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Congratulations to Kevin Harvick - 2014 Sprint Cup Champion!

I have to admit that it was an exciting race even though I didn't have much passion for any of the four contenders. I do like the idea that the oldest of them won. It is great to see a driver who has worked so hard for so long be able to cap his career with a championship. Kevin came close several times but never quite got over the hump. Then last year, he took a risk and changed teams in a last ditch effort to make it to the pinnacle....and it worked.

Congratulations to Stewart-Haas Racing. They've won two championships in their short existence, a hell of an achievement considering the competition....and considering that they've faced some serious hardships in that time.

Congratulations to Ryan Newman. I know he wanted to win but second is something to be proud of for a team that surprised everyone getting so far. He and Kevin switched places and it worked out for both of them.

I felt sorry for Denny...he sort of has that always a bridesmaid and never a bride quality but he's still young, so he has time to get there and I think he will.

Same with Joey. Since I first became a NASCAR fan, I've heard the old saying, "you have to lose one to win one". This one was Joey's to lose. I think he'll be a champion before his career is over too...probably more than once.

Congratulations to Kyle Larson - Rookie of the Year. What a tremendous season this kid has had. I'm only surprised he never managed to make it to Victory Lane but his time is coming. NASCAR should love Kyle for his showman qualities. He makes racing exciting. A take-no-prisoners racer, rather like Kyle Busch but more level-headed.

And speaking of fabulous seasons, congratulations to Chase Elliott. He and Kyle Larson are the future of NASCAR and it is a thrilling future to look forward to for fans. Not to mention, the Dillon boys, Justin Allgaier, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney.....and on and on. These are the kids that will take Jimmie's and Jeff's and Matt's and Kevin's and Junior's places when the time comes.

Congratulations to Johnny Sauter - Camping World Truck Series champion and first back to back champion in the series.

Congratulations and good bye to Steve LeTarte - well, not totally good-bye, just as a crew chief. We'll actually see him more than ever in his a new position as a television announcer. And good-bye to Jimmy Fennig, who is leaving the crew chief box along with LeTarte. Maybe it will be good-bye to some others we don't know about yet. The rumor is that Joe Gibbs Racing is going to shake up their crew chief/driver combinations so we don't know how that will turn out.

Congratulations to the final four contenders. Why do you suppose it was that all four were in the top seven or eight most of the night? Did other drivers make way for them? Were they simply more driven by the quest for a championship? I'm certainly not suggesting any conspiracy theories, just curious about how and why that happened. Jeff Gordon was the only one to give them much competition all race long...and even though they were the final four, they weren't the four you might have predicted to all be up front in the last race based on past performance.

Congratulations to NASCAR. Even though I personally don't particularly care for this format, it appears that NASCAR hit a home run with the fans and that's the most important thing of all.

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i believe that the camping world truck series was won by matt crafton.,,,not johnny sauter,,,oopsie,,,lol

Oh, shoot....I knew that too. Don't know what made me write down the wrong name. (I've always got those two mixed up!)

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