DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson has never hitched a ride for an afternoon on a champion’s float that snakes down closed city streets.
The professional sports teams bask in the celebration of hundreds of thousands of fans screaming in adulation and spraying beer from sidewalks in a frenzy as confetti flies from the sky.
Johnson’s top reward for winning it all, a rally once at one of his sponsor’s stores a few miles away from his California hometown.
The NASCAR champion traditionally gets a party in victory lane at the season finale and throws a bash at the postseason banquet.
It’s all good fun, but even a seven-time champion wouldn’t mind a parade.
“I have to admit, that would be a nice add to the NASCAR champions schedule,” Johnson said. “It would be really cool.”
Johnson, a regular visitor to the White House when he reigned as NASCAR’s champ, had already initiated his own
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It was six years ago, when a Suffolk County police officer and his dog came across the remains of 24-year-old Melissa Barthelemy. Over the next several days, police discovered the bodies of three other young women, all wrapped in burlap and placed within about 500 feet of one another, buried in the marsh on Gilgo Beach in Long Island, New York. The remains were later identified as Amber Costello, Megan Waterman and Maureen Brainard-Barnes. All four women had worked as online escorts and had been missing for months or years.
On that December day in 2010, police had been searching for 24-year-old Craigslist escort Shannan Gilbert, who was last seen fleeing the home of a client she met on Craigslist in nearby Oak Beach on May 1, 2010.
Instead, what police discovered was a grisly graveyard. Over the next four months, six more
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