On Sunday, November 18th, NASCAR will be live from the Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400.
This race will determine who has crowned the 2018 Dragon Energy Cup Series Champion. At this time, there aren’t any drivers eligible to win the tournament. Since 2002, NASCAR has held their final race of the season at this course and it has been an yearly backdrop 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
Final Period: Remaining 107 laps
267 total laps
The race will begin at air and 3 PM ET on NBC.
Heading into Homestead-Miami
Coming into this race, NASCAR’s Big 3 all qualified together with Joey Logano for the right to be crowned the 2018 champion. This race has more than just a championship. The following storylines are worth watching out for:
End of an Era for both Knaus and JJ
Sunday’s race marks the ending of an era as Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus will part ways after 17 decades. During that span, this duo won 7 championships and over 80 races. They have won at every major track and left their mark on the sport that will probably never be matched . That said, Knaus will proceed over to be the crew leader for William Byron and Johnson will partner with Kevin Meendering at 2019. Can Jimmie Johnson earn his first win of 2018 and break his winless streak?
Truex Going later Logano
If Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano aren’t in contention for the tournament late in the race on Sunday, watch out for retaliation by Truex. In Martinsville, a few weeks ago, 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 stated that he will get retaliation when the opportunity 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 most important rival to Richard Petty throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s. It’s believed that this competition is what helped to bring NASCAR into the mainstream. Many of the present drivers have been paying their respects in memory of Pearson. On Sunday, NASCAR may pay some sort of tribute.
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