NASCAR: 5 Lessons Learned from Sunday's Sprint Cup Finale at Homestead

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NASCAR: 5 Lessons Learned from Sunday's Sprint Cup Finale at Homestead
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The words say it all for Brad Keselowski (right) and crew chief Paul Wolfe.

Somehow, some way, NASCAR just keeps finding ways to outdo itself.

After last year's exciting finish in the season-ending race at Homestead—with Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards tying for the championship, only to have Stewart win via the first tiebreaker (more wins during the season, 5-1, than Edwards), many likely wondered if this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship would be somewhat anti-climactic.

Well, guess what, Sunday's season finale may not have been quite as close as the Stewart-Edwards finish, but it was nonetheless just as exciting as Brad Keselowski went on to win his first Cup championship.

Sure, Jimmie Johnson's mechanical failure helped Keselowski's cause, but it's safe to say that most NASCAR fans can look back upon this year's Chase and smile at all the excitement and drama that took place.

What does NASCAR do for an encore again next season? No one knows, but for many of us, we can hardly wait for it to happen.

So without further ado, and as we put a bow on the 2012 Sprint Cup season, let's reflect back on the five lessons we learned from Sunday's season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway.

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