NASCAR Season Wrap Up

Brad Keselowski is your 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion!

11/18/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR Season Wrap UpOn Friday night, James Buescher clinched his championship, and last night it was Ricky Stenhouse Jr winning his first.

Tonight, however, Brad Keselowski won his first.  

The race itself wasn't a nail biter.  Kyle Busch definitely had the car to beat, with only Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne seeming to have anything to challenge him with.  Kyle led the most laps.  

There were debris cautions and pit strategy definitely played a part.  Brad didn't pit when he should have and suddenly they were in trouble.  Live points on the TV screen showed first Keselowski leading, then Johnson, then Keselowski again, then Johnson.  

Then came the last 100 laps of the race.  Jimmie Johnson pitted and they missed a lug nut on that pit stop and had to return to pit road.  It put them a lap down, and it seemed Brad once again had a chance.  After the pit stop to correct that, Jimmie suddenly had smoke in his cockpit.  The smoke got worse and JJ headed to pit road, and very quickly behind the wall to the garage.

The 48 was done.  

As the race played out, Brad knew he was poised to win his first Championship, but didn't want to win it that way.  Kyle and Martin had to pit for fuel and Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson's teammate and owner, took over the race lead.  Only a few seconds behind him was the 15 of Clint Bowyer.  That's the way they would finish the race.

Brad would finish 15th, exactly where he had to finish to win the Championship, even if Jimmie Johnson had been able to finish the race.  It was enough for Captain Roger Penske to earn his first championship in NASCAR's premier series.  It was all he needed.  

Brad Keselowski is your 2012 Sprint Cup Champion.
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11/21/12   |   SNOOPER1968   |   195 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Awesome pics and a smart young man to boot. I am feeling a little melancholy. Might be because another year of racing is over and next week the crowning will come. 91 days is a long time to wait for something you enjoy. Or, maybe, I feel a change coming. a "changing of the guard" so to speak. Maybe, maybe....Ricky Rudd, Ernie Irvan, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhart Senior, Darrell Waltrip, Ned Jarrett, Dale Jarrett, Adam Petty, Richard Petty, Kyle Petty and so many more......I miss them all, time for this fan to get into the 21st century and celebrate....

How can you even mention "changing of the guard" and don't mention Dale Jr?

11/19/12   |   JenX63   |   32776 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Jimmie could have done that, dropping the clutch too quickly getting out of the pits that second time, the car started smoking almost immediately afterwards.  

It really doesn't matter, I'm just still in analysis mode.  Homestead is finally quiet, the photographers are done and now Brad can get drunk in peace.

AMEN!

11/19/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

JenX63 wrote:
yep, but it still would not of matter. Broken drive train really ended any hope.

Jimmie could have done that, dropping the clutch too quickly getting out of the pits that second time, the car started smoking almost immediately afterwards.  

It really doesn't matter, I'm just still in analysis mode.  Homestead is finally quiet, the photographers are done and now Brad can get drunk in peace.

11/19/12   |   JenX63   |   32776 respect

I can't help laughing at Jeff's post race interview. He was surrounded by the guys he wrecked, racing for the win....Karma was kind to him this time. Next year is going to be AWESOME!

11/19/12   |   JenX63   |   32776 respect

Debi_L wrote:
The look on that poor tire changer's face when he realized what had happened and the Official pointed at the tire - all I can say is I know that team says it is a team effort, always.  Brad's crew had a bad stop as well, missing a lug nut coming off.  

The jackman is supposed to be sure that the lug nuts are on, as well, before he drops the jack.  If they had delayed just a second or so.................

yep, but it still would not of matter. Broken drive train really ended any hope.

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

JenX63 wrote:
On the other side, I certainly would not want to be the pit crew member that made that huge mistake with the lug nut. He is very personable and it must of been hard to go over to Brad and congratulate him especially after the night ended for him like it did. I like the racing to the Championship...nail biter last lap determining thing..can't wait for one of them to happen...:)

The look on that poor tire changer's face when he realized what had happened and the Official pointed at the tire - all I can say is I know that team says it is a team effort, always.  Brad's crew had a bad stop as well, missing a lug nut coming off.  

