Johnson, Knaus finally live championship dream

Jimmie Johnson had lived through the heartbreak of coming close. The best driver in recent years was finally rewarded with a title Sunday, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: November 21, 2006, 12:45 AM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Racing has an old adage: If you run near the front long enough, good things will happen.

Jimmie Johnson was starting to wonder. Johnson has run near the front for a long time, but the ultimate prize of his profession had eluded him.

As he stood on a stage Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, holding the Nextel Cup, all the doubts were erased. Finally, Johnson is the champion.

He finished ninth in the Ford 400 to clinch the title, something ...

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