Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/8/13

CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 15: Brad Keselowski, driver of the Discount Tire Dodge, celebrates by waving the American flag on track after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 15, 2010 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The racing gods certainly have a bizarre sense of humor. One year after Jimmie Johnson's unsuccessful quest for a "Six-Pack," the five-time champion finds himself once again entering Phoenix International Raceway - the penultimate track in the Chase for the Sprint Cup - carrying the momentum from a win in Texas and with a seven-point lead in the standings over second place. The only difference? Last year Johnson was battling Brad Keselowski - a then-28-year-old, third-season Cup contender with nine career victories from a two-car team that had never won a title in NASCAR's top division. This time he's facing Matt Kenseth. At 41, Kenseth's body of work over the past 14 seasons includes 31 wins - with a career-high seven this season - and a one-victory 2003 Cup title run that pundits credit as the catalyst for the creation of the Chase. Johnson's crew chief Chad Knaus doesn't see a big difference in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports' challenge this season. But Knaus acknowledged aft...
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