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Drivers Competing in the NASCAR Championship Race



    Drivers Competing in the NASCAR Championship Race
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    AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 12: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Circle K Toyota, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota, lead a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2017 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

    A glance at the four drivers in the NASCAR championship race Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway:

    DRIVER: Kyle Busch

    TEAM: No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing   

    HOMETOWN: Las Vegas   

    CREW CHIEF: Adam Stevens   

    SPONSOR: M&M's Caramel/Interstate Batteries   

    NOTES: Busch is racing for his second championship and has been among the top teams all season. He has five wins this season and is perhaps the only one of the championship contenders who stayed close to favorite Martin Truex Jr. at times. He has been the top driver at Gibbs this season, and the only driver so far to give Toyota a Cup title.   


    DRIVER: Kevin Harvick   

    TEAM: No. 4 Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing   

    HOMETOWN: Bakersfield, California   

    CREW CHIEF: Rodney Childers   

    SPONSOR: Jimmy John's   

    NOTES: Harvick is seeking his second Cup championship and is far from the favorite, which he was during his 2014 title run. That year, Harvick won in his first season with the team. This year, he is trying to do it in SHR's first season with Ford. If Harvick wins, SHR would be the first to do so with a new manufacturer since Cale Yarborough did it in 1978.   


    DRIVER: Brad Keselowski   

    TEAM: No. 2 Ford, Team Penske   

    HOMETOWN: Rochester Hills, Michigan   

    CREW CHIEF: Paul Wolfe   

    SPONSOR: Miller Lite   

    NOTES: Keselowski is the 2012 NASCAR champion and has yet to win a title in this elimination, winner-take-all format. Should Keselowski win, Team Penske would sweep the major American racing series. Penske already celebrated a title this year in IndyCar with Josef Newgarden. Keselowski is also trying to become the first Ford driver to win the title since Kurt Busch in 2004. 


    DRIVER: Martin Truex Jr.   

    TEAM: No. 78 Toyota, Furniture Row Racing   

    HOMETOWN: Mayetta, New Jersey   

    CREW CHIEF: Cole Pearn   

    SPONSOR: Furniture Row   

    NOTES: The favorite for the championship and a seven-time winner this year, Truex has led the Cup Series in nearly every measurable category. He is the only the driver in the championship four without a Cup title, but he has raced in this format before. Truex won't have team owner Barney Visser in attendance because he is recovering from a heart attack and surgery at home in Colorado.