With only 30 plus laps left in the season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, points leader Brendan Gaughan was taken out of the race. The series points leader was within sight of his first NASCAR career championship has he ran a competitive but cautious race today.
Marty Houston, driving his first race in years, was up high when the caution came out for a wall hit by Tyler Walker. Houston lost it and came down on Gaughan's Orleans Racing Dodge sending Gaughan into the wall.
The driver's damage became worse as Bryan Reffner with no place to go hit the Dodge again, the damage was terminal. Gaughan was uninjured but very disappointed. However, he did acknowledge the fans who came him a round of cheering and applause.
Gaughan has kept the point lead since early September came into the final race in the closest, four-way race for the championship in CTS history with a lead of 26-points over Ted Musgrave. With only a few laps left, Gaughan's lead had stretch to almost 50 points.
The former off-road racer had high hopes of being crowned the champion, all dashed in an instant.
Now the championship is again wide open.
Motorsport.com will have the champion story and a race report after the race is completed.