Johnson is NASCAR’s 5-Time Champ

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I have to admit that I thought it was impossible for Jimmie Johnson to win 5 straight Sprint Cup Championships.

But then again I thought 4 straight was out of the question last year.

“Jimmie, you are a rock star, my friend,” crew chief Chad Knaus told Johnson on the cool down lap. “You have proven it time and time again. And you damn did it today, my friend.”

Today Jimmie Johnson proved all the doubters wrong by cruising to the championship with a 2nd place finish behind a dominant Carl Edwards in the Ford 400 at Homestead.

“Im just beside myself,” said Johnson as he celebrated with his crew in Victory lane. “Four was amazing. Now I have to figure out what the hell to say about winning five of these things. Everybody is going to want to know what it means. I don’t know. It is pretty damn awesome. I can tell you that.”

Denny Hamlin led the Chase heading into the final showdown. But when he spun his No. 11 Toyota into the infield grass and damaged the front splitter his championship hopes appeared to be over. But Hamlin wasn’t done. His crew repaired the car and he came back to make one more run at Johnson. But the damage to the car was just enough to give Johnson the edge.

“We just had a good car today and we did almost everything that we needed to do,” said Hamlin.”We put ourselves in position to run up front, and we ran up front and you know, in the end, we just got beat there on that last restart and they just out ran us.”

What do you think about Johnson’s 5 straight championships? Who can stop him from getting number six next year, if anyone can?

 

 

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33 Comments on Johnson is NASCAR’s 5-Time Champ

  1. Sandra on
  2. I think it is great Jimmie Johnson won his 5th championship today.
    It shows to me that nothing is possible, and the attitude the entire team has I hope 2011, he wins his 6th championship and 2012 he wins his 7th championship.
    After he ties 7th championship with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr, I hope out of respect for them two he will not break the record. So after his 7th championship Jimmie Johnson hopefully will retire or take Chad Knaus place, but I hope he will get out the car after his 7th championship.

  3. Tom on
  4. I was kinda hoping someone else would have won the championship this year.
    I do remember a couple of weeks ago Jimmy’s car had something a little off but never heard anything about what NASCAR did to him. He was caught cheating a lot before and I thought for sure when they found something wrong during the inspection that Jimmy wouldn’t get his 5th championship. I honestly don’t know what Brian standing up there with Jimmy and smiling when he knows that they are cheaters and people are getting turn off by Jimmy winning all the time. I really feel fans are going to leave because it getting to be old now. You start the year off watching all the races and Jimmy still get it at the end. I think they should take Jimmy out for one year, or give Jr. Chad Knaus and see what happen. I miss Dale Earnhardt. If he hasn’t left us, he would have had Dale Jr. winning his championships.

  5. Fish on
  6. Boo!

  7. ladyred on
  8. No, will never be a fan of his. Kanaus wins not JJ.

  9. AZomah on
  10. No, I am not a fan of the 48. Alot of people compare him to drivers gone by. I don’t think the comparison is fair. I ask myself if the 48 driver could win driving a real stock car. The cars of today are all about parody. I don’t think he will get a championship next year. 2011 is the last year for the driver of the 5 car, and since he is nearing retirement, HMS will want to give the championship to him. As long as I can remember this is the way that orginization has operated. Someone once said that the luckiest drivers in NASCAR are the ones that have been fired by HMS, no one laughed. We all knew it is true. I am hoping for changes to be made for Jr. But then again, he will probably be required to help the driver of the 5 car. In other words, I am expecting more of the same things that have gone on for the past 3 seasons. You have no idea how much I would like to be proven wrong.

  11. Mavis on
  12. Great for Jimmie but I’m still not a fan. Now if they could just do something about getting better cars and a crew chief that can make adjustments for Dale Jr I would be happy. He’s not a 21st place driver!

