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NASCAR Notes: Johnson turns heat up on Keselowski

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson is the king of mind games and he doesn't mind reminding Brad Keselowski what's at stake at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend.

Keselowski takes a 20-point lead over Johnson into Sunday's finale. He needs only to finish 15th or better to win his first Sprint Cup title.

Johnson opened Thursday's news conference talking about the foolishness in assuming Keselowski will roll to a 15th-place finish Sunday and clinch the title.

Keselowski sat square-jawed, looking straight ahead and seemingly tuning out Johnson's attempt to get inside his head. He knows drivers have fallen victim to these games before.

Sadler chasing Stenhouse again in Nationwide
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -
Elliott Sadler has come up with one way to possibly close the gap on points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. heading into the Nationwide Series finale.

Sadler says he "might throw a banana peel under his trailer before the race starts and see if that will help him out."

It might be the only way to keep Stenhouse from repeating as series champion.

The Roush Fenway Racing driver takes a 20-point lead into the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway - a significant, yet surmountable, advantage.

Sadler, who drives for Richard Childress Racing, has himself to blame for the deficit. He wrecked with two laps remaining last week at Phoenix, essentially doubling his deficit.

Five days later, Sadler is still kicking himself for the mistake. But he knows anything can happen at Homestead.

Keselowski plans to keep phone out of race car
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -
Brad Keselowski is leaving his cellphone behind.

Keselowski plans to ditch his phone during NASCAR's Sprint Cup finale Sunday. His decision comes days after NASCAR fined him $25,000 for having the phone in his car. It was discovered because he tweeted during a red flag at Phoenix.

The punishment confused many who wondered why Keselowski was penalized for Sunday's tweets when he was celebrated for doing the same thing during the season opener.

Keselowski feels the same, saying "I'm confused a lot. I'll just add that to the list."

He also feels "naked" without his phone. "It's my security blanket. ... It is what it is at this point. I just have to move on and focus on the weekend ahead."

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