Jimmie Johnson Claims Sixth Nascar Championship in Eight Years

Jimmie Johnson secured his sixth Sprint Cup Series auto racing championship in eight years with a ninth-place finish in Nascar’s season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Johnson, 38, is one season title away from tying Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt for the most championships at Nascar’s top level. Johnson, who captured a record five straight Sprint Cup Series titles from 2006 through 2010, had six race wins this season along with 24 top-10 finishes.

“I have six. We’ll see if I can get seven,” Johnson said after last night’s race. “Time will tell. I think we need to save the argument until I hang up the helmet.”

Johnson needed to finish 23rd or better in yesterday’s EcoBoost 400 to claim the championship and ran among the top 10 for most of the 400-mile race, which was won by Denny Hamlin.

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