HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR’s division afterpiece (all times local):
Brad Keselowski has apropos that Ford could “take a beating abutting year” if there isn’t added architect adequation in NASCAR.
Martin Truex Jr. won the division afterpiece and the Cup championship in a Toyota. Kyle Busch was additional in a Toyota, which won 16 of 36 Cup contest this season. Ford and Chevrolet won 10 apiece. Chevy will admission its anew advised Camaro in 2018, which additionally could beat the Fords.
Keselowski accomplished seventh in the chase and fourth in the final standings.
Keselowski ahead said Toyota had a season-long advantage.
“When that car formed out at Daytona, and I anticipate we all got to see it for the aboriginal time, I anticipate there was two reactions,” he said. “One, we couldn’t accept NASCAR accustomed it, and two, we were afflicted by the architecture aggregation over there.
“I don’t anticipate anyone anytime had a attempt this year the additional that affair got put on the racetrack and approved. It affectionate of acquainted like Formula 1, area you had one car that fabricated it through the gates alive and cape aloft everyone, and your easily are angry because you’re not accustomed to do annihilation to the cars in those categories that NASCAR approves to absolutely bolt up.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. chugged a few beers on pit alley with his aggregation afterward his final Cup race. He was amidst by hundreds of fans.
Drenched in diaphoresis and suds, Junior and the aggregation kept avaricious beer out of a acknowledgment sitting on the block of his Chevrolet.
Earnhardt anesthetized the beers about to his guys. One by one, they awash like frat brothers about the 88 and aloft — and sprayed — their Budweisers in a acknowledgment to the career of NASCAR’s best accepted driver.
“We’re activity to absence you Junior!” a fan screamed at Earnhardt.
“Let’s go, Junior! Let’s go!” addition yelled in a banausic voice.
Earnhardt accomplished 25th in his final NASCAR Cup race, the aftereffect a bald comment in a career that counts two Daytona 500s, 14 best accepted disciplinarian awards and a accepted account in the garage.
One archetype for the love, Earnhardt larboard his affair to seek out hunting associate and best friend, NASCAR best Martin Truex Jr., on the stage.
Earnhardt and Truex had a career anniversary and a championship accession all at once.
Martin Truex Jr. clinched his aboriginal NASCAR Cup championship Sunday by acceptable the division afterpiece at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Truex belted adolescent Toyota disciplinarian Kyle Busch in the 400-mile finale. Kevin Harvick (fourth) and Brad Keselowski (seventh) were the alone added championship contenders in the field.
Truex won for the eighth time this year, continuing the best acknowledged division of his artisan career and giving Colorado-based Furniture Row Antagonism its aboriginal title.
The aggregation excelled through affliction all season. Truex’s longtime partner, Sherry Pollex, had a ceremony of ovarian cancer. A artisan died of a affection advance the night afore Truex’s win aftermost ages at Kansas. And aggregation buyer Barney Visser is alone in Colorado Denver afterward emergency affection anaplasty a anniversary ago.
Kyle Larson has won the additional date of NASCAR’s division afterpiece at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.
Larson has so far led 139 of the 160 laps. He’s not acceptable for the championship.
Martin Truex Jr. was additional in the additional date and the highest-finishing championship contender. He was followed by Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski as the appellation contenders ran additional through fifth abaft Larson.
Danica Patrick was acutely aghast afterwards accident out of her final chase as a full-time NASCAR driver.
Patrick said she got a annoy rub anon afore the annoy blew, and she airtight into the wall.
“It’s aloof the adventure of the year,” she said.
She was evaluated and arise from the infield affliction center. She accomplished 37th in her final chase with Stewart-Haas Racing. She’s actuality replaced at the aggregation by Aric Almirola.
Patrick will run the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 in 2018, a two-race afterpiece she dubbed the “Danica Double.”
“There’s still antagonism in my future,” she said. “I still accept a thousand afar to go.”
Asked alfresco the affliction centermost if there’s a argent lining in actuality able to acknowledgment abutting February for the Daytona 500, Patrick took a continued pause.
“Yeah, sure,” she assuredly said. “Let’s achievement I don’t end up in the medical center.”
Danica Patrick comatose in her final chase as a full-time NASCAR driver.
Patrick absent ascendancy in Turn 1 and hit the bank with 125 laps actual in Sunday’s division finale. The acquaintance started a baby blaze on her Stewart-Haas Antagonism Ford, and smoke caked into the cockpit.
Patrick climbed from the car, which she alone at the alpha of pit road. Afterwards Patrick hit the wall, Kasey Kahne ran in to the aback of her No. 10 Ford.
Kahne is in his final chase with Hendrick Motorsports. Patrick is in her final chase with SHR, and she said in a bawling account appointment beforehand this weekend she is done with full-time racing. Patrick said she will abutting her career abutting division by alive the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.
Kyle Larson won the aboriginal date of NASCAR’s division finale, and the four championship contenders were appropriate abaft him.
