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NASCAR NOTES: Johnson and Earnhardt tie records at Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN -

Hendrick Motorsports had a lot to be proud of after Sunday's Curtis Shaver 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson walked away with the victory and Dale Earnhardt Jr. took over the Cup Series point lead.

Johnson's fourth victory at the famous Brickyard tied him with teammate Jeff Gordon for the most Cup Series wins at the historic track.

"Man, you just hope to race here," said an excited Johnson after the event. "To come here and win is a huge honor. To win four …I'm at a loss for words."

Johnson's victory was his third of the season which places him solidly in a position to win a sixth Cup Series title.

"I'd like to win a sixth championship this year," replied Johnson when asked about his chances. "That's the thing that's on my mind right now."

As Johnson drove away to a dominating victory, fourth-place finisher Dale Earnhardt Jr. moved into the points lead as former point leader Matt Kenseth was caught in a late-race accident.

"We got back there and some guys were driving pretty crazy," Kenseth said. "You could see the wreck happening and I was just hoping I wasn't going to be in it."

Kenseth's loss was Earnhardt's gain as the popular driver moved into the points lead by 14 points. However, Earnhardt was thinking more about a championship and not leading the regular season point battle.

"We need to win more races," said Earnhardt. "If we want to win the championship, we have to. I don't know if finishing fourth or fifth is going to do it."

Earnhardt fourth place run was his twenty-first consecutive finish on the lead lap which ties him with Gordon for the most in NASCAR history.

"I'm proud of that because it says a lot about our body of work," said Earnhardt of his hot streak. "I'm proud of that."

With only five races left before the Chase, Hendrick Motor Sports looks poised to claim another Cup Series title. The only question is which of his two teams can close the deal.

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