Johnson wins third straight race, takes Cup points lead

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Jimmie Johnson won a dramatic
side-by-side duel with Matt Kenseth, grabbing his third straight
victory to win the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. More
importantly Johnson wrested the NASCAR Nextel Cup points lead from
Jeff Gordon with two races left in the NASCAR Chase for the
The reigning Cup champion, Johnson erased a nine-point deficit
and moved to a 30-point lead over Jeff Gordon, who finished seventh
heading to Phoenix next weekend.
Johnson edged Kenseth by 94-hundredths of a second -- about 10
car-lengths. Clint Bowyer ran third.

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