Chase Elliott, Matt Crafton honored last night in Miami (PHOTOS)


Last night in Miami, NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Chase Elliott and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton were spotlighted in a joint celebration honoring the best drivers from each of the series.

The shindig was big enough to draw the attendance of business mogul Donald Trump, who dropped in to warm up the crowd and perhaps to see how they were enjoying his Trump National Doral Miami, site of the ceremony.

In addition to being honored as series champion, Elliott was named the NNS’ most popular driver during the ceremony. Also honored on the NNS side were Team Penske’s No. 22 team for taking the NNS owner’s title.

For the Trucks, Ryan Blaney picked up that series’ most popular driver award – a nice parting gift for him before he steps up to a mixed Sprint Cup (Wood Brothers) and XFINITY Series (Team Penske) schedule in 2015. Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 squad were feted as well for their Truck owner’s title.

Zack Albert of has more from last night’s ceremony, but below are a selection of photos from the evening…

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Brad Keselowski (left), NASCAR Nationwide Series champ Chase Elliott (second from right) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champ Matt Crafton (right) meet up with Donald Trump (second from left). Photo: Getty Images)
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NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Chase Elliott addresses the crowd at last night’s championship bash. Photo: Getty Images.
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Chase Elliott with some championship hardware for his mantle…And for his hand. Photo: Getty Images.
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Matt Crafton became the Truck Series’ inaugural back-to-back champion last Friday at Homestead. Photo: Getty Images.
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With his wife, Ashley, looking on, Crafton is congratulated by NASCAR President Mike Helton. Photo: Getty Images.
Matt Crafton talks about his 2014 Truck Series title. Photo: Getty Images.

Barber IndyCar iRacing results

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Scott McLaughlin led the final six laps Saturday and finished 0.4241 seconds ahead of teammate Will Power to win the Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

Scott Speed finished third behind the Team Penske drivers. Alex Palou and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top five.

Click here for the full boxscore from Saturday’s IndyCar iRacing event at Barber Motorsports Park.

WINNER: Scott McLaughlin holds off teammate Will Power

WHAT DRIVERS SAID: Postrace reactions on social media

Other notable finishers:

Colton Herta (seventh), Robert Wickens (eighth), Jimmie Johnson (12th), Graham Rahal (14th), Alexander Rossi (22nd).

Sage Karam led a race-high 24 laps but retired from the 45-lap event because of a crash and finished 27th of 29 drivers.