It’s Down To “Smoke vs Cuzzin Carl”
One Race This Sunday For About $8 Million To The Champion
By Dell Hill
2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship will be decided (weather
permitting) this Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida
and it will be veteran, two-time Cup Champion, Tony Stewart vs Carl
Edwards for all the marbles. And for the first time in six years the
champion will NOT be named Jimmie Johnson. Stewart and Edwards are the
only two drivers with a mathematical chance to win the title.
Tony Stewart (above) will drive the Office Depot Chevrolet
Carl Edwards will be wheeling the Aflac Ford
Interestingly enough, Carl’s primary sponsor one year ago was Office Depot!
green flag will fly at 3 PMish (usually twenty minutes or so later than
the TV start time) and the race will be televised on ESPN.
One of the very best sources for NASCAR information is Jayski.com and here’s how things shape up....
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Clinch Scenarios Set For Homestead:
Only one finish guarantees Carl Edwards his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship; a victory in Sunday's season-finale Ford 400.
three points separate points leader #99-Carl Edwards and second-place
#14-Tony Stewart, a margin so tight, no other finish would clinch the
title for Edwards regardless of where Stewart finishes. Stewart owns the
tie-breaker (best finishes, most wins 4 to 1), and therefore could tie
and win his third series championship.
All other drivers are officially eliminated from championship contention.
three-point lead roughly translates to 13 points under the previous
points system. That makes it the closest margin between first and second
going into the final race in Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup history,
and third-closest since the inception of the position-based points
structure in 1975. (NASCAR)(11-14-2011)
serious point to keep in mind; Stewart and Edwards will have 41 other
race teams in competition with them this Sunday, and many of those teams
are capable of beating them both! So it will be up to these two
popular drivers, their crew chiefs and pit crews to do everything
possible and get the highest finish they can. Points are awarded for
each driver’s finish (from 43 for first place, down to one for last
place) and there are bonus points for leading at least one lap and for
the driver who leads the most laps.
Stewart will have to finish the race ahead of Carl Edwards...and by
enough positions to offset any lap leader bonus points, as well as
making up the three points he’s behind going into the final event, in
order to win his third title.
Both drivers are fan favorites, so the noise should be deafening throughout the day.
has enjoyed the better success over the years at Homestead, but Stewart
has been a champion at every level he’s ever raced, so the stage is
The winner will haul off a check in the neighborhood of $8 Million dollars at the season-ending awards banquet.
hardly seems possible that the 36 race, 2011 season is down to the
final event, but this is the kind of exciting battle that NASCAR
envisioned when they converted the Cup season to the “Chase” Format.