Jimmie Johnson won his second straight Nextel Cup as NASCAR's overall season champion. The driver of car No. 48 doubled his wins en route to his second title with 10 wins, following five in 2006.
The Nextel Cup standings, based on season points, were coming down to a close race at the end of the year until Johnson won four straight races. Those four victories virtually clinched the title before heading inot the final race of the 10-race Chase for the Championship that concluded at Homestead in Florida.
For the year, Johnson had 24 top-10 finishes and 13 top-five finishes. After earning $15,770,125 in 2006, he bumped his career earnings to $59,531,336.
After Johnson's win at Atlanta, the same week that the wildfires devastated San Diego County in late October, he donated his $1 million prize to the American Red Cross. The donation was matched by Hendrick Motorsports, Johnson's racing team; Lowe's, Johnson's primary sponsor; and the Atlanta Speedway Motorsports.
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