On the Fourth Day, ESPN Gave Me...Four NASCAR Cup Championships in a Row

Samantha CookeCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2009

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 03:  (L) Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, is given a ride back to the finish line after his burn out on Las Vegas Boulevard during the Victory Lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions Week on December 3, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Hoisting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Trophy has become somewhat routine for Jimmie Johnson. He won the Cup again for the fourth straight season.

The NASCAR season began in early February with the Daytona 500. Johnson finished 31st in that race.

Since then, he has had seven first place finishes. Johnson has also had 16 top five finishes and 24 top 10 finishes.

The second-to-last race was held in Phoenix. In that race, Johnson finished first. He held the lead four times in that race for a total of 238 laps.

The finish in Phoenix gave Johnson a 108-point lead going into the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. All Johnson needed to do was finish 25th or better to clinch his fourth straight cup.

He did well beyond that, finishing fifth. This gave Johnson a total of 160 points to clinch his Cup.

Jimmie Johnson had 36 starts this season with seven wins. Johnson can enjoy this fourth Sprint Cup in a row now. Johnson needs to get ready for next season because he is obviously the man to beat.