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Sprint Cup Recap — Jimmie Johnson Wins 6th NASCAR Championship

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Jimmie Johnson won his sixth Sprint Cup Series championship in eight years at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as Denny Hamlin held off Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday.

Johnson needed only to finish 23rd or better to clinch the 2013 NASCAR title, but he managed to place ninth and edge out Kenseth for the championship by 19 points. Johnson’s sixth title left him trailing just Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr., each of whom won seven career NASCAR championships.

Hamlin won a race on NASCAR’s premiere circuit for the eighth consecutive year, though he waited till the season’s final day to claim a victory in 2013. Kenseth, Earnhardt Jr, Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five on Sunday.

Johnson and Kenseth were followed by Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Earnhardt Jr. in the season’s final points standings.

Pos. Driver Manufacturer
1 Denny Hamlin Toyota
2 Matt Kenseth Toyota
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
4 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota
5 Clint Bowyer Toyota
6 Brad Keselowski Ford
7 Kyle Busch Toyota
8 Joey Logano Ford
9 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
10 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
11 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
12 Carl Edwards Ford
13 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet
14 Elliott Sadler Toyota
15 Kyle Larson Chevrolet
16 Aric Almirola Ford
17 Ryan Newman Chevrolet
18 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet
19 Mark Martin Chevrolet
20 Danica Patrick Chevrolet
21 Kurt Busch Chevrolet
22 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford
23 Jeff Burton Chevrolet
24 Greg Biffle Ford
25 Parker Kligerman Toyota
26 Marcos Ambrose Ford
27 David Gilliland Ford
28 Casey Mears Ford
29 David Ragan Ford
30 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
31 David Reutimann Toyota
32 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet
33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet
34 Ken Schrader Ford
35 Joe Nemechek Toyota
36 AJ Allmendinger Toyota
37 Travis Kvapil Toyota
38 Dave Blaney Chevrolet
39 Paul Menard Chevrolet
40 Trevor Bayne Ford
41 Josh Wise Ford
42 Tony Raines Chevrolet
43 Michael McDowell Ford
Final 2013 Sprint Cup Standings
Pos. Driver Points Deficit
1 Jimmie Johnson 2419 -
2 Matt Kenseth 2400 -19
3 Kevin Harvick 2385 -34
4 Kyle Busch 2364 -55
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2363 -56
6 Jeff Gordon 2337 -82
7 Clint Bowyer 2336 -83
8 Joey Logano 2323 -96
9 Greg Biffle 2321 -98
10 Kurt Busch 2309 -110
11 Ryan Newman 2286 -133
12 Kasey Kahne 2283 -136
13 Carl Edwards 2282 -137

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