  13. Dottie Travis on
  14. ABSOLUTELY-POSSITIVELY NOT I AM SORRY MY HEART REMAINS W/DALE JR I HAVE BEEN A FAN FOR OVER 10+YEARS AND I INTEND TO REMAIN HIS BIGGEST MOST DEVOTED AND DEDICATED FAN . HE IS MY HERO-MY ANGEL-MY MAN- MY FOREVER CHAMPION ALWAYS ALWAYS #1 TO ME…..HE WAS THERE FOR ME DURING THE DARKEST TIME OF MY LIFE I INTEND ON BEING THERE FOR HIM…

  15. Thelma Pace on
  16. No I am not a JJ fan and will nrver be. i am about ready to stop watching nascar altogether. The way they give the championships to JJ is rediculous. yes he got the most points today, but last year he did it the same way. they take the regular points away and then give out the points the way they want too. they gave the Gordon championship away last year and the Kevin Harvick away this year. Race the whole season and quit messing with the points. the way they did harvick today was just what i have been saying . the intended for JJ to be the champion no matter what. i am not the only peron who feels this way. many of my friends who used to watch nascar have quit and they will not go to races or watch it until nascar goes back to not taking points away for a chase. the chase is BULL…………. get my drift. that is why nascar is loosing fans and money. those of you who agree, lets let nascar hurt for awhile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A Long while.

  17. Evie on
  18. No way, his team cheats, Hendricksdoesn’t care about his other drivers, just number 48. Hope Nascar fines something wrong with the car and take the title away from Jimmy Boy…….

  19. marcel on
  20. Most of the above are not racing fans. You are cry babies, who needs you. If you don’t want to watch Nascar don’t, simple as that. I have drivers I would like to see win a champion ship, I still give credit to the ones that do it. As for JR. this was the best your going to see, its only going to get worse.

  21. Dean on
  22. Congrats to the 48 crew . Once again it just shows what champions they are. Not a JJ fan but what a team! Hey Tom dale Jr in my honest opinion will never win a championship. He is a great guy but just doesn” have the drive he may win a few more races but championship I just don”t see it.

  23. Thelma Pace on
  24. Just wondering if Nascar really cares what the fans think?

  25. George on
  26. CONGRATULATIONS to Jimmie, Chad, and the rest of the Lowe’s team. This was a fantastic feat. I didn’t realize there were so many sore losers against Jimmie, but I guess that is in any sport. I’d be checking a few other cars before accusing the Lowe’s team of cheating. Not that I thrink they do, but I’ve always felt there was a fair amount of cheating going on in NASCAR and not just the past few year. Anyway, I’m glad to see Jimmie win his 5th consec championship.

    Tom, you are right, I think they are cheaters also, always have. I am not a J J fan myself either and I think they could do better for Jr.also, Mavis if they would give him a new crew. I am a Jr fan and always will be, even if he never wins another race in his life The best part of the race today was when cry baby Kyle wrecked.That made my day.

  27. mike ross on
  28. I BELIEVE THAT J.J. WON THIS SEASON ALL ON HIS OWN TODAY NOT AS JUST A TEAM. J.J. DROVE HIS HEART OUT TODAY. I AM A JR FAN TO THE END BUT J.J. DROVE THAT CAR TO WHERE HE FINISHED TODAY. I`M NOT SAYING THAT HIS CREW WASN`T WITH HIM BUT HE DID A LOT AS A DRIVER. A SPEACIALY TODAY.
    HE HAD NO ONE TO BACK HIM UP. HE JUST DROVE A RACE CAR AND THATS IT. HE DID HIS JOB. I`LL ADMIT I`M A LITTLE UPSET THAT HE WON BUT AT THE SAME TIME I`M GLAD. JIMMIE JUST DID WHAT HE`S SUPPOSED TO DO.

  29. mike ross on
  30. BESIDES THIS WAS THE MOST EXCITING RACE OF THE YEAR.

