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In this photo made Oct. 22, 2011, NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson climbs out of his car following qualifying for the Good Sam Club 500 auto race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. Is Johnson out of title contention? Rival team owner Jack Roush thought so after Charlotte. A 26th-place finish at Talladega probably didn't change many minds (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

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With 4 to go, some counting JJ out of contention

It's easy for outsiders to cross Jimmie Johnson off the list of title contenders. They don't work side by side with the five-time defending NASCAR champion every week, and have no idea just how hard it is to beat him.

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