Championship 4: Hey Kids, NASCAR has Playoffs Too!

Martin Truex, William Byron, and Christopher Bell are SBG’s favorites to win the last three NASCAR events of the season, each of which is known as the Championship 4 of their respective series. You see, not unlike NCAA basketball, which has the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, and Final Four, NASCAR has its own playoffs, comprising a Round of 12, Round of 8, and Championship 4. Oddly, each race will feature more drivers than the four that actually matter. As Dana Carvey-as-Johnny Carson would say, that’s some weird, wild stuff.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400

  • Date: November 19, 2017
  • Location: Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida
  • Course: Permanent racing facility 1.5 mi (2.4 km)
  • Distance: 267 laps, 400.5 mi (640.8 km)

Final four

Kevin Harvick (+600). Harvick won the 2014 EcoBoost 400, was the runner-up in 2015, and finished third last year, and has not finished outside of the top 10 since 2002.

Kyle Busch (+350). Busch won the race in 2015 but his only other top 5 finish in Homestead was in 2012.

Martin Truex (+225). The fave has never won this race and his best finish was a second place in the distant year of 2006, but he’s coming in hot with podiums in four of the last five Energy Cup Series races.

Brad Keselowski (+800). He’s in there, too.

NASCAR Xfinity Series 2017 Ford EcoBoost 300

  • Date: November 18
  • Venue: Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Location: Homestead, Florida, United States
  • Corporate sponsor: Ford Motor Company
  • Distance: 200 miles (320 km)
  • Laps: 200 (Stage 1: 45 Stage 2: 45 Stage 3: 110)

Final four

William Byron (+300). The rookie is coming off a win at the 2017 Ticket Galaxy 200, which was his fourth win of the season.

Elliott Sadler (+600). Sadler had his best finish in the Ford EcoBoost 300 last year with a third place, but has not won a race also since last year.

Justin Allgaier (+600). Allgaier enters this race with a new crew chief, Billy Wilburn, after Jason Burdett was been suspended following the Ticket Galaxy 200.

Daniel Hemric (+1200). Another rookie, Hemric has come close but has yet to win his first ever Xfinity Series race.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2017 Ford EcoBoost 200

  • Date: November 17
  • Venue: Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Location: Homestead, Florida, United States
  • Corporate sponsor: Ford Motor Company
  • Distance: 201 miles (323 km)
  • Laps: 134 (Stage 1: 40 Stage 2: 40 Stage 3: 54)

Final four

Johnny Sauter (+300). Sauter won the 2011 edition of this race, but then took a hiatus from it until 2015, when he finished 7th. He placed 3rd last year.

Austin Cindric (+1000). Cindric has finished within the top 10 in the last six Truck Series races.

Matt Crafton (+500). Crafton won, following a four-year absence, the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 200, and finished in 7th place in 2016.

Christopher Bell (+185). Bell finished 8th in both last year’s edition of this race and this season’s previous race, but as said above, he’s the favorite to win his sixth race of 2017.

Author: Dexter Sinistri

Dexter Sinistri is a famously centrist writer who has worked as a Hollywood correspondent for a number of leading publications since 2005. Though once a photographer, Mr. Sinistri struck out as a writer on all things celebrity, and he likes to consider himself a tremendous asset to Glossy News, though by most accounts, he has fallen somewhat short of this effort.