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Wrap-up

Wrapup Homestead-Miami Finales

by Anthony Ballantoni
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

All three of NASCAR’s top series crowned their respective 2016 driver champions at the conclusion of the season finales at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS). Friday night, Johnny Sauter finished third in the Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200. This was best of that series’ Championship 4 to take the title. On Saturday afternoon, Daniel Suarez started on the pole, led the most laps and won the XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300. This earned the Monterrey, Mexico native the 2016 NXS Championship. With about a dozen laps to go in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400, Carl Edwards, who was the highest running driver of the Championship 4, looked to be on his way to the Sprint Cup championship until caution came out. On the restart, Edwards was involved in a multi-car wreck and was done for the season. This worked in the favor of Jimmie Johnson who took the lead during overtime, won the race and secured his record-tying seventh NASCAR Cup Series Championship. He joins Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt on the short-list of 7-time Champs.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)
Time Trials: Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Ford EcoBoost 400 (177.637 mph). This is his 17th pole in 574 NSCS races. It is his second pole and 20th top-10 start in 2016 and his first pole in 16 races at HMS. Brad Keselowski (started second) posted his 20th top-10 start of 2016 and his sixth in nine races at HMS. Ryan Newman (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at HMS and his 13th in 36 races this season. Chase Elliott (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie. Championship 4 Starting Positions: Kyle Busch (ninth), Carl Edwards (10th), Joey Logano (13th) and Jimmie Johnson (14th).
Did Not Qualify: No. 30 Gray Gaulding.

Results: Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS) won the Ford EcoBoost 400, his 80th victory in 543 NSCS races. This is his fifth victory in 2016 and his first win in 16 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Johnson won the 2016 NSCS Championship with this victory. He is now tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt as the only 7-time NASCAR Cup Series Champions. Kyle Larson (finished second) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at HMS and his 15th top-10 finish in 2016. Kevin Harvick (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 16 races at HMS. Chase Elliott (11th) was the highest finishing rookie. Elliott has won the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion: Jimmie Johnson
2016 NSCS Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Chase Elliott

2016 NSCS (Unofficial) Final Top 10:
1. Jimmie Johnson
2. Joey Logano
3. Kyle Busch
4. Carl Edwards
5. Matt Kenseth
6. Denny Hamlin
7. Kurt Busch
8. Kevin Harvick
9. Kyle Larson
10. Chase Elliott

2017 Season opener: Sunday, February 26, at Daytona Int’l Speedway (2.5-mile tri-oval in Daytona Beach, FL)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Time Trials: Daniel Suarez (No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the NXS season-ending Ford EcoBoost 300 with a lap of 169.924 mph. This is his sixth pole in 68 NXS races. It is his third pole and 33rd top-10 start in 2016 and his first pole in two races at HMS. Elliott Sadler (started second) posted his 25th top-10 start of 2016 and his eighth in 11 races at HMS. Erik Jones (third) posted his second top-10 start at HMS and his 32nd in 33 races this season. Championship 4 Starting Positions: Daniel Suarez (first), Elliott Sadler (second), Erik Jones (third) and Justin Allgaier (sixth).
Did Not Qualify: No. 93 David Starr, No. 89 Morgan Shepherd, No. 74 Mike Harmon, No. 70 Dexter Stacey and No. 77 Ryan Ellis.

Results: Daniel Suarez won the Ford EcoBoost 300, his third victory in 68 NXS races. This is his third victory and 27th top-10 finish in 2016 and his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at HMS. Suarez won the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series driver championship. Ty Dillon (finished second) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at HMS and his 17th top-10 finish in 2016. Elliott Sadler (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at HMS. Erik Jones (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie. Jones won the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year award.

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion: Daniel Suarez
2016 NXS Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Erik Jones

2016 NXS (Unofficial) Final Top 10:
1. Daniel Suarez
2. Elliott Sadler
3. Justin Allgaier
4. Erik Jones
5. Ty Dillon
6. Ryan Reed
7. Blake Koch
8. Brennan Poole
9. Ryan Sieg
10. Brandon Jones

2017 Season opener: Saturday, February 25, at Daytona Int’l Speedway (2.5-mile tri-oval in Daytona Beach, FL)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Time Trials: William Byron (No. 9 Liberty University Toyota Tundra) won the Keystone Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the Ford EcoBoost 200 (170.886 mph). This is his third pole in 24 NCWTS races. It is his third pole and 20th top-10 start in 2016. Cole Custer (started second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2016. Sprint Cup regular Kyle Larson (third) posted his third top-10 start at HMS. It is his third top-10 start in three NCWTS races this season. The Championship 4 Starting Positions: Matt Crafton (fourth), Christopher Bell (eighth), Timothy Peters (13th) and Johnny Sauter (19th).
No. 44 Tommy Joe Martins, No. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb and No. 63 Norm Benning.

Results: William Byron won the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200, his seventh victory in 24 NCWTS races. This is his seventh victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2016 and his first victory and first top-10 finish at HMS. Byron was the highest finishing rookie and has won the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. Tyler Reddick (finished second) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at HMS and his 12th top-10 finish in 2016. Johnny Sauter (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at HMS. Sauter is the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver champion.

2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion: Johnny Sauter
2016 NCWTS Sunoco Rookie of the Year: William Byron

2016 NCWTS (Unofficial) Final Top 10:
1. Johnny Sauter
2. Matt Crafton
3. Christopher Bell
4. Timothy Peters
5. William Byron
6. Daniel Hemric
7. Ben Kennedy
8. John Hunter Nemechek
9. Tyler Reddick
10. Cole Custer

2017 Season opener: Friday, February 24, at Daytona Int’l Speedway (2.5-mile tri-oval in Daytona Beach, FL)
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ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (ended October 14)
2016 ARCA Racing Series Champion: Chase Briscoe
2016 SCOTT Rookie of the Year: Dalton Sargeant
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NASCAR Home Tracks
K&N Pro Series-East
(ended September 30)
2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East Champion: Justin Haley
2016 K&N-East Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Hunter Baize

K&N Pro Series-West (ended October 15)
2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West Champion: Todd Gilliland
2016 K&N-West Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Todd Gilliland

Pinty’s Series (ended September 17)
2016 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Champion: Cayden Lapcevich
2016 Jostens Rookie of the Year: Cayden Lapcevich

Whelen Modified Tour (ended October 16)
2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion: Doug Coby
2016 WMT Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Matt Swanson

Whelen Southern Modified Tour (ended October 6)
2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion: Burt Myers
2016 WSMT Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Kyle Bonsignore

Peak Mexico Series (Not active in 2016, returns in 2017)
2015 Mexico Series Champion: Ruben Garcia Jr./p>

Anthony Ballantoni

Anthony Ballantoni is a Senior Sports Writer at NBC Sports Edge.