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The Herald Bulletin, Anderson, Ind., Ken de la Bastide column

The Herald Bulletin, Anderson, Ind. — Ken de la Bastide The Herald Bulletin, Anderson, Ind.

Nov. 14--The long NASCAR season, which started way back in February, will be coming to an end with three championship races this weekend at Homestead.

Four drivers in the Monster Energy, Xfinity and Camping World series will be contending for the championship which will be based on which driver finishes the best at the Florida track.

It's a terrible way to determine a champion, as I have contended many times since the playoff system was announced several years ago.

Instead of basing the champion on the body of work for the full season, it comes down to one winner-take-all race.

Entering Sunday's Monster Energy Cup Series event, Martin Truex Jr. is considered the favorite to emerge with his first championship.

Truex has seven wins, the most in all three NASCAR national touring series, followed by Kyle Busch with five, Brad Keselowski with three and Kevin Harvick with two.

But, of those four, Harvick has the best record in playoff races at Homestead with an average finish of 6.9 with one win. Truex has an average finish of 12.3 followed by Keselowski with 15.9 and Busch with a 19.8 average finish and one victory.

I'm hoping Truex is crowned the champion Sunday simply because of the great season his team put out.

The only certainty of the weekend is a new Xfinity champion will be crowned Saturday. None of the four competitors has ever won a title. William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric are contending for the title. Byron has four wins, and Allgaier has two.

Hemric was the 2012 champion in the Champion Racing Association's JEGS All Stars Tour and has recorded eight victories with the Indiana-based sanctioning body. He has competed at Anderson Speedway.

In the Camping World Truck Series race, Johnny Sauter is looking to repeat as the champion and enters the weekend coming off a win at Phoenix, his fourth of the year.

Christopher Bell has five wins, and the other two contenders -- Austin Cindric and Matt Crafton -- each have a single victory. Crafton is a two-time series champion.

Cindric has not been afraid to use the front bumper of his truck to score victories or positions, and that trend is likely to continue Friday.


Anderson Speedway announced last weekend the Redbud 400 for CRA super late models will be taking place on Monday, July 16. That date follows the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday so there is a chance some NASCAR drivers will be in Anderson for the Redbud 400.

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 640-4863.

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 640-4863.


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