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Poll: Jimmie Johnson slight favorite over Jeff Gordon to win 2015 Sprint Cup championship

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It’s time for six-time to become seven-time.

According to The Century Poll, Jimmie Johnson is the man to beat for the 2015 Sprint Cup championship.

In a vote of 100 members of the NASCAR community, Johnson received 23 votes as the favorite to win his seventh career Sprint Cup crown.

But the balloting was close: Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon, who is retiring at season’s end, received 22 votes. Gordon is going for his fifth -- and final -- Sprint Cup crown this season.

Carl Edwards received the third-highest number of votes (18), followed by defending Sprint Cup champ Kevin Harvick (14) and Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano (9).

Others receiving votes were Matt Kenseth (4), a three-way tie for third (3 votes each for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski), and Tony Stewart (1 vote).

The Century Poll poses monthly NASCAR or motorsports-themed questions to 100 voting members.

Votes come from 50 NASCAR media members and a mix of 50 NASCAR owners, drivers, crew chiefs, crew members, sponsor/manufacturing/public relations representatives and track officials.

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