Flabbergasted. That is the only way to describe how individuals in and around NASCAR feel after the finale NASCAR Nationwide Series event Saturday night.
Homestead-Miami Speedway is one-and-a-half miles in length, but its width makes it anything but boring. Three- and four-wide? Bumping and grinding? It’s the perfect place for excitement. However, the quality of racing isn’t what left people speechless. Great battles were seen, but something overtook all of that.
With nineteen laps to go, a crash occurred, collecting Regan Smith, Jeremy Clements, and Mike Wallace. There was enough damage and debris to call for a red flag. NASCAR kept it under cautions. As a result, the drivers drove TWELVE laps under yellow before they went racing again. Before this happened, Sam Hornish Jr. was in the perfect position to strike and grab the title of champion. With Dillon’s car being sub-par yet holding on to the tiny gap in points, that was his moment.
NASCAR’s carelessness led to that moment being crushed. This isn’t the first time the sport has been blatantly manipulated by its inside sector. The red flag needed to be thrown, and they failed to do so. NASCAR doing NASCAR things.
This all caused the championship to fall into Dillon’s lap, though he put his lap in the perfect position to catch the opportunity. He went winless this season but maintained consistency when it mattered. The 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion has now earned two titles for the No. 3 in his career, and he shows no intention of slowing down.
The most dominant car in NNS this year was the No. 22, who was driven by Joey Logano to help lock up the owner’s championship. Roger Penske had to feel torn on that championship stage, looking at the larger trophy that wasn’t in his driver’s possession. Yet, as always, The Captain was all class.
An honor went to Kyle Larson, also: Rookie of The Year. His talent is indescribable, and he’s moving up into Sprint Cup next year. The future is bright.
Unfortunately, the end of the race was dim. The race -won by Brad Keselowski- summed up the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season: a few high notes were drowned out by the obnoxious clangor of preventable discord. Story of the NNS life.
Final Point Standings
1. Austin Dillon (–)
2. Sam Hornish Jr. (-3)
3. Regan Smith (-72)
4. Elliott Sadler (-90)
4. Justin Allgaier (-90)
6. Trevor Bayne (-94)
7. Brian Scott (-127)
8. Kyle Larson (-179)
9. Parker Kligerman (-187)
10. Brian Vickers (-210)