Homestead: Goodyear Racing race report

Race Recap: Matt Kenseth won the race and his 16th career victory, but it was Jimmie Johnson who won the greater prize at Homestead-Miami Speedway - the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Championship. Kenseth led 214 of 267 laps en route to his first...

Race Recap: Matt Kenseth won the race and his 16th career victory, but it was Jimmie Johnson who won the greater prize at Homestead-Miami Speedway - the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Championship.

Kenseth led 214 of 267 laps en route to his first victory of the season in the race that saw seven cautions for 42 laps and 25 lead changes among 11 drivers.

However, Johnson's seventh-place finish was good enough to hold off Jeff Gordon by 77 points to earn his second straight title. The 32-year-old Johnson's great season netted a total of 10 race wins, including four in a row during the 10-race Chase for the Championship playoffs.

The series' championship celebration will be televised from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel ballroom in New York City on Nov. 30.

The full 2008 season will run with the Car of Tomorrow in the series that will switch names--from Nextel Cup to Sprint Cup.

Goodyear Quote - Phil Holmer: "This was the 11th time this tire combination was used by NASCAR teams this season. It has proved to be one of the most stable set-ups we have had for years. Congratulations to all of the champions who raced on them."

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Companion Events: Jeff Burton (Busch Series) and Johnny Benson (Craftsman Truck Series) also won races at Homestead this weekend.

The Busch Series Championship had already been clinched by Carl Edwards, who ended the title quest with 618 points over second-place David Reutimann. This series also will have a new sponsor next season and become the Nationwide Insurance Series.

Ron Hornaday Jr. came from behind to snag the Craftsman Truck Series title by 54 points over Mike Skinner, after finishing the finale race in seventh position.

-credit: goodyear racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Matt Kenseth , Mike Skinner , Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards