While the sole focus this weekend is on the Championship 4 in all three NASCAR divisions, everyone else is just trying to head into the offseason with some momentum. Right now, several drivers in the Cup Series have it. This weekend, they want to keep it.
Ryan Blaney has finished in the top 10 in each of the last three years in the final standings. He’s currently seventh. Coming into Homestead, Blaney has four top eight finishes, three of which being in the top five, in his last five starts.
His teammate Brad Keselowski is starting to find solid ground again. He had three straight top five finishes in the first round of the playoffs, but was only 11th, 25th and 19th in the Round of 12. The last round saw him get two top 10 finishes in three tries. Now, he’s aiming to get three top 10’s in his last four starts on the season.
Same can be said for Kyle Larson and his teammate Kurt Busch. Larson, was fourth last weekend and has five top 10’s in nine playoff races. A top six finish in the final standings and three top 10’s in his last four starts of 2019 would go a long way too. For Busch, he has five top 11 finishes in his last six starts on the year.
Erik Jones is starting to heat back up too. Jones, has three top 10 finishes in his last four starts and is looking for a fourth.
You can’t count out Clint Bowyer either. He has six top 11 finishes in his last eight starts on the season. A seventh on Sunday would go a long way towards momentum to get back into victory lane in 2020.
See a theme? The Championship 4 is still marching for a reason. Blaney, Keselowski, Larson, Busch, Jones and Bowyer are the next best and hoping to end the year that way too.
In terms of drivers searching for some momentum, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott need it. Logano, hasn’t won since June 10 and has scored only three top 10’s since. Elliott, is coming off of a disastrous Round of 8 which saw him finish 36th, 32nd and 39th respectively. Those two don’t want to go into the offseason with a bad taste in their mouths.