So it comes down to this. The final race of the lengthy NASCAR season. After 35 points paying races, the final 4 drivers that will race to the championship Sunday happen to be determined.
Since the removal format to decide a champion was released two years back the winner has even won the race. Odds are then the winner of the race Sunday will even wear the Cup crown. Others can triumph, but three of the previous five race winners dating back to Tony Stewart in 2011, have also won the title, so don’t be surprised if the driver celebrating a race triumph in victory lane Sunday, can also be celebrating his championship.
Here is how it shakes out among the four finalists for Sunday’s 36th race of the year for your gambling or fantasy racing leagues. Driver Ratings are accumulated from 2005-2016 races (23 total) among active drivers at Phoenix. The Driver Rating is a number based on a formula developed by NASCAR which unites”loop info” components like average running posture, average speed under green, number of workouts, and other stats. There’s a maximum of 150 points that a driver can make for every race. The chances are present as of Wednesday.
1. Carl Edwards (7-1). Edwards has two wins here and the maximum driver evaluation one of the 4, 109.4. The only driver among the Championship 4 having multiple wins at Homestead, Edwards still has memories of losing the race, and the title, to Tony Stewart in 2011. Part of the Joe Gibbs Racing team, Edwards will be seeking redemption Sunday, and he might just get it.
2. Jimmie Johnson (7-2). Homestead is one of those very few tracks in NASCAR which Johnson has never won at. He works well here and has the 2nd greatest driver rating of this 4, 96.7. Johnson will want to make history Sunday with a title. If he brings his”A” game and may prevent some of the miscues the team has suffered this year occasionally, Johnson could pull it off.
3. Kyle Busch (5-1). Busch is seeking to defend his name, made with a win at Homestead this past year. He’s got the third highest driver rating, 95.5. However he hardly left the Championship 4, also has struggled at times. But with one final race and an opportunity to add another name, and Joe Gibbs Racing behind him, Busch could be able to add another triumph, and another title.
4. Joey Logano (7-1). Logano is perhaps the underdog one of the Championship 4. He’s never won at Homestead, gets the lowest motorist rating one of the area, 83.5. But Logano finished fourth here last year and led the second most laps in the race,” 72. Logano was surprising at times this season and he could certainly be a surprise Sunday by winning his first Cup title.
OTHERS: There will be a total of 36 other motorists trying to acquire Sunday. Chief among them, Matt Kenseth (12-1). Kenseth has the 2nd highest driver rating among the area, 108.4, also won here in 2007. Coming off a disappointing finish at Phoenix a week, Kenseth will be looking to make a strong statement. Kevin Harvick (6-1) was frustrated a week since he failed to make the cut for the first time because the removal format began. He also won the raceand the title in 2014, has the fifth best driver evaluation, 104.3, and could add another win to his Homestead restart Sunday.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be conducted on Sunday, November 20. Live coverage will be on NBC beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET with the green flag coming only after 2:30 p.m. ET.
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