Johnson widens NASCAR Cup lead on Kenseth - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Johnson widens NASCAR Cup lead on Kenseth

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AVONDALE, AZ -

Jimmie Johnson has taken control of the championship battle following a disastrous performance by Matt Kenseth at Phoenix International Raceway.

Johnson widened his lead in the Sprint Cup standings to 28 points over Kenseth heading into next Sunday's season finale at Homestead by finishing third.

Kenseth had a terrible race and finished 23rd as his title hopes were derailed by an ill-handing Toyota. At one point, he complained to crew chief Jason Ratcliff he didn't even know what to tell him to fix.

Kevin Harvick won the race for the second year in a row after Carl Edwards ran out of gas headed to the white flag.

Harvick sailed by on the last lap for his fourth win of the year.

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