Jimmie Johnson: JJ Takes Home Fifth Straight Sprint Cup Crown
Jimmie Johnson has made history—again. Johnson finished second in Sunday's Ford 400 at Miami-Homestead Speedway, and claimed his fifth straight title in the process.
Johnson came into Sunday's race second in points to Denny Hamlin, but ran extremely well all race long and finished ahead of both Hamlin and third-place finisher Kevin Harvick. The second-place finish was enough to drive Johnson to an unprecedented fifth straight title.
Hamlin battled his car all day long, and finished 14th, while a speeding violation heading into the pits on Lap 80 sent Harvick back to 29th place, a position he couldn't overcome.
No racer in NASCAR history had ever taken home four straight championships, and no one had even sniffed five straight. But Johnson pulled it off, and the feat assures him a spot in the Hall of Fame when all is said and done.
Johnson now ranks third on the all-time list, behind Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
For more on Johnson, check out Jimmie Johnson: Why His Fifth Straight Title Is a Disaster for NASCAR.
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