  31. REGAN on
  32. NASCAR COULD CARE LESS WHAT THE FANS THINK. SO I DONT CARE WHAT THEY THINK WHEN I AND MANY OTHER FANS STAY AWAY FROM THE TRACK. I HOPE THAT AT LEAST HALF OR EVEN MORE OF THE FANS WOULD JUST STAY AWAY FROM THE TRACKS AND THE TV. IT IS NOT THAT JJ WINS #5 IT IS HOW NASCAR GOES ABOUT WHO THEY WANT TO SEE WIN AND THEY MAKE SURE OF IT. WHY DOES NASCAR ALWAYS LET JJ GET AWAY WITH THE VERY SAME THINGS THEY FINE OTHERS FOR?MR. HENDRICK WHY CAN YOU NOT PUT THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME AND MONEY TO THE REST OF THE DRIVERS? YOU SIR HAVE DONE THE NASCAR FANS AND THE OTHER TEAMS YOU HAVE VERY WRONG. I CANT WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO JJ WHEN THE NEXT GOLDEN BOY ARRIVES IN 2012. IT IS NOT THAT I DONT LIKE KASEY KAHNE BUT IF YOU CAN NOT GIVE ALL OF YOUR TEAMS THE SAME THING THEN MAYBE YOU SHOULD JUST HAVE ONE. I THINK THAT YOU USE THE $ GORDON, JR,AND MARTIN BRING IN TO JUST FUND ONE TEAM. YOU PREACH TEAM BUT EVERYBODY KNOWS HOW YOU HAVE DONE THINGS. NASCAR YOU ARE NOT LOOKING OUT FOR THE FANS AND YOU ARE DOING THE VERY PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE YOU RICH. BUT YOU WILL LOOSE IN THE LONG RUN. I AND MANY OTHERS WILL CONTINUE TO STAY HOME UNTILL THINGS CHANGE. I HOPE FOR ALL INVOLVED IT IS SOON.

  33. DW on
  34. I’m begining to wonder if I’m watching NASCAR or wrestling. It seems faker every year.

  35. Jay on
  36. I’m a Jimmie fan, Tony fan and you cry baby people about Jr get over IT he would never make in Nascar if it wasn’t for her Dad and that too is the only reason people back him He should go back to Nationwide were he can win races period!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND TOO I’M A BIG DALE SR FAN AND ALWAYS BE FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE AND HE IS THE GREATEST DRIVER THAT THERE EVER WAS

  37. Maria on
  38. No, I am not a fan of the 48 team and never will be. So many things have gone on and nascar overlooks it for the 48 team and during the race Kevin Harvick was penalized on pit row was a farce to get his points taken away from him. Nascar did Bowyer wrong also. I hate the chase and think it isn’t fair to any of the drivers who work so hard during the year to have there points not count the last 10 races to win.
    Nascar has lost our home and from now on, will not buy or watch or go to anymore races in the coming year. So tired of the cheating and miss management of nascar to the drivers. I am a fan of most of the drivers and wish them better luck in 2011.

  39. Ron on
  40. I was going to say I can not believe what I see in these Posts about Jimmy Johnson Winning his 5th, yes 5 TIME Championship, 5th consecutive Championship! But expected no less for any of you, you people all say that J J Cheats, what about all the Toyota’s on the track today? When Toyota 1st came into NASCAR they couldn’t even keep up with the rest of the cars BUT the following year they started winning ALL the races, Gee I wonder what happened to make them go so fast in one year? Hmmm you think there may be some cheating, a blind eye, some head turning by NASCAR to allow them to do things to those Rice Rockets to make them faster then ALL the other cars on the track?

    I was so Happy to see Kyle “Cry Baby” Busch wreck, see his car go up in smoke. NOT to see him get hurt but to see HIM OUT OF THE RACE! How many times has that happened when he Wrecks someone else and he NEVER, EVER takes the blame. It is always the other drivers fault, NEVER HIS! How many times has HE wrecked other drivers and nothing, I mean absolutely NOTHING was ever done to him? Denny Hamlin is another Cry Baby and did NOT deserve to Win yesterdays “FORD 400″, or Championship! It was too bad that Kevin Harvick got what appeared to be an unjust penalty and sent to the rear of the pack (a 100 points Behind?)! I could not see how he could have been speeding on Pit Road when behind 2 other cars. Why weren’t those cars penalized, if Harvick was Speeding they surely had to be speeding also shouldn’t they?

