The end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season provided drama to the very end, and a living legend rose to the occasion. Hendrick Motorsports 48 car Jimmie Johnson set history on a number of fronts, but we'll get to that in a minute. He outright won the final race of the Sprint Cup Series at Homestead-Miami, FL, by holding off all the other Cup competitors, plus one or two that were just in it for the race payday. He came from behind against the other three finalists to take the lead at the end, including the extra laps resulting from a yellow in a green/white/checkered finish. With it, his 80th Series victory (seventh to reach that plateau). But most importantly, seventh Sprint Cup Championship, only matched by NASCAR legends Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt. And the 41-year-old isn't slowing down. And like other sports, you could argue that the field is much deeper and the edges are much more slight than the eras of Petty and Earnhardt.