The fine-tuning is over. All the preparations have been made. And now, all that’s left to do is crown a champion.
“Set-Up Saturday” at Homestead-Miami Speedway ended with the top two Sprint Cup title contenders leading Sprint Cup final practice for tomorrow’s season-ending Ford Ecoboost 400.
Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson went 1-2 in “Happy Hour,” with Kenseth’s top lap at 171.980 mph narrowly beating out Johnson’s at 171.647 mph.
However, Johnson – who leads Kenseth by 28 points for the championship going into tomorrow’s race – had the fastest 10-consecutive lap average in the session. Johnson’s first ten laps in the session averaged out at 167.905 mph.
On the overall chart, Brad Keselowski was third-quickest (171.559), followed by Martin Truex Jr. in fourth (171.342) and Kevin Harvick in fifth (170.864).
Kenseth starts on pole tomorrow, while Johnson starts seventh. Harvick, who is still in contention for the championship as well at 34 points behind Johnson, starts sixth.