A NASCAR Storybook Ending – Kyle Busch

It is finally upon us, the season ending NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead Miami Speedway where a new Champion will be crowned. This is the second year for the still new Championship format where four drivers will race each other to see who wins.  Each of the four contenders can write their own personal story to end the 2015 NASCAR history book.

Kyle Busch is not supposed to be in the Championship. He missed eleven races of the regular season and without a waiver from NASCAR would not be in contention to win the Championship at Homestead Miami Speedway. Unfortunately for many NASCAR fans if Busch wins this will be the Story even though it shouldn’t be.

It was tough to be at home and laying in bed and whatever and watching other guys race my race car first of all, but I can’t say enough about Adam Stevens (crew chief) and the teamwork and everything that went through this season of being able to keep everyone together and keep everyone focused and motivated for my return to get back in that car.” Busch added, “Since then, to go on and win some of these races and to get ourselves Chase eligible and with the rules the way the rules are, it was fortunate for us to be in this position and I feel really good about things. Can’t say enough about the M&M’s Crispy Camry tonight, we did what we needed to do and I felt like we finished fourth, which was about where we should have – maybe third, we could have run third. Overall, just did what we needed to do tonight, looking forward to next week.

Make no mistake about it. Kyle Busch came back from his injury, put on a show on his way to racing the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry into the top 30 in points so he could use his waiver. In reality he raced his way up to 20th in points wining four races along the way. With 11 top five finishes in only 24 races his season was incredible.

Fred Lorenzen is in the NASCAR Hall of Fame for his incredible seasons running less than all the races. It’s a different time but there are similarities to Kyle Busch’s season.

If Kyle Busch can win the Championship after missing eleven races in the season it will be one for the record books. His record in his shortened season was incredible. To cap that off with a Championship will truly be a Storybook finish.

If you cannot get to Homestead Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday November 22nd it will be broadcast live on NBC at 3 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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A NASCAR Storybook Ending – Martin Truex Jr.

It is finally upon us, the season ending NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead Miami Speedway where a new Champion will be crowned. This is the second year for the still new Championship format where four drivers will race each other to see who wins.  Each of the four contenders can write their own personal story to end the 2015 NASCAR history book.

Martin Truex Jr. drives for the single car team of Furniture Row Racing. It has been rare in NASCAR for a single car team to compete with the huge multi car teams little alone challenge for a Championship. Truex and his no. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet have been right there winning races and challenging them the entire season.

Truex said, “We have kind of overcome a lot of odds, and just proud to be part of this group and looking forward to having the opportunity to do something that we’ve all dreamed about our whole lives next weekend.

No single car team has won a Championship since 1992 when Alan Kulwicki wrote his name into the NASCAR history book. Kulwicki’s Championship is one of the most memorable and talked about Championships for NASCAR fans.  If Martin Truex Jr. should be able to prevail his would be right there with Kulwicki’s and be popular with all NASCAR fans.

If you cannot get to Homestead Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday November 22nd it will be broadcast live on NBC at 3 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Feature Photo Credit: Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)

A NASCAR Storybook Ending – Kevin Harvick

It is finally upon us, the season ending NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead Miami Speedway where a new Champion will be crowned. This is the second year for the still new Championship format where four drivers will race each other to see who wins.  Each of the four contenders can write their own personal story to end the 2015 NASCAR history book.

Last year Kevin Harvick won the Championship with his own Storybook ending by wining with a brand new team in the first season of competition together. Considering that it was also the first year for the new Chase format; Harvick and his No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet team had a lot of obstacles to get through.

When asked about going to Homestead Miami Speedway again to repeat Harvick said, “I mean, you just go down there and race.  Last year I got to experience that all for the first time.  It’s definitely, definitely different.  It’s definitely ‑‑ there’s a lot more to think about.  There’s a lot more to do.  There’s a lot more things to manage.  I feel like the playbook worked okay last year, so we’ll just try that again.

