The 2019 NASCAR season came to a close with one of the most exciting finishes in history. The checkered flag flew at the end of the race at Nashville Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee, signaling the end of an incredible season. Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag, with Kyle Busch completing the podium in third place. It was an incredibly exciting day, as NASCAR fans got to see some of their favorite drivers battle it out for the checkered flag. Here is a recap of the top moments from the 2019 season.
Kenseth Wins First Race Of The Season
The 2019 season was one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory, as it marked the return of NASCAR to the scene with a bang! It started with Joe Gibbs racing for the championship, followed by Darrell and Ernie’s exciting battles throughout the season. There was also a record number of passing moves in 2019, with many drivers throwing down some unique moves that left everyone talking. The final few races of the season were rumbles, with many drivers giving it their all just to be in the hunt for the championship. The finale at Nashville Speedway was certainly one of the most exciting races to watch, as every driver in the field had something to prove.
Denny Hamlin Finishes Second In Driver’s Championship
The most dominant force of recent memory returned to form in 2019. Denny Hamlin won two of the first three races of the season to start his assault on the championship. He went on to dominate the rest of the season, winning 11 of the 12 remaining races, which gave him the championship by a wide margin. It was quite the comeback for Hamlin, who had seemingly hit rock bottom a few years earlier when he was involved in a horrific accident that left him severely injured. He began the 2019 season struggling to walk, let alone race, but he had a clear determination to return to form. It would be exciting to see how he fares in 2020.
Kyle Busch Claims Third In Driver’s Championship
Kyle Busch had a fantastic season, as he won six races, including the prestigious Daytona 500, to put him in third place in the championship. It was an incredible comeback for the 42-year-old, who many considered to be one of the best pure drivers in the sport. However, it seemed that his luck ran out at the end of the season, as he finished sixth at the checkered flag at Nashville Speedway, bringing an end to his 2019 championship bid. Still, Busch showed that he is still a force to be reckoned with, as he has 19 career wins, including this year’s race, to show for his resurgence. He is already looking forward to the next season, as he has made it no secret that he wants to be back in the hunt for the championship.
Arnett Takes Home Dodge Challenger For Third Consecutive Year
Christopher Arnett won the 2019 Daytona 500, becoming the first driver to win the prestigious race three years in a row. He beat out Kyle Busch, who won last year’s race, and Martin Truex, Jr., who won in 2018. It was an incredible comeback for Arnett, who was unable to practice or qualified for the race before the event due to a lack of sponsorship. However, fans got to see one of NASCAR’s legendary drivers win, as he demonstrated why he is considered among the best in the sport with his excellent driving throughout the race. It is safe to say that this is the beginning of a remarkable comeback for Arnett, who turns 45 years old next month.
Kenseth Sets Historic Sprint Cup Career Record
Although he lost the championship, Matt Kenseth still achieved a stunning feat this season, as he became the first driver to reach 300 wins in the history of the Sprint Cup Championship. Kenseth began his assault on the 300-win mark with a win at Las Vegas in May and followed up with two more wins at Fontana and at the final race of the season at Nashville, giving him a total of four wins on the season, which was enough for him to break the 300-win barrier. It is quite an accomplishment for Kenseth, who is one of the most successful drivers of all time, having won 38 races, captured the drivers championship five times, and earned over $50 million over the course of his career. He has a special dedication to the cause, as he has named his #10 team the “300 club” and painted an “S” on the side of his car, which represents the number of Sprint Cup races he has won.
2019 Was A Record-Breaking Season For NASCAR
The 2019 season was a record-breaking one for NASCAR, as they saw the debut of their new race format, which was met with widespread approval, along with a record number of fans in the stands. They also witnessed some incredible battles between established veterans and up-and-coming drivers, which made for some fantastic racing. It was an outstanding first season for NASCAR under the leadership of team owner Chip Ganassi, as he has indicated his intention to run more races, including all the Cup races, next season. As for this year, there are already rumblings that the league is considering expanding to include more than 14 races next season.
The season was definitely a success, as it saw the return of NASCAR to the forefront and made it clear that they are here to stay. It was also a chance for fans to get to know the new faces in NASCAR, as well as the legendary ones, like Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who were at the end of their careers but managed to have one more thrilling season.
The next season is already looking brighter, thanks in part to the success of this year, as well as the confidence that the league has gained in itself. While many doubted the return of NASCAR to the scene, the sport has proven everyone wrong, and it seems as though they are here to stay. This is certainly a major achievement for Chip Ganassi and the entire NASCAR community.