The 35th race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season took teams to Phoenix International Raceway Sunday afternoon with championship implications on the line in the season's penultimate event.
Jimmie Johnson led Matt Kenseth by a slim seven points after the pair had dueled for much of the Chase for the Sprint Cup's first eight races. What would happen in the ninth event—the very one that changed the entire championship complexion negatively for Johnson just one year ago? And more, what kind of a show would Phoenix put on after a listless race at the track back in the spring?
Find out who left Phoenix with the championship edge and who went home wondering what could have been.