Therefore it comes down to this. The final race of this long NASCAR season. After 35 points spending races, the last 4 drivers who will race for the championship Sunday have been decided.
Considering that the removal format to decide 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 also wear the Cup crown. Others could 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 surprised if the driver 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 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 data” elements such as average running position, average rate under green, number of fastest laps, and other stats. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. The odds are current as of Wednesday.
1. Carl Edwards (7-1). Edwards has two wins here along with the maximum driver evaluation among 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 title, to Tony Stewart in 2011. Part 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 those very few tracks in NASCAR which Johnson hasn’t won at. He runs well here and has the second greatest driver evaluation of this 4, 96.7. Johnson will be looking to make history Sunday with a seventh title. If he brings his”A” game and can prevent a few of the miscues that the team has suffered this season at times, Johnson could just pull it off.
3. Kyle Busch (5-1). Busch is looking to defend his title, made by a win at Homestead this past year. He’s got the third highest driver rating, 95.5. But he barely made the Championship 4, and has struggled at times. But with one final race and a chance to add another name, and Joe Gibbs Racing behind himBusch could be able to add another win, and 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 among the area, 83.5. However, Logano finished fourth last year and led the second 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 acquire Sunday. Chief among them, Matt Kenseth (12-1). Kenseth has the 2nd highest driver evaluation among the area, 108.4, also acquired 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 last week as 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 evaluation, 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 with all the green flag coming just after 2:30 p.m. ET.
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