Rare mechanical failure dooms Jimmie Johnson’s title hopes

: Crew members push the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, driven by Jimmie Johnson, through the garage area after an incident in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2012 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

 

: Crew members push the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, driven by Jimmie Johnson, through the garage area after an incident in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2012 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

HOMESTEAD, Fla. –The golden horseshoe was nowhere to be found for Jimmie Johnson Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  The five time champion whose team has been known to overcome great adversity in the past, saw his hopes for a sixth title end in the Sprint Cup garage.

For much of the Ford 400 Johnson kept the title just out of reach of Brad Keselowski, running ahead of and sometimes dogging Keselowski, who needed to finish 15th or better to clinch the title.

“We were in position and putting pressure on the 2 car like we needed to,” Johnson said. I said at the beginning of the week15th isn’t a lay-up and I certainly had him in position.” MORE>>>

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