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Johnson takes 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup title

Jimmie Johnson set a new record of five consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championships by finishing second in the Ford 400 at Homestead behind Carl Edwards.
It was the closest finish to the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship for years, but in the end the winner was the same one the series has had every year since 2006 - Jimmie Johnson once again reigned supreme.

In the series' 62 seasons, Johnson is the only driver to win five consecutive titles and only the third driver in its history to win five or more in their career - Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt each won seven. Johnson won his fifth championship in his ninth full-time season, while Petty's fifth came in his 16th season and Earnhardt in his 13th. In his Sprint Cup career to date, Johnson has never finished outside the top five at the end of the year.

Despite the return of pit stop problems for the #48, Johnson was able to run comfortably toward the front of the field for much of the race at Homestead. Once again he demonstrated his ability to be Mr Consistency through the final ten-race Chase sequence, ending the season with nine consecutive top ten finishes - the secret of his enduring success.

Kevin Harvick also had a strong race and finished just behind Johnson in third place, but came into the race too far behind on points to have a realistic chance of the title as long as Johnson was still running strongly. Neither Johnson nor Harvick had the raw speed to challenge a dominant Carl Edwards for the race win itself, however, and Edwards finishes the season with back-to-back victories, his 18th Sprint Cup career win as well as clinching fourth place in the championship.

Denny Hamlin had gone into the series finale ahead on points, but his race was disastrously compromised on lap 24 when contact with Greg Biffle sent him spinning through the infield, which resulted in front-end damage to the nose and spitter of the #11. While the pit crew were able to patch up the damage over a succession of pit stops through the afternoon, his handling was affected and he was never a serious threat to Johnson on the track. A deflating tyre added to his woes, and later a missed pit call and going a lap down in the closing stages left him struggling even to hold on to second place in the championship against Harvick.

Harvick's biggest scare of the afternoon came on lap 243 when he made contact with the previous day's Nationwide race winner, Kyle Busch. Busch was put into the wall and the #18 caught fire, with Kyle having to be pulled clear by NASCAR track staff.

Full race results and final Sprint Cup standings



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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, pits along with the rest of the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmer`s Insurance Chevrolet SS, is congratulated by his Hendrik Motor Sports teammates Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Panasonic Toughbook Chevrolet SS (left), Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS (center) and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet SS (right) after his victory Sunday, August 31, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. With this win, Kahne joins Gordon, Johnson, and Earnhardt Jr. in the Chase. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 30, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 30, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 30, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 29, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, finished fourth and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS, finished twelfth Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
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TooBored - Unregistered

November 23, 2010 5:05 AM

The GOAT? Possibly... I bet he'll will at least 4 more in 10 years. But 5 times in a row, I'm impressed. Say what you want nascar boring/for rednecks only/one turn race but to win a series at anything 5 times in a row, very impressive. I've actually tried driving a nascar at disneyworld, it's a lot harder than most people think. even at 100mph (fastest i managed) the heavy car is a b1tch to drive and moves a lot.



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