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Johnson wins restart duel with Keselowski

"It don't feel good, but there is a part of you that just feels like you're first in class," said Keselowski of slipping further behind Johnson in the standings. "I'm confident that it will come back around, and when it does, we'll change these seconds and fifths or whatever they are over the last few weeks into wins."

With just those two races remaining in the 2012 season, ten drivers remain mathematically in contention for the Sprint Cup championship. But Texas did see the end of the title road for two of the Chase field, with Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. now both ruled out of the running despite their top ten finishes at Texas.

Harvick's race at Texas had been slightly hampered by an unprecedented pre-race event, when a sandbag used by one of the parachute jumpers taking part in the build-up entertainment fell on the #29 where it was lined up on pit road.

"Never good when the day starts with a parachute weight hitting our car," Harvick tweeted after the incident. "Welcome to 2012," he added, saying that it summed up his frustrating year.

While the damage to Harvick's car was mainly cosmetic, it still required the team to take the car back into the garage for 30 minutes of hurried repairs before the command to start engines was given by actors from the TV series Dallas. The parachutist himself was not injured in the incident, although he made an awkward landing after coming in low over pit road.

Full race results and Saturday practice times as well as Sprint Cup Championship standings are available.




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