Thursday, November 19, 2009

The stage is set for NASCAR season finale in Homestead

Well folks, it’s come down to this final race in all three of NASCAR’s national series (the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup Series) and there is still a lot on the line. In the Truck Series, it’s the owner’s championship that is still to decide between the top two in points. #33 Kevin Harvick Inc. with driver Ron Hornaday Jr. has a 60 point lead over second place #51 Billy Ballew Toyota driven this week by Kyle Busch.

In the Nationwide Series, its not about the championship as Kyle Busch will clinch as soon as the green flag comes out, but one thing to keep your eye on in the Nationwide race, over the last two seasons, there has been a rivalry or a battle if you will going on between the Toyota drivers of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch vs. Brad Keselowski. Since I’m not only a fan of Brad Keselowski, but really don’t care for both Hamlin and Busch, you can see what side I am on here.

Brad Keselowski believes that there is nothing there, however after the latest run in with Hamlin vs. Keselowski at Phoenix, I would say that there is especially after the comments that Denny Hamlin made in post-race interviews, where he said: "there's a lot of guys that owe him" and "a lot of guys that have a lot of chips that they're going to cash in."

"I'm just going to be the first to the pay window," said Hamlin (Quotes from ESPN Article)

I believe NASCAR should keep a close eye on Denny Hamlin, because right now he is making the threats and in my book, if he carries them out, NASCAR should park him. They did the same with Kevin Harvick at Martinsville years ago after he had run in after run in with other drivers in the Truck race. To me, I believe that Hamlin and Busch fell that the Nationwide Series is their playground and they hate it when other drivers race them hard. Brad races for every position period, I wonder….?

Finally when it comes to the Cup Series, most have written this championship chase off with Jimmie Johnson winning his fourth consecutive Cup Series championship, however not me. I’ve learned that it isn’t over until it’s over (checkered flag) and anything can happen. I do believe that it will be historical if Jimmie Johnson wins, but it be memorable if Mark Martin wins the championship too. I personally don’t care who wins because it will be cool to see either one, history will be made on way or another.

As if that isn’t enough, there is also bragging rights on the line, there are so many drivers that haven’t won a race in 2009, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman, the list goes on and they all want that victory and it’s also the final race for many in their positions like Jamie McMurray and Roush-Fenway Racing.

Contest has ended - Win a free NASCAR Trackpass or a NASCAR Prize Pack



To kick this season finale weekend off, thanks to the PR guys with NASCAR and The Garage Blog, I’m giving away two prizes:

First place prize is: One free subscription to NASCAR Trackpass (it’s good for one year from date of activation), that means if you activate it this Sunday, you will have it until just before the Homestead race in 2010.

Second place prize is: One NASCAR Prize Pack which includes Messenger bag, Travel mug, Water bottle, Flash drive and a Cooler. Now one thing, I haven’t seen the prize pack and it’s shipped by their rep.

All you have to do is answer both questions below correctly in an email to (brian@racedriven.com):

1. Who won the 2008 Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway? I will give you a hint, he is winless so far in 2009.

2. Who won the 2004 Daytona 500? I will give you a hint, he is also winless so far in 2009.

The first person to answer correctly wins the first place prize, the second person to answer correctly wins the second place prize.

Remember, all you have to do is answer both questions below correctly in an email, send it to brian@racedriven.com and include your name and shipping address (address must be in the United States or Canada). Thank You and congrats to all the winners.