18 November 2016

2016 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship Predictions

This weekend is Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway and that means that a champion will be crowned in the Sprint Cup Series. Of the four drivers still aive, who will be the winner of the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup? Here are my predictions.

NASCAR is different from the rest of the major sports because it really is not that suited for a one-off championship but hey, what Brian France wants, he gets.

Much of the headlines going into the final race surround Jimmie Johnson and his pursuit of his seventh championship. This has not been the best season for either Johnson or Hendrick Motorsports in general and thus for him to crank out the record-tying championship would really be something. Johnson has the fewest amount of top fives since his rookie season and his fewest amount of top tens ever and his Chase performance has been inconsistent but he got that win in Martinsville and now he is here.

Carl Edwards has not been in championship contention for a few years now so it is cool to see him in the title mix this weekend in his second season with Joe Gibbs Racing. However even with the win at Texas Motor Speedway two weeks ago, his Chase has also been a little all over the place as well.

Who could forget Kyle Busch's wild ride to the championship a year ago after missing a significant chunk of the season. He's back in the mix and he has had himself a very good season and has been running very well of late. After all, he has only had one finish outside the top ten in the last two and a half months, albeit without any wins since July at the Brickyard.

Nobody would be surprised if any of the previous three won the title but my pick to win the title is the guy who last clinched a title spot by winning at Phoenix and that is Joey Logano. I think you may be hardpressed to find a driver running better since the fall Charlotte race than he is and not is he finishing well, he is also leading a good chunk of laps in these races (302 in his last four races). He runs well at tracks like Homestead and I think he is ready to finally get his first championship.

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