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Johnson widens Chase lead with win at Phoenix

“I think qualifying twelfth (at Texas) — even though that's a good qualifying spot — put us in harm's way, and I was a little cautious, maybe, in qualifying,” Johnson said. “We need to show up down there and treat it like any other race.

“The farther forward we start, the better off we're going to be, track-position-wise, the better pit stall selection we're going to have. Until we get in the race and see what we really have, we're going to treat it like any other race and just go as fast as we can.”

Johnson's margin of victory over Burton was 1.033 seconds.

Polesitter Martin Truex Jr. finished fifth, his first top five of the year in his next-to-last race for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. Truex will drive Michael Waltrip Racing's #56 Toyota next year.

Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon and David Reutimann finished sixth through tenth, respectively.

by Reid Spencer/Sporting News



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