Therefore it comes down to this. The final race of the long NASCAR season. After 35 points spending races, the final 4 drivers who will race to the championship Sunday have been decided.
Considering that the removal format to pick a champion was introduced two years ago the champion has also won the race. Odds are then the winner of the race Sunday will even wear the Cup crown. Others could triumph, but three of those last five race winners dating back to Tony Stewart at 2011, also have won the name, 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 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 at Phoenix. The Driver Rating is a number based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines”loop data” elements such as average running posture, average rate under green, variety of workouts, and other stats. There’s a maximum of 150 points a driver can make for each race. The chances are present as of Wednesday.
1. Carl Edwards (7-1). Edwards has just two wins here along with the maximum driver evaluation one of the 4, 109.4. The only driver among the Championship 4 having a number of wins at Homestead, Edwards still has memories of losing the race, and the name, to Tony Stewart in 2011. Section of the Joe Gibbs Racing team, Edwards will be looking for salvation Sunday, and he might just get it.
2. Jimmie Johnson (7-2). Homestead is one of the very few tracks in NASCAR which Johnson hasn’t won at. He runs well here and gets 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 may prevent a few of the miscues the group has endured this season occasionally, Johnson could just pull it off.
3. Kyle Busch (5-1). Busch is seeking to defend his name, made by a win at Homestead last year. He’s got the third greatest driver evaluation, 95.5. But he barely made the Championship 4, also has struggled sometimes. However, with one last race and an opportunity to add another title, and Joe Gibbs Racing behind him, Busch could be in position to add another win, and yet another name.
4. Joey Logano (7-1). Logano is perhaps the underdog among the Championship 4. He’s never won at Homestead, gets the lowest driver rating one of the field, 83.5. However, 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 surely be a surprise Sunday by winning his first Cup title.
OTHERS: There will be a total of 36 other motorists trying to win Sunday. Chief among them, Matt Kenseth (12-1). Kenseth has the 2nd highest driver evaluation one of the area, 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 also disappointed a week since he failed to make the cut for the first time because the removal format started. He also won the race, and the name in 2014, has the fifth best driver evaluation, 104.3, and could add another win for 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 starting at 2:00 p.m. ET with the green flag coming just after 2:30 p.m. ET.
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