Denny Hamlin was our last to lock in with a Win, last week he got his with a Phoenix victory. Kyle Busch gets in on points, and so our field is set. It’s winner — or rather, “guy who finishes best” — takes all today. A Win has has been necessary the last few years, what will this edition of the Ford EcoBoost 400 hold?
Here’s what to look for:
-Both Practices this weekend got rained out, so when Qualifying rolled around and nobody had seen the track..they came together and told the brass they’d rather have Practice instead of Qualifying. So that’s what they did. And we’re lined up by Points. Denny Hamlin has the advantage over the other three participants in this year’s playoffs, so he’ll start on Pole (as he did in 2018). He last won this race back in 2013, that unfortunately wasn’t a Championship chance for him. The best he’s finished since then is 7th, so he’ll need to up his game for today.
–Kevin Harvick has a great average here, 4.5 over the last ten races. He won the 2014 race, and has a worst of 4th since then. He’s up against three Toyota teammates out there, the only Ford (and no Chevy drivers) participant in this one. Can he carry that Blue Oval pride to Victory Lane and beyond? Let’s find out!
–Martin Truex Jr. was our 2017 Winner of this race / Champion of the season. He’s got a 10.1 average over the last ten races, and ran runner-up last year. Today he starts 3rd, looking to nail down his 2nd Championship. With teammates running with (or against?) him, how aggressive does he get to be?
–Kyle Busch took the checkers back in 2015, and ran 4th in last year’s finale. He’s got the same “problem” as the other three guys out there; they’re teammates, so he doesn’t have anyone working to help him out there. These are the kinds of situations that can bust up a team real good, and Rowdy is notorious for keeping a calm, cool demeanor. Haha, not really, should be a fun one to watch!
–Chase Elliott was eliminated from Championship contention, but could very well find himself seeking his first title next season. He’s got a nice average here, too, 7.7 in his only three attempts here. Today he’ll start 11th in what could be a 2020 preview.
Coverage of the Championship race starts on NBC at 3:00pm, green flag scheduled for 3:28pm.