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Jim Utter's NASCAR notebook

Jimmie Johnson stood next to a million reasons he would do whatever it took to win the May 16 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Yet more than 48 hours after Sunday's race at Talladega, Ala., Johnson continued to find himself trying to offer a convincing one to some fans who believe he spent most of Sunday helping Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. win. "It's the most ridiculous thing, ever," said Johnson, of the accusations that he didn't try to win the race himself. Johnson has been hounded by questions from fans, particularly on social media, in part because of how the final 20 laps of the race were run mostly single-file. ...

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