NASCAR at Miami 2016: Start Time, Ticket Info, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2016

Kyle Busch leads NASCAR into Sunday's finale.
Kyle Busch leads NASCAR into Sunday's finale.Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Four drivers have a shot at Chase glory when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase hits Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400 this Sunday.

With Joey Logano securing his place via a checkered flag in Phoenix, Arizona, the final four looks like a star-studded cast. Joining Logano is Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch, three other guys who know a thing or two about must-win races.

Busch won last year, completing a miracle comeback story. This year a new chapter in history awaits as the four tackle one of the trickiest tracks around while trying to navigate an upset-minded field of drivers looking to finish the year on a high note.

Here is everything to know about the Chase finale.


Viewing Details

Where: Homestead-Miami Speedway

When: Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC

Live stream: NBC Sports

Tickets: ScoreBig.com


Sprint Cup Standings

1Joey Logano50003
2Jimmie Johnson50004
3Carl Edwards50003
4Kyle Busch50004
5Matt Kenseth22962
6Denny Hamlin22883
7Kurt Busch22681
8Martin Truex Jr.22664
9Brad Keselowski22614
10Chase Elliott22550
11Kevin Harvick22504
12Kyle Larson22471
13Jamie McMurray21950
14Austin Dillon21940
15Tony Stewart21921
16Chris Buescher21521


NASCAR at Miami Lineup

Car No.Driver
4Kevin Harvick
2Brad Keselowski
31Ryan Newman
11Denny Hamlin
24Chase Elliott
78Martin Truex Jr
20Matt Kenseth
21Ryan Blaney
18Kyle Busch
19Carl Edwards
14Tony Stewart
47AJ Allmendinger
22Joey Logano
48Jimmie Johnson
1Jamie McMurray
41Kurt Busch
3Austin Dillon
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr
88Alex Bowman
6Trevor Bayne
16Greg Biffle
44Brian Scott
13Casey Mears
42Kyle Larson
43Aric Almirola
59Michael McDowell
34Chris Buescher
27Paul Menard
5Kasey Kahne
10Danica Patrick
49Matt DiBenedetto
38Landon Cassill
15Clint Bowyer
95Ty Dillon
7Regan Smith
23David Ragan
55Reed Sorenson
83Jeffrey Earnhardt
32Dylan Lupton
46Michael Annett


Drivers to Watch

Joey Logano

Logano only needed to lead 58 laps last week in Phoenix to steal the win, giving him his second checkered flag in four outings.

Not bad for a guy whose only other win came back in mid-June.

Logano enters the weekend as the youngest driver to reach the final four and could be the youngest champion since Jeff Gordon. So, yes, he's excited, as he told ESPN.com's John Oreovicz:

We've got momentum. There's a lot of excitement. I remember when we got through a couple years ago to Miami, I wasn't as excited. I was immediately nervous right after the race [at Phoenix]. This time the feeling is, 'Hey, we've got confidence. I know we can do it.' I don't feel like it's a long shot like it was last time because we've been here before. We've been in these situations.

Not only does Logano enter the weekend in a position to make history, he stands alone in the momentum department. Few drivers have looked as great as of late, so his taking it all wouldn't come as much of a shock.


Jimmie Johnson

Speaking of making history, Johnson looks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title No. 7 in the eye this weekend.

Such a triumph would tie him with legends such as Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty. As one can see from the video above, Johnson isn't backing down from the challenge.

The only problem with Johnson's outlook is his recent performance. He won in Martinsville, Virginia, to secure an automatic bid to this round but went on to finish 11th and 38th over his past two outings. That gives him three finishes outside of the top 10 over his last four races.

Then again, this is Johnson. Recent history might not mean much for a guy elbowing himself into the picture with Earnhardt and Petty.


Carl Edwards

Edwards might seem like the oddest name in the last four standing.

While he won three races on the year, if fans had to guess, they likely would have predicted someone such as Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski or Martin Truex Jr. as the fourth name to join the other three.

Alas, Edwards posted a win in Texas to punch his ticket. Now he's almost flying under the radar as the most dangerous man left standing, as data by NASCAR showed:


Average finishes for the #Championship4 at @HomesteadMiami: #CarlEdwards - 9th @JimmieJohnson - 14th @joeylogano - 18th @KyleBusch - 21st https://t.co/fE9T4pmnX7

Edwards has finished 19th or worse in three of his last four outings, the exception the win. But like Johnson, history says it doesn't much matter.


Kyle Busch

Busch was one of the top overall sports stories of last year. A devastating injury, a NASCAR medical exemption and a ridiculous tear led to an improbable title. 

Things haven't been nearly as dramatic for Busch in 2016. He won four races in total and has also looked good down the stretch, posting three consecutive finishes of fifth or better.

Alas, Busch has made it clear he can't lean on last year's run too much, as captured by Oreovicz:

It's nice to be able to look back on what you did, and being able to do it before, you can kind of try to follow the same format of what happened. But the three other guys are different and the race cars are different this year, and the track's going to be one more year worn out than it was last year. Out of all the variables, it doesn't seem like there are that many constants.

As the driver with the most momentum and the defending champ, Busch certainly enters at an advantage regardless.

Whether he bests what looks like an experienced field when it comes to Miami makes for quite the championship-worthy scenario.


Stats and info courtesy of ESPN.com unless otherwise specified.

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