Heading into the season finale at Homestead, recognition has to be given to Matt Kenseth, competing for the first time with Gibbs Racing. Kenseth, the 2000 champion, has won seven times this year and except for a dismal performance at Phoenix, would be in a strong position to contend for the championship.
Strange things can happen during any race at any level, but it would seem unlikely that Johnson won’t claim that sixth title this weekend.
IN OTHER RACING NEWS
• Former Champion Racing Association JEGS All Stars Tour champion Erik Jones of Michigan became the youngest driver to win a Camping World Truck Series event at the age of 17 last weekend in Phoenix.
It has been a remarkable year for the teenager, beating Kyle Busch to win the 2012 Snowball Derby, holding off Chase Elliott to win the Winchester 400 and now a truck win.
• Anderson resident and retired Hall of Fame songwriter Steve Wallace raised $312 for the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A donation was made to fight cancer every time Wallace’s song “Anderson Speedway” was played on his website. The song is performed by Mark Sutton and has won numerous awards.
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