Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus are two of a kind

Jimmie Johnson (left) and crew chief Chad Knaus celebrate after winning NASCAR's Sprint Cup Chase...

Jimmie Johnson (left) and crew chief Chad Knaus celebrate after winning NASCAR's Sprint Cup Chase title. (WENN.com)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:12 PM ET

HOMESTEAD, FLA. - For Jimmie Johnson, history will have to wait another year.

In spite of all the well deserved hoopla over Johnson and the No. 48 Chevrolet team winning their sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at Homestead Miami Speedway Sunday night, the big number is seven — as in the record seven championships won by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

While there are fewer and fewer doubters that Johnson will not only match, but pass the two stock car racing icons, it will take another Herculean effort on his and crew chief Chad Knaus’ part.

Among those drivers who compete with him week in and week out over NASCAR’s gruelling 10-month, 38-race schedule, however, there is an inevitability that Johnson will make it to the top of the mountain.

Denny Hamlin, who won Sunday’s EcoBoost 400 at HMS in the No. 11 Toyota and who lost an epic battle with Johnson in the 2010 Chase, said the No. 48 team is just simply the best of any era.


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