NASCAR Champion 2011
November 21, 2011 by staff
NASCAR Champion 2011, Today is what most NASCAR fans hope for at the start of the season, where the Sprint Cup Championship would come down to the last race of the season, and they weren’t disappointed. Homestead Florida was the site for the Ford 400, NASCAR’S final race of the year, and it was to be a battle between former two time Cup Champion, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards. Three points separated the two drivers, and it was going to be a good old fashioned duel. It was also the first time in five years that current Cup champ, Jimmie Johnson was out of contention.
The threat of rain was a factor in today’s race, but nontheless, the green flag dropped. Carl Edwards was leading the pack until lap 13, the yellow flag came out for 9 laps as a light rain fell onto the track. Stewart had dropped way back in the pack as Edwards continued his lead. Kevin Harvick and four time Cup Champion, Jeff Gordon continue to vie for the top 3 positions as Edwards continues to dominant his pace ahead of the pack into morethan 80 laps of this 267 lap race… and by lap 167, Stewart gets past Gordon for the race lead. Stewart had been racing the field, determined to win this race from the onset.
By Lap 165, NASCAR officials give Stewart a warning for aggressive driving, as he had been bumping into race leader Edwards…aggressive, hell, these two guys are racing for all of the marbles, and it was going to be a war. Lap 213 brings out the caution flag once again for rain. By now, Edwards was clearly the class of the field, leading the most laps, with Stewart dropping back to 14th place, which gave the field another opportunity for fresh tires and fuel. By lap 231, racing had resumed with Kyle Busch in the lead. Within five laps, Stewart had taken the lead back, with Edwards trailing by only a second. Amazing racing by two of NASCAR’S top drivers, and it seemed it was all coming down to the wire.
For the next 30 laps it was anyone’s guess who was going to lead each lap. This was as good as it gets as Edwards and Stewart’s times around the track were virtually equal, but it was Stewart who bettered the pace, leaving Edwards just over a second behind, and with taking the checkered flag would also take the championship. Although Stewart and Edwards finished the year with the exact same points (2403), it was Stewart who was awarded the top prize of Champion because he had won 5 races during the season, more wins than Edwards. This was a first for NASCAR and their new points system. Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top season’s spots.
NASCAR racing will resume in February, 2012 at the Daytona International Speedway. Congratulations to Tony Stewart, and all the other drivers who made 2011 one of the best race seasons in a long time.
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