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They are even closer in points this season, deadlocked though Kenseth owns the tiebreaker based on his seven wins over Johnson’s five.

“Obviously I’m happy to be the leader even though it’s just really a tie and we have the tiebreaker,” Kenseth said. “I’d be more happy if we were the leader and it was 3 1/2 weeks from now. … Hopefully, we can go out here and run away. I know we’re capable of running up front and get a good result on Sunday and keep rolling.”