CONCORD, N.C. -- Last Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson clinched two milestones.
With his third-place finish, he secured Hendrick Motorsports' 1,000th top-five result since the organization was founded by Rick Hendrick in 1984.
And he locked himself into the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2016 in the process.
Due to his multiple wins this season -- at Atlanta and in Fontana, California -- and the fact that he now has enough points to guarantee that he cannot fall outside of the top 30 in the standings, Johnson is now Chase-bound.
The only requirement remaining is that the driver attempt to start the remaining races of the regular season.
Johnson joins competitors Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski as the only five drivers to have locked in their Chase spots.