Wednesday, November 15, 2017

#MENCS Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway

#MENCS Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway

And then there were four. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr., and will be competing in NASCAR’s “May the best man win” finale at Homestead on Sunday afternoon.

The rules are simple: Sunday’s race will be a “normal” Monster Energy Cup Series race, but the four drivers mentioned above are still eligible for the championship. The driver who finishes in the best position takes home the prize - the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championhhip.

At the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook - Truex Jr. is the +175 favorite. Truex Jr. has won seven races this season with 18 top-five finishes. Six of his seven wins have come on 1.5-mile tracks, so Homestead certainly fits the bill of where he’s most comfortable. This is Harvick’s third time in the Championship 4. In 2014, he won at Homestead to win the title, and in 2015 he finished second to Kyle Busch. This is Keselowski’s first time in the Championship 4.

The 2017 Season Finale is just a few days away - The Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The finale four have been determined . . . all that is left is the last race, "Winner take all".


Below is an look at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 (in alphabetical order)by the numbers:

Kyle Busch

#MENCS Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway - Kyle Busch

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 1 – Number of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series titles Kyle Busch has won (2015).
  • 1 – Number of wins Kyle Busch has posted at Homestead-Miami Speedway - 2015 (tied for most among the Championship 4 with Kevin Harvick)
  • 2 – Number of top-five finishes Kyle Busch has posted at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • 3 – Number of times Kyle Busch has made it to the Championship 4 in the new Playoff format (tied with Kevin Harvick for the most Championship 4 appearances).
  • 5 – Number of wins Kyle Busch has posted during the 2017 season; three during the Playoffs (Pocono-2, Bristol-2, New Hampshire-2, Dover-2 and Martinsville-2)
  • 5 – Number of top-10 finishes Kyle Busch has posted at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • 8 – Number of Coors Light poles Kyle Busch posted in 2017 – series-most
  • 11.8 – Busch’s average finish during the entire 2017 season.
  • 12.2 – Busch’s average finish during the first nine races of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs
  • 13 – Number of top-five finishes Kyle Busch has posted this season.
  • 14 –Number of stage wins Kyle Busch has posted during the 2017 season.
  • 19.8 – Busch’s average finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • 21 – Number of top-10 finishes Kyle Busch has posted during the 2017 season
  • 96.9 – Kyle Busch’s career driver rating at Homestead-Miami Speedway (third-best among the Championship 4).
  • 110.5 – Kyle Busch’s driver rating during the first nine races of the 2017 Playoffs.
  • 279 – Total number of laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway by Kyle Busch

Busch Eyeing Multi-NASCAR Championships Club

After winning the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in dramatic come-from-behind fashion, Kyle Busch is looking to become just the 16th driver in series history to win two or more championships.

Kyle Busch has put together 10 top-three finishes, but only one (a win at Martinsville) in the last five races. Keselowski has eight top threes on the season (his win at Talladega being his lone podium finish since late July) and Harvick trails with seven (the Texas win being his only top-three finish in the last five races).

Kevin Harvick

#MENCS Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway - Kevin Harvick

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 1 – Number of wins Kevin Harvick has posted at Homestead-Miami Speedway (2014)
  • 2 – Number of wins Kevin Harvick has during the 2017 season; including one during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs – (Sonoma, Texas-2).
  • 3 – Number of times Kevin Harvick has made it to the Championship 4 in the new Playoff format.
  • 6 – Number of stage wins Kevin Havick has posted during the 2017 season.
  • 6.9 – Kevin Harvick’s average finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway – best all-time.
  • 8 – Number of top-five finishes Kevin Harvick has posted at Homestead-Miami Speedway – most all-time.
  • 10.9 – Kevin Harvick’s average finish during the first nine races of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
  • 11.3 – Kevin Harvick’s average finish during the 2017 season.
  • 12 – Kevin Harvick’s career Playoff wins (second to Jimmie Johnson’s 29).
  • 13 – Number of top-five finishes Kevin Harvick has logged during the 2017 season.
  • 14 – Number of top-10 finishes Kevin Harvick has recorded at Homestead-Miami Speedway – most all-time.
  • 22 – Number of top-10 finishes Kevin Harvick has tallied this season.
  • 102.7 – Kevin Harvick’s 2017 driver rating – third-best in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
  • 106.0 – Kevin Harvick’s career driver rating at Homestead-Miami Speedway (best among the Championship 4).
  • 315 – Total number of laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway by Kevin Harvick (second among active drivers, but first among the Championship 4).

