Jimmie Johnson won his third straight NASCAR championship today. Carl Edwards, the only driver within striking distance, led the most laps and won the race-in dramatic fashion by running out of fuel as he crossed the finish line. In order for Edwards to have won the championship, Johnson would have had to finish 38th or worse. Johnson finished 20th, one lap down due to a late pit stop. No matter, Johnson won the third championship in a row-a feat accomplished only one time before-exactly thirty years ago-by Cale Yarborough.
That this is only the second time in the sport’s history that a driver has won the championship three times in a row just shows how hard winning really is in this sport. That he did it three times is simply amazing. Hats off to Johnson and the whole Hendricks team.