The 2019 NASCAR racing season comes to an end with Championship Sunday and the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami.

Three of the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers in the Championship Four – Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch – have one championship already, but one – Denny Hamlin – is looking to add his name to the list of Monster Cup champions with his first championship.

For the past 18 years the track at Homestead-Miami has host the final race of the season. The 2019 racing season will be the last time the track hosts the championship race. Earlier this year, NASCAR changed up a long standing schedule and moved the championship race to ISM Racway in Phoenix.

The final race of the season isn’t the only thing saying goodbye this weekend, two drivers – Paul Menard and David Ragan – are hanging up the helmet and ending their careers as a full time Monster Energy Cup Series driver.

Rain showers washed out practices and qualifying sessions over the weekend including Monser Cup qualifying; as a result the field has been set by owner points, putting all four of the Championship Four drivers in the first two rows with Denny Hamlin sitting on the pole with Kevin Harvick starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Ford EcoBoost 400:
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch
Aric Almirola
Ryan Newman
Erik Jones
Daniel Suarez
Jimmie Johnson
Paul Menard
Chris Buescher
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ty Dillon
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Preece
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
Corey LaJoie
John Hunter Nemechek
David Ragan
Joe Nemechek
Landon Cassill
JJ Yeley
Reed Sorenson
Ross Chastain
Drew Herring
Josh Bilicki
BJ McLeod
Timmy Hill

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track. The drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel load.

With a race start after 3:30pm, the race will be completed under the lights.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of the championship race and after going side by side with Kevin Harvick it is Harvick that gets out in front for the lead.

Lap two, Kevin Harvick has already pulled out to a lead of half a second on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap five, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to a second on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap eight, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race by over a second on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Busch in third; Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 10, Martin Truex Jr gets past Kyle Busch for third with Kevin Harvick out in front by over a second.

Lap eleven, the Championship Four occupy the top four spots with Kevin Harvick in the lead; followed by Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 17, Kevin Harcik has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr with Denny Hamlin in third and Kyle Busch in fourth.

Lap 18, Kevin Harvick’s lead is down to under a second over Martin Truex Jr with 38 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 20, Kyle Larson gets around Kyle Busch to take the fourth spot with Kevin Harvick leading the way by a very narrow margin.

Lap 22, Martin Truex Jr passes Kevin Harvick for the lead.

Lap 23, Martin Truex Jr is pulling away and has a lead of nearly a second on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 28, Martin Truex Jr leads the way as Kevin Harvick is getting a challenge from Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson.

Lap 30, Martin Truex Jr has a commanding lead on Denny Hamlin who is nearly five seconds back; with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 32, Martin Truex Jr has a five second lead on Denny Hamlin with all four of the Championship Four drivers in the top five.

Lap 34, there are 27 cars on the lead lap with all 40 drivers still on the track.

Lap 35, Martin Truex Jr has a near three second lead on second place driver Kyle Larson; Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 37, green flag pit stops begin with Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin coming down pit road.

Lap 39, leader Martin Truex Jr comes down pit road for service.

Lapa 40, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is the leader, but he hasn’t made his pit stop yet; Martin Truex Jr is in second and will retake the lead once Stenhouse makes his pit stop.

Lap 45, Martin Truex Jr has retaken the lead with Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin several seconds behind.

Lap 48, Martin Truex Jr has a four second lead on Kyle Larson with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 50, Martin Truex Jr has a commanding lead of the race with a lead of over four seconds on Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin over 12 seconds back round out the top five.

Lap 54, there are only 21 cars on the lead lap with Martin Truex Jr over four seconds out in front of Kyle Larson.

Lap 60, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over five seconds on Kyle Larson.

Lap 62, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over five seconds on Kyle Larson as he continues to run away with the race; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin over 15 seconds back round out the top five. There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 73, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now over six seconds on Kyle Larson with only 13 cars on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage one. No stage points are awarded on this race but the race is run in stages.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
William Byron
Jimmie Johnson
Austin Dillon

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 87 with Kyle Busch edging out Truex for the lead.

Lap 88, Martin Truex Jr retakes the lead with Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson battling for second.

Timmy Hill’s team was penalized for having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Lap 92, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch is in third.

Lap 95, With Martin Truex Jr in the lead, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are battling for third.

Lap 97, Kevin Harvick gets around Kyle Busch for third.

Lap 98, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 103, Martin Truex Jr continues to dominate the race with a lead of nearly two seconds over Kyle Larson.

As the sun begins to go down, glare is becoming a big problem for the drivers. Once the sun goes behind the grandstands, all will be clear again.

Lap 106, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of two and a half seconds on Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 110, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is down to just over two seconds on Kyle Larson with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 112, Kyle Busch has gotten around Kyle Larson to take second, less than two seconds behind leader Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 118, green flag pit stops begin with Denny Hamlin coming down pit road for service.

Lap 120, leader Martin Truex Jr brings his car down pit road for service. Kyle Busch is the new leader.

Martin Truex Jr reports something is very wrong, the team got the tires switched and Truex has to bring his car down pit road for an unscheduled stop to fix the issue.

Lap 124, Kyle Busch has a once second lead on Kyle Larson; Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr comes back out on the track in 13th one lap down. Truex is in the “lucky dog” position at the moment.

Lap 128, Kyle Busch has a near second and a half lead on Kyle Larson.

Lap 133, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to nearly three seconds on Kyle Larson.

