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Jimmie Johnson the forgotten man at Phoenix

Updated: November 12, 2012, 4:24 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

Amazing how Jimmie Johnson slipped so suddenly to such an afterthought on Sunday.

He had entered the Phoenix race viewed by many as unstoppable for a sixth Cup championship in seven years, and openly but softly acknowledged that a record eight titles is his goal.

Then, after the brawling had ceased in the pits and garages over Jeff Gordon's payback wrecking of Clint Bowyer … and Brad Keselowski had slipped through two melees to finish sixth and become odds-on ...

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