Noel Lanier For Civitas Media
November 22, 2013
HOMESTEAD, Fla. — A late race restart with only five laps remaining saw Brad Keselowski surge from 10th to the lead on lap 198 of 200, passing both Kyles - Busch and Larson - to win the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
It was Keselowski ‘s seventh win of the season and 27th victory in the series but it was truly Austin Dillon’s night.
Going into the final race with only an eight-point lead, Dillon managed a 13th place finish to edge out Sam Hornish Jr., who finished eighth, by three points.
Dillon became the first driver to win the series championship without winning a race. It was a very emotional celebration as Dillon drives for Richard Childress, his grandfather.
The race ended with some controversy. A late race wreck on the front stretch involving Regan Smith left a large amount of oil on the track. The race was put under caution as the clean-up crews worked to dry up the oil.
At least five times the race was scheduled to restart but remained under caution as the clean up continued. The race ran for 12 laps under caution. Some teams questioned why NASCAR didn’t just “red-flag” the race, which would have allowed the contending drivers more laps to race for a win and could have changed the outcome of the race.