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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship 4 Preview


For the last two days, we’ve previewed and predicted the NASCAR Camping World Truck and XFINITY Series Championship 4 rounds. Now, it’s time for the bread and butter of the championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Sprint Cup Series Chase this year has been tighter than ever, and any of the 4 remaining have as much of a shot at the title Sunday as nearest rival. Here’s a preview of the final 4.

#22-Joey Logano: The guy once known as “Sliced Bread” by many of the NASCAR circles while rising through the ranks has grown up big time in the past 2 season, and it has been prevalent especially this year. After missing out on contending for a title last year, he went out last weekend at Phoenix and clinched a dream chance for the Middletown, CT native this weekend at Homestead. He also has 2 other wins this season along with 25 top 10 finishes to his credit. Will this finally be the year another young star like Logano wins the Sprint Cup?

#48-Jimmie Johnson: There is usually a driver that defies and exceeds in every challenge given to them, and another that chases the history books. Jimmie Johnson fits under both, and this season proves it once again. After a strong start to the 2016 season with 2 wins, he and HMS took backseat to not only Joe Gibbs Racing, but a midseason slump that was uncharacteristic of the 48 team. But, just as everyone was writing off the 48 team, they turned it on like they always do in the Chase. Wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway finally saw Jimmie enter the Championship 4 round in the playoff era at last and his first chance at a record tying 7th Sprint Cup Title.

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#19-Carl Edwards: It may not be a breakout season for Carl, but it seemed like it. He finally found footing in all parts of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, something he has struggled throughout his career. With 18 top 10’s and 3 wins (Bristol-1, Richmond-1 and Texas-2), the hard lucked veteran is battling for his first championship this weekend at Homestead. This is the same track that gave him the heartbreak of a tie-break in 2011 where he not only finished 2nd to Tony Stewart in the race, but in the points as well due to the rules breaking ties. Can he finally find redemption at last this weekend?

#18-Kyle Busch: Kyle hasn’t has the torrid mid-season win streaks or the red hot form that won him the Sprint Cup last year at Homestead, but he’s still defending and will be a threat come Sunday. Kyle is attempting to become the first driver to win back-to-back Sprint Cup titles since Jimmie Johnson did in 5 straight years (2006-10). He won 3 races this season (Martinsville-1, Texas-1, Kansas-1 and Indianapolis), but has been shut out since the Brickyard 400 win. But, his championship sealing win last year was the first at Homestead in his career, so that won’t be a matter of concern as he enters Sunday.

And The Champion Is… Jimmie Johnson: As noted at the beginning of this piece, any one of the Championship 4 can and easily have a 25% chance of being crowned Sprint Cup champion. But, history backs Jimmie Johnson more than any of the other three. This year has had it’s up and downs for the 48 team, and historically this is one of the worst years statically for Jimmie Johnson. But, we’ve all been here before where the 48 teams seams nearly, if not unstoppable in the Chase and this season is no different. His last title in 2013 also came in a close points scenario and will aid him into a 7th Sprint Cup title come Sunday.