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Johnson makes it official with title-clinching effort at Homestead

Cale Yarborough has company. Jimmie Johnson raced his kind of race Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win his record-tying third consecutive Sprint Cup championship, writes Ed Hinton.

Updated: November 17, 2008, 10:47 AM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- In the end, Jimmie Johnson chased down NASCAR history by taking it easier than he had all season.

He equaled Cale Yarborough's 30-year-old record of three consecutive Cup championships with a 15th-place finish Sunday -- but that was just the culmination of a cautious promenade through the season-ending Ford 400.

And he did what neither Richard Petty nor the late Dale Earnhardt, the two drivers tied for the most career championships with seven, ...

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