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Johnson Ends Four-Year Losing Streak at Lowe's
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Jimmie Johnson raced to his third victory in the Chase for the Sprint Cup to take control of the championship standings.

Johnson held off teammate Jeff Gordon on a handful of late restarts Saturday night for his sixth career victory at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Although he's long dominated at the track, the win was the Lowe's-sponsored driver's first since 2005.

It came at the perfect time for Johnson, who extended his lead over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin as they head next week to Martinsville Speedway. Johnson has won five of the last six races at Martinsville.

Matt Kenseth was second, followed by Kasey Kahne, Gordon and rookie Joey Logano.

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