Nov 16, 2008 Jimmie Johnson wins his third consecutive title to tie Cale Yarborough as the only driver to win three titles in a row.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Carl Edwards did everything he could, but Jimmie Johnson made sure Edwards' best wasn't good enough.
Edwards led the most laps and won Sunday's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to score his series-best ninth victory of the season, but Johnson claimed the big prize -- his record-tying third consecutive Cup Series title -- with a 15th-place finish that gave him a 69-point advantage over Edwards in the final standings.
Though Johnson's accomplishment comes in a different era and under a different scoring system from that used in Cale Yarborough's 1976-1978 run, the dominance of No. 48 team has been arguably more difficult to achieve, given the heightened level of competition in today's Cup Series.