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NASCAR Achievements

  • 5 time Sprint Cup champion: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 20102006
  • Daytona 500 winner: 2006, 2013
  • 4 time Brickyard 400 winner: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012
  • 3 time All-Star race winner: 2003, 2006, 2012
  • 2005 Budweiser Shootout winner

Sprint Cup Statistics

  • Best points finish: 1st (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • First win: 2002 NAPA Auto Parts 500 - California
  • Last win: 2012 AAA Texas 500 - Texas
  • Most wins in a season: 10 (2007)
  • Total Sprint Cup wins: 60

Sprint Cup Series Career

2001-2005: Beginnings

While racing in the NASCAR Busch (now called Nationwide) series for Herzog Motorsports Johnson sought advice from Jeff Gordon about entering the top level Winston Cup series. Gordon was impressed with him enough that he recommended him to his team owner Rick Hendrick. Hendrick and Gordon would become co-owners of the #48 Chevrolet that Johnson would drive. While still driving full time in the Busch series Johnson made a handful of starts in the 2001 Cup series as Jeff Gordon captured his 4th championship.

In 2002 Johnson had a great rookie season. He earned his first pole at the Daytona 500 and went on to score 3 wins as he finished 5th in the final standings. In 2003 he scored another 3 wins in addition to the All-Star race and finished second to Matt Kenseth in the championship standings.

In 2004 NASCAR implemented the Chase for the Cup, a 10 race 10 driver (expanded to 12 drivers in 2007) format that acted as the series' playoffs. Johnson scored 8 wins and finished second to Kurt Busch in the standings. Teammate Jeff Gordon actually scored the most points total but was beaten by Johnson and Busch in the Chase. Jimmie racked up 4 wins in 2005 and was second in points heading into the final race at Homestead-Miami but a crash half-way through the race took him out of contention and dropped him to 5th in the final standings as Tony Stewart secured his second championship.

2006-2010: Domination

2006 Daytona 500 car on Display at Hendrick Motorsports Museum

In 2006 Johnson had what can only be described as a dream season: he won the Daytona 500, the All-Star race, the Brickyard 400, and the championship all in the same year; no other driver has accomplished this. He racked up 5 wins (not counting the non-points All-Star race) en route to his first title.

In 2007 Johnson was able to successfully defend his championship. He scored 10 victories, including four in a row, as he held off teammate Jeff Gordon for his second title.

In 2008 he racked up 7 wins, including his second Brickyard 400, and made history by becoming the second driver to win three championships in a row after Cale Yarborough did from 1976-78. At the awards banquet Yarborough jokingly told Jimmie not to stop winning championships but to take next year off so his record would stand.

Yarborough's words apparently fell on deaf ears as Johnson wrote his own page in the history books with his fourth consecutive championship. He again scored 7 wins as he finished ahead of teammates Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon, giving Hendrick Motorsports a 1-2-3 finish in the standings. Johnson also became the first, and only, driver to win back-to-back Brickyard 400s.

Johnson hoists the 2010 Sprint Cup trophy

Although he was challenged greatly by Denny Hamlin in 2010, even trailing him by 14 points heading into the final race, Johnson was once again able to take the series title. He scored 6 wins, including his first ever at a road course in Sonoma, to score his historic 5th consecutive championship.

2011-Present

Johnson was always cognizant of the fact that nothing lasts forever and that eventually his streak would come to an end. 2011 turned out to be that year. He scored only two wins and finished 6th in the final standings as Tony Stewart, the last man to win the title before Johnson began his streak, captured his third Sprint Cup championship. While not a bad year by any stretch it is both the fewest wins and lowest finish in a season to date in his career.