Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/17/12
Will Jimmie Johnson's stiffest competition in the Chase for the Sprint Cup come from his own Hendrick Motorsports teammates? The No. 48 team showed tremendous speed on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway with a solid second-place finish, but Kasey Kahne was coming up in Johnson's rearview mirror in the closing laps. Tony Stewart, with Hendrick engines and chassis, posted a solid sixth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was eighth. Although Jeff Gordon exited the race early when his throttle stuck and the No. 24 ended up in the wall, he was running fourth before the wreck. For Johnson, who is currently second in the points standings and shooting for a sixth Cup title, having four teammates as his competition in the Chase is "a weird scenario." "There are points that I've experienced in the past where I'm thankful I had my teammates that I was racing against because I knew what their set-ups were and I knew what their mindsets were in our debriefs," Johnson said. "And there were other times when I...
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