2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion - Jimmie Johnson

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• Jimmie Johnson - 31 years old from El Cajon, Calif. – won the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship. He became the 28th driver to win the championship on NASCAR’s premier series, winning the championship by 56 points over Matt Kenseth.
• Johnson is the seventh different NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion in the last eight years. Only Tony Stewart (2002 and 2005) has repeated as series champion since 1998.
• His championship comes in his fifth full season of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition. Johnson’s previous best season finish of second occurred in 2003 and 2004. He has finished in the top five in points in all five of his full-time seasons.
• Johnson won five races in 2006 (Daytona, Las Vegas, Talladega, Indianapolis and second Martinsville). He has 23 career victories in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.
• Johnson also recorded one Bud Pole, 13 top-five finishes, 24 top-10 finishes this season.
• Johnson led the standings a four times for a total of 25 races in 2006, including the final three. Johnson took the lead following Race No. 1 (Daytona) and held the lead for the first four races. He then dropped to third for one race, retaking the point lead after Race 6 (Martinsville) for two races. He was second after Race No. 8 (Phoenix) but came back to take the lead for 16 races the next event. He dropped out of the lead following Race No. 25 (California) but retook the lead following Race no. 34 (Texas).
• Johnson’s worst points position prior to the Chase was third following Race No. 5 (Bristol). He began the Chase in the second position and dropped to ninth following a 39th-place finish in the first Chase race (New Hampshire). Ranked eighth entering Charlotte, he posted three second-places finishes and one third to move back into the points lead following Race No. 34 (Texas). Another second-place finish at Phoenix and a ninth at Homestead secured his championship.
• Johnson’s point lead of 124 points over Matt Kenseth following Race No. 22 (Watkins Glen) was the largest by any driver this season.
• Johnson has ranked in the top-10 in the championship point standings for 105 races, the sixth-longest streak in the top-10 since the point system modification in 1975.
• Johnson won the season opening Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. The winner of the Daytona 500 has won the championship that season eight times. The winner of the Brickyard 400 has won the championship that season six times, including four consecutive years (1998 through 2001) and the past two seasons.
• This is Jeff Gordon’s first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championship in his fifth season as an owner. Gordon co-owns the Lowe’s Chevrolet with Rick Hendrick, making this the sixth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup owner championship for Hendrick Motorsports.
• This is the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series title for Chad Knaus in his fifth full season as a crew chief, all with Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports. Knaus is 35 years old and from Rockford, Ill.(NASCAR Statisical Services)
aww, c'mon TI, what do you have against the kid? and i wouldn't rule out Jeff Gordon as a force to be reconed with next season, along with JP Montoya a couple years down the road.
Montoya.. no.. HECK NO...

I have nothing against GJR.. I love'em... all of em, but RCR is going to be strong next year.

Gordon... I don't like you anymore...
Hehehe You're as bad as me, TI. I'll even root for Denver, Oakland, or Green Bay over Dallas. Those are my most despised teams. And Gordon...mean as it is, I always hoped he'd take a really hard right turn at 200 MPH...
I worked the races.....


Me and the Sgt going over what to do right before the race ended. THere was something like twenty laps to go when that photo was taken.


Me escorting Taylor Hicks, last year's winner of the American Idol show. He sang the National Anthem.
I escorted Jimmie Johnson after he won the race. The fans were nuts. The races are held in my city.

The first two days were okay, just really long shifts. the last day, the last race. Was a day of complete chaos. But in the end we all pulled through and dealt with it.

I spoke with Jimmie Johnson after he did his interview on ESPN or SPEED Network. I don't remeber. I also provided secuirty for Jeff Gordan. I was two feet off camera from him when he was interviewed by either ESPN or SPEED Network. I really don't know which ones they were. I think NASCAR has their own television network also.
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Speed is "NASCAR T.V." pretty much. I am sure it was mayhem down there in Miami. I wouldn't want your job with all of those crazy fans.

thanks for the pics

Good for OT huh?
yeah, two in a row in NASCAR is pretty unheard of, but i would have to say that the champ next year will be one of the drivers from the chase this past season.