|When it comes to the weather, Homestead is the best option at this time of year. (US Presswire)|
There's no reason to stop ending the year where the final checkered flag has flown for the last 11 seasons -- Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The track is about as good as it gets for any 1.5-mile speedway currently on the NASCAR schedule and produces some of the best racing of its kind. While that may not have always been evident over this past weekend's three final races, Homestead still provides drivers with several options and grooves because of its progressive banking, which creates exciting competition.
Homestead also has something else in its favor as the host track for the season finales: Weather. The lengthy NASCAR schedule stretches out until the weekend before Thanksgiving, leaving few options for finding favorable weather conditions for both the competitors and fans. At one time Atlanta was the venue for the last race of the season and the wardrobe choice was usually of the winter coat and ski hat variety. That's not a problem in South Florida come late November where temperatures are usually in the 70-80 degree range providing the perfect elements for everyone.
Some have pushed for Las Vegas to host the finale and then roll right into the Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet and Champion's Week festivities. While that's not the worst idea, there is a fly in the scheduling ointment because of the Thanksgiving holiday. That would certainly preclude drivers, teams and fans from hanging out in Vegas following Sunday's race. There's also been talk of starting and ending the season in Daytona, which truth be told does have some nice synergy. However, deciding titles with the uncertainty of restrictor-plate racing probably is a bit unfair.
There's really no reason to stop doing what's worked so well for over a decade. NASCAR should continue to end the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.