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A Great End to the NASCAR Racing Season
Alright race fans, this will be an emotional piece since we have come to the end of our racing season. So let’s get started.
First off, we have a new Craftman Truck Series Champion in Matt Craftton, who beat out Ty Dillon for the championship. Matt finished the race by limping home after the 1st green flag attempt at the checkered flag and finishing the race in 21st place. Truck Driver/Owner Kyle Busch was involved in 11 races and it was Kyle winning the race to up the number of wins this year to five.
In the Nationwide Series, Austin Dillon beat out Sam Hornish, Jr. to win his 1st Nationwide Championship. It was his second of three NASCAR Series Championships while driving the legendary # 3 car made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. & his son Dale Jr. Both Dale Sr. and Jr. won Championships driving the #3. Sr. was driving the famous number at the time of his unfortunate death in 2001; he was driving for Dillon’s Grandfather & RCR Owner Richard Childress when he passed. Austin will be making the move up to the Cup Series in 2014.
Now for the Cup Series wrap up. Mr. 5 time champion Jimmie Johnson beat out Matt Kenseth to take his 6th title while paying a special thank you to “His Girls” in Victory Lane. Jimmie had a 23 point lead going into the race while Matt had the pole position giving him pick of the pits and a chance to have extra help getting in & out of pit stops. But it was Jimmie who won coming home 9th and ending up three points ahead of Matt.
This was Matt’s first season driving for owner Joe Gibbs, while Jimmie has been driving for owner Rick Hendrick for the past 9 years. This championship makes it six trophies in eight years for Jimmie Johnson. Rick Hendrick had four drivers in the Chase this year. Those four drivers were eventual champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Jr., Jeff Gordon (Co-Owner of Johnson’s team)& Kasey Kane.
The Banquet for Truck & the Nationwide Series honoring the top 5 drivers, owners, teams, sponsors & Most Popular Driver will be taking place tonight. It will be shown on TV at a later date with the Cup holding a week-long celebration in Las Vegas starting December 3rd and closing on the 7th. The banquet will be honoring the top 10 drivers, most popular driver and Owners points. The time and channel to be announced soon. And Jimmie Johnson will be making the TV Rounds this week! Congratulations Jimmie!!