Therefore it comes down to this. The final race of the long NASCAR season. After 35 points paying races, the last 4 drivers who will race for the championship Sunday have been decided.
Since the removal format to pick a winner was released two years ago the champion has even won the race. Odds are then the winner of this race Sunday will even wear the Cup crown. Others could win, but three of the last five race winners dating back to Tony Stewart in 2011, also have won the title, so don’t be shocked if the driver celebrating a race win 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 gambling 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 info” elements like average running position, average speed under green, variety of workouts, and other stats. There’s a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. The odds are present as of Wednesday.
1. Carl Edwards (7-1). Edwards has two wins here and the highest driver rating among the 4, 109.4. The only driver among the Championship 4 having multiple wins at Homestead, Edwards still has memories of losing the race, and the title, 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 that Johnson has never won at. He works well here though and gets the second highest driver evaluation of this 4, 96.7. Johnson will be looking to make history Sunday with a title. If he brings his”A” game and can prevent a few of the miscues the team has endured this year 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 highest driver rating, 95.5. However he barely made the Championship 4, also has struggled at times. But with one last race and an opportunity to add another name, and Joe Gibbs Racing behind himBusch could be in position to add another triumph, and another title.
4. Joey Logano (7-1). Logano is possibly the underdog among the Championship 4. He has never won at Homestead, has the lowest driver rating among the field, 83.5. However, Logano finished fourth here last year and headed the 2nd most laps in the race,” 72. Logano was surprising at times this year and he could surely 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 greatest driver rating one of the area, 108.4, also won here in 2007. Coming off a disappointing finish at Phoenix last 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 removal format started. He won the race, and the title in 2014, has the fifth greatest driver rating, 104.3, and could add another win to his Homestead restart 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 using the green flag coming only after 2:30 p.m. ET.