Jimmie Johnson pulled off a wild last-place-to-first-place drive in Sunday’s Nascar Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to claim a record-tying seventh series championship.
Johnson took his first lead of the finale on the final restart, a two-lap overtime sprint to the checkered flag, and finished several lengths in front of Kyle Larson. Kevin Harvick was third, followed by the championship contender Joey Logano and Jamie McMurray rounding out the top 5. Johnson’s seventh title tied Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most in Nascar’s 68-year history. “I thought there was no way on earth this race was going to come to us,” said Johnson, who had been relegated to the back of the field for the start after Nascar officials found a technical issue on his Chevrolet in a prerace inspection.
Late in the race,Edwards attempted to throw a big block on Joey Logano , Logano was trying to pass to Edwards’ inside on a restart with 10 laps remaining. Edwards thought he was clear of Logano, and when Edwards veered left he clipped Logano’s front-end and sent himself for a ride into the inside wall then slid back into traffic.
Afterward, a chain-reaction crash ensued including Martin Truex Jr., whose car had burst into flames that engulfed the front of the No. 78 Toyota. Others involved included Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne, who slammed into Edwards after he had slammed into the outside Turn 1 wall.Edwards changed his tune on the incident,originally he took the blame but after being interviewed,he commented that they shared the responsibility.
“I understand why [Edwards] had to throw the block and he understands why I had to make the move because that was for the win that was the only shot that I had,” Logano said in a news conference after the race. “That was for the race. With 10 to go, what do you expect? It’s for a championship.Edwards finished the race 34th and fourth in the NASCAR standings.