    As far as “The Part” on J J’s car that NASCAR confiscated BEFORE the race a few weeks ago that I see everyone here complaining about. NASCAR came out and said (2 days later) it was NOT an illegal part but a WORN driveshaft cover that had been removed and put back on the car too many times.Where in the rules does it say that a worn part is illegal? That so called part was a SAFETY HAZARD, NOT ILLEGAL and NASCAR did the right thing by NOT penalizing J J for a worn part they found BEFORE a Race, they did the right thing and you folks only hear/read/see what you want and NOTHING else! Sour Grapes, Sore Losers all of you!

    I too am a JR Fan, not because he is a great driver but what he brings to NASCAR as a Driver. I too think that Hendricks should do MORE for his other Teams, yes, it IS a Team Sport and I think he is USING Jr as well as his other Teams to benefit J J, but STILL believe that J J WON fair and rightfully so! Great Driving yesterday J J, not one scratch on your car at the end of the race, unlike Hamlin or Harvick, both wrecked and hurt their own chances of winning! It would probably would have been good to see a new face in the winners circle but I am extremely HAPPY that J J WON his 5th Consecutive Championship and a New Record beating all the Great Drivers in NASCAR History. If he Win’s again next year I will be cheering him on. He ran a Great Race and EARNED the right to that 5th Championship! He too was way down in the points during the Race yesterday but came back to WIN his Championship, that is a Driver, not a Cry Baby like the other so-called Busch’s and Hamlin’s in NASCAR!

    Too bad you people have your priorities set for YOUR Driver and to heck with anyone else that may get in the way! I can only HOPE that other Drivers put Kyle “Cry Baby” Busch into the Wall each and every Race for what he has done to everyone of them! He STILL blames Greg Biffle for that accident when in fact it was HIM that ran into Biffle when there was not enough room for him to fit, he deserved to be hit. I feel bad about Joe Gibbs having to PUT UP with that little cry baby Busch! Maybe he should think about the T-E-A-M and get rid of him! The ONLY way he wins races IS by Cheating, face the facts and look at what is really going on, on the Track during a Race and WATCH what he does to get to the front, he drives THROUGH people, not around them, wrecking them in the process. After-wards when interviewed he will come up with some lame excuse like they aren’t even in the Chase and should get out of MY WAY! Too Bad Cry Baby, you wrecked and you LOST!

    Several comments follow my very same way of thinking. Nascar Car with Brian France is on the down slide. To try and build momentum FRANCE ($$$$) has turned what used to be racing into “got to put on a good show” WWF or Race Car Ballet. I do believe that Hendrick is tied into the orchestration of this reason being his organization is the strongest. So he has four drivers. JJ who is partly a Gorden deal. So the two, Rick and Jeff are making out with JJ wins, Martin who is around for old time sake and Jr , a total different story. He is a Henderick draw. He sells the most and advertises the most so he doesn’t need the cash from wins. This is very evident from the fact of how many Nationwide Insurance commericals are on every weekend and on Speed. Also look at were he has been running consistantly for weeks, average possition 24th. That is where he is told to run. Same for Brad Keselowski, look at where he has been running since he was up for the Nationwide Chamionship. Right around Earnhardt, cause that is where he was told to run. This has been consistancy for some time in the wrong direction, but it is the money factor which France is only concerned about. The two drivers don’t run with BAD equipment week in and week out in the same positions. Many of the other drivers are incidentials or fill ins to complete the “show”. How convenient that Jeff Gordon was the cause of a fight in the race incident with Burton but Gordon NEVER got a fine or put on probation for unsportman like conduct. Sorry to say that after watching this sport since 1963 things are not looking well untill the head office is cleaned out or possibly an outside group can turn it back into real stock car racing. IF not then I forsee a return of small hometown tracks coming back to life as in the case of Robert Presley taking over the Kingsport, Tennessee race rack which has a lot of history behind it .

