Posted August 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
Jimmie Johnson is back in his usual perch - atop the Sprint Cup standings and smiling. Teammate Jeff Gordon? Not so happy. Running near the front all day Sunday in the Finger Lakes 355 at Watkins Glen International, Johnson maneuvered his way back after falling out of the top 10 two-thirds through the 90-lap race and finished right where he started - third. He might not have won, but Johnson still had something to smile about. His finish left him one point ahead of Greg Biffle in the standings as teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. faltered late. ''I'm excited to be leading the points,'' Johnson said. ''Whoever the team is, I really believe that they get some much-needed experience with the pressure of the points lead late in the season. It's just different than at any point in time. I look forward to the pressure on my team and myself.'' The five-time Cup champion entered Sunday's race in fourth place, eight points behind Earnhardt. Johnson...

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