The Nascar season came to a close Sunday as all 3 of the sport's top touring series (Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series and Sprint Cup Series) crowned their champions for 2016. There's much to take away after 900 miles of racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway over the championship weekend. But here are 3 things that prevailed in the minds of the fans when the dust settled.


The theme of each of the 3 races at Homestead-Miami was short-pitting. Short-pitting is pitting before your pit window opens up. The pit window for the championship races ranged anywhere from 45 laps for the Camping World Truck Series to 85 laps for the Sprint Cup Series.

Short-pitting is normally done to gain time on the leaders through the advantage of fresh tires. By getting fresh rubber early, a driver can gain upwards of 3 seconds on the race leader. This strategy can either help you as a driver or hurt you, especially if the caution comes out at the wrong time. It helped Johnny Sauter in the Camping World Truck Series and Daniel Suarez in the Xfinity Series event, but hurt Joey Logano in the Sprint Cup Series race.

History Being Made

History was made not once, but twice in Miami. The Xfinity Series championship saw the first NASCAR champion born outside the United States in Daniel Suarez, a former NASCAR Mexico Series champion and a native of Monterrey, Mexico.

Suarez, a development driver out of Joe Gibbs Racing, dominated the 300 mile Xfinity Series event en route to claiming his first series title. The next day, in the Sprint Cup Series race, history was made again as Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson took advantage of a late race caution to complete his rally from 40th starting position to win the Ford EcoBoost 400 and in turn, win his 7th Sprint Cup Series title, tying him with legendary NASCAR drivers Richard 'The King' Petty and Dale 'The Intimidator' Earnhardt Sr.

Only time will tell when and if he'll capture that record-breaking 8th championship.

One Must Win

Just like in 2014 and 2015 - the first 2 years of the Chase Grid format - a driver in the Championship 4 has to win at Homestead-Miami to claim the title. Kevin Harvick won Homestead-Miami in 2014, claiming the Sprint Cup in his first year with Stewart-Haas Racing in the process.

Last year, it was Kyle Busch capping off one of the greatest comebacks in sports, returning from a serious injury at Daytona in February to win the final race of the year and claim his first Sprint Cup championship. This year, it was Jimmie Johnson winning the race and the title after advancing past the Round of 8 for the first time in his career in the Chase Grid format.

In less than 100 days' time, the battle begins again at Daytona with the 59th running of the Great American Race - the Daytona 500.

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