Season Finale 500 Preview: Crowning the Champion

Season Finale 500 Preview: Crowning the Champion

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

The finale of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season has arrived.  After 35 events of spectacular crashes, dominating performances, and surprise comebacks, we have finally reached the championship-crowning moment of the sport.  The drama has been building all season long, and even more so the last several weeks of the Chase.  For several years NASCAR has crowned its champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but this season the sanctioning body moved this championship race to Phoenix Raceway.  The Phoenix track in Avondale, Arizona is an irregular "D" shaped oval with very flat banking in the corners of nine to 11 degrees.  The straights are completely flat, and very fast as they carry off into the sweeping corners.  It is truly a unique facility among those on the NASCAR Cup circuit, and very fitting that it now determines the series champion.  The Phoenix oval underwent many configuration changes a couple seasons ago.  So the last four races at the facility have been with the new configuration.  We'll focus in very closely on those four events when looking at our driver prognostications this week.

Since Phoenix Raceway is so unique, we have a driver set for this race that is unique as well.  Certain drivers thrive on the flat oval in the Arizona desert, while some others would rather be just about anywhere else this weekend but Phoenix.  However, one theme will be quite clear.  Four drivers come to the Arizona desert in a dead-heat for the championship.  The format of the Chase has

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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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DFS NASCAR Xfinity: Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200
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