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Jimmie Johnson J makes it six Sprint Cup championships
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson celebrates in victory lane after winning the Sprint Cup championship after the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)
He finished the season in celebratory mode again Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, completing the perfect bookends to a 36-race grind by winning his sixth Sprint Cup season title.
Denny Hamlin’s first victory of the 2013 season was overshadowed by Johnson’s amazing “Six Pack” — a title that brings him within one championship of tying Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. for most Cup titles in the sport’s history.
Johnson’s “Six Pack” was no surprise. He led Matt Kenseth by 28 points going into the season-finale, and all Johnson had to do Sunday was avoid major trouble and coast into the early evening to secure his title.
What did you expect? Johnson is no Drama King when it comes to securing championships.
Johnson remains the safest bet in the NASCAR garage. Between 2002 and 2013, Johnson has 66 victories, 182 top 5s, 272 top 10s and 32 pole positions.
“This is extremely sweet,” Johnson said. “It feels like the last five championships were a blur.”