NASCAR’s Championship 4 field is set for this weekend’s Monster Energy Cup Series finale race in Miami.
All roads lead to Homestead for Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr., the last four drivers left standing after a long, grueling season. The latter three clinched a berth in the championship race with their performances at the Can-Am 500, the penultimate race of the playoffs.
Here’s everything you’ll need to know as NASCAR enters the home stretch of its 2018 season.
Which drivers qualified for the championship race?
Joey Logano became the first driver to secure his spot in the championship round. The No. 22 driver scored a controversial win at the Round of 8 opener at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 29 after holding off a late charge from Martin Truex Jr., who was none too pleased about the Logano wouldn’t win the Championship.
On Nov. 4, Kevin Harvick led for 177 of the 337 laps at the AAA Texas 500 and pulled off the overtime victory. But Harvick was stripped of his automatic Championship 4 berth and docked 40 points after it was revealed the No. 4 car failed inspection following the race, leaving three spots in NASCAR’s final four up for grabs ar the the Can-Am 500 on Nov. 11.
Kyle Busch won at Phoenix with ease, leading 117 laps for his eighth win of the season. Kevin Harvick finished fifth to qualify for the finale, and defending NASCAR Cup champion Martin Truex Jr. (14th) also qualified.
2018 NASCAR playoff points standings
1. Joey Logano*
2. Kyle Busch*
3. Martin Truex Jr.*
4. Kevin Harvick*
5. Chase Elliot
6. Kurt Busch
7. Eric Almirola
8. Brad Keselowski
*Clinched automatic berth in Championship 4
(Updated Nov. 12)
2018 NASCAR championship race rules
There will be stage racing at Homestead on Nov. 18. Points will not be awarded to drivers finishing in the top 10 of each stage; the highest-placing Championship 4 driver at the end of the 400-mile race will be crowned NASCAR Cup Series champion.
2018 NASCAR playoff TV schedule
Sunday, Nov. 18 — Championship 4 at Homestead -Miami Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC)