Championship Battle shapes up for spectacular finish. Get Your Seats Now!

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Great seats are still available for Ford Championship Weekend, Nov. 14-16, on Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval. The NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series all will crown champions under the lights. To secure individual or group tickets for NASCAR's finale, call (866) 409-RACE or click here

Two races remain in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and a once-comfortable points lead has shrunk considerably. Race 8 is set for Sunday at the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway. 

Also this weekend, tight championship battles play out in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on Friday night and in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Saturday at Phoenix.

Carl Edwards usually doesn’t put much stock into “momentum” – until now. Edwards has won back-to-back races – at Atlanta and Texas – and now trails leader Jimmie Johnson by 106 points.

An Edwards comeback with two races remaining is well within the realm of possibility. Alan Kulwicki had a similar deficit in his 1992 championship winning season. With two races remaining, Kulwicki trailed leader Bill Elliott by 85 points. 

Jimmie Johnson picked a bad time for his first finish outside the top 10 in the 2008 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. His 15th-place finish at Texas, combined with Carl Edwards’ victory, caused his lead to shrink from 183 points to 106 – a swing of 77 points.

Still, Johnson can clinch this Sunday at Phoenix, one race early. Doing so would be difficult, but possible. Johnson needs to leave Phoenix with a 196-point lead over second-place to officially clinch his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. In other words, Johnson must beat Edwards by 90 points and third-place Greg Biffle by 52 at Phoenix to clinch (Johnson needs to finish “only” 195 points ahead of Biffle to clinch because Johnson owns the tie-breaker). Jeff Burton, 212 points back in fourth place, can also spoil Johnson’s clinch hopes by getting to within that 195-point “magic number.”

If Johnson leaves Phoenix with a 162-point lead, he would need only to start the season finale at Homestead to clinch a championship. Under this scenario, Johnson has to beat Edwards by 56 and Biffle by 18.

Ultimately, if Johnson finishes seventh or better in each of the final two races, he will win the championship no matter how any other driver finishes.

Carl Edwards has continued to slice into Clint Bowyer’s driver standings lead with his late-season mad dash and is to within 91 points with two races to go. It’s the closest the second-place driver has been to Bowyer since the May race in Charlotte when Kyle Busch was 67 points behind. Edwards was as far back as 207 points following Richmond, but six top fives –

including two wins – has closed the gap.

Despite Edwards’ hard charge, Bowyer could claim his first national series title at Phoenix, one of his favorite tracks. It’s a long shot though. He has to leave the one-mile track with a 196-point lead over Edwards, needing to gain 105 points on the reigning series champion.
In seven starts at PIR, he has a win, a pole, four top fives and five top 10s. He was eighth last year.  Edwards, meanwhile, owns a win from the pole, five top fives and seven top 10s in seven races there including a runner-up result one year ago.

Johnny Benson remains the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship leader after 23 of 25 races. His lead, six points over Ron Hornaday Jr., is the smallest in series history with two races remaining. The previous closest was seven points, Bobby Hamilton over Dennis Setzer, in 2004. Hamilton went on the claim the championship.
 
One things for sure. The Championship battle at Homestead-Miami Speedway is shaping up to be a spectacular finish. Get Your Seats now

Great seats are still available for Ford Championship Weekend, Nov. 14-16, on Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval. The NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series all will crown champions under the lights. To secure individual or group tickets for NASCAR's finale, call (866) 409-RACE or click here

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