the dry desert air at Phoenix International Raceway.
Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski sound like two heavyweight contenders before a title bout, each giving reasons they are confident and will win the Sprint Cup title. Johnson is saying he expects to run well enough here that he should have a comfortable margin going to Homestead-Miami Speedway next week.
Keselowski is saying he'd be leading the standings ...
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