On Sunday, November 18th, NASCAR will Soon Be live from the Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400.
This race will determine who gets 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’s been an yearly backdrop for fireworks and racing.
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The Homestead-Miami Speedway is a 1.5 mile track shaped like an oval. This weekend’s Ford EcoBoost 400 race breaks down as follows:
Phase 1: First 80 laps
Stage 2: Second 80 laps
Final Stage: Staying 107 laps
267 total laps
The race will start at air and 3 PM ET .
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 champion. However, this race has more than just a championship. The next storylines are worth watching out for:
End of an Era for 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 over 80 races and 7 championships. They’ve won at every significant track and left their mark on the game that will probably never be matched . That said, Knaus will move over to be the crew chief for William Byron and Johnson will partner with Kevin Meendering at 2019. Can Jimmie Johnson make his first win of 2018 and break his winless streak?
Truex Going after Logano
If Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano are not in contention for the tournament late in the race on Sunday, Look out for retaliation by Truex. At Martinsville, a few weeks before, Logano bumped Truex from the way to win the race, while Martin finished 3rd. It was a movement that drew the ire of this 78 team. Truex has said that he will get retaliation if the chance presents itself.
Paying Tribute to “The Silver Fox”
Earlier this week, former 3-time winner David”The Silver Fox” Pearson passed away at age 82. Pearson was a pioneer of the game and the main rival to Richard Petty through the 1960’s and 1970’s. It’s believed that this competition is what helped to bring NASCAR to the mainstream. Many of the current drivers are paying their respects in memory of Pearson. On Sunday, NASCAR will also pay some sort of tribute.
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