Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Homestead Weekend. See you next year NASCAR

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Homestead race weekend. NASCAR's final race weekend of this season had all series racing.

Friday was the Truck race. Darrell Wallace, Jr. won with 30 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Kyle Larson with 96 laps led, Timothy Peters, Kyle Busch with 6 laps led and Ryan Blaney. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Tyler Reddick, Ty Dillon, Joe Nemechek, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter. Brian Silas led 1 lap and finished 18th. Jennifer Jo Cobb led 1 lap before clutch problems relegated her to 32nd. Tyler Reddick was Rookie of Year this year and Matt Crafton was the champion, defending last year's championship. The Most Popular Driver is Ryan Blaney. Ryan Blaney moves up to the Xfinity (formerly Nationwide) series, part-time looks like and so does Bubba Wallace, likely. Ryan Blaney also will the Wood Brothers Cup driver, which is also part-time.

Saturday was the Nationwide race. Matt Kenseth won with 52 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 5 laps led, Kyle Larson with 111 laps led, Ryan Blaney with 24 laps led and rookie Chris Buescher.  Rounding out the top-10 were Regan Smith, rookie Ty Dillon, pole-sitter Brad Keselowski with 5 laps led, Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott. Trevor Bayne led 3 laps and finished 11th after he scraped the wall twice and cut a tire.  Paul Menard led 3 laps and finished 12th. Rookie Chase Elliott led 1 lap and finished 17th after he brushed the wall. Blake Koch led 1 lap and finished 22nd.  Chase Elliot swept Rookie of the Year, champion and Most Popular Driver at 18, almost 19. Trevor Bayne moves up to the Cup full-time with Roush, which is why Ryan Blaney will race with the Wood Brothers then. As long as the MS stays at bay, Trevor could be Rookie of the Year in the Cup next year.  The rules this year said race winners, as long as they had no more than 16 different Cup driver race winners, would make the Chase. If they do that again, if Trevor wins a race and runs in all the races or was able to get a waiver, he could be a Chaser next year. Denny Hamlin made the Chase as a rookie, so Trevor wouldn't be the first if he did.

Sunday was the Cup race. Kevin Harvick won with 54 laps led, followed by Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin with 50 laps led, Clint Bowyer,Jimmie Johnson and pole-sitter Jeff Gordon with 161 laps led. Kurt Busch led 1 lap and finished 11th. Blake Koch led 1 lap before an accident relegated him to 38th. Trevor Bayne was 42nd in his last race with the Wood Brothers after an accident. He'll be in the AdvoCare Cup 6 next year when he goes full-time in the Cup. Kevin Harvick was champion, Kyle Larson was Rookie of the Year and the Most Popular Driver was Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

In the weeks ahead, I'll turn to my non-NASCAR interests, like the color season thing, deep winter and all that. Unless a racing tidbit I feel worthy of the blog comes up. I may get a job writing about NASCAR online, because of this blog. I e-mailed a woman with a NASCAR site about a job and attached a post from this blog.

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