“The caution was the most nervous moment,” said Hamlin. “I was counting down. I have a clock inside the car and I was looking at the clock and thinking, 20 more minutes of laps, 10 more minutes of laps, five more minutes of laps. I knew it was inevitable. I’ve been through so much at this race track. Obviously in 2010 and the downfall of our championship run there to get it all back 10 years later, this is special to me.”Denny Hamlin
“I’m just really excited to go to Homestead with a chance to win a championship,” said Bell, following the race. “I’m really proud of these guys. They gave me a really fast race car. I wasn’t really sure what happened with the speeding penalty. I was matching my lights, just like I did all day long and all day yesterday. We’ll have to look into that and see why it was so much closer to speeding today than it was yesterday in practice. Really happy for all my guys to be able to compete for a championship. Just have to go home, use the Xfinity internet service to study up and hopefully be as prepared as we can for Homestead.”Christopher Bell
“I don’t know if the track went through a change or what on the last run, but we were the tightest we had been all night,” said Hill, after the race. “Just couldn’t ever pass. I was faster than the three or four guys that were in front of me. Every time I got close to them, I would get tighter. Just a bummer.”Austin HIll
“I’ve had great opportunities like coming to Bill McAnally Racing,” said Kraus. “They tested me when I was 15 years old, took a chance on me and here we are the third year and got the championship. I just can’t thank every single one of these guys that work on this race car. They worked their tails off on this thing.”Derek Kraus
Fellow Toyota driver Ty Gibbs won in his NASCAR K&N West Series debut leading the final 38 (of 108) laps. The 16-year-old Gibbs scored wins in both the K&N Pro Series and ARCA Menards Series this season.
The NASCAR season closes at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Truck Series starts the weekend on Friday, November 15. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on FS1. On Saturday, November 16, the Xfinity Series runs at 3:30 p.m. on NBCSN, while the NASCAR season ends as the Cup Series closes the weekend on Sunday, November 17 at 3 p.m. on NBC.
The NHRA also finishes their season in Pomona, California, at Auto Club Raceway. Television coverage of the Finals is on Sunday, November 17 at 4 p.m. on FS1.