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Jimmie Johnson Emerges from Homestead Mayhem to Match NASCAR’s Best

Jimmie Johnson has been around, disrupting the NASCAR balance of power, in every way and every kind of Chase devised to thwart him. It took 15 seasons to get seven championships. The seventh appeared at Homestead-Miami Speedway like a thief in the night. "Just didn't think the race was unfolding for us like we needed it to be the champs," Johnson said to NBC Sports, "but we just kept our heads in the game." Johnson started the Ford EcoBoost 400 last, a result of an inspection irregularity. He led three laps. Guess which ones. He won for the first time at the 1.5-mile oval that annually settles the Chase for the Sprint Cup. None of that was overly important. The championship was his seventh. No man has ever won more. Johnson joined two othe...

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