HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 17: The #27 MOEN/Menards Chevrolet, explodes during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17, 2013 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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It was a scary moment from Sunday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After catching on fire, Paul Menard's right rear tire exploded as his crew was attempting a pit stop.
What events led to Menard's tire becoming an exploding ball of flames?
On this edition of NASCAR Race Hub's 'Teardown', Matt Clark and former crew chief Chris Andrews tell us exactly what happened.
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Jimmie Johnson arrives for the "Late Show with David Letterman" at Ed Sullivan Theater on November 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
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Jimmie Johnson's whirlwind media tour took him to New York City on Monday for an appearance on Late Show With David Letterman.
Here's a clip of the interview. It starts with Johnson talking about Juan Pablo Montoya and what makes a successful NASCAR driver. It ends with Letterman asking Johnson if the late night legend could ever be a competitive stock car driver. Spoiler alert: no ... no he could not.
Jimmie Johnson has an idea of how to change Donovan McNabb's mind about NASCAR drivers not being athletes. And it doesn't even involve getting behind the wheel of a stock car.
Johnson appeared on FOX Sports Live Sunday night to talk about his sixth NASCAR championship. In the one-on-one interview with Dan O'Toole on FOX Sports 1, he was also asked about McNabb's controversal comments (that have definitely angered NASCAR Nation.)
Take a listen to Johnson's response ... and where he would take McNabb to try and change his opinion.
HOMESTEAD, FL - NOV. 17: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the series championship after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 17, 2013 in Homestead, Fla.
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Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and now Jimmie Johnson.
Only three drivers in NASCAR history have six Sprint Cup Series championships, and Jimmie Johnson is the latest to the add his name to that prestigious list.
By finishing ninth in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Johnson held a 19-point advantage over Matt Kenseth when the checkered flag fell, good enough to deliver the much-anticipated #6pack.
Love him or hate him, Johnson's accomplishment resonated across all motorsports.
Johnson's trek to his sixth championship was not without incident, however.
While Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick are still mathematically eligible, a sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship looks very likely for Jimmie Johnson.
One of the most dominant drivers in NASCAR history, Johnson rewrites the record books nearly every time he straps into the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
Prior to the final race of the 2013 season, NASCAR RaceDay looked at five reasons Jimmie is so good, discussed the other six-time champions, and -- as usual -- Rutledge Wood asked the hard-hitting questions.
Thanks in part to a lengthy yellow at the end of Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300, Austin Dillon celebrates his 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.
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The 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship came down to the wire in Saturday night's Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Throughout much of the race, it looked as if Sam Hornish Jr. was in control of of his destiny and on track to his first NASCAR title, but Austin Dillon refused to give in.
When a late-race caution flew for an incident between Regan Smith, Jeremy Clements and Mike Wallace, the entire complexion of the race and the championship battle changed.
The incident left a lot of debris and fluid on the track, causing a lengthy cleanup for track officials. However, instead of stopping the cars and throwing the red flag, NASCAR opted to leave the caution out and ran 12 laps under yellow.
As the laps clicked away, Hornish's chances to regain the points lead dwindled, and so did the patience of the NASCAR Twittersphere. For many drivers, fans and industry insiders, the thought of running so many laps under caution was unbelievable.
Matt Crafton's night at Homestead-Miami Speedway was not easy, but it ended with a championship celebration.
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By taking the green flag to start Friday's Ford EcoBoost 200, ThorSport Racing's Matt Crafton would be crowned the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion.
That didn't stop Crafton and the field of 35 other drivers from putting on one of the best races of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
While simply starting the race ensured Crafton his first career NASCAR driver's championship, it was not enough to lock up the owner's championship. That battle would come down to a tie-breaker between Kyle Busch Motorsports and ThorSport Motorsports.
Just as it looked as if Kyle Busch was going to drive away to another win, a caution flew with only four laps to go. With the field bunched up for the green-white-checkered restart, the hungry truckers geared up to get all they could and leave it all on the track.
HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Kurt Busch, driver of the #97 Roush Racing Sharpie Ford, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Championship at the Ford 400 on November 21, 2004 at the Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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The greatest stories in NASCAR are those so improbable - even impossible - that you couldn't make them up if you wanted to. And this weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wraps up at a track that has seen several unbelievable endings in its still brief history.
Homestead-Miami Speedway has been the place where all nine prior editions of the Chase for the Sprint Cup have been settled, and where Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick will decide the 10th Chase-era champion on Sunday.
But they will have a hard time topping the drama the occurred in the inaugural Chase back in 2004.
Jimmie Johnson appeared on FOX Sports Live Sunday night to talk about his sixth NASCAR championship. In the one-on-one interview with Dan O'Toole, he was also asked about McNabb's controversal comments about drivers not being athletes.