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Jimmie Johnson

Hendrick teams now guarding against parts failures in Chase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports took time in its weekly meetings to address the parts failure that cost Jimmie Johnson a shot at a seventh championship.

Johnson was eliminated in the first round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship when an axle seal broke on his car Sunday at Dover. The failure occurred 103 laps into the race and he finished 41st to fall into the bottom four of the Chase standings.

While the issue could be a quality control problem, four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon said HMS discussed ways to "make sure that's not something that bites us going forward.

Standings: NASCAR Sprint Cup

As of: AAA 400
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Matt Kenseth30001
2Joey Logano30004
3Denny Hamlin30002
4Carl Edwards30003
5Martin Truex Jr.30009
6Kurt Busch30007
7Jeff Gordon300010
8Brad Keselowski30008
9Kyle Busch300013
10Ryan Newman30006
11Dale Earnhardt Jr.300012
12Kevin Harvick300015

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