NASCAR: 6 Reasons Not to Bet Against Jimmie Johnson Winning the Chase

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NASCAR: 6 Reasons Not to Bet Against Jimmie Johnson Winning the Chase
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Death, taxes, and seeing Jimmie Johnson win the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

For half a decade, those three things were an inevitability to NASCAR fans everywhere, as Johnson cemented himself as the best driver of this era of racing with five consecutive championships from 2006-2010. It was only last year that Johnson's title streak was snapped as he finished sixth in points, the worst finish of his career.

This year, Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team have come back with a vengeance, scoring four wins so far and hanging around the front of the pack all year. After winning on Sunday at Martinsville, he took the lead from Brad Keselowski, who had led the championship for the previous month.

Johnson has led laps in every race of the Chase so far, and he has been the only driver to do so.

With Denny Hamlin's struggles at Martinsville, Johnson and Keselowski are the only two drivers with a real chance at winning the title heading into the final three weeks of the season. But now that Johnson has the lead, and given how hard it's been to make up points all Chase, don't be surprised if "Five-Time" becomes an anachronistic nickname by the end of the month.

Here are six reasons (for six championships, of course) why Johnson may have this championship in the bag.

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