by STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
8:01 PM EST, November 4, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas
Jimmie Johnson regained the lead on the final restart, beating Brad Keselowski in an ending two-lap shootout to win Sunday at Texas and add to his NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead with two races left.
Johnson led 168 laps, but found himself chasing toward the end. The third restart in the late laps proved to be the charm for No. 48 Chevrolet.
During that restart on the 333rd of 334 laps, Johnson and Keselowski were side-by-side. Johnson charged hard on the outside, and cleared him on the backstretch. He held on the final 1½ laps and won from the pole for the second week in a row.
Johnson increased his lead by five points to seven over Keselowski, who had never finished better than 14th at Texas.
Clint Bowyer ran in the top 10 the entire race, even had a chance to win with less than 50 laps to go. But he was shuffled back during the final pit sequence, and finished sixth. Bowyer is still with in one race's striking distance, of points leader Johnson, barely. The Kansas native is 36 points back. The most points you can make up in one race is 47.
""I've said this all along -- it's fun to be racing for the championship, but I'm more proud of where we're at contending for that championship, winning three races our first year together as a group," said Bowyer. "Got a long time to work. We just keep polishing the edges and keep getting better fixing our program week-in and week-out. We'll be there."
Clint Bowyer after the bad pit stop
Jimmie Johnson wins at Texas
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