Welcome NASCAR fans to my NASCAR blog. Everything was on the line for this final race for the NASCAR Nationwide race, the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Brian Scott are battling for the Rookie of the year Award and the points are close.
The Ford 300 was raced Saturday late afternoon, into the evening. 7 Danica Patrick started her best with a fifth place starting spot, but she let the Cup drivers by when the race started. She finished nineteenth after getting into several skirmishes on the track with others getting loose. The car was damaged, but she finished well in it.
20 Joey Logano started the race from the pole position on the outside with 18 Kyle Busch on the inside. 18 quickly took the lead. 04 Jeremy Clements had a couple of spins to slow the racing down and tighten the pack up with double file restarts. 20 did lead laps, as did 12 Justin Allgaier. (Justin will be headed to Turner Racing in 2011, as there is no Sponsorship for him at Penske.)
33 Kevin Harvick led laps and gave Busch a run for the money. (Kyle didn’t like the way Brad Keselowski was racing him and told his spotter to tell Brad. Brad replied “tell him to deal with it.” Kyle is not the only one on the track.) There were a lot of cautions for debris. Cars kept getting into the wall.
In the end, 18 wins his 13th race of the season and takes the Owner Championship. Keselowski gets his first NASCAR Championship and the first for owner, Penske. He also broke one of Busch’s records, posting his sixth top five finish, finishing third in the race behind Busch and Harvick. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won the Rookie of the year Award.
Some news for next year in the Nationwide Series. Brendan Gaughan will return to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing, giving his ride to Michael Annett with Rusty Wallace. Sam Hornish, Jr. was in the Penske 26 car and may be racing in the Nationwide Series in 2011, as he has no Sponsorship in Sprint Cup. Trevor Bayne has found a home with Roush for next year. Danica Patrick will again race 13 Nationwide races in the JRM #7 car. 88 will be Aric Almirola full time. Cole Whitt will graduate from the K&N Series. Brian Scott will be with JGR. And NASCAR is looking into a way for the Cup drivers to participate in the racing without competing for the Championship.
And now onto the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. This is the closest battle between three drivers since the chase began in 2004. Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are the only ones of the twelve who have a chance of winning the Sprint Cup Championship. (But I have to wonder if racing is better if the media has lots to talk about.) Last year Denny won the race and Johnson won the Championship. Johnson, Harvick or Hamlin will have to win the race in order to win the Championship. Johnson has never had to win the Ford 400. Harvick has a great record at Homestead-Miami Speedway but has never won the race. I will not do more talking about it. We’ll have to watch the race to see what happens.
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.
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