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HOMESTEAD, Fla. Cheap Jerseys . -- Prior to the start of the media day Thursday with the four championship contenders, Jimmie Johnson passed a reporter.You missed it, Johnson said. We just got in a big fight.A quick check of Johnson showed no black eye. He was fibbing, just having fun. It was no surprise. For a driver who had six Cup titles and feels like he plays with house money for the rest of his career, he could joke around all he wanted a few days prior to another potential biggest race of his life.But maybe he just wanted to create a distraction. Johnson obviously was hiding something else.A horseshoe.I guess the horseshoe only goes in one spot, Johnson quipped after a long celebration Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But theres no room.That horseshoe has to exist somewhere in the Hendrick Motorsports stable. How else could Johnson have won a race Sunday when he looked to be the worst among the four Chase finalists for much of the event, causing crew chief Chad Knaus to drop a couple of choice curse words when trying to talk about what to do to the car?And then, in the most stunning and improbable fashion, Johnson emerged as the champion, number #se7en as he puts it.Most people in the situation we were just in would have crumbled and he didnt even waver, Knaus said. He knew what he needed to do. He knew what the demands were on him at that point in time and he made it happen. Thats the difference.Running sixth with 15 laps to go and fifth with 10 laps remaining, Johnson found himself in no position to win his seventh title and tie Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt in the process.Appearances werent even deceiving. He just didnt seem to have the speed to match Chase finalists Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano.I never thought it was bleak, Johnson said. There was a weird, comfortable confidence all night long. ... I just felt like something was going to happen and I was going to be OK with it.And for a while, I came with the grips to the reality of it being third, fourth somewhere in there and shaking somebody elses hand and being happy for them.And then he turned into a seven-time Cup champion. A wreck on a restart with 10 laps remaining ruined the day for Edwards as he tried to block Logano. Edwards had the strongest long-run car but was out of the race. Logano, who was able to continue, had the strongest short-run car, but it was damaged.Johnson restarted fourth with five laps left in regulation and jumped quickly to second. Another accident led to NASCARs version of overtime, a two-lap dash to the finish. Johnson took the lead from Kyle Larson on the restart and never looked back, winning the Ford 400 and the 2016 title.There was just some calmness that was in me, Johnson said. We restart and the 22 [of Logano] and 19 [of Edwards] wreck and Im like, Oh, OK. Weve got a shot at this thing. I dont know why Ive been so calm but maybe it is in the cards. ... I get the restart of my life at the end and I got the goose bumps going down the backstretch and Im like, Youve got to be kidding me.Non-Chase finalists Larson and Kevin Harvick followed him across the finish line with Logano fourth. Kyle Busch, the other Chase finalist running at the finish, was sixth, while Edwards was in the garage at 34th.Crazy that they were never really in the game, but there they are all of a sudden every chance they get, Busch said. They get in the right time or the right lane or have a good restart or just do the things they need to do, and they make the most of it.As the team celebrated its championship, team members threw hats into the crowd. No horseshoes could be found.You can say luck, whatever you want to say, but those guys battled, said four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon, a co-owner of the team. They battled hard to try to get themselves in that position and hoped that cautions would come out and fall their way. And they did.It certainly was a battle. With 95 laps remaining and Johnson stuck in 10th, the team tried to figure out the adjustments during a caution.Were going to try a bunch of s--- here, Knaus told Johnson. Were last anyways.Among the adjustments: The team made an adjustment of the right front shock of the car, allowing the car to turn better as track temperatures cooled as the sun went down. It was especially important on those final restarts.Jimmie was definitely able to run the bottom of the racetrack better, Knaus said. In traffic, we just couldnt get from that fifth-to-eighth, in that area it is kind of like a black hole. Its very difficult to progress through that area and we just couldnt get through.So Johnson needed help. He got it in the form of the Edwards-Logano ruckus.Was there some luck involved or bad luck? ... Did that open up the door for us? Absolutely, Knaus said. But the fact of the matter is we lined up out there and Jimmie drove that thing past those guys and won the race.Yes, he did.With 10 laps to go, I said [to my wife], Were not going to??? were not going to do anything, team owner Rick Hendrick said. She said, Youre going to win the race.? I said, Well, thats pretty funny.When we had that last caution and he came out and took the lead ... I couldnt believe it.? I was actually stunned because we had so many ups and downs in that race, and Im not a big fan of restarts because I usually come out on the wrong end.Hendrick might be Johnsons biggest fan. And the feeling is mutual. Johnson remembers when Hendrick took a chance on him on the advice of Gordon, who saw Johnson race in the Xfinity Series and do nothing spectacular.Or at least not have spectacular results.Johnson proved Gordon a prophet, winning five consecutive Sprint Cup titles from 2006 to 2010, another in 2013 and now one more in 2016.I saw him doing a lot with a lot less equipment than some of his competitors, Gordon said. I thought, Wow, if we could give him the kind of equipment Ive been driving, just imagine what he can do. Of course, none of us expected it to turn out quite the way that it has.Its been an unbelievable career, a career that now includes 80 victories along with the seven Cup titles.?I didnt know if wed ever see anybody win seven, said Johnson teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., son of the late seven-time champion. But if anybody deserves it, it is?him.?Hes the best driver the sports seen in so long.He is definitely in the?discussion of the best driver?ever.?Great teammate.?Great guy.?So Im proud of him. Cheap NBA Jerseys China . Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. Cheap Jerseys From China . The next step is a better finish. Bae played bogey-free Friday on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus going into the weekend. http://www.nflcheapjerseys.us/ . It was hard for Luck to pull off another comeback, or even get into the end zone, while standing on the sideline. Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to give the Chargers a 19-9 victory against the Colts on Monday night. WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- When Ryan Hunter-Reay picked up his first win of the season in Alabama, he regretted that his wife and newborn son werent on hand for Victory Lane photographs. He made up for it Saturday with an early Fathers Day celebration at his favourite track, no less. Hunter-Reay continued Andretti Autosports domination at the Milwaukee Mile, winning the IndyCar event for the second year in a row and third time in his career. He became the first driver to win back-to-back races at the Mile since Tony Kanaan in 2006 and 2007 when he was driving for ... you guessed it, Michael Andretti, himself a five-time winner at Milwaukee. "At Barber, that was one of the races that Beccy and our son didnt come to and I felt bad because we didnt have the pictures of him in Victory Lane, so this is even better," Hunter-Reay said. "To do it on Fathers Day, to do back-to-back at Milwaukee, I love this place. Every driver, you ask them, they respect this oval the most." Andretti drivers have won five of the last nine races at the mile oval and nearly had a perfect day Saturday in a race that was promoted for the second year by Michael Andrettis marketing company. Hunter-Reay got the win, E.J. Viso finished fourth and James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ont., was fifth. The only blemish was pole-sitter Marco Andretti, who led the first 62 laps before his day fell apart with an electrical issue. "He let me down," joked father Michael Andretti. "I really feel bad for Marco. He was running really strong, really strong all weekend." But it was still a huge success for Andretti, who is in negotiations with IndyCar to promote the race next year but makes winning at Milwaukee a priority for his organization. "We come here with a philosophy of what I had back when I was driving, and we just carry that on, try to stress that to the engineering and the drivers on the way we used to do it then," Andretti said. "Theres things we used to do that really used to work. Seem to still be working." Alex Tagliani of Lachenaie, Que., finished second last in 23rd after his car suffered a mechanical problem. For Hunter-Reay, it was the second win of the season for the defending IndyCar Series champion. And it came at the site of the track he used to jump-start last years title run -- Hunter-Reay reeled off three consecutive wins starting with Milwaukee last season to climb into the championship race. He wasnt thinking cchampionship in the closing laps, though. Wholesale NFL Jerseys. His focus was on Fathers Day and son Ryden. "Those last few laps I was thinking, Man, Ive got to do this for him," Hunter-Reay said. "Its so special, hes 6 months old, getting to have my little guy here in Victory Lane is the best Fathers Day gift." IndyCar Series points leader Helio Castroneves was second and followed by Penske Racing teammate Will Power as Chevrolet swept the podium. It was the first podium finish this season for Power, who hasnt won a race since Brazil last year. He made a bold attempt to pass Castroneves for second in the closing laps before cautiously backing off a touch. Power said after the race he had to consider the big picture and that his teammate is the current points leader while racing for position. "That was close, I wanted to race him very cleanly because hes leading the championship," Power said. "I was like Man, I dont want to take you out. Helio continues to get good points, and its cool to get (my) car up on the podium. Weve just got to keep chipping away and in the meantime, Im going to help out Helio as much as I can. If I can beat him I will, and make some hay on the championship." Scott Dixon was sixth in the highest finishing Honda and was followed by Takuma Sato, who dominated the middle section of the race but was shuffled out of contention when Ana Beatriz brought out the final caution and pit cycles dropped him deep into the field. Still, it was the best finish for an A.J. Foyt Racing entry at Milwaukee since Foyt himself was fifth in 1988. "The yellow came out and that was very bad timing for us because it put us behind those who hadnt pitted yet," Sato said. "They were able to pit and get ahead of us which is why we lined up in seventh. Then they had fresher tires, too, so it was really tough to pass them back. It was still a great race, but it was so disappointing in the end. Really a shame." Dario Franchitti, Justin Wilson and Kanaan rounded out the top 10. Marco Andretti wound up 20th and was passed by teammate Hunter-Reay for second in the IndyCar standings. "Its unfortunate, we came here for a win and had a car to do it," said Andretti, who was slowed before the electrical issue by a poor pit stop. "The voltage went straight down and I lost all kinds of power. I couldnt shift, the clutch didnt work. We came back for all the points we could." Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '