Another postseason comes to an end Sunday as NASCAR Cup Series has its season finale on Sunday. It happens just after the NBA and MLB finished their championship series. NASCAR usually ends after those two so in a weird sense racing might have been our most normal sport in this crazy sports year. In many ways NASCAR was the first step and sport to get us back to "normal" or some semblance of it in 2020.
Last year Kyle Busch won his second NASCAR Cup Series championship on November 17, 2019. We are really only a week off from crowning our lastest championship. Of course that was at Homestead-Miami Speedway but this year's race will be held at Phoenix Raceway in Arizona. While some tradition is lost, it's just nice to have even a shot at a championship.
In this race, there are four drivers who have a shot at winning including Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott. Keselowski and Logano have opportunities to add to their legacies while both look for their second championships. Hamlin has somehow never won one and this would go a long way in cementing his legacy while and Elliott victory would make his star even brighter and become the new leader amongst his sport.
An equal note of today's season finale is that this will be the final NASCAR race Jimmie Johnson's illustrious career. He is arguably the greatest of all time winning 83 Cup races which is tied for sixth all time. Most importantly he has won the Series Championship six times. That's Tom Brady and Michael Jordan numbers. The next phase of his career will be a bout in IndyCar racing in 2021.
Of all of the drivers in this race, Kevin Harvick is the most favored to win it. It doesn't hurt that Harvick is the most winningest driver at the Phoenix Raceway and he was barely edged out by Joey Logano back in March. As far as the four drivers still in contention for the championship go, Chase Elliott is most favored to win this race. If Elliott wins, he will be one of the most unique champions in the sports' history. We're just happy we got to this day in the first place. Happy Championship Series everyone.
What TV Channel is NASCAR Season Finale 500 on?
NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 will be shown on NBC at 3:30 p.m. ET. You can live stream NASCAR on fuboTV.