Therefore it comes down to this. The last race of this long NASCAR season. After 35 points paying races, the final 4 drivers that will race to the championship Sunday have been decided.
Since the removal format to pick a champion was introduced two years ago the champion has even won the race. Odds are then that the winner of this race Sunday will even wear the Cup crown. Others could win, but three of those previous five race winners dating back to Tony Stewart at 2011, have also won the name, so don’t be shocked 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 this 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 combines“loop data“ components such as average running posture, average rate under green, variety of fastest laps, and other stats. There’s a maximum of 150 points that 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 and the highest driver evaluation among 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. Section 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 few tracks in NASCAR which Johnson has never won at. He runs well here though and gets the second highest driver evaluation of the 4, 96.7. Johnson will want to make history Sunday with a title. If he brings his“A“ game and may prevent a few of the miscues the team has suffered this season at times, Johnson could pull it off.
3. Kyle Busch (5-1). Busch is looking to defend his title, earned by a win at Homestead last year. He has the third highest driver rating, 95.5. However he hardly made the Championship 4, and has struggled sometimes. But with one last race and an opportunity to bring another title, and Joe Gibbs rebounds Busch could be in position to add another win, and yet another title.
4. Joey Logano (7-1). Logano is possibly the underdog one of the Championship 4. He has never won at Homestead, has the lowest driver evaluation one of the field, 83.5. However, Logano finished fourth here last year and led the 2nd most laps in the race,“ 72. Logano has been 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 drivers seeking to win Sunday. Chief among them, Matt Kenseth (12-1). Kenseth has the second greatest driver rating among the field, 108.4, also won here in 2007. Coming off a disappointing finish at Phoenix a week, Kenseth will be seeking to make a powerful statement. Kevin Harvick (6-1) was also disappointed last week since he failed to make the cut for the first time since the elimination format began. He also won the raceand the name in 2014, has the fifth greatest driver evaluation, 104.3, and could add another win for his Homestead resume Sunday.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be conducted on Sunday, November 20. Live coverage is going to be on NBC starting at 2:00 p.m. ET with the green flag coming only after 2:30 p.m. ET.
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