On Sunday, Nov. 17, the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be crowned at the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Defending champion Jeff Gordon will look to defend his event title, while three drivers will look to enter the record books in the race for the Cup Series.
Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming event.
|Viewing Guide for 2013 Ford EcoBoost 400|
|Sunday, Nov. 17||3:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|Defending champion: Jeff Gordon|
When it comes to the 2013 Ford EcoBoost 400, it's worth noting that seven of the 13 winners at this race track have been driving Ford cars. All of the drivers who won this race in a Ford are competing in this year's event, and that's why they should be viewed as the top contenders.
All eyes will be on the Sprint Cup Series, but that doesn't mean the goal of winning this race is meaningless.
Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart are the only three-time winners at this event, and Carl Edwards won it in 2008 and 2010. All three of those drivers should be viewed as favorites due to their past success.
If not those three, all eyes should be on 2012 winner Jeff Gordon and Sprint Cup contender Matt Kenseth.
Kenseth trails Jimmie Johnson by 28 points, but he won the Ford EcoBoost 400 in 2007 and will start with pole position. Gordon, meanwhile, is one of the most decorated racers in NASCAR history and is in position to win a second straight race at this event.
Anything can happen, but if anyone has momentum, it's Kenseth.
Down to Three
The race for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title is down to three drivers. Jimmy Johnson is currently in the lead, while Kenseth and Kevin Harvick are the only other drivers with a realistic shot at completing a monumental comeback.
Here's a full breakdown of the Sprint Cup Series standings, per NASCAR.com.
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings|
|5.||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||88||2321||-63|
This is what you call down to the wire.
Johnson has won the Sprint Cup Series in five separate seasons, clinching the title in every year from 2006 to 2010. The highest mark for Sprint Cup Series championships held in NASCAR history is seven by both Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty.
If anyone can close things out, it's Johnson.
Regardless of what Kenseth and Harvick do at this event, Johnson will need to finish at 24th or lower for there to be a champion other than No. 48. The most realistic scenarios would require either Kenseth or Harvick to win and lead the most laps to take home the Cup Series gold as Johnson falters.
It's improbable, but anything can happen.