Ford EcoBoost 400/NASCAR Championship Final Preview
by Holden Asworth
This is it, ultimate Thunderdome x2 style. Four drivers enter, one driver reigns supreme. The points totals have been wiped clean, and previous stage/race wins no longer matter. Four drivers qualified, four drivers will race, and the best finisher (win or not) will walk away with the title. Simple, effective, decisive and absolute. Let’s do this.
Who to Watch:
Kevin Harvick – 2014 Champion, 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400 winner. Least number of regular season wins out of the four finalists. Plenty of experience to pull it out last minute (his nickname is The Closer, after all). Starts 9th.
Brad Keselowski – 2012 Champion, also extremely experienced. Would be the most surprising to win, but that’s not saying much when looking at the field. Starts 5th.
Kyle Busch – 2015 Champion, 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 winner. Struggled during the first half of this season, but Joe Gibbs Racing has won this race 6 times since 1999. Rowdy starts 3rd.
Martin Truex Jr. – Hasn’t won a title yet, but has seemingly won everything else under the sun this year. Owns the lease on 1.5 mile tracks this year. Would be the least surprising title winner this year based on this year’s results, but would be an excellent story since Furniture Row Motorsports is the smallest operation out of the championship four by a longshot. Starts 2nd.
Heart says Harvick, but my mind says Truex. He stayed hot all year long, even into the playoffs. Someone else (Hamlin or Larson) will win the race, but Truex will finish top 3 and take home the cup.
Where to Watch:
Sunday at 3pm ET on NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.