When the playoffs started, Kyle Larson was considered to be one of the favorites to win the championship.
But Larson ran into trouble in the Round of 12, and he was eliminated from the postseason. However, he’s returned to championship form during the first two stages at Homestead as he won both opening stages of the championship race.
Martin Truex Jr. led the Championship 4 after two stages, but Kyle Busch passed him soon after the final stage began.
Busch’s day nearly came to an end after a miscue on heading into pit road.
Truex finished second in Stage 2, followed by Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. All four drivers in the Championship 4 were in the top five, but they’re chasing Larson heading into the final stage.
All four drivers have been near the lead throughout the race. They’ve mostly been conservative, but expect more strategy and fireworks in the final stage.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s entering the final stage of his full-time career, and it’s been an uneventful race for him thus far. It has not been an uneventful race for Danica Patrick in her last race as a full-time driver as she crashed into the wall. Her day ended in Stage 2.