Faster than a speeding bullet… Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag at Homestead winning his 7th title tying himself with the elite of Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. It was an epic battle that took place with 10 laps to go. Logano was making a signature move that would give himself a shot at the front along with Carl Edwards blocking Logano, but ultimately Carl went all in and lost. At the end of the wreck, Carl did the most magnificent thing that any athlete whether they or you or like NASCAR or not should take example from which was outstanding sportsmanship. The hopeful’s second attempt from 2011 went down the tube, but it was only his car not his spirit.
After the wreck, I myself was humbled at the class Carl showed by admitting his own mistake even though others would criticize Joey for being the one causing it. Carl is the only one who would actually admit to having a part in incident. Going over to Logano’s pit crew to cheer them on is something you would never see. Carl could have went on to throw a major fit and start throwing punches, but he didn’t. He is what you would call the illuminati of all sportsmanship. All I will say is, is we need more human beings like Carl. Because in the end it does pay to be nice.
Now as for winning that seventh record tying title. With the last restart Johnson could not have been in a more better position, but he still had to fend off Kyle and Joey. As the green flag was thrown, Johnson shot past Larson putting himself in the lead. Im sure the adrenaline level throughout his body was at an all time high while all of his blessings were cashed in like a reward card for frequent flyer miles. God himself looked down upon Homestead-Miami in Johnson’s favor the last two laps with Kyle and Joey being shuffled to the back with no chance to compete.
In the NASCAR world, even if you weren’t a Johnson fan with him going for that seventh trophy, we all kinda have to admit we were for two laps. Pulling away from the field he manage to give himself breathing room to take the checkered flag peacefully. Upon taking his champion flag and doing the burnout, getting out of the car he could barely speak words to describe the moment. Three years later with really no idea if he would ever be in contention again and with the luck he has had. To me looked like our Hero had reigned again. Meaning… Superman has returned!
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