It looked bleak for Johnson until he snatched a 7th title


It looked bleak for Johnson until he snatched a 7th title

He dropped a bunch of f-bombs as he was unhappy with a late-race restart order, perturbed why Landon Cassill's vehicle lined up ahead of him and a bunch of others. Minus a top-10 finish.

"He come from last doing that?" We've had our bumps in the road, but he's a brother, and I'm so proud of him and so thankful that whatever drew us to one another and created this opportunity for us to start the 48 team and work together happened.

But yesterday at Homestead-Miami Speedway all day long Johnson battled just to stay in contention at the final race of the 2016 NASCAR season the Ford Eco-Boost 400.

As one of four finalists in the Chase for the Championship, Johnson's victory at the Ford EcoBoost 400 allowed him to join Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, inaugural inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, for the most championships in the sport's history.

Johnson restarted fourth with five laps left in regulation and jumped quickly to second.

"I'm just in disbelief the way this race unfolded", he said, "Jimmie wanted that thing".

"Then it changed so quick at the end".

Johnson, whose prior championships were in 2006 through 2010 and also 2013, led only the final three laps to become part of NASCAR history.

Petty, NASCAR's career leader with 200 wins, has yet to speak to Johnson since the Hendrick Motorsports star earned a spot in the season finale with a championship berth on the line.

That Johnson came out of nowhere - nowhere - at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win the Sprint Cup season's final race in NASCAR overtime, and with it the Chase for the Championship, made it even more remarkable. He was praised by both Petty and teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., who called Johnson the best of his era, and noted that his father would have considered him "a badass".

"I was telling Jimmie that I wish dad was here so he could shake his hand".

"You think about what it would mean to see Jimmie get eight", Hendrick said.

Edwards brushed off a request to take an ambulance ride to the infield care center, instead making the trip on foot. The California-born Johnson-personable, sunny, a guy who started out as an off-road racer and now competes in triathlons when he's not behind the wheel-may not project the outsized swagger of his fellow all-timers, but he has proven himself every inch their equal on the race track.

Daniel Suarez won the Xfinity Series title, and he has had lots of mentors, from Joe Gibbs Racing drivers such as Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch to a driver many wouldn't guess. "I just thought I'd have a little more time to correct it, but we were so far down there he couldn't go any further down basically and we ended up wrecked".

A fatigue perhaps set in when Johnson reeled off five consecutive titles. Earnhardt won his seventh after just 478 races, and it took Petty 806 starts. Finally, on Lap 243, Edwards took over second, but Busch stayed right with him initially.

As his good friend Johnson drove under the checkered flag and formalized their historic effort on the next lap, Knaus could only sit, stare and smile. I think it was just racing. Yes, Jimmie Johnson has all of that. "All the way around the racetrack, everyone was holding up seven, and it just gave me goosebumps, like, 'Wow, what an interesting shift in things'". "Some luck came our way and we were able to win the race". With 15 laps to go he appeared on the way to his long-awaited first Cup title before a minor incident involving also-ran Dylan Lupton brought the caution flag out.

Last Sunday's race can be considered as a glorious come-from-behind victory for Johnson. Hendrick didn't take her seriously. I had a lot of fun racing for the sixth.

Brian Scott, who announced last week that he would retire after his first and only full-time Cup season after six full seasons in the Nationwide Series, finished 15th.



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