Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/2/14
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Since the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup kicked off in September, it's been a battle to the finish between Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski. Both have proven to be formidable opponents -- the five-time champion and the challenger. Johnson has exuded California cool. His experience in mastering the fine points of Chase racing has served him and his No. 48 team well once again. Keselowski, hailing from the Motor City, has incorporated his seat-of-the-pants engineering education earned on his family's race team to evolve into one of the most intuitive racers in the garage. And his passion for racing is infectious. The entire team -- including owner Roger Penske -- has bought in. Yes, there were 12 drivers in the Chase, but Johnson and Keselowski distinguished their missions early. Keselowski took the points lead in Race 1 of the segment by winning at Chicagoland -- but even in that event, Johnson finished right behind him. The following week the pair swapped positions, with Johns...
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