This feels awfully familiar, doesn’t it?

With five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson atop the standings two races into the Chase and Denny Hamlin fresh off a dominating performance at New Hampshire, the 2012 championship race seems as though it could mirror that of 2010.

Two years ago, the title battle came down to a virtual two-man race between Hamlin, who led the series in victories that year with eight, and Johnson, the eventual champion.