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.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.
Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.
Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.
Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”
Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.
The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.
Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.