Jimmie Johnson avoided a pair of close calls on Sunday, putting him on the verge of claiming his sixth career NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Even if second-place Matt Kenseth wins the final race in Miami, Johnson need only finish higher than 23rd to claim his first title since 2010. There are still many NASCAR fans who attribute Johnson's success at winning titles to the Chase playoff system, or the backing of Hendrick Motorsports. But six titles, including five in a row, is nothing to sneeze at.
Benchmark of greatness?
Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt both won seven titles in NASCAR's top series.
All but over?
Johnson avoided trouble and finished third at Phoenix, leaving him in great shape to win a sixth title .