Therefore it comes down to this. The final race of this long NASCAR season. Following 35 points spending races, the last 4 drivers that will race to the championship Sunday have been determined.
Considering that the elimination format to decide a champion was introduced two years ago the winner has even won the race. Odds are then the winner of this race Sunday will also wear the Cup crown. Others can triumph, but three of those previous five race winners dating back to Tony Stewart in 2011, also have won the name, so don’t be surprised if the motorist celebrating a race win in victory lane Sunday, can also be celebrating his championship.
Here is how it shakes out one of the four finalists for Sunday’s 36th race of the year for your betting 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 data” components like average running posture, average rate under green, variety of workouts, and other stats. There’s a maximum of 150 points a driver can earn for each race. The chances are present as of Wednesday.
1. Carl Edwards (7-1). Edwards has two wins here along with the highest driver rating one of the 4, 109.4. The only driver among the Championship 4 with a number of wins at Homestead, Edwards still has memories of losing the race, along with the title, to Tony Stewart in 2011. Part of the Joe Gibbs Racing team, Edwards will be looking for salvation Sunday, and he may just get it.
2. Jimmie Johnson (7-2). Homestead is one of those few tracks in NASCAR which Johnson has never won at. He works well here though and has the second greatest driver evaluation of this 4, 96.7. Johnson will want to make history Sunday with a seventh title. If he brings his”A” game and can prevent some of the miscues that the team has suffered this year occasionally, Johnson could just pull it off.
3. Kyle Busch (5-1). Busch is looking to defend his title, earned with a win at Homestead last year. He has the third greatest driver rating, 95.5. But he barely left the Championship 4, and has struggled at times. However, with one last race and an opportunity to add another name, and Joe Gibbs rebounds , Busch could be able to add another win, and another name.
4. Joey Logano (7-1). Logano is possibly the underdog among the Championship 4. He has never won at Homestead, gets the lowest motorist rating among the field, 83.5. However, Logano finished fourth here last year and headed the second most laps in the race, 72. Logano has been surprising at times this year and he could surely be a surprise Sunday by winning his first Cup title.
OTHERS: There will be a total of 36 other drivers trying to acquire Sunday. Chief among them, Matt Kenseth (12-1). Kenseth has the 2nd greatest driver rating one of the field, 108.4, and acquired here in 2007. Coming off a disappointing finish at Phoenix a week, Kenseth will be seeking to make a strong statement. Kevin Harvick (6-1) was frustrated a week as he failed to make the cut for the first time because the elimination format started. He also won the raceand the name in 2014, has the fifth best driver evaluation, 104.3, and may add another win for his Homestead resume Sunday.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be run on Sunday, November 20. Live coverage will be on NBC beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET with the green flag coming just after 2:30 p.m. ET.
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