Ford EcoBoost 400 Preview: Four Drivers, One Champion
Ford EcoBoost 400 Preview: Four Drivers, One Champion

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

The finale of the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season has arrived.  After 35 events of spectacular crashes, dominating performances and surprise comebacks, we finally have reached the championship-crowning moment of the sport.  The drama has been building all season, and even more so the last several weeks of the Chase.  The Monster Energy Cup Series annual running at the 1.5-mile true oval with variable banking is the last of 36 races that crowns the NASCAR champion.  Homestead-Miami Speedway's unique configuration which includes relatively flat straight-aways of 3 degrees and 20 degree variable banked turns presents a challenge unlike any other facility on the circuit.  It's fitting that this intermediate oval crowns the champion of NASCAR's top racing series. 

Four drivers come to Homestead in a dead-heat for the championship.  The format of the Chase has narrowed the field to just Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin.  It all comes down to one race for all the marbles and all four drivers start even at 5,000 points.  The stakes and the pressure have never been higher.  Hamlin's hopes for a first championship are coming into focus.  After a great performance and victory at Phoenix, the No. 11 team brings a lot of momentum into the season finale.  Considering that Hamlin sits near the top of the loop stat chart below (driver rating 96.7) for Homestead, he has to feel very confident coming into this Ford EcoBoost 400.  The driver with the best

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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