The most anticipated moment of the season has arrived: the NASCAR Cup Series 2020 title decision at the Phoenix Raceway. The start will be made on Sunday, at 3 pm East Time, something unimaginable at a certain time of the year, due to the delay in racing due to the pandemic. After the return, weekends with two races and events during the midweek helped to normalize the schedule, with the playoff events intact on their planned dates.
In the race, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin compete to reach the top of a historic championship. We go to the possibilities of each one:
Brad Keselowski seeks his second title and won four races in 2020. The detail is that of the four victories, three were on short tracks, in Bristol, New Hampshire and Richmond. The latter, with a great dominance, which made the Team Penske choose to use that same chassis in Phoenix, which fills the 2012 champion with hopes. Top-3: Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin is now the driver who reaches the final with the most wins of the season, seven, as Kevin Harvick ended up eliminated in the previous round in Martinsville, even with nine wins. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will have a completely new car in Phoenix and the attention of the team that has three other competitors on the grid, but without fighting for the title. Remember that he was the winner of this same 2019 race and is the most experienced among the finalists. Top-3: Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott is the only one among the finalists to have won more than once in the playoffs this year, winning in Charlotte (Roval) and Martinsville, in the smallest oval of the NASCAR Cup Series. The son of legend Bill Elliott makes his first appearance in the final and puts Chevrolet in a decision after three tough years seeing only Fords and Toyotas have the party. He will have all the attention of the Hendrick Motorsports, his team. Top-3: Chase Elliott
Joey Logano also arrives looking for the second championship, as well as his colleague from Team Penske. He was the winner of the Phoenix race at the beginning of the year, is the only one to be champion in a championship with this format (2018), the only one with a crew chief champion (Paul Wolfe) and had more time to prepare, since he secured his spot for the final in the Kansas race, the first in the semi-final. Top-3: Joey Logano