So it comes down to this. The last race of the long NASCAR season. Following 35 points paying races, the final 4 drivers that will race to the championship Sunday happen to be decided.
Considering that the elimination format to pick a winner was released two years ago 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 win, but three of the previous five race winners dating back to Tony Stewart in 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’s how it shakes out one of the four finalists for Sunday’s 36th race of the year for your gambling 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 info” elements such as average running posture, average rate under green, variety of fastest laps, and other stats. There’s a maximum of 150 points a driver can make for each race. The chances are current as of Wednesday.
1. Carl Edwards (7-1). Edwards has just two wins here and the highest driver rating one of 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 name, to Tony Stewart in 2011. Section of the Joe Gibbs Racing team, Edwards will be seeking salvation Sunday, and he may just get it.
2. Jimmie Johnson (7-2). Homestead is one of the few tracks in NASCAR which Johnson has never won at. He works well here though and has the second highest driver rating of this 4, 96.7. Johnson will be looking to make history Sunday with a seventh title. When he brings his”A” game and may prevent a few of the miscues that the team has endured this season at times, Johnson could pull it off.
3. Kyle Busch (5-1). Busch is seeking to defend his name, earned with a win at Homestead this past year. He has the third greatest driver rating, 95.5. However he barely made the Championship 4, and has struggled at times. However, with one final race and a chance to bring another title, and Joe Gibbs Racing behind him, Busch could be able to add another triumph, and yet another name.
4. Joey Logano (7-1). Logano is perhaps the underdog among the Championship 4. He has never won at Homestead, gets the lowest driver evaluation one of the field, 83.5. However, Logano finished fourth last year and headed the second most laps in the race,” 72. Logano has been 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 motorists seeking to acquire Sunday. Chief among them, Matt Kenseth (12-1). Kenseth has the second highest driver rating one of the field, 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 frustrated last week as he failed to make the cut for the first time since the elimination format started. He also won the raceand the name 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 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be run on Sunday, November 20. Live coverage is going to be on NBC beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET using the green flag coming only after 2:30 p.m. ET.
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