On Sunday, November 18th, NASCAR will be live from the Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400.
This race will decide who has crowned the 2018 Dragon Energy Cup Series Champion. Currently, there are four drivers eligible to win the tournament. Since 2002, NASCAR has held their final stage of the season at this course and it has been an annual background for fireworks and exciting racing.
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The Homestead-Miami Speedway is a 1.5 mile trail shaped like an oval. This weekend’s Ford EcoBoost 400 race breaks down as follows:
Phase 1 80 laps
Stage 2: Second 80 laps
Last Stage: Staying 107 laps
267 total laps
The race will begin at 3 PM ET and air on NBC.
Heading into Homestead-Miami
Coming into this race, NASCAR’s Big 3 all qualified along with Joey Logano for the right to be crowned the 2018 winner. This race has more than just a championship taking place. The following storylines are worth watching out for:
End for both JJ and Knaus
Sunday’s race marks the end of an era as Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus will part ways after 17 years. During that interval, this duo won more than 80 races and 7 championships. They’ve won at every major monitor and left their mark on the game that will never be matched . With that said, Knaus will proceed over to be the crew chief for William Byron and Johnson will partner with Kevin Meendering in 2019. Can Jimmie Johnson split his winless streak and earn his first win of 2018?
Truex Going later Logano
If Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano aren’t in contention for the championship late in the race on Sunday, watch out for retaliation by Truex. In Martinsville, a couple weeks before, Logano bumped Truex out of the way to win the race, while Martin finished 3rd. It was a move that drew the ire of this #78 team. Truex has said he will get retaliation when the chance presents itself.
Paying Tribute to “The Silver Fox”
Earlier this week, former 3-time champion David”The Silver Fox” Pearson passed away at age 82. Pearson was a pioneer of the sport and the main rival to Richard Petty through the 1960’s and 1970’s. It’s believed that this competition is exactly what helped to bring NASCAR to the mainstream. A number of the current drivers are paying their respects in memory of Pearson. On Sunday, NASCAR will pay some sort of tribute.
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