Going into Sunday's season-ending NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, everyone pretty much thought things would turn out the way they did. But I've got to be honest: The race caught us a little off guard.
We felt like Jimmie Johnson and the 48 team were going to swing for the fence because they had to since they entered the race 20 points behind leader Brad Keselowski and considering that in the last 21 races, Keselowski has finished 15th or better in 20 of them.
Not being able to forecast a flat tire like Jimmie had at Phoenix or even what happened to Jimmie Sunday with a pit-road penalty and then a mechanical issue, we felt like that it was Brad Keselowski's championship to lose.
But I've got to say, when the race started and even through it, he and his Penske Racing team didn't have the car that I thought they would based on how they qualified and watching them in practice Saturday.
I thought they had a car that might even contend for the win. The thing that c...