Therefore it comes down to this. The final race of the lengthy NASCAR season. After 35 points spending races, the last 4 drivers that will race for the championship Sunday happen to be decided.
Since the removal format to pick a winner was introduced two years back the champion has also won the race. Odds are then the winner of the race Sunday will even wear the Cup crown. Others could win, but three of those last five race winners dating back to Tony Stewart in 2011, also have won the title, so don’t be surprised if the motorist celebrating a race triumph in victory lane Sunday, is also celebrating his championship.
Here’s 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 compiled 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 combines”loop info” components such as average running position, average speed under green, variety of workouts, and other stats. There’s a maximum of 150 points a driver can make for every race. The chances are current as of Wednesday.
1. Carl Edwards (7-1). Edwards has just two wins here along with the maximum driver rating one of the 4, 109.4. The only driver among the Championship 4 with 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 looking for redemption Sunday, and he might just get it.
2. Jimmie Johnson (7-2). Homestead is one of the few tracks in NASCAR which Johnson hasn’t won at. He runs well here and has the 2nd greatest driver evaluation of this 4, 96.7. Johnson will want to make history Sunday with a seventh title. When he brings his”A” game and can avoid a few of the miscues the team has endured this season occasionally, Johnson could pull it off.
3. Kyle Busch (5-1). Busch is seeking to defend his title, earned with a win at Homestead this past year. He’s got the third greatest driver rating, 95.5. But he hardly left the Championship 4, and has struggled sometimes. However, with one final race and a chance to bring another title, and Joe Gibbs Racing behind him, Busch could be in position to add another triumph, and another name.
4. Joey Logano (7-1). Logano is possibly the underdog among the Championship 4. He has never won at Homestead, has the lowest motorist evaluation one of the area, 83.5. However, Logano finished fourth here last year and headed the 2nd 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 drivers seeking to acquire Sunday. Chief among them, Matt Kenseth (12-1). Kenseth has the 2nd greatest driver evaluation one of the field, 108.4, also won here in 2007. Coming off a disappointing finish at Phoenix last week, Kenseth will be looking to make a powerful statement. Kevin Harvick (6-1) was also disappointed last week as he failed to make the cut for the first time since the removal format started. He also won the race, and the name in 2014, has the fifth best driver rating, 104.3, and may add another win to his Homestead resume Sunday.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be run on Sunday, November 20. Live coverage is going to be on NBC starting at 2:00 p.m. ET using the green flag coming only after 2:30 p.m. ET.
Read more: mmaflex.com