THE RACE THAT ENDS THE CHASE
By: Madelyn Marconi
Race fans from all around the country gathered at Miami-Homestead Speedway to watch the final battles of the NASCAR season. The 2013 Champions were each crowned starting on Friday night with Matt Crafton of the Camping World Truck Series. Leading the points by an unreachable gap, all Crafton had to do was start the engine of his No. 88 Toyota Tundra and the championship was his.
By the end of the Ford EcoBoost 200, Kyle Busch, driving the No. 51 Toyota Tundra, led the pack and took the race win as well as the NCWTS Owner’s Championship. Matt Crafton finished 21st after being caught up in an early wreck. A large celebration ensued after the 37-year old driver took home an emotional first Championship for ThorSport Racing.
On Saturday, Austin Dillon drove his No. 3 Chevy Camaro to the Nationwide Series Championship by holding off fellow title contender Sam Hornish Jr. Austin Dillon made history by being the first driver to clinch a Championship without any race wins this season.
In 2014, Dillon plans to bring the famed No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing back into the Sprint Cup Series. Brad Keselowski was the race winner; Austin Dillon finished 12th and Hornish finished 8th. As for the Penske Racing team, their consistency throughout the seasoned earned them the 2013 Nationwide Owner’s Championship.
Sunday was a day of celebration for Jimmie Johnson, who earned his sixth NSCS Championship with Hendrick Motorsports and crew chief, Chad Knaus. Denny Hamlin won the race by holding off Matt Kenseth, who finished 2nd in the race and overall in points. Although Johnson finished 9th place in the race, he was still able to take the 11th championship home to team owner Rick Hendrick.
Palm Beach Gardens resident and avid NASCAR fan, Clay Bormuth was there to witness the action unfolding at the Miami-Homestead Speedway.
“We watched every lap of every race. It was cool to see the championships awarded to the drivers and teams. Now, I can’t wait for the Daytona 500” Bormuth said.
The 2013 NASCAR season closed on quite a memorable note and exciting plans are already developing for the 2014 season.