The chatter between drivers and their teams during the championship race at Homestead was intense and dramatic as four drivers competed for the title. The tension could be felt listening to Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski communicate with their teams, and it made for an entertaining race on the radio scanner.
Harvick ran into trouble early on in the race.
“I don’t know what we did, but it’s frickin’ terrible,” Harvick said.
Kyle Busch messed up entering pit road, and he interfered with the 95 car of Michael McDowell.
“Go give the 95 a kiss for me,” Busch said. “That was my bad.”
Later, Busch was having issues with his splitter.
“I don’t feel the splitter,” Busch said. “It just doesn’t (expletive) turn. It’s like every other mile and half (expletive)!”
Truex and Busch were battling in the final stage as Truex attempted to hold off a late surge from Busch. It looked bleak for Truex at times, and his team gave him encouragement.
The spotters and crew chiefs for both Truex and Busch were letting each driver know what the other was doing, and it turned into a game of cat and mouse.
When Truex crossed the finish line and won the race, spotter Clayton Hughes exclaimed, “You are the champion, baby!”
“Oh my god!” Truex said. “Holy (expletive)!”
“Oh my god, man,” crew chief Cole Pearn said. “Hell of a (expletive) drive.”
Truex thanked his team and told them how awesome they are before doing a celebratory burnout.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. came over to Truex and said, “I am so proud of you” in an emotional moment.