Jimmie Johnson not panicking in Sprint Cup chase

Jimmie Johnson is eight points off the lead in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship....

Jimmie Johnson is eight points off the lead in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. (Getty Images)

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:02 AM ET

Eight points.

In Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship speak it translates to eight positions on the race track, or seven positions on the track plus one lap led, or six positions and most laps lead, or four positions on the track and a race win.

But for Jimmie Johnson all it means is how far back he is from Chase leader Matt Kenseth when the green flag drops to start the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday afternoon at Kansas Speedway.

Johnson, of course, is a five-time winner of the Chase so he knows how to count and he knows how to points race that is run a race to get the maximum amount of points without putting yourself and your team at risk.

Just ask Kenseth, who finished second to the No. 48 Chevrolet team in 2006, when Johnson won just one of the 10 Chase races but finished in the top 10 in six of them with four second place results the very definition of points racing.


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