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Johnson grabs Chase lead at Martinsville

Oct. 28, 2012 at 6:03 PM   |   Comments

RIDGEWAY, Va., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Jimmie Johnson took over the Chase for the Spint Cup Championship lead Sunday with a victory in the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Pole-sitter Johnson logged his fourth victory of the season after wresting the advantage away from Brad Keselowski with 14 laps to go.

He then fended off a challenge from Kyle Busch after a restart with five laps remaining, beating him to the finish line by 0.5 seconds.

The triumph gave the five-time Sprint Cup Series champion a two-point lead over Keselowski in the Chase standings with three races to go.

Finishing third was Kasey Kahne, while Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer completed the Top 5.

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