Hey everyone! The NASCAR season may be over but this blog will still go on. I have other facets to me and will use the next three months to show that. But for now, my take on the final race weekend's the thing.
Friday was the Truck race. Matt Crafton, by 40 points ahead of Ty Dillon clinched the Trucks championship, though he finished 21st. Kyle Busch was the winner with 62 laps led. Pole-sitter Ryan Blaney was second with 87 laps led, followed by Jeb Burton, Brendan Gaughn and Ron Hornady, Jr. Rounding out the top ten were John Wes Towley, German Qurioga, Ross Chastain with 2 laps led, Timothy Peters and Cale Gale. The Rookie of the Year is Ryan Blaney.
Saturday was the Nationwide race. Brad Keselowski was the winner with 25 laps led. Kyle Larson was second with 54 laps led. Kyle Busch was third with 29 laps led. Matt Kenseth was fourth with nine laps led followed by Trevor Bayne. Rounding out the top ten were Joey Logano with 37 laps led, Parker Kligerman, pole-sitter Sam Hornish, Jr. with 37 laps led, Cole Whitt and Nelson Piquet, Jr. The Rookie of the Year is Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon is champion.
Sunday was the Cup race. Denny Hamlin was the winner with 72 laps led. Matt Kenseth, the pole-sitter was second with 144 laps led. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was third with 38 laps led, followed by Martin Truex, Jr. and Clint Bowyer. Rounding out the top-ten were Brad Keselowski with nine laps led, followed by Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick, who led eight laps. The Rookie of the Year is Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson clinched his sixth championship.
Many teams will see changes next year. Martin Truex, Jr. moves the Furniture Row Racing and Kurt Busch will join Stewart-Haas Racing along with Kevin Harvick. Ryan Newman moves to Richard Childress Racing. Austin Dillon moves up to the Cup with RCR. His younger brother, Ty replaces him in the Nationwide. A. J. Allmendinger will be full-time with JTG Daughtry Racing. Jeff Burton will be part-time somewhere. Bobby Labonte's plans are unknown. Mark Martin and Ken Schrader will no longer NASCAR race, though Schrader will dirt-track race. Mike Kelley and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. will reunite as Kelley moves up to the Cup to be Stenhouse's crew chief. Trevor Bayne and his one-time crew chief Chad Norris will reunite as well. Scott Graves will be Chris Buescher's crew chief. All else you can look up if you want.