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Chase Grid: After Martinsville, Johnson flying high, Edwards last

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Fast Relief 500

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 30: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 30, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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We’re one race into the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, with two more races left to go (Sunday at Texas, Nov. 13 at Phoenix) before the championship-deciding race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20.

Jimmie Johnson’s ninth career win Sunday at Martinsville propelled the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet to the top spot in the standings.

It also locked Johnson into one of the four finalist spots in the championship-deciding season finale.

Then comes a three-driver Joe Gibbs Racing juggernaut, with teammates Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth tied for second, five points behind Johnson, while another JGR driver, Kyle Busch is in fourth, just seven points behind Johnson.

However, the news isn’t as good for the fourth JGR driver, Carl Edwards. He left Martinsville and will come into this Sunday’s 34th race of the season last in the Round of 8 standings, 32 points behind Johnson.

In addition to Edwards, three other drivers are also under the bubble: fifth-ranked Joey Logano (11 points behind Johnson), sixth-ranked Kevin Harvick (-16) and Kurt Busch (-18).

Click here for Sprint Cup Chase grid after Martinsville

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