On Sunday, November 18th, NASCAR will be live from the Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400.
This race will decide who has crowned the 2018 Dragon Energy Cup Series Champion. Currently, there aren't any drivers eligible to win the tournament. Since 2002, NASCAR has held their final race of the season at this track and it has been an yearly background for entertaining and exciting racing.
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The Homestead-Miami Speedway is a 1.5 mile trail shaped like an oval. This weekend Ford EcoBoost 400 race breaks down as follows:
Phase 1 80 laps
Stage 2: Secondly 80 laps
Last Stage: Staying 107 laps
267 total laps
The race will begin at air and 3 PM ET on NBC.
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 only a championship taking place. The following storylines are really worth watching out for:
End of an Era for both JJ and Knaus
Sunday's race marks the end of an age as Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus will part ways after 17 decades. During that span, this duo won 7 championships and more than 80 races. They've won at every major track and left their mark on the sport that will never be matched . That said, Knaus will move over to be the crew chief for William Byron and Johnson will associate with Kevin Meendering at 2019. Can his winless streak break and earn his first win of 2018?
Truex Going later Logano
If Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano aren't in contention for the championship late in the race on Sunday, watch out for retaliation from Truex. In Martinsville, a few weeks ago, Logano bumped Truex from the way to win the race, while Martin finished 3rd. It was a movement that drew the ire of the #78 team. Truex has stated that he will get retaliation if the chance presents itself.
Paying Tribute to "The Silver Fox"
Before 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 rivalry is what helped to bring NASCAR to the mainstream. Many of the present drivers have been paying their respects in memory of Pearson. On Sunday, NASCAR will even pay some kind of tribute.