Therefore it comes down to this. The final race of this lengthy NASCAR season. Following 35 points spending races, the final 4 drivers that will race for the championship Sunday have been determined.
Considering that the removal format to pick a winner was released two years back the champion has also won the race. Odds are then that the winner of the race Sunday will even wear the Cup crown. Others could win, but three of the previous five race winners dating back to Tony Stewart at 2011, have also won the name, so don’t be surprised if the motorist celebrating a race triumph in victory lane Sunday, can also be celebrating his championship.
Here’s how it shakes out among the four finalists for Sunday’s 36th race of this year for your betting or fantasy racing leagues. Driver Ratings are compiled from 2005-2016 races (23 total) among active drivers in Phoenix. The Driver Rating is a number based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines”loop info” 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.
۱٫ 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 name, 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.
۲٫ Jimmie Johnson (7-2). Homestead is one of the few tracks in NASCAR that Johnson has never won at. He works well here and gets the second highest driver rating of this 4, 96.7. Johnson will want to make history Sunday with a seventh title. When he brings his”A” game and may avoid some of the miscues the team has endured this season at times, Johnson could just pull it off.
۳٫ Kyle Busch (5-1). Busch is seeking to defend his name, made with a win at Homestead this past year. He has the third greatest driver evaluation, 95.5. But he barely left the Championship 4, and has struggled sometimes. But with one final race and a chance to bring another title, and Joe Gibbs Racing behind himBusch could be able to add another win, and yet another title.
۴٫ Joey Logano (7-1). Logano is possibly the underdog one of the Championship 4. He’s never won at Homestead, gets the lowest motorist rating among the area, 83.5. But Logano finished fourth here last year and led the 2nd most laps in the race, 72. Logano was astonishing at times this season 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 win Sunday. Chief among them, Matt Kenseth (12-1). Kenseth has the 2nd greatest 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 also disappointed a week since he failed to make the cut for the first time since the removal format began. He won the race, and the name in 2014, has the fifth greatest driver rating, 104.3, and could add another win for his Homestead resume Sunday.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford EcoBoost 400 in Homestead-Miami Speedway will be run on Sunday, November 20. Live coverage will be on NBC beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET with all the green flag coming just after 2:30 p.m. ET.
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