Unlike baseball's World Series this year, NASCAR's season title is coming right down to the final events. We have a new point leader and just 3 races left to go. It's still unknown who the champion is going to be.

Jimmie Johnson held off Kyle Busch on a restart with five laps to go Sunday and won for the seventh time in his career at Martinsville Speedway. The five-time series champion moved into the lead in the championship standings, two points over Brad Keselowski with three races remaining.

Keselowski started 32nd, methodically worked his way forward, and took a late gamble to grab the lead on a restart with 19 laps to go. When Johnson and the rest of the leaders pitted for tires, Keselowski was a sitting duck once the race went back to green.

Johnson made the race a points bonanza, leading the most laps and earning three points for the victory. Busch was second, followed by Kasey Kahne.

Here's a quick snapshot of where things are:

TOP 5 IN POINTS (with point total)

  1. Jimmie Johnson 2291
  2. Brad Keselowski 2289
  3. Clint Bowyer 2265
  4. Kasey Kahne 2262
  5. Denny Hamlin 2242


  1. Sunday at Texas
  2. November 11 at Phoenix
  3. November 18 at Homestead, FL