Jimmie Johnson won his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup title tonight, leaving him one championship shy of NASCAR legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. The man is a machine.
It was all the characteristics that have come to define Jimmie Johnson, wrapped up in one glorious South Florida evening. It was smooth, it was clinical, and for long stretches it appeared effortless. When it finally ended, with fireworks bursting overhead and confetti floating in the breeze and a big silver trophy held high, it was extraordinary — just like the driver himself.
Johnson left no doubt in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, running up front for most of the event and finishing ninth to easily secure his sixth championship at NASCAR’s premier level. He entered Sunday with a 28-point edge over second-place Matt Kenseth and was never really challenged, his silence over the radio speaking volumes about the strength of his No. 48 car.
Johnson is arguably one of the greatest drivers of all time, and even though he wins and wins and wins, you can’t even hate the guy. As Jerry Seinfeld once quipped, “He’s too nice.”
Congratulations, Jimmie; you da man!