Bail Out: NASCAR


Caleb Bailey, Sports Editor

via USA Today Sports

And then there were four.

The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series chase is coming to a close. On Sunday, November 22, the Sprint Cup champion will be crowned and four men stand atop the NASCAR world as the best racers of the season.

It has certainly been an exciting season with a young upstart in Martin Truex Jr. looking to finally make a push into the champions circle. Two of the other three racers left in the hunt for the Sprint Cup have tasted the glory of being champion in the past.

Longtime veteran of NASCAR, Jeff Gordon, who announced his plans to retire at the conclusion of this season, is one of the four at the top. He is no stranger to winning the Sprint Cup as he has won it four different times.

Kevin Harvick is looking to pull out another win in the Sprint Cup series and become the first person to win consecutive cups since Jimmie Johnson won four straight from 2006-2010.

The fourth racer left in the hunt is one that has nearly won the cup on a number of occasions. Kyle Busch has come so close, finishing fourth in 2013 and tenth last season.

Many would say that Harvick has the upper hand in Sunday’s EcoBoost 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. He has won three races this year and finished in the top ten 27 times and the top five 22 times.

Busch could also be looking at his first championship as he has the most wins out of the four. He has won four, while Truex Jr. and Gordon have only scored one victory this year.

This is not to say that a first place finish in the race on Sunday is necessary to claim the Sprint Cup. There are 38 other drivers in the race on Sunday, so the top finisher of the four would take home the Cup.

There are plenty of reasons to stay home and watch television this weekend. From it being the start of Thanksgiving break for many students to the temperature quickly dropping, it could be a fun and lazy weekend for many.

So throw on your old Dale Earnhardt t-shirt, grab your Coors Light, and light up the fireplace. It’s NASCAR championship weekend!