Brad Keselowski hugged the bumper of Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps of Happy Hour practice Saturday at Phoenix International Speedway.
When asked if whether he was initiating a little cat-and-mouse game, Keselowski responded coyly, "C'mon, would I do a thing like that?"
Keselowski knew he had a fast car for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. He let his racing do the talking on Sunday. Keselowski led twice and pushed Johnson to his limits. In the end, after Johnson crashed and Keselowski finished sixth, he left on top of the championship battle.
But Keselowski never gloated about taking the points lead from Johnson, knowing all too well that a similar fate could be his in this weekend's season finale.
"Certainly, if you have the choice you always want to be in the lead of the points, especially in the closing races, so I'm thankful for that," Keselowski said. "But I also know that the troubles that they had are the same troubles that we could have next week, and so you try not to ta...