Nov 24 2009

Johnson Wins 4th Straight Chase Championship

The Chase for the Johnson is over; Jimmie Johnson has won his fourth straight Chase championship in a row, making Nascar history. Of course, IMHO, its recent history, just because he’s won four chase championships, I don’t hold that in as high regard as I would four Winston Cup championships. If we were still under the old points system, Jimmie would have two championships, this year and 2006, with Gordon winning 2007 and Edwards winning 2008. So, not to take anything away from Jimmie, who is going to be one of the all time greats, four championships in a row is hard to do in any sport, and in Nascar, all it takes is one more wreck or mechanical failure and you’re whole season can be different.

I do agree that Johnson stands alone, as Duane Cross puts it in this article on Nascar.com, he is one of the greats, but you can’t compare these guys anymore like we used to be able to, the points system is completely different, and I am sure if you applied the Chase rules to every Nascar season it would change the results, mainly because the Chase format sucks. To go from the best over the whole season to the best over the last ten races is a big swing, maybe if you took the top 12 drivers and have them vote on the final ten races, that might be more interesting.

Mark Martin looked like he was going to be tough on Sunday, but they weren’t as good as they thought they were going to be, Denny Hamlin was the guy to beat at the end, winning his 8th race overall.

Here is how they finished:
1 38 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 195/10 267 Running 347,975
2 26 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 175/5 267 Running 273,631
3 6 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 170/5 267 Running 228,128
4 12 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 165/5 267 Running 157,275
5 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 160/5 267 Running 189,401
6 20 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 150/0 267 Running 141,251
7 24 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 146/0 267 Running 144,981
8 30 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 147/5 267 Running 130,623
9 14 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 138/0 267 Running 116,465
10 13 44 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Ford. Drive one. 134/0 267 Running 79,400
11 10 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 135/5 267 Running 82,975
12 4 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg’s / Carquest 127/0 267 Running 82,475
13 34 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 124/0 267 Running 118,015
14 8 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 121/0 267 Running 90,025
15 22 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 118/0 267 Running 101,573
16 9 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 115/0 267 Running 69,800
17 25 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 112/0 267 Running 111,698
18 11 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 109/0 267 Running 81,400
19 15 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 106/0 267 Running 86,850
20 33 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 103/0 267 Running 100,748
21 29 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 100/0 267 Running 90,860
22 5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 102/5 267 Running 90,098
23 7 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army / All-American Bowl 94/0 267 Running 100,054
24 35 20 Joey Logano * Toyota Home Depot 91/0 267 Running 116,626
25 27 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Penske Racing 88/0 267 Running 103,440
26 36 98 Paul Menard Ford Johns Manville / Menards 85/0 267 Running 101,031
27 2 82 Scott Speed * Toyota Red Bull 82/0 267 Running 84,898
28 32 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 79/0 267 Running 85,425
29 17 202 David Gilliland Toyota Farm Bureau Insurance 76/0 267 Running 66,725
30 39 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 78/5 266 Running 78,100
31 19 171 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 70/0 266 Running 69,300
32 16 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 67/0 266 Running 69,075
33 40 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell / ETA Shuttle 64/0 266 Running 78,325
34 41 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 61/0 266 Running 73,675
35 3 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie Cupcakes / Kingsford / Clorox 63/5 251 Running 77,548
36 31 96 Erik Darnell Ford Hall of Fame Racing 55/0 247 Running 92,879
37 28 37 Travis Kvapil Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 52/0 243 Running 65,050
38 23 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 49/0 235 Running 99,423
39 37 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Mapei / Menards 46/0 227 Running 83,410
40 42 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Siemens 43/0 116 Accident 101,776
41 21 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 40/0 116 Accident 72,215
42 43 08 Terry Labonte Toyota FanCar 37/0 88 Electrical 63,915
43 18 36 Michael McDowell Toyota Wave Energy Drink 34/0 35 Overheating 64,229

Here are the final standings of the Chase drivers:
1 Jimmie Johnson 6652
2 Mark Martin 6511 -141
3 Jeff Gordon 6473 -179
4 Kurt Busch 6446 -206
5 Denny Hamlin 6335 -317
6 Tony Stewart 6309 -343
7 Greg Biffle 6292 -360
8 Juan Montoya 6252 -400
9 Ryan Newman 6175 -477
10 Kasey Kahne 6128 -524
11 Carl Edwards 6118 -534
12 Brian Vickers 5929 -723
Kyle Busch came in third and will get the bonus for being best of the rest.

2 Comments

  • By Jane Doe, December 7, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

    Johnson Sucks. He is just lucky to win his fifth. Tony Stewart did amazing this year.

  • By john doe, December 7, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    johnson sucks so does tony stewert dale jr rocks

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