Jimmie Johnson wins seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
On Sunday,of won the at the and his seventh championship. The title tied him with and for the most in Cup Series history.
Although he qualified 14th, a ruling of illegal modifications to his car required him to start the race at the back of the field of 40 cars. Meanwhile, fellowcontenders , and qualified 9th, 10th and 13th, respectively. winner led the first 31 laps; led the race high of 132 laps. Despite his last-place start, Johnson was able to reach the top five in less than 50 laps. However, Johnson remained behind his three championship rivals.
The race featured seven, six different leaders and 20 lead changes. The first caution came when hit the wall on lap 28; he would be involved in another caution on lap 208. spun on lap 81, while the third caution of the night came for debris on lap 172.
On a restart with ten laps to go, Edwards collided with Logano while attempting to block him. The resulting crash collected, , , , , and , whose car caught fire after hitting Keselowski. Logano received minimal damage in the contact with Edwards and was able to continue.
With less than four laps left,hit the wall, resulting in an , which extended the race length to 268 laps. Johnson took the lead from Larson with three laps to go and held on to win his 80th Cup race and the championship.
Johnson commented, "It's just beyond words [...] We just kept our heads in the game.called a great strategy, made some great adjustments for the short runs. Luck came our way and we were able to win the race and win the championship."
Larson finished second, followed by Harvick, Logano and. With his fourth-place finish, Logano finished second in the points standings with 5,037 points, three fewer than Johnson; Busch, sixth in this race, and Edwards, 34th, finished third and fourth in the standings with 5,035 and 5,007 points, respectively.
The championship was Johnson's first since 2013, and at the age of 41, he became the youngest driver to win seven titles. Prior to 2013, he won five straight championships from 2006 to 2010.
The race also marked the final Cup start for three-time champion, who finished 22nd. Stewart congratulated Johnson in victory lane and Johnson gave Stewart his helmet as a gift.
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