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Hendrick teammates Johnson, Earnhardt fail to advance in NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. stands by his car as he waits to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. stands by his car as he waits to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr., is greeted by the fans during driver introductions before the  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

    Dale Earnhardt Jr., is greeted by the fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jimmie Johnson (48) leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88), Brad Keselowski (2) and Joey Logano (22) during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Jimmie Johnson (48) leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88), Brad Keselowski (2) and Joey Logano (22) during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)  (The Associated Press)

Jimmie Johnson was a solemn spectator for Brad Keselowski's post-race celebration after a disappointing day for Hendrick Motorsports.

Johnson, the six-time and defending NASCAR champion, led nearly half the laps Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. He couldn't stay up front in a race he had to win to advance to the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Hendrick teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne also dropped out.

Johnson, who led a race-high 84 laps, perched on his car window to watch Keselowski celebrate.

Earnhardt led the second-most laps at 31, but got swept up in contact from Greg Biffle late.

Jeff Gordon is the only Hendrick driver in the final eight.