Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/1/14

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #16 CitiFinancial Ford, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
At the end of the day, championships in any sport are won and lost because one team comes through in the clutch and another one doesn't. After Saturday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup is still a virtual dead heat between 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Matt Kenseth and five-time champ Jimmie Johnson. Kenseth came into Charlotte leading Johnson by three points and left the track leading by four, not exactly a seismic shift in momentum with the Chase only halfway complete and five races left to go, including next Sunday's 190-mile-per-hour rugby scrum of a race at Talladega Superspeedway. An awful lot of things can still happen and likely will in those five race. But if Kenseth holds on to go the distance, especially if he defeats Johnson by just a handful of points, Saturday night's BofA 500 will go down as pivotal, because it was a race Johnson dominated and should have won and a night when he could have taken the points lead ...
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