Wow! What a season finale! Congratulations to the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Jimmie Johnson! In case you missed it, NASCAR fans were in for a treat Sunday night, as Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Joey Logano battled for the 2016 Sprint Cup Title! In this post, I want to comment on 3 things that happened in the championship race! These topics vary from history being made to a driver with good things to come! As always, I hope you enjoy and please comment your thoughts on the season finale! Lastly, don't forget to follow me on Twitter at @nascar_opinion! Well, here we go!
First, congratulations to Jimmie Johnson! "Six-time" finally became "Seven-time", tying Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. for the most Sprint Cup championships won. Johnson has shown that no matter the system, his 48 team will prevail! Hopefully, this will finally push NASCAR fans to give Johnson the credit he deserves as one of the best drivers in NASCAR history. It's amazing to think that just a few weeks ago, I predicted Johnson being eliminated after round 1. Fans were questioning what the issue was with the 48 team before the Chase, but now the tables have turned. It was amazing to see history being made before my vary eyes! Who knows, maybe Jimmie has one more in him! This could be his last hurrah, but this season taught us to never count out Johnson until the last checkered flag waves. Again, congrats to Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports! Enjoy this 48 fans, history has been made!
Second, Kyle Larson will be a threat. If you were unable to watch the race, Larson dominated the 2nd half of the Ford EcoBoost 400, but fell short once again. Larson had the best car in the closing stages, but was shoved out of victory lane when Joey Logano pushed Jimmie Johnson on the final restart. Sadly, this marked yet another weekend where Larson failed to clinch a Cup victory. Don't worry 42 fans, tonight showed what is to come. Of course, I can't predict guaranteed success, but this was a good sign that Larson can compete on any given weekend. Next season will be a defining year in Larson's career, which may determine his home in the future. Larson is signed thru 2017, which means his performance next season could dictate if he stays at Ganassi or moves else where. Hopefully, he got the monkey off his back when he scored his 1st career win at Michigan. I guess we'll find out next season! Good luck LarSON!!!
Third, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards did EXACTLY what they were supposed to do. I'm sure many fans were disappointed to see Edwards end up in the catch fence with just 10 laps to go in the race. "Cousin Carl" dominated the championship battle most of the night, but was turned by Joey Logano on a late restart. Logano made an aggressive move to the inside, which eventually hooked the 19 car into the inside wall. While the debate is out on who is to blame, the real answer is that both drivers did what they were supposed to do. Logano dove to the inside, which was his only chance to win the race/title. If Logano didn't make the move, Edwards would be gone again. On the flip side, Carl Edwards had to block or the 22 would take the lead. The bottom line is that both drivers did what they were supposed to do, and we should applaud both for their efforts. I gained so much respect for both drivers after this incident occurred. Logano finally acted like he was racing for a title, and Edwards was a class act afterwards. Both drivers had amazing seasons and deserve a huge pat on the back.
Well, thanks for reading! I hope everyone enjoyed the season finale and are gearing up for the 2017 Daytona 500! Looking ahead, there are so many contenders for next years title! Thank you all for joining me during the season, and I promise 2017 will be the best year for NASCAR Opinion! Expect better blogs, more consistency, live videos, a podcast, and better overall coverage! Thank you for all of your support and continue to follow me during the off-season! Before you forget, remember to follow me on @nascar_opinion on Twitter! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving and holiday season!
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