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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2016 Recap/2017 Outlook – Jimmie Johnson

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Jimmie Johnson continued to etch his name in the NASCAR history books in 2016 by capturing his seventh Sprint Cup Series Championship, tying Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most in history.

 

Car No: 48

Crew Chief: Chad Knaus

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

Wins: 5

Top-Fives: 11

Top-10s: 16

Points Finish: 1st

2016 Quick Summary: After two quick wins at Atlanta and Fontana, Johnson struggled through much of the regular season, finishing outside the top 10 in 14 of the last 21 races. However, in true champion’s form, Johnson found his stride in the Chase by winning three races including the season finale at Homestead, which secured his seventh championship.

2016 Highlight(s): Won his seventh Cup Series championship and reached the 80 win plateau for his certain to be Hall of Fame career. Crossed Homestead off of his list of tracks where he doesn’t have a victory. 2016 marked the 15th consecutive season where Johnson has scored at least one win.

2016 Lowlight(s): Johnson recorded his first last-place finish of his career at Watkins Glen in August. Johnson endured a stretch of 24 races without a win before winning at Charlotte in October to kick off the Round of 12 in the Chase.

2017 Outlook: Johnson will enter the 2017 season with his eyes set on more history as he looks for his record-setting eighth premier series championship. He is also just five wins shy of passing Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for fourth on the all-time list. All the pieces remain in place for Johnson and the No. 48 to continue to rewrite the record books.

Johnson will win again, make the chase again, and will likely contend for another championship by the time Homestead rolls around.

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Justin Tucker

Been following Motorsports for over 30 years. NASCAR, Indy Car, F1. Earliest racing memory was Richard Petty's 200th Cup Series win. Currently resides in Ridgeway, Missouri. Favorite things to do outside of Racing is watching and cheering on the Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Kansas City Chiefs.