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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.

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All Respect for Matt Kenseth has Been Lost

A few weeks ago NASCAR drivers Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano were racing for the win at Kansas Speedway. Matt Kenseth blocked the faster Logano and Logano charged to move him out of the way and win the race. This is the type of racing fans want and NASCAR wants for the fans. In a way this is the ultimate NASCAR; the faster car racing the slower car at the end of a race for the win.

Fast forward a couple weeks. Matt Kenseth races hard at Martinsville Speedway even though he is now out of the hunt for the Sprint Cup Championship; not directly from the events at Kansas but Kansas didn’t help. He is having a great day at arguably one of the toughest tracks in NASCAR. He races to the front along with Logano’s teammate Brad Keselowski.

In spite of this being the “Knock out Chase” with both Penske teammates in it. Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski were working together. Logano took the outside line on the restarts expecting Keselowski who restarted in second to let him in in the front. They did just that; the ultimate teammate play. In a way not teammates have every worked that hard together in such a critical race.

I got hit from behind and pushed me into the 20 and my right-front wheel hit Kenseth’s left-rear and it just broke the right-front suspension off the car.”  Keselowski added, “The car wouldn’t turn and just kept going straight until I couldn’t do anything and I started wrecking everybody.  I just didn’t have any steering wheel left.

After that Matt Kenseth had had enough!  When he got back on the track and was laps down after Logano, who was the race leader passed him, Kenseth drove in deep and got into the left rear corner of Logano and drove him into the corner, ending his day and possibly his Championship contention.

I love NASCAR, I love payback but there is a fine line where payback becomes bad sportsmanship. This was that pure and simple. There is a difference between making it difficult for a competitor and driving them into the wall.

Yeah.  I think what happened at Kansas is a completely different deal.  We were racing for the win and he blocks you a few times and then we raced hard and he blocked me the last time and we spun out.  That’s what happened there.”  Logano added, “Here it was just a complete coward move, especially for a championship race car driver and race team.  Just a complete coward.  I don’t have anything else to say. It’s a chicken-you-know-what move to completely take out the leader when your race is over.

I could leave it at that but Matt Kenseth didn’t own up to it. Whether you like it or not respect can also come from owning up to what happened. He didn’t, he put a spin on it.

Kenseth said, “Well it’s a really disappointing day. I thought we were going to have a shot at the win there and they were jacking up the restart real bad to let each other in as teammates which is fine and I probably went in there and I got on the other side of Joey (Logano) and I was going to try to race him for the win and Brad (Keselowski) wiped me out for some reason. I’m not really sure why. And then we had so much damage on the right front I should have probably just put it in the garage and just got into (turn) 1 and couldn’t get it to turn and ran Joey over. So, disappointing ending for sure.

Make no mistake about it. Joey Logano has taken it to them. He has won the last three races, qualified on the pole for this race, led the most laps and was on the way to win a record breaking four races in a row. Matt Kenseth made no friends here. The only thing he can feel good about is putting Jeff Gordon into contention for the Championship at Homestead Miami in three weeks.

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

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