"We were just exclusively focused on Homestead from that point on", Gordon said. It was at a Chicago test session a few weeks before the Chase began where master crew chief Chad Knaus found something to get the team more speed on the 1.5s - a flawless balanced set-up for the No. 48.
For Johnson and his team, however, they now know that in three weeks they will compete for their seventh championship; a feat only two other drivers - Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt - have achieved in NASCAR history. He's a pretty calm, cool guy, but, boy, when you put that helmet on him and you get him in the race auto, he just becomes another person and takes it to another level.
The aggressive move caused damage to Johnson's vehicle, but he was saved when a torn banner forced NASCAR to call a caution. He also won season titles in 2012 and a year ago. At one point early in the race, Hamlin and Johnson raced hard in the top 10 for several laps before Hamlin put the bumper to Johnson and moved him up the track. Hendrick was far from pleased.
Then the Hendrick organization flipped a switch, built better, faster cars, and Johnson turned it up a notch.
'He stopped and looked at us as and looked me right in the eye and... he said, "F**k this" and drove right down through the middle of the crowd'. I think I had six auto lengths to the 20 [Kenseth] and more back to the 18 [Busch]. I think their chances are pretty good.
I can say with confidence that when next season comes around, yes, I'll be healthy enough to race and the decision to race is really my own. "We know what the stakes are and we felt we got it right". "There are a whole lot of people in the garage that thought they'd be at Homestead that won't be at Homestead".
Only problem? Johnson has won the last four November races at Texas Motor Speedway, and Kevin Harvick has won six of the last eight races at Phoenix International Speedway.
Further complicating matters, during the caution leader AJ Allmendinger and second-place Jimmie Johnson both ran out of fuel and stopped on the track. It means they are in such good shape, they can play with the field for two weeks. It kicks its program into another gear and saps all the energy out of its opponents.
Kids always try to collect as much candy as they can on Halloween. His attempt to extinguish a potential fire with Harvick previous year at Chicago led Harvick to punch him in the chest before Johnson had even said a word.
Hamlin cursed and spat accusations at Johnson all day Sunday, calling him vile names over the radio and questioning his manhood.
Asked about it after the race, Johnson literally laughed out loud.
"I've been trying to ignore the conversation about seven, but now I can't", Johnson said in Victory Lane.
At the time, he said he and the others were standing watching people get onto the helicopter when he heard a guy press on the gas and run through the crowd.
"I would rather have won", Gordon said.
But Gordon hopes circumstances won't force him into another substitute role.
"Man, I'm out there to win". When you're hurt, your first reaction is, 'Get me out of this, I don't want to do this anymore'. I was a little disappointed it didn't take off there at the last yellow, but very proud of this team proud of my performance. Johnson has no hashtag about the number of wins. The situation will be different this year; all drivers will be even and the highest finisher will claim the title.
A scoring snafu caused a lengthy caution that left drivers fuming following the Sprint Cup playoff race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.
The Wales global , who had been sidelined since the opening-day defeat to Liverpool, came on as a second-half substitute. If we were going in blasting every player, I don't think things will necessarily get any better".
Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. With four girls between 4 and 8 years old, they put an adorable twist on this beloved Halloween movie.
Federal Reserve would raise interest rates in December. "The Chinese currency has stayed stable against a basket of currencies". China's yuan hit its lowest against the dollar since offshore trading was introduced in 2010 of 6.7882 yuan per dollar.
The Bank of England chief's five-year contract runs to 2018 and includes the option for Carney to extend his term until 2021. The career plans of a man once dubbed the "outstanding central banker of his generation" have gripped financial markets.
The Indian prime minister stepped up a drive to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the Uri army base attack last month. He also rejected Pakistani allegations of "mishandling" Akhtar, saying he was treated with "utmost courtesy".
But, Payne says, if you have someone like Thiel involved in a startup incubator like Y Combinator it can discourage participants. Which suggests we might be wise to do the same for Thiel and his self-described "schizophrenic view of politics".
The plane, which was coming from Fort Dodge, Iowa - about a three-hour flight from NY - made a rough impact when it landed. After a three-hour flight, it landed in NY shortly before 8:00 pm local time, according to WABC, on runway 22L.
Australia has shut the door to asylum seekers arriving in the country by boat, banning them for life from settling in the country. Australia has been repeatedly criticised for its tough policy on refugees and asylum seekers.
So far through Tuesday there have been 1,344 absentee ballots counted for a total of 5,923 ballots in Carson City cast so far. Voters who wish to cast an absentee ballot in person must come prepared with an acceptable photo identification.
All three models were also said to sport glass backs, which lines up with previous reports of a radical redesign. Many fans are looking forward to this event and are hoping the company will be planning something special.
Joachim Low extends Germany contract until 2020
Under his guide, Germany have reached at least the semi-finals in the last 5 major tournaments, winning 94 of their 141 games. Low urged Germany to follow suit: "The only thing that counts is for us to qualify as group winners for the World Cup".
New FBI inquiry reinjects Clinton emails into 2016 race
About the same percentage - 45 percent - say they're less likely to vote for Trump because he has not released his tax returns. Hillary Clinton is the prohibitive favorite and could well win a landslide, but Donald Trump can still win this election.
Jones won't use no-calls to make a statement
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No. 2 Michigan stays unbeaten with 32-23 win at Michigan St
De'Veon Smith had two rushing touchdowns and Amara Darboh piled up a career-high 165 receiving yards to lead the Wolverines. He had seven tackles (two for loss), a sack, five rushes for 24 yards, one reception and a touchdown in Saturday's game.
Not much awareness on signs of breast cancer
The sorority Zeta Tau Alpha promoted breast cancer awareness through Think Pink Week from October 24 - 28 on Baylor campus. Additionally around 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK.
Heavy shelling by Pak on along LoC; BSF jawan killed
Earlier, the Indian Army had foiled an infiltration bid by terrorists from Pakistan-administered Kashmir in the Tangdhar sector. Rajouri station house officer Mohd Younis Choudhary said: "We are ready.(we) don't want any casualties".
Central Coast DMV offices suffer computer outage
The empty party parking at the DMV office on Fell Street in San Francisco is a tell that something remained amuck. Find out if your local DMV office is affected by the computer outage by checking out the full list here .
Navy man faces charges in truck crash that killed 4
Sanchez said the 24-year-old driver is in the Navy, assigned to the North Island Naval Air Station on Coronado Island . The tan pickup was driving northbound on Interstate 5 to go west on the bridge when it went airborne.
Iraqi forces battle IS in western town, far from Mosul
Major General Haider Fadhil said the Iraqi special forces had reached a village located four miles from the eastern edge of Mosul. The Iraqi military, supported by USA and coalition air power and military advisers, began the push to retake Mosul on October 16.