Championship 4 history — NASCAR Cup Series

Championship 4 history — NASCAR Cup Series

NASCAR's season of doom and gloom sputters toward the checkered flag with a stout championship field but the inability to distance itself from everything that's gone wrong in this trying year.

But he had his hands full late in the race, with Martin Truex Jr. out front. #4 Kevin Harvick has had a career year in 2018.

Homestead-Miami Speedway has already handed out one trophy, as Brett Moffitt became the deserving NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Friday night by winning the Ford EcoBoost 200. It's the strongest final four since NASCAR adopted this format in 2014 - the four drivers combined to win 22 of 35 races this season - but the on-track action has been overshadowed time and again by off-track problems.

Truex is moving to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019, one of a number of series changes on the horizon. He also has the most coveted pit stall thanks to a controversial decision Saturday. Among the other highlights?

Truex advised tuning out the noise.

"I don't think a whole bunch transfers over". "A lot of action, a lot of big moments on the racetrack". "I'm so proud of everybody". Busch didn't think his luck would be any better. The team is closing because it lost its primary sponsor midway through Truex's championship reign.

"Today we weren't even close", said Busch, who started second and had seen encouraging signs in the practices leading up to Sunday's race.

Now that the season is over, Truex and crew chief Cole Pearn will move to Joe Gibbs Racing next season. "There's no question about it".

"We did it! We won the championship!" Busch finished in second place ahead of Harvick in fourth.

Adjusting his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford throughout the clean 400-miler, Harvick was still too behind once the sun went down.

"Like, the first question across my mind was, 'How long?" Eight wins marks the most Harvick has ever had in a single season.

"Yeah, we had a daytime race auto", Harvick said. "When they back you against the wall, make it better than it was before". Harvick will once again be without crew chief Rodney Childers but, should be alright with Tony Gibson atop the pit box. Childers stayed at the North Carolina shop last weekend but is expected to be somewhere at Homestead on Sunday. Hamlin, who was not in the title race, won the pole. Previous year when he won the pole, he had the best pit stall and didn't give it to fellow Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. Then he was bumped by teammate Denny Hamlin and the politics began. Hamlin finished in seventh in the race while Logano finished in 16th. Can Busch get it done in 2018?

In one sense, it could be an easy call - let Busch have the No. 1 pit stall.

"Anything like this always stops with me", Gibbs said. That's just the way it goes.

Busch is the 2015 champion and has momentum from winning last week at Phoenix.

Joey Logano qualified fifth for Team Penske.

"He's been there. He's been consistent". Logano is also the only driver who has yet to host NASCAR's premier series championship.

"We definitely want to end on a high note and try to win, in 2013 we were in the same predicament where we hadn't won a race until the final race and we got it done, so hopefully it's our time to do it", Hamlin said. "I'm not sure what else to say". "It's exciting. It's kind of exciting where we are".

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