Top 5 moments at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Today the NASCAR Cup Series was supposed to run a race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
But like six other Cup races, it has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To get you by today and the remaining Sunday’s without a Cup racing, each weekend we’re going to bring you a look at five memorable moments from each track.
So let’s get started with a look at some memorable moments at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
1. Smoke clinches third Cup title (2011)
When the 2011 postseason began, two-time champion Tony Stewart had no wins and wasn’t expecting to contribute much to the 10-race spectacle.
Then he became the spectacle.
Stewart reeled off five wins in 10 races, including the season finale in Miami, where he beat Carl Edwards and clinched the title in a tiebreaker over Edwards.
Stewart remains the only Cup driver to earn their first win of the season in the playoffs and go on to win the championship.
2. Jimmie Johnson earns seventh championship (2016)
Jimmie Johnson’s record-tying seventh Cup Series title did not come easily.
After starting the season finale from the rear of the field due to a pre-race inspection failure, the Hendrick Motorsports driver did not lead until an overtime restart to finish the race.
He led the final three laps and solidified his name as one of the greatest to drive a stock car, alongside Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. Johnson’s seven titles are spread out over 11 years and multiple playoff formats.
3) Joey Logano wins the “damn war” (2018)
Three weeks before the season finale, last-lap contact between Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano resulted in a win for Logano at Martinsville Speedway.
A displeased Truex declared afterward that Logano “may have won the battle but he ain’t winning the damn war”
When the sun set on the season in Miami, Logano proved Truex wrong. Logano passed him for the lead with 12 laps to go, navigating around Truex’s No. 78 Toyota on the outside in commanding fashion.
Logano cruised to the win and his first Cup title.
4) Kevin Harvick kicks off the elimination era with championship (2014)
The 2014 Cup title came down to a three-lap shootout, with Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman leading the way.
Newman entered the race having not won any of the previous 35 races. But he wouldn’t get to break NASCAR’s brand new elimination format designed to emphasize wins (Matt Crafton would do that in 2019).
Instead, Harvick held off Newman in the shootout to win the race and his first Cup title.
5) Kurt Busch loses tire mid-race, bounces back to win championship (2004)
The playoff era of NASCAR got off to an interesting start thanks to Kurt Busch.
The Roush Fenway Racing driver entered the season finale with an 18-pointy advantage over Jimmie Johnson, who had won four times in the previous five races.
Busch’s championship hopes almost came apart on Lap 250. As Busch attempted to enter pit road, the right-front tire came off his No. 97 Ford and Busch barely avoided hitting the pit wall. Busch made it to pit road and the tire rolled down the track, creating a caution.
Luckily, he was able to stay on the lead lap. While teammate Greg Biffle won the race and Johnson finished second, Busch placed fifth and clinched his first championship with an eight-point advantage over Johnson.