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For Keselowski, his impending championship is a reminder that it is sometimes better to be lucky than good. Despite his incredible performance during the first eight races of the Chase, Johnson had caught him, passed him and padded his lead. Now, a cut tire has Keselowski 20 points out front and one top-15 finish away from his first career Cup title and the first career Cup title for owner Roger Penske. Yes, the same bad luck that befell Johnson could strike Keselowski at Homestead. However, he has the added advantage of being able to play it safe and conservative throughout Sunday's race and still come out on top. As long as the engineers and mechanics put the car together properly, Keselowski is going to be the 2012 Sprint Cup champion.
As for the incident between Gordon and Bowyer, it is a perfect example of how drivers never forget anything that happens on the track even during the course of a 10-month season. It was way back on April 1 at Martinsville that a bonsai, three-wide pass attempt by Bowyer sent then-leader Gordon and several other cars spinning into the wall. It was a reckless move by Bowyer that likely cost Gordon a win. More than seven months later, Gordon got his revenge, dashing any hopes Bowyer had of rallying to win the championship. Yes, it was unfortunate that other drivers got caught up in the feud, but heck, NASCAR suspended Kyle Busch for retaliating against Ron Hornaday under caution when Busch made sure nobody else was involved. At the end of the day, there is always going to be an element of self-policing to NASCAR that no amount of fines, penalties or suspensions will ever eliminate.
There are 400 miles left of racing in the 2012 Cup Series season. A champion is going to be crowned, and everyone else will have a couple of months off to figure out how to be the one celebrating at the end of the 2013 season. The same goes for fantasy players. Whether you are trying to hang on to win your league or making one last push to take the top spot, it all comes to an end Sunday at Homestead.
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