The 28-year-old Brad Keselowski came in 15th place at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The performance was enough to maintain the points lead and name him the youngest Sprint Cup champion in NASCAR history.
Keselowski was able to win out over the second place Jimmie Johnson. The five-time Sprint Cup winner, Johnson, went into the race significantly trailing Keselowski and had to leave the race with mechanical problems.
Roger Penske took a chance hiring the young Keselowski four years ago. Throughout his NASCAR career, Penske earned numerous titles, including 15 Indianapolis 500 wins, but up until now, he had never won a Sprint Cup. He credited the team and the young Keselowski.
"Maybe I am conservative, but I like to have a little fun, too," Penske said. "And I think when you've won the NASCAR championship, the driver, you can kind of give him a little wider path, and he's certainly taken it side to side. I think it's all good."
With the season now over, Chrysler's Dodge brand will be leaving the sport. Much speculation was put out about the automaker leaving the sport, after Penske announced on March 1 that the team was switching to Ford cars as a manufacturer for Sprint Cup cars.