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CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: NASCAR IN THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR

I don’t see much use in writing about NASCAR’s big banquet, either beforehand or afterwards. It’s just a big exercise in stock car racing trying to be cool while still reciting commercialized nonsense and pretending that boring speakers aren’t.

As entertainment, it’s the equivalent of a rain delay, though, thankfully, not as long. Everything that’s interesting is already known. For anything else to be interesting, someone other than Dale Earnhardt Jr. would have to be Most Popular Driver.

Well, Donald Trump has declared that an election he won is rigged. Anything’s possible.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: WHAT DID HERB THOMAS EVER DO?

​NASCAR races are regular. From February through November, they occur most weekends, most often on Sunday afternoons but sometimes on Saturday or Sunday nights. Sometimes it rains.

Watching them is a habit. Unfortunately, in recent years, it’s become one that millions have kicked.

It’s grown more distant. I don’t go to the tracks anymore. As Tom T. Hall once noted about another addiction (guitar picking), “Ain’t no money in it. It’ll lead you to an early grave.”

CP MOTORSPORTS - SUAREZ EARNS HIS PLACE IN NASCAR HISTORY; WINS XFINITY TITLE

It’s been a rapid rise for Daniel Suárez, who captured the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway by winning the Ford EcoBoost 300 in only his second full-time season of NASCAR national series racing. The driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota is the first Latin American, as well as the first graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program operated by Rev Racing, to win a NASCAR national series title.

CP MOTORSPORTS - SAUTER CLAIMS NASCAR TRUCK TITLE

Johnny Sauter won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship with a third-place finish in Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, leaving race winner William Byron to consider what might have been.

As Byron and Tyler Reddick battled for the lead, Sauter passed Championship 4 contender Matt Crafton for third-place on Lap 119 of 134 at the 1.5-mile track. Sauter then pulled away to claim the championship as Crafton faded to seventh in the closing laps.

CP MOTORSPORTS - NASCAR RAMPS UP SOCIAL MEDIA FOR #THECHASE FINALE' AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

 

A record-setting season on social media continues Nov. 20 when NASCAR celebrates the final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup like never before on Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Millions of Snapchat users will receive a behind-the-scenes look at the Ford Ecoboost 400 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) from NASCAR fans sharing their race-day experiences from Homestead-Miami Speedway as part of a Snapchat Live Story.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: WHY GOD PUT THE CHASE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN

Homestead isn’t just the home of the Sprint Cup championship. It’s the Gateway to the Keys!

That makes it just about as weird as Martinsville, Virginia, or Long Pond, Pennsylvania, but in terms of places for stock cars to race, it’s the weirdest.

Naturally, I love it.

CP MOTORSPORTS - LOGANO ENJOYS HARD FOUGHT WIN IN THE DESERT

Joey Logano earned a return trip to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway after a year’s absence.

Kyle Busch will head to the South Florida track to try to defend his 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title.

And Kevin Harvick won’t be competing for the title for the first time since NASCAR debuted its elimination Chase format in 2014. Needing a victory to advance, as it turned out, Harvick finished fourth in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

CP MOTORSPORTS: TOM HIGGINS: ADVICE TO CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS: GO WITH WHAT HAS SERVED YOU SO FAR

 

Right up front let me make a confession: I know virtually nothing about what makes a race car work.

Not the engine. Not the transmission. Not the chassis setup. Not the brakes.

Nothing. Nada. Zero. Zilch. Nevertheless, I have some advice for the four drivers and their teams that will compete for the NASCAR Cup Series championship Sunday at Homestead/Miami Speedway in Florida.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: LEGENDS AND TALL TALES

The very first thought, when I awakened on the morning after Donald Trump had been elected president, was to wonder if Trump would name Brian France to his Cabinet.

I was trying to accentuate the positive. That was all. I needed coffee.

But enough nonsense. There’s a Chase going on! Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards are in the finals. One race, at Phoenix, lies between them and two others racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20 for the Sprint Cup championship.

CP MOTORSPORTS - KYLE BUSCH WINS PHOENIX XFINITY AS CHAMPIONSHIP 4 FIELD SET

 

It was just another routine Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway for Kyle Busch.

But nothing else in the Ticket Galaxy 200 was at all ordinary.

All the drama unfolded behind Busch, as eight drivers scrambled for four positions in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase’s Championship 4 Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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