HOMESTEAD, Fla – Alright, the time is here. It’s time to crown the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion on Sunday. But, who will it be?
After three practice sessions and qualifying to set the field for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, here’s who I think will win the title and who finishes second through fourth.
- Kyle Busch – He has two top two finishes in his last three Homestead starts. He was sixth in the other race. Busch, also has three top four finishes in his last four starts on the season and four top four finishes in his last six starts on 1.5-mile tracks this season. While he didn’t have the best single lap speed in practice (23rd, 12th), he did have good long run speed as he was ninth and third respectively on the 10 lap average charts. He was third on the 10 lap, 15 lap and 20 lap averages too.
- Joey Logano – Spoiler alert here. Initially, I had him ranked fourth out of four but after practice this weekend, he’s legit. Logano, was fastest on single lap run in both sessions on Saturday and every single long run metric too. Plus, Logano has three straight top six finishes at Homestead and five consecutive top 10 finishes on 1.5-mile tracks.
- Martin Truex Jr. – He won this race last year. He also has six top five finishes in his last seven starts on 1.5-mile tracks. In practice, Truex was first, ninth and second respectively on single lap runs. On the 10 lap average chart he was fifth and second respectively. He starts third on Sunday. He will make it close.
- Kevin Harvick – He just doesn’t have it right now. While he has four straight top four finishes at Homestead and 10 straight top 10’s, he’s been a little off in practice. Harvick, was 28th and 14th on single lap runs and 13th and 10th on 10 lap averages. He’s fourth out of four heading to Sunday now.