By the numbers: The 2013 Chasers at Homestead

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In February, it all began at Daytona. This weekend, it all ends four hours south in Homestead.

Championship Weekend is fast-approaching, with the Chase for the Sprint Cup set to conclude this Sunday in the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson opened the 2013 season with a win in the Daytona 500, which caused me to wonder if a sixth Cup title was coming to him this year. At that point in time, he was confident that he’d have a strong year. Now, he’s on the cusp of writing his name into the record books once again.

Matt Kenseth (-28 points) and Kevin Harvick (-34 points), his remaining rivals in the championship, have no control over their fates; they can dominate and win on Sunday, but they also need Johnson to collapse.

A lot of things have to happen in order for someone other than Johnson to raise the Cup after 400 miles on Sunday. But it’s not over yet. We’ve been surprised a few times in this Chase. Perhaps, the racing gods have one more in store.

As provided by NASCAR, here are the Homestead-Miami statistics for each of the 13 Chase competitors.

JIMMIE JOHNSON (Leader – 2,384 Points)
· Four Top-5s, seven Top-10s
· Average Finish: 15.3 in 12 races
· Average Running Position: 13.8, ninth-best

MATT KENSETH (Second, -28 points)
· One win, three Top-5s, five Top-10s
· Average Finish: 17.6 in 13 races
· Average Running Position: 9.3, third-best

KEVIN HARVICK (Third, -34 points)
· Five Top-5s, 10 Top-10s
· Average Finish: 7.9 in 12 races
· Average Running Position: 10.6, fourth-best

KYLE BUSCH (Fourth, -57 points)
· One Top-5, two Top-10s
· Average Finish: 23.1 in eight races
· Average Running Position: 15.8, 15th-best

DALE EARNHARDT JR. (Fifth, -63 points)
· One Top-10
· Average Finish: 22.1 in 13 races
· Average Running Position: 20.8, 22nd-best

JEFF GORDON (Sixth, -80 points)
· One win, seven Top-5s, 11 Top-10s
· Average Finish: 10.6 in 14 races
· Average Running Position: 13.0, seventh-best

GREG BIFFLE (Seventh, -83 points)
· Three wins, four Top-5s, five Top-10s
· Average Finish: 14.4 in 11 races
· Average Running Position: 15.2, 13th-best

CLINT BOWYER (Eighth, -87 points)
· Two Top-5s, four Top-10s
· Average Finish: 12.1 in seven races
· Average Running Position: 12.0, fifth-best

JOEY LOGANO (Ninth, -97 points)
· Average Finish: 24.0 in four races
· Average Running Position: 22.2, 24th-best

KURT BUSCH (10th, -99 points)
· One win, four Top-5s, five Top-10s
· Average Finish: 19.8 in 12 races
· Average Running Position: 23.8, 29th-best

RYAN NEWMAN (11th, -125 points)
· One Top-5, four Top-10s
· Average Finish: 17.0 in 11 races
· Average Running Position: 13.6, eighth-best

KASEY KAHNE (12th, -132 points)
· One Top-5s, four Top-10s
· Average Finish: 15.4 in nine races
· Average Running Position: 12.5, sixth-best

CARL EDWARDS (13th, -134 points)
· Two wins, five Top-5s, seven Top-10s
· Average Finish: 6.0 in nine races
· Series-best Average Running Position of 7.1
*Series-best Driver Rating of 119.0
*Series-high 264 Fastest Laps Run
*Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 162.674 mph
*Series-high 1,881 Laps in the Top 15 (88.0%)

Montoya: ‘Hopefully I get a chance to do Indy again’ (VIDEO)

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Juan Pablo Montoya is on site at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, his latest trip in a summer and fall filled with a lot of international travel and a number of different race cars he’s been in.

Montoya is committed to a full season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Acura Team Penske in 2018, as he’ll share one of the team’s Acura ARX-05s with Dane Cameron.

However, the question of whether he’ll be able to race in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil remains.

Team Penske has said it plans to only run four cars next month of May, with Helio Castroneves as the fourth driver alongside the three full-time cars driven by Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.

While Montoya has said elsewhere that he’s shopping offers and has talked with other teams, it’d be highly surprising to see the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion who developed the Chevrolet engine for IndyCar’s 2018 Dallara universal body kit in a Honda-powered IndyCar, although he is running Honda’s brand (Acura) in sports cars.

Montoya elaborated on his Indy 500 prospects in an interview with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton at the Circuit of The Americas.

“Not full-time no,” Montoya told NBCSN of his IndyCar 2018 prospects. “Hopefully I get a chance to go to Indy, hopefully with Penske, (and) if not someone else. We’ll see.”

Photo: IndyCar

Montoya has extolled the early testing both on the 2018 IndyCar and on the Acura ARX-05.

The first Acura chassis has run at Road Atlanta and Sebring International Raceway thus far, and will be put through its paces at other venues over the next few months.

“It’s been good. We did a lot of work with INDYCAR on that car. Fans are gonna like it,” Montoya said of the 2018 kit.

“Going to IMSA with the Acura program, we’ve done a lot of testing. It’s a beauty to drive. It drives better than what it looks! I haven’t had that much fun driving a race car in a long time.”

Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international (DPi) race car to be campaigned by Team Penske in 2018