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Jimmie Johnson Makes History With 7th Sprint Cup Title, Wins Ford EcoBoost 400


Jimmie Johnson Won Sunday’s Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway, which gave him a record tying 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. The achievement matches the feats of Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt. Kyle Larson finished second, followed by Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Jamie McMurray round out the top 5.

“There is no way on Earth. I’m just beyond words and didn’t think the race was unfolding for us to be the champs, but we kept our heads in the game. Some luck came our way and we were able to win the race.” 2016 Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson said after the race with NBC Sports.

Johnson, whose prior championships were in 2006 through 2010 and also 2013, led only the final three laps to become part of NASCAR history. Bur, the title didn’t come without adversity.

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Johnson was forced to start the race from the rear of the field when his car failed to pass pre-race inspection. He easily moved through the field in the opening laps, landing inside the top 10 consistently just before half way.

But, luck would find Jimmie’s way in the winding laps. On a restart with 10 to go, two fellow Championship 4 contenders Carl Edwards and Joey Logano started a multi-car crash as Edwards was blocking the 22. Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman, Regan Smith and Martin Truex Jr. were all collected in the Edwards-Logano wreck. The race could be red flagged for just over 30 mins.

Johnson took the lead 3 laps to the finish, including the NASCAR Overtime after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. found trouble to, complete an improbable comeback and the 7th title.

Other storylines from Sunday’s Ford Ecoboost 400 At Homestead-Miami Speedway include:

  • Three-time champion Tony Stewart finished 22nd in his 618th and final career Cup start, which also came on the fifth anniversary to the date of his final Sprint Cup championship in 2011.
  • It was the third time in Johnson’s career that he started from the back and went on to victory. The other two times were both at Charlotte in May 2003 and October 2005.
  • Brian Scott, who announced last week that he would retire after his first and only full-time Cup season after six full seasons in the Nationwide Series, finished 15th.
  • After 9 years, Sprint now leaves NASCAR as a series entitlement sponsor. A new series sponsor, still unannounced, will assume the entitlement role for the 2017 season.