Clinch scenarios for NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and Truck Series at Homestead

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All three NASCAR national series will close out their 2014 campaigns this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, a custom that’s been in place since the 2002 season.

But while the conclusion to the Chase for the Sprint Cup will be spotlighted throughout the weekend in South Florida, the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series also have championships of their own to dole out.

With that in mind, here’s all the clinch scenarios for driver, owner, and manufacturer’s championships in Cup, Nationwide, and the Trucks at Homestead…

SPRINT CUP

Driver
In Sunday’s Ford Ecoboost 400, the first to the finish line among the Championship 4 – Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick – will win this year’s driver title.

Owner

The same rule applies to the owner championship, which now involve the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (Hamlin), the No. 22 Team Penske Ford (Logano), the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (Newman), and the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet (Harvick).

Manufacturer

Chevrolet holds a 42-point lead over Ford and can clinch the manufacturer championship if its top finishing car finishes 38th or better.

NATIONWIDE

Driver

Chase Elliott has already clinched this year’s driver championship.

Owner

The No. 22 Team Penske Ford leads the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota by 29 points. The No. 22 will clinch with a finish of 24th or better; or 25th with at least one lap led; or 26th and the most laps led. Brad Keselowski will drive the No. 22 in Saturday’s Ford Ecoboost 300, while Kyle Busch will drive the No. 54.

Manufacturer

Chevrolet holds a 30-point lead over Toyota and can clinch the Bill France Performance Award if its top-finishing car finishes 26th or better.

CAMPING WORLD TRUCK

Driver

Matt Crafton leads Ryan Blaney by 25 points. He can clinch the 2014 driver championship with a finish of 21st or better; or 22nd with at least one lap led; or 23rd and the most laps led. If Crafton wins the title, he’ll become the first back-to-back champion in the history of the Truck Series.

Owner

The No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra holds an 18-point lead over the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra (Crafton).  The No. 51, which will be driven by Busch in Friday’s Ford Ecoboost 200, can clinch the owner championship with a finish of 14th or better; 15th with at least one lap led; or 16th and the most laps led.

Manufacturer

Toyota has already clinched this year’s manufacturer championship.

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.