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…
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.
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).
Chevrolet holds a 42-point lead over Ford and can clinch the manufacturer championship if its top finishing car finishes 38th or better.
Chase Elliott has already clinched this year’s driver championship.
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.
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
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.
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.
Toyota has already clinched this year’s manufacturer championship.