Jimmie Johnson ties two NASCAR greats with his seventh Championship

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NASCAR Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson has tied two legends on Sunday. He has won his seventh NASCAR Championship at the highest level.

He has tied legends Richard “The King” Petty and Dale Earnhardt with the seven championships. Only these three men have won seven championships in the NASCAR Cup Series.

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson points to the sky after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 and the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship
Jimmie Johnson points to the sky after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 and the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship (Getty Images)

Johnson won the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. With the win, he defeated Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Carl Edwards.

This was the first-time that Johnson won at Homestead-Miami Speedway in his career. Before Sunday’s competition, this facility was just one of four players, where he had not won a race in his career.

“I’m just beyond words,” Johnson said as he climbed out of the car. “I didn’t think the race was unfolding for us like we needed it to give us a chance. (Crew chief) Chad Knaus called a great strategy and made some great adjustments for this short run. Some luck came our way, and we were able to win the race and the championship.

“Just thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’m so thrilled to be given this opportunity and so blessed.”

Busch won his first Championship in 2015. However, Logano and Edwards were attempting to win their first Championship.

It’s been three-years since Johnson’s last Championship. He also won the Championship in 2013. 

In the last decade, he dominated, as he won five straight Championships from 2006 through 2010. He is the only NASCAR Cup Series driver to win five straight Championships. 

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