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All outta love

Jimmie Johnson would be the first NASCAR driver to win four consecutive crowns. Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire

This article appears in the Nov. 30 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

To thunderous applause from 167,000 fans at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 8, Jimmie Johnson's wrecked Chevy slid to a smoky stop. In response, a tongue-in-cheek warning was issued to the suddenly noisy infield media center: No cheering in the press box.