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LONG POND, Pa. — Jimmie Johnson absolutely dominated Sunday at Pocono Raceway for his third victory of the season, securing an automatic berth in NASCAR’s playoffs.
Even during his championship run, Johnson rarely cruised like he did on the 2½-mile triangle track. The Sprint Cup points leader, Johnson pulled away on both of the last two restarts over the final 10 laps to pull into Victory Lane at Pocono for the first time since he swept both races in 2004.
‘‘Jimmie’s switched on right now,’’ crew chief Chad Knaus said. ‘‘He’s as good or better as I’ve ever seen him.’’
He led 128 of 160 laps for his 63d career Cup victory, and was never seriously challenged.