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Jimmie Johnson crashes late at Phoenix

Updated: November 11, 2012, 5:45 PM ET
Associated Press

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Jimmie Johnson's bid for a sixth NASCAR championship took a huge hit when he crashed late in Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Johnson appeared to have a tire problem 77 laps from the scheduled finish, and his car shot hard into the wall. The crash came just seconds after championship contender Brad Keselowski moved into the lead on the track.

Johnson started the race with a seven-point lead over Keselowski in the standings in a two-man championship ...

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