There was no trick to Kevin Harvick's first Sprint Cup championship. Competing for the title against three other drivers, he seized his opportunity with a relentless dash through the field in the closing laps of the season finale.
Chase contender Matt Kenseth was forced to start the Sprint Cup race at Charlotte at the back of the field Saturday night for what NASCAR termed "unapproved adjustments" to the right rear quarter panel of his No. 20 Toyota.
NASCAR announced major changes to its Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff, expanding the field to 16 drivers from 12, with drivers ousted at three-race intervals until four are left to vie for the points championship in the Homestead-Miami finale.
The first five Sprint Cup titles Jimmie Johnson won -- in a row mind you -- seem like a blur to him now. That's why he said he hopes to savor this sixth one, and not yet entertain the thought of seven ... or more.
Richard Petty is happy his 200 wins is likely an unassailable record, because he figures Jimmie Johnson is about to win his sixth championship and will soon pass The King and Dale Earnhardt, who have seven apiece.