After the second race of the Eliminator Round, Jeff Gordon still remains the only driver holding a punched ticket into the Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway in two weeks.

That’s because Jimmie Johnson made a late-race pass of Brad Keselowski for the lead and held the point for the final four laps to secure the victory in the AAA Texas 500. After the October 4 race at Dover International Speedway where Johnson finished 41st, the six-time champion didn’t advance out of the first round (a.k.a. the Challenger Round) of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Therefore, a win in the final seven races for Johnson would mean he’d get to play spoiler and keep one of the remaining contenders from locking up a spot in the next round. And that’s exactly what he did.

He only led one other time, when he paced the field on Laps 252-253 of the 334-lap race. Keselowski, who started on the pole, led all drivers with 312 laps led. Kevin Harvick was the only other driver in the field to lead more than one lap with 11.

Although the win didn’t put Johnson into the Championship Round, it did clinch the “In This Corner” title for Alex Pohlman. Going into the final four races of the season, she only had to win one race to clinch the title (after the lead bounced back and forth between Pohlman and John Farrell for most of the regular season).

She lost last weekend when Farrell’s pick (Jeff Gordon) won his 93rd career win and an automatic berth in the final round. However, Pohlman battled back and picked Johnson and his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS to win the Texas race this past Sunday, sweeping both 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at the 1.5-mile track. He is the third driver in series history to sweep both races at Texas Motor Speedway in a single season, joining Carl Edwards (2008) and Denny Hamlin (2010) as the only other drivers to accomplish the feat.

The win was Johnson’s 75th in his career. He’s eighth on the career wins list in the series, one win behind Dale Earnhardt. The other six drivers ahead of Johnson and Earnhardt on this list are Cale Yarborough (83 wins), Darrell Waltrip (84), Bobby Allison (84), Jeff Gordon (93), David Pearson (105) and Richard Petty (200).

Although Johnson led only six laps, he ran in the top 10 for the majority of the race, following the lead of Keselowski in a dominant No. 2 Wurth Ford Fusion.

The win was Johnson’s fifth victory of the season and his sixth at Texas. He is the first driver to win three consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas.

Farrell picked Busch to win the race. However, since Pohlman’s pick won the race, there wasn’t much Busch could do in way of earning Farrell this week’s race.

Regardless of how Johnson and Pohlman did, Busch still had a respectable showing, finishing fourth. He led only one lap – Lap 42. Similarly to Johnson, Busch ran most of the day in the top 10 and top five.

Filling out the top 10, outside of Johnson and Busch, were Keselowski (second), Harvick (third), Carl Edwards (fifth), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (sixth), Kurt Busch (seventh), Martin Truex Jr. (eighth), Gordon (ninth) and Jamie McMurray (10th).

If the Championship Round began today, the four drivers that would get to compete in the winner-takes-all race (or best-finisher-takes-all) at Homestead would be Gordon, Ky. Busch, Harvick and Truex.

Although Pohlman has technically already won the 2015 In This Corner championship, she and Farrell will still pick the winners of the final two races (Phoenix and Homestead). All Farrell can hope for at this point is to close the gap so that he doesn’t embarrass himself further.

Pohlman – 13; Farrell – 9