Kevin Harvick in Final Four in chase for NASCAR championship

Ruben Hill
November 14, 2017

"I'm not sure, but we'll go race and see what we've got".

In Harvick's opinion, he's playing with house money when he races Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title.

The race had seven cautions for 41 laps and one red flag for five minutes. Not only that but due to the drivers being near the end of the race, their tyres were nearing the end of their life and a decision would have to be made as to whether or not to pit for fresh rubber for the final two-lap sprint to the finish.

Truex, who started the Phoenix race fifth in the blue No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry, powered by a TRD engine, basically ran in the top-five for the entire race. That was an emotional weekend, regardless of how many races were left in the year.

Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have already solidified their spots in the best-finish-wins-the-championship final at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19. The weight of winning is at its height for the five eligible drivers that are vying for the one available spot to race for the Cup championship trophy at the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship.

5 Martin Truex Jr. There's a reason he's in the final four, but he needs to improve to make a run.

Hamlin is just three points ahead of Ryan Blaney in the #21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford, with the two drivers perhaps being the only two who realistically can overturn Keselowski's advantage to get into the championship four on points.

Elliott trails Keselowski by 49 points entering the final event in the Round of 8.

Last year's victor: Jimmie Johnson.

Following Kenseth to the checkered flag were: Chase Elliott, Truex, Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Aric Almirola and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Had one of four other drivers won the race, Keselowski would have been out. He has maintained that he didn't mean to wreck Elliott at Martinsville, and the payback Sunday was redemption.

Kyle Busch is in a similar no-pressure situation to Harvick.

Kyle Busch: His win at Martinsville two weeks ago earned him a spot in Homestead, but since then he finished 19th at Texas and seventh at Phoenix. He said the team celebrated as if it might be his last win. There's every chance that his #18 Joe Gibbs Racing team could put him in position to lead a lot of laps again on Sunday.

Earnhardt was asked about escaping the shadow of his late father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., who won seven Cup championships. "The last couple times, we've been fast in practice and not qualified so well". Had Elliott hung on for the win, he would have qualified for the championship finale.

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