The math gets really simple from here for those still eligible for a NASCAR championship in all three national touring divisions:
Win or defeat the other playoff contenders head-to-head in a one-race showdown next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Four drivers from each series will race for a championship:
Cup: Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.
Xfinity: William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric
Trucks: Austin Cindric, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Christopher Bell
Each series will run full field races next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, but the championship will go to the eligible contender that crosses the line first.
In regards to the Cup Series, Truex has been the championship favorite all season, leading the division with seven wins and a 9.7 average finish. He is the only driver with a sub-10 average result this season. He also is the only championship finalist without a previous championship win, as Keselowski (2012,) Harvick (2014) and Busch (2015) each have titles on their resumes.
It’s an all-Chevrolet affair for the Xfinity Series with three JR Motorsports drivers (Byron, Allgaier and Sadler) set to compete against one RCR driver in Hemric. Byron has been the dominant force all season and hopes to close out on the Xfinity Series after arguably unfairly being denied a Truck Series championship last season.
In Trucks, three of the four drivers who competed for the championship last season have returned: Sauter, Crafton and Bell. Can Sauter go back-to-back? Cindric is the underdog here but will be racing to deliver Brad Keselowski Racing a championship in its final race before shutting down.
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