That creates post-race fireworks, but doesn't do anything to fill the dearth of action Texas suffered through for the first 400-plus miles.
NASCAR has two races left in this Chase and heads next to Phoenix, where Johnson is decidedly more experienced than Keselowski. He could pounce on Sunday and potentially turn the Nov. 18 finale at Homestead into a coronation of his sixth championship.
It would be a nightmare situation for NASCAR, which is working feverishly behind the scenes on its 2013 car. The hope is the new model will improve the racing on the intermediate tracks, where passing has become so difficult.
But NASCAR chairman Brian France recognized some time ago there was a problem with the product, and that big finishes and debris cautions and controversial restarts and even post-race fisticuffs can't eclipse a bad show forever.
We'll see what the next two weeks bring for this championship race. And then the slate is wiped clean for NASCAR, which gets a fresh start next season at proving the show can be exciting before the grand finale.
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