HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Here’s what we need to know from a Ford Ecoboost 400 during Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday night:
CHAMPION AND RACE WINNER: Charlie Brown finally got to flog a football. Kyle Busch, in his 11th full season, won his initial career NASCAR championship on Sunday night — and in a many doubtful of years. This time, there was no piano to dump out of a sky and hurt his playoff in an peculiar way. No, Busch had to overcome his biggest obstacles early in a year. Busch pennyless his right leg and left feet in a offensive pile-up a day before the Daytona 500 – 11 months ago - then missed 11 races as he schooled to travel again. He returned in May, won 4 races and got himself in a tip 30 to validate for a Chase, afterwards survived any turn until finishing forward of Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex Jr. to win a title.
“This championship is for my wife, my family, everybody who sacrificed so most this year to get me here,” pronounced Busch. “(Crew chief) Adam Stevens is my hero.”
Busch upheld Brad Keselowski with 7 laps to go on a final restart and hold off a charging Harvick in a shutting laps. Harvick, a reigning champion who was perplexing to go back-to-back for a initial time given Jimmie Johnson, finished second; Gordon was sixth in his final Cup race; Truex Jr. was 12th.
“We were unequivocally a small bit off tonight, and we never unequivocally found anything that unequivocally helped a car,” Harvick said. “I suspicion during a end, we competence do improved than that. The 18 automobile only had us kick all night. we only couldn’t find anywhere that would make a automobile better. …
“To come behind from everything’s that he’s come behind from – that’s a good quip story from where he was after Daytona.”
GORDON: In his final Cup race, Gordon never unequivocally got going. He didn’t have a speed or doing to keep adult with Busch and Harvick and finished sixth. Gordon done his approach to Busch and embraced him and congratulated him.
TV CONTROVERSY: NBC done a preference to hang with a competition instead of going to a NFL pre-game promote during 7 p.m. ET, igniting Twitter with indignant NFL fans and anxious NASCAR fans. NBC Sports Network, that customarily would collect adult broadcasts that run over, is not accessible in as many homes.
MULTI-CAR CRASH: With 222 laps to go, Clint Bowyer seemed to get lax and triggered a multi-car pile-up on a backstretch. Bowyer incited right into Dale Earnhardt Jr., who suffered poignant repairs along with Aric Almirola, David Ragan and Casey Mears. “Just disappointing,” Bowyer said.
OIL ON THE TRACK: Just a dozen laps into a race, Denny Hamlin’s automobile unexpected shot out abandon and oil, though NASCAR did not primarily call a caution. Drivers frantically reported oil on a lane and Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr. all strike a wall before a counsel was called. Hamlin went to a garage to examine a issue.
STAR POWER: The grand organise and inhabitant anthem thespian are mostly a biggest stars during a lane – though not when it’s Gordon’s final competition (sorry, Hoda Kotb and Zach Levi). Gordon was accompanied by racing luminaries Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton, who was attending his initial NASCAR race.
WEATHER: A line of storms rolled by roughly one hour before a start of a race, that behind a immature dwindle by about 90 minutes. The competition finally began during 4:50 p.m. Eastern.
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Dale Earnhardt, celebrating his final pretension with his mother Teresa, won 7 championships (1980, ’86, ’87, ’90, ’91, ’93, ’94). He was from Kannapolis, N.C.
Ruth Fremson, AP