Happy Hits Homestead: Harvick Hopes To Take Home Second Championship In Miami

Kevin Harvick will attempt to capture his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title in Sunday’s season finale Ford EcoBoost 400 Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Brad Keselowski

#MENCS Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway - Brad Keselowski

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 1 – Number of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships owned by Brad Keselowski (2012).
  • 1 – Sunday marks Brad Keselowski’s first appearance in the Championship 4.
  • 2 – Number of top-five finishes Brad Keselowski has posted at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • 3 – Number of wins Brad Keselowski has during the 2017 season; including one during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs – (Atlanta, Martinsville-1, Talladega-2).
  • 5 – Brad Keselowski’s career Playoff wins
  • 8 – Number of stage wins Brad Keselowski has posted during the 2017 season.
  • 8.2 – Brad Keselowski’s average finish during the first nine races of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
  • 12.6 – Brad Keselowski’s average finish during the 2017 season.
  • 15.9 – Brad Keselowski’s average finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • 15 – Number of top-five finishes Brad Keselowski has logged during the 2017 season.
  • 20 – Number of top-10 finishes Brad Keselowski has tallied this season.
  • 88.5 – Brad Keselowski’s Homestead driver rating – 10th-best in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
  • 95.9 – Brad Keselowski’s 2017 driver rating – sixth-best in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
  • 671 (8.1%) – Total number of fastest laps run by Brad Keselowski in the 2017 season – fourth-best in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

First Time’s A Charm? Keselowski Revved Up For First Championship 4

Surprisingly, Brad Keselowski will compete in his first Championship 4 as he goes for his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Martin Truex Jr.

#MENCS Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway - Martin Truex Jr.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 2 – Number of times Martin Truex Jr. has made it to the Championship 4 in the new Playoffs format.
  • 3 – Number of top-five finishes Martin Truex Jr. has posted at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • 3 – Number of Coors Light poles Martin Truex Jr. has posted during the 2017 season.
  • 4.7 – Martin Truex Jr.’s average finish during the first nine races of the 2017 Playoffs.
  • 7 – Number of wins Martin Truex Jr. has posted during the 2017 season; including three during the Playoffs – (Las Vegas, Kansas, Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Chicago, Charlotte-2, Kansas-2).
  • 7 – Number of top-10 finishes Martin Truex Jr. has posted at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • 9.7 – Martin Truex Jr.’s average finish during the entire 2017 season.
  • 12.3 – Martin Truex Jr.’s average finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • 18 – Number of top-five finishes Martin Truex Jr. has posted during the 2017 season.
  • 19 – Number of stage wins Martin Truex Jr. has posted during the 2017 season.
  • 25 – Number of top-10 finishes Martin Truex Jr. has posted during the 2017 season.
  • 101.8 – Martin Truex Jr.’s career driver rating at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • 111 – Total number of laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway by Martin Truex Jr.
  • 115.7 – Martin Truex Jr.’s 2017 driver rating (series-best).
  • 119.81 – Martin Truex Jr.’s driver rating during the first nine races of the 2017 Playoffs.
  • 2,175 – Laps led by Martin Truex Jr. in 2017.

The One Without A Title

"That means it’s my turn." That was Martin Truex Jr.’s response following the penultimate race of the season at Phoenix when he was reminded that he is the lone driver in the 2017 Championship 4 who does not have the title "Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion" after his name.

Martin Truex Jr. leads the Championship 4 in top-five finishes in 2017 with 18, but more importantly, 15 of those 18 finishes (83 percent) saw him in the top three. And he’s finished in the top three in the last four races leading into the showdown in Miami (Kansas – 1, Martinsville – 2, Texas – 2, Phoenix – 3).

#MENCS Ford Championship - And Then There Were Four . . . #NASCAR

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

  • Next Race: Ford EcoBoost 400
  • The Place: Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • The Date: Sunday, Nov. 19
  • The Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBC, 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • Distance: 400.5 miles (267 laps);
    • Stage 1 (Ends on lap 80),
    • Stage 2 (Ends on lap 160),
    • Final Stage (Ends on lap 267)



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