He did it! NASCAR crowned its 2016 Sprint Cup Champion on Nov. 20 and at the end of the EcoBoost 400 at Homestead, it was Jimmie Johnson raising the cup in glory! Get all the details on the thrilling race here!
It came down to four men: Jimmie Johnson, 41, Carl Edwards, 38, Kyle Busch, 31, and Joey Logano, 26. These four racers made it to the Championship 4 at the final race of the 2016 Sprint Cup After 400-miles of intense bumper-to-bumper action, it was Jimmie who secured the Cup!
It was down to three racers after Joey crashed Carl. It seemed as though Joey might even be eliminated from competition for his move, but he was able to prevail. Things were definitely getting intense by lap 260, with Kyle holding a slight lead over Jimmie, and a several-lap eclipse over Joey. However, Jimmie was able to hit the pedal to the medal and secure his glorious victory at the end! What a win.
What an exciting finish to a wild season. Each of the final four deserved their spot in the last race. Kylie had dominated the regular season, winning an amazing five races – including the Duck Commander 500 at Texas. Jimmie and Joey had pulled off four victories – with Logano winning the NASCAR Spring All-Star Race. Carl was no slouch, either, pulling in an impressive 3 victories, including the win at the AAA Texas 500. That checkered flag ensured his place in the final race of the season.
For all the highs, there were some pretty big lows this season. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 42, was sidelined with “concussion-like symptoms following a pair of crashes at Michigan on June 12 and Daytona on July 2. That ultimately was the end of his season. While Jeff Gordon, 45, stepped in to race Dale’s car for a pair of events, the ride was given to Alex Bowman, 23. Thankfully, Dale Jr. will likely be cleared in December, according to NASCAR.com.
While Dale Jr. will make his triumphant return in 2017, the sun has set on the career of Tony Stewart, 45. The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion called it a day after this race, choosing to retire after nearly two decades behind the wheel. Still, he won’t be too far away from the track. As the owner of Stewart-Haas racing, he’ll keep a close eye on the future of NASCAR. For now, let’s hope he can get in to Jimmie’s celebration. After all, he just won the Sprint Cup! It’s time to party!
Are you happy with the results of this race, HollywoodLifers? Did your favorite driver win?