Busy Week For Johnson

Winning his third straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway was just the beginning of a non-stop week of activity for Jimmie Johnson.

Once Johnson was done with the championship celebration Sunday night after the Ford 400, things were just starting for the Hendrick Motorsports driver.

"Left the track around midnight, with the obligation, post-race obligations and stuff like that," Johnson said. "And then went out with my guys, went to a bar and they had a big party to celebrate the year and saw a bunch of drivers and team folks there and all my guys were there as well. It's nice to celebrate with them for a while."

"And maybe an hour and a half of sleep and was up and at it and on a plane to Bristol, Connecticut, to do the Car Wash at ESPN Studios. That was pretty much all day yesterday (Monday). And made it into New York City by about 8:00, I think I saw on the ride in on the clock."

While most believed winning his third consecutive title was a matter of time as the season wound down, Johnson did his best to keep things in perspective.

Now with his place in history, Johnson is finally starting to realize his accomplishment.

"It's starting to," he said. "I haven't had a chance to go home yet. I can't wait to get home and relax and slow down and catch up on phone calls and things like that with friends. But it's been a whirlwind and something I'm very proud of and I think it will hit more when we go back to Daytona."

As the first driver in NASCAR to win three-in-a-row since Cale Yarborough more than thirty years ago, Johnson now understands his place in history.

"It's pretty big. To win three of anything is pretty special," he said. "Two cool moments at ESPN yesterday. I walked in and the first person I saw in the hallway of ESPN was Mike Ditka and introduced myself to him and he said, I know who you are, champ, and, by the way, you are a dynasty."

And it just shocked me that he had been paying attention to NASCAR and seeing comments where I've mentioned I couldn't say where I placed, it wasn't my place to say that. That one caught me off guard. Cris Carter was in the hallway a little later that day and he walked up to me said, I don't really follow NASCAR, but winning three titles in anything, in a row, deserves a lot of respect."

Until now, Johnson hasn't had an opportunity to meet the man he shares the record with.

"I've not spoken to him," Johnson said of Yarborough. "I'd love to. I guess I haven't had time to stop and think about any of it to come across that thought. But I would love to talk to him. I talked to him earlier in the year a couple of times and he couldn't have been more gracious and excited for me. When I have a chance to speak to him, I'll be real happy about that."

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