Johnson streak of 20+ top-tens per season over


By Dominic Aragon
September 19, 2016


Jimmie Johnson’s 14-year streak of scoring at least 20 top-ten finishes in per season ended with the driver's 12th place finish in the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway Sunday.

Entering the 2016 Chase with ten total top-ten finishes through the first 26 races of the season, Johnson would have had to score a top-ten finish in each of the ten Chase races to extend the streak. Since Johnson began competing full-time in the Sprint Cup Series in 2002, the six-time champion had finished inside the top-ten at least 20 times each year.

Johnson, who led four times for 118 laps in Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, had a too fast exiting penalty during a round of pit stops on lap 234. The penalty, assessed on lap 237, cost Johnson a chance to win Sunday.

Johnson restarted 15th during the race’s overtime period, eventually finishing 12th.

“We are digging,” Johnson said. “I’m just, I just can’t believe I got in trouble down there leaving the pits. I feel terrible for these guys.

“It should have been a top-five day, but I will back down pit road even more and try not to make that mistake. Hats off to the team for our fast Lowe’s Chevrolet, I just screwed up.”

Johnson enters next weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway eighth in driver's points, unofficially ten points above 13th in the Chase, the cutoff position for the next round of the Chase.

With Johnson failing post-race inspection, it is unknown at time of publication what penalties Johnson and his team may face, if any. NASCAR.com is reporting any potential penalties “will be announced later in the week.”

Johnson failed to advance past the Round of 16 in 2015.


Other drivers with at least two consecutive seasons of 20 or more top-ten finishes with longest streak listed are shown below. Number of consecutive seasons is in bold. (Note: List is ongoing.)


14 - Jimmie Johnson (2002-2015)

10 - Jeff Gordon (1995-2004)
9 - Lee Petty (1952-1960)
7 - Richard Petty (1966-1972)
7 - James Hylton (1966-1972)
7 - Mark Martin (1994-2000)
6 - Buck Baker (1953-1958)
6 - Ned Jarrett (1960-1965)
6 - Darrell Waltrip (1981-1986)
5 - Cale Yarborough (1976-1980)
5 - Benny Parsons (1976-1980)
4 - Elmo Langley (1966-1969)
4 - John Sears (1966-1969)
4 - Tony Stewart (1999-2002)
4 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2012-2015)
4 - Kevin Harvick (2013-2016)
3 - Herb Thomas (1952-1954)
3 - Rex White (1960-1962)
3 - Bobby Isaac (1968-1970)
3 - Bobby Allison (1970-1972; 1981-1983)
3 - Terry Labonte (1982-1984)
3 - Dale Earnhardt (1993-1995)
3 - Bobby Labonte (1999-2001)
3 - Matt Kenseth (2006-2008; 2013-2015)
2 - Tim Flock (1951-1952)
2 - Fireball Roberts (1956-1957)
2 - Joe Weatherly (1962-1963)
2 - Neil Castles (1964-1965; 1969-1970)
2 - Clyde Lynn (1967-1968)
2 - David Pearson (1968-1969)
2 - Bill Elliott (1983-1984; 1987-1988)
2 - Rusty Wallace (1988-1989; 1993-1994)
2 - Ryan Newman (1992-1993)
2 - Kyle Busch (2007-2008; 2012-2013)
2 - Brad Keselowski (2014-2015)
2 - Joey Logano (2014-2015)





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