Seven-time Sprint Cup Champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty released a statement following Jimmie Johnson's historic win in Sunday's season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he clinched his seven title to join Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt as the only drivers in NASCAR history to win seven championships.
"Records are a mark and they set something for everyone to shoot at. Jimmie and his team have done that tonight. They set a goal to get where they are and circumstances and fate made it a reality. They did what they needed to do and now they are at seven championships. Congratulations to him and his team.
"Jimmie is a great champion and this is really good for our sport."