Johnson Claims Third Consecutive Cup

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - Nothing could stop Jimmie Johnson's drive
into the NASCAR record books. Not even a final, furious push by
Carl Edwards.
Edwards led a race-high 157 laps to win Sunday's season-ending
race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But his series-high ninth win of
the year wasn't enough to wrest away the Sprint Cup title.
Johnson locked up his third consecutive championship with a
solid 15th-place run, beating Edwards by 69 points to join Cale
Yarborough as the only drivers in NASCAR history to win three
straight titles. Yarborough did it 30 years ago, under a different
scoring system and in a very different NASCAR.

NASCAR-Sprint Cup-Ford 400 Results

Sunday
At Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead, Fla.
Lap length: 1.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Carl Edwards, Ford, 267 laps, 147.1 rating, 195 points,
$371,025.
2. (5) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 267, 113.6, 175, $273,661.
3. (7) Jamie McMurray, Ford, 267, 104.5, 165, $192,375.
4. (37) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 267, 92.1, 165, $191,861.
5. (27) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 267, 91.6, 155, $138,350.
6. (18) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 267, 73, 150, $132,516.
7. (19) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 267, 73.7, 146, $120,414.
8. (12) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 267, 88.3, 142, $98,925.
9. (13) Tony Stewart, Toyota, 267, 109.3, 143, $122,636.
10. (10) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 267, 84.9, 134, $107,158.
11. (43) AJ Allmendinger, Dodge, 267, 66.8, 130, $75,750.
12. (15) Bill Elliott, Ford, 267, 66.1, 127, $87,245.
13. (25) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 267, 105.1, 124, $108,341.
14. (39) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, 267, 66.9, 121, $95,258.
15. (30) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 267, 93.6, 123, $123,111.
16. (2) Scott Speed, Toyota, 267, 71.2, 115, $79,575.
17. (11) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dodge, 267, 88.3, 117, $99,083.
18. (23) Greg Biffle, Ford, 267, 79, 109, $79,225.
19. (8) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 266, 88.5, 106, $84,975.
20. (1) David Reutimann, Toyota, 266, 95, 108, $77,650.
21. (29) Ryan Newman, Dodge, 266, 49.1, 100, $108,900.
22. (33) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 266, 56.8, 97, $86,533.
23. (31) Brad Keselowski, Chevrolet, 266, 44, 94, $67,075.
24. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 266, 102.4, 91, $77,325.
25. (3) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 266, 107.9, 93, $119,341.
26. (14) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 266, 63.3, 85, $90,933.
27. (34) David Gilliland, Ford, 266, 62.6, 82, $80,133.
28. (24) Elliott Sadler, Dodge, 266, 51.1, 79, $94,520.
29. (21) Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet, 266, 47.7, 76, $64,875.
30. (36) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 266, 41, 73, $76,150.
31. (9) Reed Sorenson, Dodge, 266, 53.1, 70, $94,664.
32. (20) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 265, 67.4, 67, $66,725.
33. (35) Bobby Labonte, Dodge, 265, 42.2, 64, $100,961.
34. (26) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 265, 41.8, 61, $74,275.
35. (40) Aric Almirola, Chevrolet, 265, 41, 58, $97,783.
36. (16) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 264, 44.4, 55, $63,400.
37. (32) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 264, 29.3, 52, $63,200.
38. (42) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 264, 26, 49, $72,547.
39. (28) Chad McCumbee, Dodge, 263, 30.2, 46, $62,800.
40. (17) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 259, 68.7, 43, $107,983.
41. (22) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, wheel bearing, 246,
64.5, 40, $70,370.
42. (41) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota, 222, 26.9, 37, $62,070.
43. (38) Kurt Busch, Dodge, accident, 207, 38.1, 34, $61,876.
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Race Statistics
Average Speed of Race Winner: 129.472 mph.
Time of Race: 3 hours, 5 minutes, 36 seconds.
Margin of Victory: 7.548 seconds.
Caution Flags: Seven for 31 laps.
Lead Changes: 15 among eight drivers.
Lap Leaders: D.Reutimann 1; M.Kenseth 2-12; C.Edwards 13-15;
M.Kenseth 16-17; C.Edwards 18-50; K.Harvick 51; J.Montoya 52-53;
C.Edwards 54-169; J.Gordon 170-185; M.Kenseth 186-199; C.Edwards
200; J.Johnson 201-206; M.Kenseth 207-244; T.Stewart 245-255;
M.Kenseth 256-263; C.Edwards 264-267.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): C.Edwards, 5
times for 157 laps; M.Kenseth, 5 times for 73 laps; J.Gordon, 1
time for 16 laps; T.Stewart, 1 time for 11 laps; J.Johnson, 1 time
for 6 laps; J.Montoya, 1 time for 2 laps; K.Harvick, 1 time for 1
lap; D.Reutimann, 1 time for 1 lap.
Final Point Standings: 1. J.Johnson, 6,684. 2. C.Edwards, 6,615.
3. G.Biffle, 6,467. 4. K.Harvick, 6,408. 5. C.Bowyer, 6,381. 6.
J.Burton, 6,335. 7. J.Gordon, 6,316. 8. D.Hamlin, 6,214. 9.
T.Stewart, 6,202. 10. Ky.Busch, 6,186. 11. M.Kenseth, 6,184. 12.
D.Earnhardt Jr., 6,127.
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NASCAR Driver Rating Formula
A maximum of 150 points can be attained in a race.
The formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes,
Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap,
Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap
Finish.




 
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