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Jimmie Johnson Wins Fifth Title the Way the Fans Wanted…the Hard Way

When the checkered flag fell at Homestead, emotions could be seen the length of pit road. There were tears of joy for some, and heartache for others. One team stepped away happy to be in the position to win, while another knew the opportunity had slipped way. However, it was one man who had the most reason to be exuberant. Jimmie Johnson entered Sunday's action in a position he was not used to. He was second in the points—something he had not experienced coming to Homestead the previous four years. Despite the small point difference to Denny Hamlin, Johnson was not thinking he was the one in the driver's seat in the Chase. Going in, Johnson was looking at his race as though he was behind. Maybe that's what drove him to wanting to earn...

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