Thursday, November 19, 2015

Four Storylines Converge at Homestead for Championship Finale

This Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400, where the 2015 champion will be crowned.  Below are the four drivers who will be competing for the Sprint Cup Series trophy.

1. Jeff Gordon
Wins: 1
Top 5s: 5
Top 10s: 20
Average Finish: 13.9
Major Storyline:
Jeff Gordon's final race will come with the chance to pick up his fifth Sprint Cup Series championship.  Gordon announced that 2015 would be his last season in the Sprint Cup Series, and he will be the fan-favorite heading into Homestead.  All the focus will be on Gordon this weekend as he looks to close out his Sprint Cup career with a storybook ending.

2.Kevin Harvick
Wins: 3
Top 5s: 22
Top 10s: 27
Average Finish: 8.9
Major Storyline:
Kevin Harvick came into 2015 as the defending champion with crew chief Rodney Childers, and with a season already under their belt many expected them to be a force to be reckoned with.  Harvick got off to a fast start, winning at Phoenix in the second race of the season.  But a winless drought during the Chase put the team in jeopardy at Talladega, where a controversial finish helped keep his Chase alive.  Harvick will head to Homestead the defending winner, looking to repeat as race winner and NASCAR champion.

3. Kyle Busch
Wins: 4
Top 5s: 11
Top 10s: 15
Average Finish: 11.2
Major Storyline:
The idea of Kyle Busch in a Sprint Cup car this season following a scary wreck at Daytona in the season-opening Xfinity race is impressive enough.  The fact that Busch was able to win races and work his way into the top 30 in points to make the Chase after missing the first 11 races is incredible.  Busch will be looking to pick up one final victory at Homestead, and become an improbable champion who defied near insurmountable odds to get there.

4.Martin Truex Jr.
Wins: 1
Top 5s: 8
Top 10s: 22
Average Finish: 12.2
Major Storyline:
Martin Truex Jr. is the lone-wolf of NASCAR.  His team, Furniture Row Racing, is based out of Denver, Colorado, far away from the hub of NASCAR in Charlotte, NC.  After a rough year personally and professionally in 2014, Truex returned to victory lane in 2015 in one of the more popular victories in the NASCAR garage.  Now Truex finds himself heading to Homestead with a shot at winning his first championship for the single-car team.

The Championship Four at Media Day on Thursday afternoon. (Photo courtesy Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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