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The games are made in series and NASCAR : the four finalists who will compete for the title of Cup Monster Energy are now known, at the end of the penultimate stage of the season presented on the oval of Phoenix, Arizona.
Victorious Sunday, and this for the eighth time this season, Kyle Busch has secured his place for the ultimate showdown that will take place next Sunday in Homestead, Florida, just as Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex son.
Only these four drivers can now expect to win the championship in 2018.
Depending on the format of the playoffs, a victory in one or the other of the three steps of the round of eight ensured a place in the final eight drivers still qualified.
Logano (winner two weeks ago at Martinsville) and Busch were the only parade in the winners circle in this qualification round.
Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer were eliminated Sunday.
Harvick, for his part, thought he had earned his pass to the final, but he was stripped of his victory last week at Texas due to a rear wing illegal. Like Truex, he acceded, however, to the final result of the harvest points in the standings.
Party in the lead position at Phoenix, Harvick has seen his chances of success, escape to Phoenix when he was the victim of a puncture. He finished his career in fifth place.
Only a victory of his teammate at Gibbs Racing, Aric Almirola (4th in Phoenix), would have however prevented to fight for the championship at Homestead.
“Not the best car… “
Very smiling, and for good reason, Kyle Busch acknowledged that his journey was not perfect, he who, Sunday, was ahead of Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson, both of which are already shut out of the title race.
“We had certainly not the best car of the set, but it has survived many accidents [two red flags were deployed during the trial of 312 laps]. I am already looking forward to the final. It starts with zero and one race will determine the champion. This will be a real lottery, but I love to run, under pressure. “
Harvick (2014), Busch (2015) and Truex (2017) target a second title in the discipline-queen of NASCAR, while Logano, he covets a first consecration.
Registered for the race in Phoenix, the Ontario-D. J. Kennington is ranked 27th, six laps of the winner.