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It didn’t come without some tense moments, but you can no longer call Jimmie Johnson “Mr. Five-Time”. No after the checkered flag waived at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, Johnson has a new moniker, “Mr. Six-Time”. He is now in some very rare company. He is now in the club with just two other drivers that have won at least six Sprint Cup Championships. One is a “King” and the other driver is a legend, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, respectively!
Johnson finished eighth in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 but that allowed him to clinch a title that is just one shy of tying Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the all-time championship lead.
Matt Kenseth, who started the race 28 points behind Johnson, finished second on Sunday and 19 points short of winning his second championship.
Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing won the race and Dale Earnhardt Jr. of Hendrick Motorsports, who battled metal-to-metal with Kenseth over the final 12 laps, was third.
Movers and Shakers
“Jeremy The Coach” has pulled off the double! He has not only won the third segment, but he has also won the big Chase money, as well! (More to dome on another post!)
Nobody had the winning driver, Denny Hamlin, this week. However, three players did have the second place driver, Matt Kenseth this week. “Jim, aka Chiefy”, Edie, and “Jeremy The Coach” each grabbed 44 points this week to be our highest scoring players.
Following those three players on the scoring list is “Dan The Numbers Cruncher”. “The Numbers Dude” garnered 42 points for Dale Earnhardt’s third place finish Sunday.
Additionally, “Bernie The Bay Area Bandit”, netting herself 39 points for her selection of Clint Bowyer.
Dawn also had a successful race, cashing in on Kyle Busch’s 7th place finish that rewarded her with 37 points.
Following Dawn was “David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey” grabbing 35 points via Kevin Harvick’s 10th place finish.
Both Carlton and “Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff” scored 33 points with their selection of Jeff Gordon.
Carole, “Jason The Latent Tie Dye Hippie”, and “A&M Aggie Sue” all recorded 32 points for the final race of 2013.
The final race of the season did not produce much movement on the totem pole. The single largest mover this week was was Marc. Marc tumbled four spots to finish the year out in 12th place.
Additionally, both Jim and Dawn climbed up two spots to finish in 8th and 10 place, respectively.
In the final race of the segment Jason and Leon swapped places for the third time in the last three weeks. Leon climbed up to second and Jason fell to third place.
Straight From The Crapper
The hands down winner of the “crappiest pick of the week” goes to Marc. Marc was only able to score just 14 points for the final race. Fortunately for him, it did not land him in “The Outhouse”! No that award was won hands down by his mother, my sister, Zee. She secured her place “on the throne” by a margin of 33 points over our first recipient, “David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey“!
There will be more written about our 2013 Redneck Fantasy League in the coming days and weeks. Additionally, my tech dude, “Jason The Latent Tie Dye Hippie” is working on a few new improvements for our web site for the 2014 season. I will let you know what those improvements are when we get them battle tested prior to Daytona.
I hope that you all had as much fun with the fantasy league as I did this year. I have tried to make this a time to have some fun and to laugh at ourselves.
I can say that I am already beginning to have racing withdrawals! I had a great yer going to Daytona, Las Vegas, and Phoenix. But I have to say that the best part of my racing year was watching my good friend, “David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey”, race his midget at Visalia, Calistoga, and Chico this year. A few of those nights were made extra special because I got to take my grandson, Cole, to watch some great midget and sprint car races!
TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!