HOMESTEAD, Fla. — The Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection will crown its 2018 champion on Sunday.

Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are each and every looking for their 2d titles. Joey Logano, the opposite Championship four motive force, can be seeking his first. 

There are not any flukes on this workforce. Those drivers rank because the season’s peak 4 in moderate end, laps led and top-five finishes. And they have got all been within the ultimate 4 prior to. 

A.J. Perez and Michelle R. Martinelli delve into the possibilities for each and every contender forward of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Abode-Miami Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC): 

Martin Truex Jr.

Beginning place: third
Wins in 2018: four
Occupation Cup wins: 19
Very best end in standings: First (2017)
Easiest end at Abode: First (2017)

Why Truex will win name: A victory received’t alternate the truth that Sunday marks the general race for Furnishings Row Racing because the workforce will shutter operations. The No. 78 Toyota workforce confirmed it will probably care for their feelings simply tremendous as remaining yr’s ultimate race and sequence championship got here as workforce proprietor Barney Visser recovered from a center assault.

“If we will be able to do just what we did remaining yr, that may be tremendous,” Truex stated.

Why he received’t: Truex entered remaining yr’s finale with seven victories and he clinched his spot within the Championship four a race previous than he did this yr. Truex’s remaining win got here at Kentucky Speedway in July, the 19th race of the season, so he’s no longer getting into on a job as a lot this time round.

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Kyle Busch

Beginning place: 2d
Wins in 2018: eight
Occupation Cup wins: 51
Very best end in standings: First (2015)
Easiest end at Abode: First (2015)

Why Busch will win name: Busch certified 2d, proper in the back of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin, so the No. 18 Toyota workforce has no less than found out qualifying. He additionally enters with probably the most wins within the playoffs (two) some of the Championship four and was once the sequence’ regular-season champ. In all probability simply as essential, his pit team has been some of the fastest in NASCAR for the previous few years, which has allowed him to pick out up observe positions time and time once more.

“Firstly, you must have a quick race automotive,” stated Busch, who was once edged out remaining yr through Truex at Abode. “Remaining yr, we have been the quickest automotive. Quickest vehicles don’t all the time win the race. You’ve were given to produce other issues cross your manner. It’s a lot more straightforward and your process is much more calculated when you have that speedy automotive.”

Why he received’t: Busch has the worst moderate end at Abode some of the ultimate 4 drivers (18.Five in 13 begins). 

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Kevin Harvick

Beginning place: 12th
Wins in 2018: eight
Occupation Cup wins: 45
Easiest end within the standings: First (2014)
Easiest end at Abode: First (2014)

Why Harvick will win name: The No. four Stewart-Haas Racing Ford has been the quickest automotive all season: He’s tied for probably the most wins, is the best passer some of the ultimate 4 and led just about 20 % of the season’s general laps. He’s time and again proven he can paintings his option to the entrance after beginning behind the sector, so having the bottom beginning place some of the contenders doesn’t suggest a lot. Harvick’s skill is plain as a perennial championship contender, and his workforce’s chemistry complex him to this spot and can assist him win his 2d Cup Collection championship.

“(Our workforce has) been in combination for 5 years now, and all of us paintings for an excellent group that provides us the entire sources and issues that we want to compete,” Harvick stated. “In any case, you’ll be able to’t power a gradual automotive speedy and it takes nice other people to construct a quick automotive.”

Why he received’t: Whilst the workforce’s chemistry is essential, it’s going to must win with out team leader Rodney Childers, who NASCAR suspended for 2 races following a big penalty two weeks in the past at Texas Motor Speedway. The workforce’s good fortune this season is as a result of his technique up to Harvick’s using, and having backup team leader Tony Gibson places this workforce at an actual downside when everybody else is at complete energy.

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Joey Logano

Beginning place: fifth
Wins in 2018: 2
Occupation Cup wins: 20
Easiest end within the standings: 2d (2016)
Easiest end at Abode: Fourth (2015, 2016)

Why Logano will win name: From the velocity of the No. 22 Crew Penske Ford to Logano’s racing, this workforce after all discovered its rhythm. 5 of Logano’s 12 top-five finishes this season have been within the earlier 9 playoff races, and he loves the theory of being the outsider going through the Giant 3. Plus, since the workforce certified for the championship race 3 weeks in the past at Martinsville Speedway, it’s had that a lot more time to highest a title-winning automotive.

“Our vehicles had been excellent, our pit crews had been impressive, motive force’s been doing his phase, and I feel we’re in a great place to make this occur,” Logano stated. “We’ve had a couple of weeks to take into consideration this race, and simplest this race, and that’s an excellent merit to have.”

Why he received’t: Logano’s good fortune has been sporadic this season with waves of robust finishes sprinkled with mediocre ones, and the Giant 3 were given that nickname as a result of they’re those to overcome each and every week with their very own exceptional velocity. All over the steady season, Logano stated everybody else must be highest to overcome the 3 dominant drivers, whilst they may be able to make tiny errors and nonetheless win. Abode can be no other.

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Championship selections

A.J. Perez: Busch. 

Busch’s place of origin of Las Vegas has him even with Harvick as the favourite. In contrast to Harvick, Busch could have his team leader (Adam Stevens). Toss within the qualifying effort and awesome pit team, Busch gets that 2d name.

Michelle R. Martinelli: Harvick.

It was once transparent again in March that Harvick was once the automobile to overcome this season, and that’s very true with a name at the line. After his career-high 8 wins this season and 22 top-Five finishes, it will be a disappointing finish to have anyone rather then Harvick hoist that trophy. However he received’t let that occur.

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