Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Road Trip South - NASCAR Homestead Miami, The Championship decider

Part of our reason for doing this trip was to see the final NASCAR race of the season.  It has been held in homestead on the outskirts of Miami for quite a few years now.

We got there with a little bit of time to spare.  The championship was down to 4 drivers: the legend, Jeff Gordon (retiring after this race), Kevin Harvick (the defending champion, Isaacs favorite), Kyle Busch (sat out first 2 months of season after breaking his leg and ankle in a horrific crash' Oliver's favorite) and Martin Truex Jr (the outsider).

We did our usual trip to the fanzone before heading inside.  Homestead is different from any of the other tracks we have been to, as you walk through from the main area, then reach the bottom of the stairs to get to your seats.  Most of the other track, you enter halfway through the seating area, but not homestead.  

We had pretty high seats.....  And look at that sky......

So it rained.  Pretty solidly for about 45 minutes.  We put on our ponchos and stayed put, we would have got wetter walking to the covered area below us.

We enjoyed it though!  They eventually got the track dry, and the race underway,

Below is Paul's favorite driver.  Because of the rain, the race ended up being delayed by about an hour and a half

Given that it is November, this meant it turned into a day night race.  But because it was Florida, it stayed warm the whole time.

We had the usual food breaks, but the intensity of the noise was not too bad.  

It was an alright race, not too exciting, not too many cautions, but not a procession either.  Which ever of the 4 championship contenders finished the highest would be crowned champion of the season.  

It just so happened that Kyle Busch won the race.  Oliver was very happy about this!

To be honest he was a deserved champion.  He sat out a good chunk of the season, but worked so hard on his rehabilitation for his broken bones.  When he came back he won loads of races.  He worked hard to become the champion, and at least it wasn't Harvick.....

As NASCAR tracks go, Homestead is awesome.  The set up is good, the weather is good (eventually!), the people aren't tooooo hill billy. Like most tracks, getting out after leaving is a pain, but with that amount of spectators (80,000), it's not a surprise.  We got back to the hotel about 10.30, shattered but happy about our great day seeing a NASCAR champion get crowned. 

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