THREE THINGS TO WATCH
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.