Something strange happened Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway after the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season. As is my usual tradition, I was making my way down from the press box across the track to the media center. Normally this consists of heading down towards the track while throngs of fans are making their way up and out to head home. Over the years, I have learned to follow the spotters; since they are sort of demi-gods to fans the crowd will be like the Red Sea parting to allow Moses to pass.
Sunday night was different though.
Instead of the crowd surging upwards and out, they were all heading down towards the track. They lined the fence and crowded around the gate. Of course this race was unlike any other of the season; after all we were crowning a champion. The track was allowing fans to come down to the track and it seemed all were taking advantage of that. Yes, I did find a line of spotters and the crowd did allow us safe passage. But as I reached the track and started past the stage, our newly anointed NASCAR Sprint Cup champion was introduced. Jimmie Johnson climbed from his car when introduced; and the crowd roared in approval. I had to stop and simply listen. MORE>>>