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NASCAR championship race: Drivers, TV schedule, key stats, weather forecast in Homestead

The NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series determine their 2017 champions at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCAR championship trophy
NASCAR championship trophy

It all comes down to this. 

Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr. will race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The rules are simple: The highest-finishing driver will win. There will still be three stages of racing, but in-race points will not be awarded. The remaining four drivers will have their points and playoff points reset to 5,000 for the final race. Same goes for the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series which will also determine their 2017 champions this weekend at the South Florida track. 

On the Cup side, Truex is the only driver not to win a previous title but he is the favorite to join the others Sunday as six of his seven wins this year have come on 1.5-mile tracks similar to Homestead-Miami Speedway with an incredible 2.7 average finish and a 4.7 average running position this season. 

But it was Harvick capturing the latest 1.5-mile win at Texas to secure a spot in the title race. Harvick also owns the best average finish (6.9) at Homestead-Miami Speedway among all active drivers. 

This is Busch's third straight trip to the Championship 4 race. In 2015, he won the Ford EcoBoost 400 to seal his first Cup Series championship.

Keselowski may be pegged to finish last among the Championship 4 drivers but he's won at a similar track in Atlanta earlier this season and has 15 top-five finishes this year. 

The Cup Series race is also the final race for a pair of future Hall of Famers in Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth. 

NASCAR at Homestead-Miami schedule, TV channels

(All times ET)

Friday, Nov. 17 
8:30-9:25 a.m.: Camping World Truck Series practice, FS1 
10-10:55 a.m.: Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1 
12:30-1:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, NBCSN 
2:30-3:25 p.m.: XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN 
3:30 p.m.: Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 
5-5:55 p.m.: XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 
6:15 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 
8 p.m.: Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 (134 laps, 201 miles), FS1

Saturday, Nov. 18
10-10:55 a.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, CNBC 
11:15 a.m.: XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, CNBC 
1-1:50 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 
3:30 p.m.: XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 (200 laps, 300 miles), NBCSN 

Homestead, Florida weather forecast this weekend

There is no rain in the forecast at the 1.5-mile track located in Homestead just south of Miami. High temperatures will range between 80 to 85 Friday to Sunday with partly cloudy skies. 

When does the NASCAR championship race start?

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 begins at 3 p.m. ET Sunday, Nov. 19 and can be seen on NBC and the NBC Sports app. 

What drivers are racing for the Xfinity and Truck Series title?

Here are the drivers racing for the title in their respective series:

Xfinity: William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Daniel Hemric. 

Truck: Johnny Sauter, Christopher Bell, Matt Crafton, Austin Cindric. 

Which NASCAR drivers are racing in the title race at Homestead?

There are 39 Cup drivers entered in Sunday's race, meaning all drivers will make the race with Friday's qualifying setting their starting positions. Here is the list of participating Cup drivers in alphabetical order by first name:

AJ Allmendinger
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Clint Bowyer
Cole Whitt
Corey LaJoie
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Danica Patrick
Daniel Suarez
David Ragan
David Starr
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Jamie McMurray
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jimmie Johnson
Joey Logano
Kasey Kahne
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Landon Cassill
Martin Truex Jr.
Matt DiBenedetto
Matt Kenseth
Michael McDowell
Paul Menard
Ray Black Jr. 
Reed Sorenson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ross Chastain
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Newman
Trevor Bayne
Ty Dillon

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