Larson was one of the arch drivers during the approved season, but he was alone from the playoffs in the additional annular aback his agent bootless at Kansas. It agape Larson out of appellation contention, and abounding believed he was a accepted blackmail to win the appellation because Homestead-Miami Speedway apparel his alive style.
Larson is able to run afterpiece to the bank than anyone abroad because he’s adequate in that aerial line. He congenital a 10-second advance over the abutting competition.
Championship contenders Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. ran additional through fifth abaft Larson. The accomplished finisher of those four will win the Cup title.
NASCAR’s championship chase has amorphous at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. are antagonism for the title.
Before the blooming banderole dropped, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the man of the hour.
Earnhardt befuddled easily with aggregation buyer Rick Hendrick, above assistant Jeff Gordon and adolescent disciplinarian Matt Kenseth. He kissed his wife Amy and slapped easily with the absolute Cup alternation pit aggregation as he able to booty off for a august clip lap in his final race.
Earnhardt thanked anybody who had an appulse on his career, and said over the radio.
“The admirers that are actuality and home watching fabricated this all possible,” he said.
NASCAR gave Dale Earnhardt Jr. a able adieu during disciplinarian introductions afore his final Cup race.
Earnhardt was the aftermost one brought out afore the four championship contenders. It was moments afterwards a video aired about Earnhardt’s appulse on NASCAR, which was anecdotal by “This Is Us” brilliant Justin Hartley.
As the video closed, Hartley said of Earnhardt: “Talent is a gift. Character is a choice.”
Earnhardt was again brought on stage, area he approved to high-five as abounding admirers as accessible as he beyond to a abstracted stage. There, he alive dozens of autographs, again had a diffuse embrace with NASCAR aegis administrator Mike Lentz.
NASCAR’s best accepted disciplinarian again hopped into the aback of a auto truck, addled his baseball cap astern and coiled to the army during his final cruise pre-race array about the track.
Drivers, aggregation chiefs and admiral gave backward NASCAR brilliant Dale Earnhardt Jr. a diffuse continuing acclaim during the pre-race meeting.
NASCAR showed a accolade video that included amateur Adam Sandler, late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel, amateur Justin Hartley, retired NBA stars Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, actor/director Mark Wahlberg, country music accompanist Brad Paisley, several alive drivers and some of his accepted and above aggregation associates as able-bodied as aggregation buyer Rick Hendrick. Afterwards it ended, the absolute allowance stood and clapped for Earnhardt.
He stood up briefly and bound sat aback down.
Earnhardt additionally will advance a august clip lap afore the division afterpiece at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR administrator Brian France says he’s accomplishing his allotment to accomplish a adolescent fan abject by acquainted his 7-year-old son, Luke, is an ardent fan.
When asked who Luke thinks is activity to win Sunday’s championship, France let his son answer. Luke chose Martin Truex Jr.
“That’s a acceptable pick,” France said.
France and NASCAR admiral Brent Dewar again bound acclaimed that the alternation is impartial.
“We’re neutral, aloof to be clear,” Dewar said.
Truex is advised the admired because he has seven wins this season.
Typically, Luke France has been spotted as a Joey Logano fan, but Logano is not acceptable to win the championship.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. started his final chase day with an aboriginal morning PB&J and the activity that “this is gonna be a awe-inspiring day.”
Earnhardt tweeted to his 2.3 actor followers that he woke up Sunday at 6 a.m., ate a sandwich and went aback to bed. He was “up for good” at 9:30, a little added than six hours afore the division afterpiece at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
So Earnhardt had affluence of time to apprehend the bags of replies, best of them adulatory him acceptable luck.
Danica Patrick tweeted to Earnhardt: “No one will anytime balloon you. Ever. I apperceive I will consistently be beholden for your advice accepting me into nascar.”
Earnhardt will retire Sunday, catastrophe a career that saw him arise as NASCAR’s best accepted disciplinarian 18 abounding seasons.
NASCAR administrator Brian France opened his state-of-the-series account appointment by lauding backward brilliant Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“He has been an acutely big addition on and off the clue for a continued time,” France said. “While we’re activity to absence him for accessible reasons, he’s not activity to be that far abroad actuality an buyer and alive with NBC. He’s activity to be alert to the sport, and that’s a acceptable affair for us.”
Earnhardt is authoritative his final Cup alpha in the division afterpiece at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
It’s championship Sunday for NASCAR’s arch series.
Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. are the four championship contenders. The accomplished finisher of the finalists will affirmation the Monster Cup Alternation title.
It’s additionally the final Cup chase for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth. Earnhardt is backward from full-time antagonism but affairs to drive in a few second-tier Xfinity Alternation contest in 2018. Kenseth charcoal after a ride for abutting season. Earnhardt and Kenseth were rookies calm in 2000 and now arise to be abrogation together.
Danica Patrick additionally is done with NASCAR on a full-time basis. But she appear beforehand this anniversary that she will drive in the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500 in 2018.
Denny Hamlin starts on the pole in the finale, with Truex second, Busch third, Keselowski fifth and Harvick ninth.
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