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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (left) shares a laugh with fellow driver Jimmie Johnson earlier this year. Johnson won Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at the Brickyard in Indianapolis, but Earnhardt now has the points lead.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Jimmie Johnson won his fourth Brickyard 400 and solidified his status as a title favorite in NASCAR. Impressive? You bet. Surprising? Not really. But how about this: Dale Earnhardt Jr. left the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the Sprint Cup Series points lead.

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