NASHVILLE, Tenn — The book is now closed on the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. While the checkered flag waved on the season a couple of weeks ago in South Florida at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, the culmination of the entire season was celebrated this past week in Nashville.
This was the first time that NASCAR has held their annual banquet and all the festivities that surround the weeks events in Tennessee as it was previously held in either New York City or most recently in Las Vegas.
But, this week though, it felt right. It was a return to NASCAR’s roots. New York was always a big staple for the banquet but it was too far out of touch for “NASCAR.” Vegas was nice, but it was too far west in my opinion. Nashville, well it’s the perfect city to wrap up NASCAR’s season up in.
It’s a southern city in the middle of NASCAR country. It’s getting back to their roots. The Burnouts on Broadway to the NASCAR Night at the Grand Ole Opry to the banquet itself, Nashville just knocked it out of the park.
On Thursday alone, it was a big day for NASCAR. The day started off with an early morning announcement regarding the future of the sport. No longer will NASCAR’s premiere series have just one entitlement sponsor. See, it used to be Winston, then Nextel, then Sprint, then Monster. Now, it’s going to be dubbed “NASCAR Cup Series.” But, they will have four premiere sponsors though in Coca-Cola, GEICO, Busch Beer and Xfinity. Monster, will be back just in a little bit of a different capacity.
From that start of the day to the finish with honoring champion Kyle Busch, it was a big Thursday and a perfect way to cap not only the weeks events but for a whole season in general.
Chase Elliott was named Most Popular Driver, shocker I know. But, the big shock was that Busch finished second in voting. “Rowdy Nation” is really a thing and his fans are growing by the year.
“I appreciate you, no matter which finger you’re holding up at me,” Busch joked during his champions speech on stage on Thursday night.
Busch also had a heart felt moment too when he disclosed that he and his wife Samantha are still battling problems with trying to conceive another child. A year ago, the couple announced that they were expecting a baby girl. Just days later, they lost the baby in the womb.
The couple has had difficult times trying to conceive and have gone through many procedures to help. They even started a foundation for other families that are going through the same thing. Busch, made it known on Thursday that last year wasn’t the only time that they lost a baby. He said “multiple” times while he choked up on stage.
It sounds as if they may have found out near the time for the playoffs this past season but Busch never fully gave an exact timing. He did note that while some say he was in a bad mood throughout the end of the season, that “you never know what others are going through.”
Still, Busch said that the first championship was a whirlwind tour that blew by and that he wanted to settle down and enjoy this one more.
Cheers to the champion, NASCAR and Nashville for a great week.