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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.

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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

Homestead Miami Speedway Championship Prerace Notes

Well it’s that time again; the time NASCAR fans both look forward to and dread. It is the last race of the Sprint Cup Season at Homestead Miami Speedway where we will crown a new Sprint Cup Champion and move into the dark season of no racing. Here are some notes and things to look forward to during the race.

Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman are equal in points after the end of the Eliminator Round of the Chase.  They are racing each other for the Championship. Since they all have the same number of points to start the race the driver who finishes ahead will win the Championship. There are no bonus points for leading laps. There absolutely cannot be a tie.

Kevin Harvick will start the race in 5th position and will be leading the Championship when the green flag drops followed by Denny Hamlin (8th), Joey Logano (9th) and Ryan Newman (21st).  Kevin Harvick was the fastest of the four Chase drivers in all the practices except final practice when he was 8th fastest behind Logano. That and his starting position would make it seem that he has it all in hand.

Make no mistake about it each and every driver, crew chief and crew will be on pins and needles throughout the race. One stuck lug nut, speeding on pit road, blown tire anything that removes positions on the track can lead to loss of the Championship.

Unlike other sports the other drivers who are not racing for a Championship are also competing. Jeff Gordon wants to show everyone he should have made it into the final four. He won the Coors Light Pole award and will lead the field to green. He was also very fast in practice. It is the 200th pole for Hendrick Motorsports. Of all the drivers that didn’t make it, Gordon missing by one point has really hit the fans and Gordon.

Gordon said, “You know, I think even if we win this race on Sunday, that’s only going to make it hurt a little bit more in some ways because we could have won the championship if we were here.

Other notes: Brian Scott will start the race from the back of the field due to an engine change. This is the last NASCAR race broadcast for ESPN. NBC Sports will pick up their part of the season next year.

The Homestead Miami Speedway is a 1.5 mile high banked speedway. The race is 400.5 miles or267 laps.

The Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be broadcast live on ESPN starting at 2 PM ET Sunday, November 16th.

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

Feature Photo Credit: Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing