The Championship four is set for next Sunday’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The #18 of Kyle Busch survived a very highly contested race at ISM Raceway to win for the eighth time this season. Eight Drivers entered the final round of eight race with everything still in front of them, but only four drivers advance to Homestead with a chance at the Championship.
It wasn’t meant to be for #14 Clint Bowyer as a cut-tire ended his day early, it was a solid season for Bowyer still as he ended a long winless streak this season, as he was able to get to victory lane twice in 2018 at Martinsville and Michigan. Like Clint, the #41 Kurt Busch’s shot after leading a majority of stage two got caught up in a late race crash when he and the #11 of Denny Hamlin got together and spun collecting others including the #9 of Chase Elliott. Kurt Busch had a very consistent season in 2018 and got to victory lane in the Bristol Night race in August.
At many points in the race, it looked like #9 Chase Elliott was on his way to his first championship four appearance, he even picked up the stage one win, but a speeding penalty late in the race put him behind where he had been running all race. Chase was caught up in the Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin crash, and Chase’s hopes were ended. It was an outstanding season for Chase Elliott, as he found victory lane three times, with his first career victory coming at Watkins Glen, before picking up two wins in the round of 12 at Dover and Kansas.
The #10 of Aric Almirola could be the feel-good story of the NASCAR playoffs, as he reached the highest point of his career to this point, by making it to the round of 8. He notched his second career victory at Talladega in the round of 12 but came up four positions short, a strong fourth place, wasn’t enough for Almirola.
Who will win the 2018 NASCAR Championship? Here are the four drivers that will duel it out at Homestead.
#22 Joey Logano didn’t have a strong day in Phoenix, as a cut tire took him out of the rave in an early crash, but he still has a great opportunity to win his first NASCAR championship because of his win at Martinsville that locked him into the Championship four. The win at Martinville was Logano’s second win of the season, as he also won at Talladega in the Spring.
#78 Martin Truex Jr gets the chance to defend his 2017 championship with a shot at another one in 2018, as he did what he needed to survive and advance to Homestead. Truex has reached victory lane four times this season at Auto Club, Pocono in June, Sonoma, and at Kentucky.
#4 Kevin Harvick escaped near disaster after an early tire failure nearly eliminated the 2014 series champion from another shot at a second championship, but he overcame the adversity and advanced to Homestead. Harvick has had a career year in 2018 winning eight races. Harvick won at Atlanta, Las Vegas (spring), ISM Raceway (spring), Dover (May), Kansas (May), New Hampshire, Michigan (August), and Texas (November).
#18 Kyle Busch advances to the championship four once again and could be well on his way to his second championship in four years. The 2015 champion, has had yet another outstanding season tying Harvick with eight wins this season, after picking up win number eight at ISM Raceway.
Four Drivers each with a fair shot at the 2018 Championship. Three of the drivers are former champions, will one of them get their second or will Joey Logano get his first championship? Its Joe Gibbs versus Roger Penske versus Stewart-Haas versus Furniture Row Racing. Which team and driver will claim NASCAR’s top prize. Tune in next Sunday for all of the excitement of the final race in the 2018 NASCAR schedule.