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1. Fi­nal four

NASCAR's Cup Se­ries Cham­pi­onship Round field was fi­nal­ized at Phoenix. The four driv­ers who will bat­tle for the 2017 ti­tle: Kyle Busch and Kevin Har­vick, who ad­vanced thanks to Round 3 wins; and Brad Ke­selowski and Martin Truex Jr., who made it on points. Three are pre­vi­ous Cup cham­pi­ons, while Truex, who is hunt­ing for his first ti­tle, is the fa­vorite to take the crown.

2. Chevy, what?

Of the fi­nal four, two drive Fords and the other two wheel Toy­otas, mean­ing Chevro­let won’t be rep­re­sented in the Cham­pi­onship Round. It’s shock­ing when you think a Chevy driver has won the Cup Se­ries ti­tle 10 of the last 12 years. Chevy’s last two hopes, Jim­mie John­son and Chase El­liott, failed to ad­vance. “The last cou­ple of months we’ve been stay­ing alive,” John­son said. “In the Round of 8, you can’t just stay alive.”

3. Bad streak

Kyle Lar­son was one of the fa­vorites to make it to the Cham­pi­onship Round, but his luck has turned bad, re­ally bad. In his last four starts Lar­son has posted DNFs (did not fin­ish) in each of those events. “Two from en­gines and then two from wrecks,” Lar­son said as he de­fined his to­tal. “It’s a crappy way to end the sea­son. I thought I had, by far, the best car (at Phoenix).” A win at Home­stead will clear it all away.


Kevin Har­vick will have that “all busi­ness” face next week when he tries to win his sec­ond Cup Se­ries cham­pi­onship at Home­stead. He is one of four driv­ers cham­pi­onshipel­i­gi­ble.

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