Lap 136, the caution flag comes out and Martin Truex Jr gets his lap back!. John Hunter Nemechek got loose on the track to bring out the caution.

The sun is going down and the temperatures are beginning to drop; signaling a change to the track.

Kyle Busch wins the race of of pit road with Kevin Harvick coming out in second and Denny Hamlin third.

With 18 laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart and edges out Kevin Harvick after a big push from Kyle Larson.

Lap 144, Kevin Harvick gets around Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 148, Kevin Harvick leads the race; Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. Martin Truex Jr is in ninth place.

Lap 151, Kevin Harvick has a lead of less than half a second on Kyle Busch with Busch slowly closing the gap.

Lap 155, Kevin Harvick has a third of a second lead on Kyle Busch; Martin Truex Jr has moved up to fifth place.

Lap 157, Kyle Busch passes Kevin Harvick for the lead. Harvick is reporting a very loose condition.

There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 158, Kyle Busch is in the lead with Martin Truex Jr up to fourth place.

Kyle Busch wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Clint Bowyer

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road with Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin following.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 166 with Busch getting out in front as the drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Stages one and two were just the warm up, now it’s on and the battles begin.

Lap 168, Denny Hamlin takes the lead.

Lap 169, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch battle for the lead; swapping back and forth.

Lap 170, Kyle Busch gets clear for the lead.

Lap 170, Kyle Busch leads; Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick are the top four.

Lap 174, the Championship Four continue to battle for position with Kyle Busch over half a second out in front.

Lap 175, the top four are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 177, Kenny Hamlin takes second from Kevin Harvick with Kyle Busch in the lead.

Lap 181, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Denny Hamlin with Kevin Harvick in third and Marting Truex Jr in fourth.

Lap 187, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Kenny Hamlin; Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 190, 78 to go, Kyle Busch has a two second lead on Denny Hamlin with Kevin Harvick in third.

Lap 194, Bubba Wallace brings his car down pit road with a flat tire.

Just 71 laps remain, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over three seconds on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr is in third; Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Kyle Larson has started rim riding.

Sixty seven laps to go, the lights are on, Kyle Busch has a two and a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 207, Kyle Larson brings his car down pit road for service as green flag pit stops begin.

Lap 211, leader Kyle Busch makes his pit stop, Martin Treux Jr is the new leader with Kevin Harvick in second.

Kyle Larson had to make a second trip down pit road, the hood it up on Larson’s car with a power issue. Larson reports that he thinks the car blew up.

Aric Almirola’s team is charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Lap 215, leader Martin Truex Jr brings his car down pit road; Kevin Harvick is the new leader.

Once green flag pit stops cycle through, Kyle Busch will resume the lead.

William Byron gets slowed down on the track with no oil pressure. He gets down pit road and the track stays green.

With the grille filled with tape, Denny Hamlin reports that his engine is overheating and will have to come down pit road or risk blowing up. Hamlin’s car is spewing water.

Lap 224, leader Kevin Harvick finally brings his car down pit road for service; Kyle Busch retakes the lead and has a 10 second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 229, Kyle Busch has a lead of over eight seconds on Martin Truex Jr as Truex runs the fastest laps on the track. There are 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 233, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with a lead of seven and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Harvick is back on the lead lap in 13th place after unlapping himself but Denny Hamlin is two laps down.

Thirty to go, Kyle Busch holds on to a seven and a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr with 13 cars on the lead lap. The Championship Four started the race all together, but as the laps count down, they have gotten spread out through the field.

Only 25 laps remain in the race…and the season, Kyle Busch has a seven second lead on Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Harvick is in seventh and Denny Hamlin is in 14th one lap down.

Kyle Busch last won a race in June at Pocono. He is hoping to break a 21 race losing streak.

Nineteen to go, Kyle Busch has a seven second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

If Joe Gibbs Racing wins the race, they will break the record for team wins in a single season with 19; they currently are tied with 18 wins.

Fifteen to go, Kyle Busch has a six second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Twelve to go, Kevin Harvick has moved into the top five at fourth place and Denny Hamlin has unlapped himself and is the last car on the lead lap in 10th place.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch has a five second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Six to go, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead, four and a half seconds ahead of Martin Truex Jr.

Three to go, Kyle Busch holds on to his four and a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag!

Leading 120 laps, Kyle Busch wins the race and his second championship; adding to his total as the winningest driver of the decade with 40 wins

Kyle Busch takes a reverse victory lap with the championship flag before disappearing in a cloud of smoke form his burn out.

Busch is one of only 16 drivers in the 70 year NASCAR history to earn more than one championship.

541px-TSM_-_Kyle_Busch_-_2015_-_Stierch_-_07By Sarah Stierch – Own work, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41336075

On the way to victory lane, Kyle takes his four year old son Brexton for a slow lap around the track.

The final results of the season:
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Newman
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Hemric
Jimmie Johnson
Daniel Suarez
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Paul Menard
Brad Keselowski
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Matt DiBenedetto
Kurt Busch
Aric Almirola
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Dillon
Ryan Preece
Michael McDowell
David Ragan
Landon Cassill
Drew Herring
JJ Yeley
Corey LaJoie
BJ McLeod
Timmy Hill
Bubba Wallace
Ross Chastain
Josh Bilicki
Reed Sorenson
Joe Nemechek
William Byron
Kyle Larson

Every year since the current playoff format has been in place, it has taken a race win to win the championship.

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