What the F1 and IndyCar couldn't give us, NASCAR did. In great fashion.
It isn't the best finish to a championship this year (I'll be blogging about that soon), but it was what the fans asked for, and the many how stayed late into to the night (especially in Britain) were treated to a exciting finale. But I can't help wondering.
Had we not had a chase, Edwards would be champion, hands down. He's been the most consistent driver all year. He'd have wrapped it up at Phoenix. However, the Chase was brought in to make sure that the best 12 men of the season so far have an equal chance at the Cup title, and Stewart blitzed the Chase. He knocked everyone for six. Well, five anyway. Five Chase wins is a new record on the way to the closest NASCAR championship ever.
And while people are reminiscing back to the days of '92, when an Alan Kulwicki won the title with an underfunded single car team, lets not forget that Stewart Haas has existed as Haas CNC for a few years before that, and have technical support from Hendrick's team and have many more employees than Kulwicki did.
Never the less, Stewart joins an impressive list of owner-driver champions: Herb Thomas ('51, '53), Lee Petty ('54, '58-'59), Buck Baker, ('57), Rex White ('60), Richard Petty, ('64, '67, '71-'72, '74-'75. '79), Alan Kulwicki ('92) and now Tony Stewart ('11). A list of some of the greatest stock car drivers ever in my opinion.
But it's not the end yet. The last big race in the motorsport world, the Sydney Telstra 500, is a week away, so it'll one final race for me before next years Daytona Speedweeks. I'll be looking back over the motorsport year once this race concludes. And my final Old vs. New points will be posted as soon as I've double checked all the results.
And, of course, it's silly season again. We know where all the big movers are going, so we wait to hear on the future of Ragan and Reutimann, and hope for the likes of Stenhouse Jr and Bayne to get a decent Cup ride soon.
And I'll leave you with this thought. If you thought Conway and Lally winning the ROTY were pointless, wait till Josh Wise wins it next year.
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