The jackman is supposed to be sure that the lug nuts are on, as well, before he drops the jack.  If they had delayed just a second or so.................

11/18/12   |   JenX63   |   32776 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I'm melancholy as well.   I have so many of the old races recorded I can honestly watch one per weekend until Daytona.  
It isn't the same.  I'm sitting here with my son, discussing the race, having a cold one to celebrate, and we both agreed that we weren't ever happy when Jimmie Johnson won a championship, not even his first one.  There has always been another driver we liked better.

That being said, we are both so impressed at JJ's actions after the engine failure.  He took time to compose himself before speaking to the media.  He made sure he spoke to his crew, his team owner, and to Brad and his team.  His actions were those of a champion.  I'm still not really a fan, but he definitely has my respect.

91 and counting.......

On the other side, I certainly would not want to be the pit crew member that made that huge mistake with the lug nut. He is very personable and it must of been hard to go over to Brad and congratulate him especially after the night ended for him like it did. I like the racing to the Championship...nail biter last lap determining thing..can't wait for one of them to happen...:)

11/18/12   |   JenX63   |   32776 respect

Debi_L wrote:
97 days to the Daytona 500, I'm thinking 91 to Speedweeks :)

YES Speedweeks count...lol...

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

This is hilarious - courtesy of SBNation

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Debi_L wrote:
@NASCAR just tweeted 97 days and counting :(

97 days to the Daytona 500, I'm thinking 91 to Speedweeks :)

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I'm melancholy as well.   I have so many of the old races recorded I can honestly watch one per weekend until Daytona.  
It isn't the same.  I'm sitting here with my son, discussing the race, having a cold one to celebrate, and we both agreed that we weren't ever happy when Jimmie Johnson won a championship, not even his first one.  There has always been another driver we liked better.

That being said, we are both so impressed at JJ's actions after the engine failure.  He took time to compose himself before speaking to the media.  He made sure he spoke to his crew, his team owner, and to Brad and his team.  His actions were those of a champion.  I'm still not really a fan, but he definitely has my respect.

91 and counting.......

@NASCAR just tweeted 97 days and counting :(

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Awesome pics and a smart young man to boot. I am feeling a little melancholy. Might be because another year of racing is over and next week the crowning will come. 91 days is a long time to wait for something you enjoy. Or, maybe, I feel a change coming. a "changing of the guard" so to speak. Maybe, maybe....Ricky Rudd, Ernie Irvan, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhart Senior, Darrell Waltrip, Ned Jarrett, Dale Jarrett, Adam Petty, Richard Petty, Kyle Petty and so many more......I miss them all, time for this fan to get into the 21st century and celebrate....

I'm melancholy as well.   I have so many of the old races recorded I can honestly watch one per weekend until Daytona.  
It isn't the same.  I'm sitting here with my son, discussing the race, having a cold one to celebrate, and we both agreed that we weren't ever happy when Jimmie Johnson won a championship, not even his first one.  There has always been another driver we liked better.

That being said, we are both so impressed at JJ's actions after the engine failure.  He took time to compose himself before speaking to the media.  He made sure he spoke to his crew, his team owner, and to Brad and his team.  His actions were those of a champion.  I'm still not really a fan, but he definitely has my respect.

91 and counting.......

11/18/12   |   JenX63   |   32776 respect

(Edited by JenX63)

Awesome pics and a smart young man to boot. I am feeling a little melancholy. Might be because another year of racing is over and next week the crowning will come. 91 days is a long time to wait for something you enjoy. Or, maybe, I feel a change coming. a "changing of the guard" so to speak. Maybe, maybe....Ricky Rudd, Ernie Irvan, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhart Senior, Darrell Waltrip, Ned Jarrett, Dale Jarrett, Adam Petty, Richard Petty, Kyle Petty and so many more......I miss them all, time for this fan to get into the 21st century and celebrate....

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

. asked Keselowski how being a champion will change him: "I always wanted to date a celebrity. I'm just throwing that out there!"

Apparently he IS interested in Jennifer Love Hewitt, and is NOT interested in a Kardashian. Smart man.

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Jimmie finally caught up to Brad on the SPEED Victory Lane Sound Stage and Kenny Wallace took this picture of the two of them.