2012 Ford EcoBoost 400:
Brad Keselowski is in the driver's seat for the Championship as he brings a twenty point lead into Homestead. Second place Jimmie Johnson will likely give his all on Sunday but even with a win it may not be enough.
This is what all the fuss has been about. Who will win the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship? We will all find out on Sunday.
The Big Picture:
Now Brad Keselowski has a commanding lead for the title with only one race to go. Brad Keselowski's 20 point lead means he needs to finish fifteenth or better in order to clinch his first NASCAR Sprint Cup series title. If he leads one lap then he needs to finish sixteenth or better. If he leads the most laps then seventeenth will be good enough to win no matter what Johnson does.
The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings:
At the top of the list is the Championship battle between Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson. This could well be Brad Keselowski's first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship or Johnson's sixth in seven years. Either way this will likely be the top story of the weekend.
We can't let last week's Phoenix mayhem pass though without recapping the intentional wreck, the fight and the red flag tweeting that each lead to penalties from NASCAR.
Were the penalties fair? We haven't heard from Jeff Gordon or Clint Bowyer since the incident. They won't be able to hide from the cameras this weekend.
Plus we have the 2012 season recaps, Dodge's farewell race, Chevrolet's 2012 manufacturer's title and a look back at 2011 to the best Chase finish in history when Tony Stewart became only the seventh driver in history to win the final race and the Championship.
Radio: MRN and SIRIUS Satellite
Actual Race: 3:10 p.m. Eastern
2011 Winner: Tony Stewart
2011 Polesitter: Carl Edwards
Tony Stewart beat Edwards to the checkered flag for the win, tied Carl Edwards in points but was crowned the Champion by the tiebreaker.
My backup pick is definitely not going to the point leader. Brad Keselowski has little incentive to do anything other than keep his car safe and finish comfortably in the top fifteen. I'm predicting a tenth place finish for the soon-to-be 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup series Champion.
My backup this week goes to the driver that leads all active drivers with a 5.2 average finish in Homestead. Carl Edwards has two wins in his eight Cup series starts and three more top fives including last year's near miss behind Tony Stewart.
Edwards has had a frustrating 2012 campaign and will be looking to finish up this season on a high note at a race track that he knows well.