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PREDICTION: Your 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Champion Will Be…

The time has come! 4 drivers, 4 teams, and 400 miles will determine the champion. But, who will it be?

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One more race is left to decide the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Championship winner. Four drivers have survived the Playoffs and will compete for the championship this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway as this years Championship 4 take center stage. Let’s take a quick look at the four contenders and how they stack up against each other:

Kevin Harvick

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Team: Stewart-Haas Racing

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Manufacturer: Ford

Wins: 4 (New Hampshire, Michigan, Indianapolis, Texas)

Kevin Harvick enters the 2019 Championship 4 as the only driver not driving a Toyota or for Joe Gibbs Racing. His 2019 season has not been nearly as dominant as his 2018 season, but Harvick has still found himself with a chance to take home the Championship. While his first win of the season did not come until the 20th round of the Championship at New Hampshire, Harvick has since then been to victory lane three additional times. Harvick has kept his No. 4 up front during the final stretch of the season claiming 10 top tens over the last 12 races, including his win at Texas which cemented his spot in the Championship. He will have to tame the mighty Joe Gibbs Racing to win it all this weekend.

Kyle Busch

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Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

Manufacturer: Toyota

Wins: 4 (Phoenix, California, Bristol, Pocono)

As was the case for Kevin Harvick, the results for Kyle Busch during the 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series season have not been nearly as dominant. Be that as it may, Busch has still found his way into victory lane four times on the season. However, Busch has not won a race since Pocono in June, and with two DNF’s over the last ten races, Busch enters the Championship 4 round as a statistical underdog. History has proven, however, that Kyle Busch can win and dominate when the time is necessary.

Martin Truex Jr.

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Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

Manufacturer: Toyota

Wins: 7 (Richmond (x2), Dover, Charlotte, Sonoma, Vegas, Martinsville)

Martin Truex Jr. has had a fantastic first season with Joe Gibbs Racing, claiming seven victories on the year. His win total nearly matches his wins from the 2018 season, where he came up short on claiming the Championship to Joey Logano. Truex enters Homestead as the 2017 winner of the event, a year he also won the Championship. Over the last ten races, Truex has finished outside of the top seven twice at Talladega and Indianapolis. Can Truex win it all again?

Denny Hamlin

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Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

Manufacturer: Toyota

Wins: 6 (Daytona, Texas, Pocono, Bristol, Kansas, ISM Raceway)

Denny Hamlin’s 2019 season started off the best it could possibly start as he claimed the checkered flag at the Daytona 500. Since then, Hamlin has claimed another five wins to total six on the season. In a complete turn around from the 2018 season where Hamlin did not visit victory lane a single time, Hamlin has been able to win when necessary to claim his spot in the Championship 4. A win last weekend at Phoenix was just the momentum Hamlin and his JGR team needs to propel themselves to the Championship.

PREDICTION

Your 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Champion will be…

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Truex has done this before, and he will do it again Sunday at Homestead. Winning the 2017 race at Homestead, while taking the championship as well, Truex proved his can win the one that matters most at the end of the season. Backing his 2017 win with a second place finish to 2018 champion Joey Logano last season, Truex has been the most consistent driver at Homestead over the past two seasons. Whatever the case for the other drivers is, Truex has the best shot to win.

Writers Note: Of all the championship articles I’ve wrote so far, this one was by far the hardest. All four drivers have proven they can win, and win when it means the most, depending on the individual situations. However, there can be only one champion!

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