Therefore it comes down to this. The last race of the lengthy NASCAR season. After 35 points spending races, the final 4 drivers that will race to the championship Sunday happen to be decided.
Since the removal format to decide a winner was released two years back the winner has also won the race. Odds are then that the winner of the race Sunday will also wear the Cup crown. Others can triumph, but three of the previous five race winners dating back to Tony Stewart at 2011, have also won the title, so don’t be shocked if the motorist celebrating a race triumph in victory lane Sunday, is also 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 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 unites”loop data” components like average running position, average speed under green, variety of fastest laps, and other stats. There’s a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each 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 having a number of wins at Homestead, Edwards still has memories of losing the race, along with the name, to Tony Stewart at 2011. Section of the Joe Gibbs Racing team, Edwards will be seeking salvation 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 works well here though and has the 2nd highest driver rating of the 4, 96.7. Johnson will be looking to make history Sunday with a seventh title. If he brings his”A” game and may prevent a few of the miscues that the group has suffered this season occasionally, Johnson could just pull it off.
3. Kyle Busch (5-1). Busch is seeking to defend his title, made by a win at Homestead this past year. He has the third greatest driver rating, 95.5. But he hardly left the Championship 4, also has struggled sometimes. But with one final race and a chance to bring another name, and Joe Gibbs Racing behind him, Busch could be in position to add another triumph, and another title.
4. Joey Logano (7-1). Logano is perhaps the underdog among the Championship 4. He has never won at Homestead, has the lowest motorist evaluation among the area, 83.5. However, Logano finished fourth last year and headed the second most laps in the race, 72. Logano has been 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 seeking to acquire Sunday. Chief among them, Matt Kenseth (12-1). Kenseth has the 2nd highest driver rating among the field, 108.4, and 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 a week since he failed to make the cut for the first time since the removal format started. He won the raceand the title in 2014, has the fifth greatest driver rating, 104.3, and may add another win to his Homestead restart 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 starting at 2:00 p.m. ET with all the green flag coming only after 2:30 p.m. ET.
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