This year Harvick picked up right where he left off last year and dominated the entire season. In the Championship playoffs he did show that he could be beat. He was able to win when he needed to and put together some great finishes in order to hang on and make it to the finale.

Harvick said, “I think it’s definitely been a Chase that’s been a little bit up and down for us, but the guys have battled through, and we’ve survived a lot of situations to be in contention for next week.

The Closer, as Harvick has been called, is in the last race and in contention. If he can live up to his nickname he will write another Storybook Ending for the NASCAR history book.

If you cannot get to Homestead Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday November 22nd it will be broadcast live on NBC at 3 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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A NASCAR Storybook Ending – Jeff Gordon

It is finally upon us, the season ending NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead Miami Speedway where a new Champion will be crowned. This is the second year for the still new Championship format where four drivers will race each other to see who wins.  Each of the four contenders can write their own personal story to end the 2015 NASCAR history book.

This is the last year of racing in the Sprint Cup Series for Jeff Gordon. The season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway will be his last race.

The No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet team of Jeff Gordon has hung on to stay in contention. His win at Martinsville that put him into the final race for contention was a gift from Matt Kenseth. Kenseth wrecked a dominating Joey Logano who was on his way to a sure win. It didn’t matter anyway since Gordon was still able to out point the competition finishing 2 points behind Kevin Harvick and would have made the finale anyway.

There’s only one lap I want to lead, and that’s the last one.” Gordon added, “Yeah, I mean, this has been incredible the way our season has been real up and down, and then the Chase has been really solid for us and of course Martinsville, and we feel very, very fortunate and excited, and when I set out into this season and made the announcement that I made, I just hoped that this could possibly happen, and it is, and now it’s not enough for us just to go down there and be a part of it.  We want to go there and push hard and get every single thing we can out of ourselves and our team and see if we can’t give these guys a run for their money.

Jeff Gordon has a chance for his ever elusive fifth championship at Homestead Miami Speedway. There is no better Storybook Ending then a Champion retiring after winning the Championship. Jeff Gordon has the chance to do just that.

If you cannot get to Homestead Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday November 22nd it will be broadcast live on NBC at 3 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Feature Photo Credit: Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing

Cassie Gannis is Starting Her Dream in the NASCAR Truck Series

NASCAR racing is a dream for many drivers. Many don’t even get close to that dream. Cassie Gannis has gotten close and has the opportunity to get closer by driving the # 74 Camping World Truck Series truck of Mark Harmon Racing at Phoenix International Raceway.

Gannis lives in the Phoenix area and this is her home track. Like all future stars of NASCAR, Gannis works another job when she is not racing. She is a veterinarian technician at a local animal hospital. She is also very active in the Phoenix metro community, promoting safe driving and Don’t Text and Drive campaigns.

Great to be racing at my home track, many of my friends and family will be there.” Gannis added “It’s great to race at PIR

Gannis is the 2012 NASCAR K&N West series Most Popular driver.  That makes this opportunity at Phoenix in the Camping World Truck Series that much more special.

Gannis said, “Getting in a truck and to my dream is amazing.”

The #74 Mark Harmon Racing Truck is 25th in owner points and locked in to make the race. The truck has a sponsor for the race but it has not been announced yet. She also has support from her long term local sponsors.

Gannis said, “This is a great opportunity and I want to thank Mark Harmon and my sponsor plus my local sponsors  Mancavesite.org and InnerDivaDen.com plus Add A Wrap/Industrial Decals Co. “.

This is Cassie Gannis’s first start in a Camping World Truck Series truck so it will be a learning experience. She has a two hour and twenty five minute practice on Thursday to get acclimated to the truck and make her dreams happen.

I have never been in a truck before; especially experiencing the different aerodynamics. “  Gannis added, “Going to have to learn fast in practice and figure it out then.”

If you cannot get to Phoenix International Raceway for the Lucas Oil 150 it will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1, November 13th at 8:30 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Feature Photo Credit: Cassie Gannis Racing