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Chase Race 10: Homestead-Miami

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Denny Hamlin in Victory Lane at Homestead

Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
(Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America

I always feel kind of bad when the winner at Homestead-Miami is not the same person as the one who won the Championship-  because their win gets overlooked a little.  So congratulations to Denny Hamlin on winning the race!  By winning at Homestead- Denny Hamlin was able to keep his streak alive- of winning at least one race for the past 7 season. Awesome!

And speaking of the race what a race it was.  There was after all- Matt Kenseth (second in points) leading the most laps, Jimmie the series leader sustaining damage during a restart when another car spun it’s tires.  It was a real nail biter there wondering if Jimmie was going to need to pit- he also fell down to like 26th at that point so it was all YIKES what will happen for a little while- something I did not think would happen because I went into the race pretty darn sure that Jimmie was going to come out 6-time.

Then of course there was this:

The crew of the 27 attend to a fiery wheel. (photo credit: NASCAR via Getty Images)

After which moments later- the wheel that was on fire- EXPLODED in a fireball.  Thankfully none of the crew members were injured (nor was driver Paul Menard). Still- SCARY! Yikes.

Oh and there was Jr. Yes as in Dale Earnhardt Jr…wow for a while there I thought he was going to not only get past Kenseth, but run Denny down or wreck trying.  That 88 team has been on fire lately (no not the Paul Menard kind of fire- the good kind). Hopefully they carry that momentum into next season.

So congratulations to Denny for winning…and just because- here are a couple more pictures of Denny’s victory lane celebration:

Teammate Matt Kenseth congratulates winner Denny Hamlin

Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, congratulates teammate and race winner Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
(Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America)

Victory Lane Family

Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in victory lane with his daughter Taylor and Jordan Fish after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America)

Notes on Homestead-Miami:

1. Okay- I am going to get on my soapbox for a minute here.  I don’t know if you heard but Donovan McNabb (he’s an ex football player and that is all I know about him in particular- not following football I can’t really say what KIND of football player he was or really even WHO he played for) stated on FoxSports1 (which ironically is the channel that took over Speed right?) that Jimmie Johnson is not an athlete.  It’s based on the tired, old “NASCAR drivers aren’t athletes” argument that has been going on for YEARS decades now because they just “sit in a car and drive in circles.” For some reason this really stuck in my craw and if you follow me on twitter- you likely saw my rapid fire tweets about it when I found out about it.  I am going to be the first to admit that this NASCAR season has been lackluster for me- with my driver out of the car- but this REALLY fired me up.  Don’t belive me? Here is something I commented on someone’s facebook (they were asking for comments about it-I wasn’t stirring the pot I promise): I said this on twitter in a truncated format and I will gladly say it here: It’s the same old tired and unoriginal #NASCAR drivers aren’t athletes DRIVEL. Any one who says that is really showing me they do not know what they are talking about- to the point of ignorance. #NASCAR drivers spend at least 3-4 hours straight in a car with no breaks, no time outs, no benches, etc, while playing BOTH offense and defense for the entire time. They don’t walk up and swing at a ball and run if they hit it. They don’t only play when their team has the ball (or when the other team has the ball). They have to be on the ball (haha pun intended) and focused THE WHOLE time or it could be a very bad day. They do it 36 weekends a year. They are athletes. And about Jimmie Johnson in particular? Jimmie has run a triathon. Is that not proof enough of his athleticism for Donovan McNabb? Sure some drivers are more athletic then others- as are some football players, baseball players, etc. It’s a tired statement, likely by someone who has never been to a race. Take him on a ride along with Jimmie (or any of the drivers) and I would like to see how long he sings the tired ol’ NASCAR drivers aren’t athletes tune. What I find ironic about his statement is that it is SO ignorant it isn’t even funny (but it kind of is) because he picked a driver that is probably one of the MOST athletic and fit drivers to nay say.  And when ESPN played the little piece about Jimmie during pre-race- I had to chuckle. I kind of hope Donovan feels kind of foolish (and takes Jeff Gordon up on his offer of a ride along). Apparently this also came up during Jimmie’s after-race media and he even brought Tony Stewart into it- which of course I loved:

So that is it for 2013.  I am REALLY looking forward to 2014. #14in14

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture AND Video:

Tony fishes at the Darrell Gywnn Foundation charity tournament in Homestead:

Tony at Homestead

Tony participating at the Darrell Gwynn Foundation Charity fishing tournament. Photo credit: DZ Drum on facebook).

Tony congratulates Jimmie (Via Kenny Wallace’s Vine):

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