By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
With the win, Johnson has won his seventh NASCAR Championship. He ties Richard “The King” Petty and Dale Earnhardt with the seven Championships.
“Records are a mark and they set something for everyone to shoot at,” Petty said in a statement. “Jimmie and his team have done that tonight. They set a goal to get where they are and circumstances and fate made it a reality. They did what they needed to do and now they are at seven championships. Congratulations to him and his team.
“Jimmie is a great champion and this is really good for our sport.”
Before the race, Johnson dealt with a setback, as NASCAR ruled that his team made ‘unapproved medication’ following an inspection. He had to begin the race from the rear of the field.
However, by lap 47, Johnson was already in the top five of the race.
Johnson defeated Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Carl Edwards in the Championship 4. Only two drivers finished in the Top 5, as Logano also finished fourth in his Shell/Pennzoil Mosaic entry for Team Penske.
Busch — who was attempting to win two straight Championships — finished sixth in his M&M’s ride for Joe Gibbs Racing. Edwards was the worst of the Championship 4 drivers with a 34th-place finish in his Arris ride for Joe Gibbs Racing.
The multi-time Champion led the final three laps of the race. He took the lead from Kyle Larson on lap 265.
Larson finished second in his Target/Crest entry for Chip Ganassi Racing. Kevin Harvick finished third in the Jimmy John’s entry for Stewart-Haas Racing.
The second-place Larson led a race-high 132 laps. Harvick had 79, while Edwards led 47 laps, before crashing.
Logano led six laps and Johnson led the aforementioned three laps. Busch led just one lap.
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