  41. goldie on
  42. I assume you win a race or championship by cruising?? I’m sure the reason for JJ’s slow driving was under the direction of Knaus, informing him where Hamlin and Harvick were and when to pass someone. I guess when it comes right down to the very end, you do what you have to to get the win. But, still, I go to see a race……not a racer picking the time to cruise and a time to race.

  43. goldie on
  44. Just wrote a paragrah on JJ’s winning, but lost it, so I guess that is an omen for me to keep my mouth closed; therefore, I will congratulate JJ, but sure would have rather seen a real, real, race to the end and not cruising!!!!!.

  45. Ron on
  46. Goldie: Yes, I agree, if ALL 3 were running up near the front and had to really drive HARD it would have been so much better! That is what I had been looking forward too all week long, with only a 47 point spread! I think that Harvick did an awesome job getting as close as he did after being unfairly penalized but Hamlin was atleast 3 or 4 cars behind Harvick and Harvick was more then 2 seconds behind Johnson. Too bad, should have been a tighter, closer Race for all to enjoy!

  47. Ron on
  48. You know, it wasn’t like they were trying to conserve fuel or anything, would have been nice to see them beating and banging all the way to the Finish Line! LOL I really would have enjoyed that so much more!!! :)

  49. Ron on
  50. Like the Good Ole Days, when they would cross the Finish Line on their roofs, or scaring paint all around the last lap! :) :) :)

  51. Ron on
  52. Scraping Paint…. Sorry!

  53. Grace on
  54. No I do not like Jimmie Johnson he is nothing but cheater like Chad Knause. Knause has been caught cheating over ten times.
    like last year Dan Garby said johnson car was almost illegal & they would attend to it after the chase & who ever heard of something being almost illegal & johnson was driving an illegal car. Kyle Busch also drives illegal cars & trucks. Johnson was speeding on pit road & they never did anythig to him. They should take that 48 car out of the Hall of Fame because it does not belong there & Hendricks knows all about Knause cheating.

  55. Elaine on
  56. I DEFINITELY DID NOT WANT JJ TO WIN. I’M REALLY SICK OF BOTH HIM AND CK.
    YOU WOULD THINK THEY WERE THE ONLY TEAM IN RACING. IT’S BEGINNING TO NOT BE FUN TO WATCH THE RACES ANYMORE. AFTER ALL THERE ARE 42 OTHER DRIVERS ON THE TRACK AND THEY SHOULD BE MENTIONED EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE. ALL YOU HEAR IS JJ AND KYLE. I WAS HOPING HAMLIN WOULD SMOKE JJ AND I’M BETTING ON HIM NEXT YEAR. HE DID A HELL OF A JOB AND HAS MADE THE CHASE FROM THE VERY FIRST YEAR HE STARTED DRIVING, SO HE DESERVES A LITTLE MORE RESPECT THAN HE IS GETTING.
    CONGRATS, DENNY ON ONE GREAT YEAR!!!!!!

  57. ladyred on
  58. According to the Hub, they like to let out little bits and pieces of news, Ray Everham may be with Jr. next year.
    Knew it wouldn’t be Lance again!

  59. AZomah on
  60. Ladyred, about Ray e., he wrote such a nasty blog about Jr. that it was pulled. He does not like Jr. Blog was not on this website.

    Please folks, you are not punishing anyone but your local tracks and their employees by not going to the races! Just please remember that NASCAR can pull your track from the circuit at any time. Think about jobs and money brought into your local economy! If you are a Jr. fan, do you not want to be there and give him your full support! Don’t let Hendrick and NASCAR win, show them that the fans are better people than they are!

  61. bobbles63 on
  62. I know this is late but all you Jimmie Johnson haters need to understand the fact that Jimmie Johnson is one of the best in Nascar. I notice alot of anti48 fans are coming up with every lame excuse like saying he is cheating all the time, Nascar favours him etc… just so they can feel better even though it makes them look like a bunch of lil kurt busch’s (cry baby).
    You guys need to get over it. Weather you like him or hate him, he will always be one of the best in Nascar History.
    So get over it, The more you complain and cry over Jimmie and team 48, the more Championships they will win.

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