NASCAR sea­son com­ing to a head this Satur­day

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Sports -

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — A glance at the four drivers in the NASCAR cham­pi­onship race Sun­day at Homestead-Mi­ami Speed­way:

Kyle Busch

Team: No. 18 Toy­ota, Joe Gibbs Rac­ing

Born: May 2, 1985

Home­town: Las Ve- gas Crew chief: Adam Stevens Spon­sor: M&M’s Caramel/In­ter­state Bat­ter­ies

So­cial me­dia: (at)kyle­busch (Twit­ter), (at)row­dy­busch (In­sta­gram)

Notes: Busch is rac­ing for his sec­ond cham­pi­onship and has been among the top teams all sea­son. He has five wins this sea­son and is per­haps the only one of the cham­pi­onship con­tenders who stayed close to fa­vorite Martin Truex Jr. at times. He has been the top driver at Gibbs this sea­son, and the only driver so far to give Toy­ota a Cup ti­tle.

Kevin Har­vick

Team: No. 4 Ford, Ste­wart-Haas Rac­ing

Born: Dec. 8, 1975

Home­town: Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia Crew chief: Rod­ney Childers Spon­sor: Jimmy John’s So­cial me­dia: (at) Kevin Har­vick (Twit­ter and In­sta­gram)

Notes: Har­vick is seek­ing his sec­ond Cup cham­pi­onship and is far from the fa­vorite, which he was dur­ing his 2014 ti­tle run. That year, Har­vick won in his first sea­son with the team. This year, he is try­ing to do it in SHR’s first sea­son with Ford. If Har­vick wins, SHR would be the first to do so with a new man­u­fac­turer since Cale Yar­bor­ough did it in 1978.

Brad Ke­selowski

Team: No. 2 Ford, Team Penske

Born: Feb. 12, 1984 Home­town: Rochester Hills, Michi­gan Crew chief: Paul Wolfe Spon­sor: Miller Lite So­cial me­dia: (at)ke­selowski (Twit­ter)

Notes: Ke­selowski is the 2012 NASCAR cham­pion and has yet to win a ti­tle in this elim­i­na­tion, win­ner-take-all for­mat. Should Ke­selowski win, Team Penske would sweep the ma­jor Amer­i­can rac­ing se­ries. Penske al­ready cel­e­brated a ti­tle this year in IndyCar with Josef New­gar­den. Ke­selowski is also try­ing to be­come the first Ford driver to win the ti­tle since Kurt Busch in 2004.

Martin Truex Jr.

Team: No. 78 Toy­ota, Fur­ni­ture Row Rac­ing Born: June 29, 1980

Home­town: Mayetta, New Jer­sey Crew chief: Cole Pearn Spon­sor: Fur­ni­ture Row So­cial me­dia: (at) Martin Truex — Jr (Twit­ter and In­sta­gram)

Notes: The fa­vorite for the cham­pi­onship and a sev­en­time win­ner this year, Truex has led the Cup Se­ries in nearly every mea­sur­able cat­e­gory. He is the only the driver in the cham­pi­onship four with­out a Cup ti­tle, but he has raced in this for­mat be­fore. Truex won’t have team owner Bar­ney Visser in at­ten­dance be­cause he is re­cov­er­ing from a heart at­tack and surgery at home in Colorado.





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