HOMESTEAD, Fla. —Jimmie Johnson has won his 7th NASCAR championship.
The win ties Johnson with Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty in the NASCAR record books. He did it by holding off defending champion Kyle Busch and Kyle Logano on a late restart.
The fourth contender in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship was Carl Edwards. His day ended with 10 laps to go after he was collected in a wreck after contact with Logano.
It was also the final NASCAR race for three-time champion Tony Stewart, who is retiring.
Johnson had to start at the back of the 40-car field after NASCAR pulled his No. 48 Chevrolet off pit road because of unapproved body modifications. Officials determined body panels had been tweaked after going through pre-race laser inspection.
The car eventually made it through tech and was pushed back to the starting grid a few minutes before the green flag.