So, you wanted an exciting finished did you? You didn't want to see Jimmie Johnson to win his 6th championship, did you? Well, you got both those wishes, and at Homestead, Carl Edwards or Tony Stewart are about to do battle at Homestead.
Personally, I don't like Homestead. Never have done, never will, however, it will no doubt be a great final race of 2011, if Phoenix is anything to go by. Both Edwards and Stewart are neck and neck, two very talented drivers going back and forth, vying for position all the way through a very long race. They're both hungry, and when you get down to it, they are, without question, the best two drivers this year.
Edwards consistency is undoubted. At the start of the year when you say 'Who's going to win this year?', Edwards is always a name you can trust, and 18 top 5s says it really doesn't it?
Stewart, well he made the Chase at least, but you can never count Smoke out, with four wins in the Chase this year, he's meant serious business from Chicagoland onwards.
Could I call it? I don't think I could. I want Edwards to win, I just him to win his first, but it's a question of can he keep his nerve rolling into Homestead? Stewart knows what winning feels like, so the pressure is on Cousin Carl to match and beat Tony this week. Hopefully Edwards can get the Nationwide win, it should ease him in. Just don't count Smoke out ever.
And what of the rest of the Chase? I'm particularly pleased at Brad Keselowski's effort this year. He really pulled it off on the Race for the Chase winning those three races to win the wildcard, and his fourth place (so far) in the Chase has confirmed my suspicion that we have a champion in the making with the #2 car. And Dale Jr. can take some solace that finishing in the top 10 of the Chase, yet having no wins, is some achievement considering where he finished in '09 and '10. Kyle Busch will walk away from this Chase most probably thinking why and what could've been. And Jimmie Johnson shouldn't be too disappointed, he's five championships after all!
I'm looking forward to a good race with a hopefully exciting (and hopefully controversial) finish. Bring it on.
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