The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint has reached its final race and heading into the 2013 season finale, the race is definitely on for the Cup championship as Matt Kenseth is doing what he can to finish at the top.
Kenseth won the pole for the Ford EcoBoost 400 when he posted a qualifying lap of 177.667 mph in 30.394 seconds. The pole win at Homestead is Kenseth’s third pole of the year and only one in the chase. Heading into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, starting the race from the pole could help Kenseth not only recover from his bad week at Phoenix, but possibly recover in his contention for the title.
Joining Kenseth on the front row will be Kurt Busch. Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski will start in third and fourth respectively, making the second row an all-Penske Racing one. Denny Hamlin closes out the top-five. Championship contenders Kevin Harvick qualified in sixth, while Jimmie Johnson qualified in seventh.
Johnson will enter the race as the points leader with 28 points separating him from Kenseth, and he is 34 points ahead of Harvick. With the sizable lead, Johnson seems to be on his way to his sixth Cup championship.
Throughout the entire 2013 season, Johnson and Kenseth have been the most consistent drivers on the racetrack. Once the green flag waves at Homestead on Sunday, the championship scenario between Kenseth and Johnson will be the main storyline to follow, and it will be interesting to see who will end up being the 2013 champion.