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Championship Clinching Scenarios for All Three of NASCAR’s Top Series

November 16th, 2012 at 9:00 AM
By Mark Eddinger

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series all have their titles are on the line in the last race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and James Buescher all know exactly what they have to do in order to clinch their respective titles. Motorsports 101 spells it out for you.

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Sprint Cup Series: Sunday 2 p.m. ET ESPN

Brad Keselowski holds the points lead by 20 over five-time champion Jimmie Johnson. In order for Keselowski to score his first Sprint Cup Series championship of his career and send Dodge out on top he will have to finish the Ford EcoBoost 400 16th or better. If the No. 2 car leads at least one lap then he can clinch with a 17th place finish and if he would lead the most laps then he would only need to finish 18th or better. With the way Keselowski and the blue deuce team have run in the Chase it would be surprising to see him not be able to finish in the top 16. But anything can happen as we only have to look back to last week when Jimmie Johnson blew a tire and Keselowski was almost swept up in a couple of wrecks.

Nationwide Series: Saturday 4 p.m. ET ESPN

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will be able to lock up his second consecutive Nationwide Series championship with the same finishing scenario as above for Keselowski because he also holds a 20 point advantage. Elliott Sadler lost a lot of ground after a late race crash at Phoenix last weekend which has given the No. 6 some breathing room. Austin Dillon also has an outside chance at the title if both Stenhouse and Sadler stumble as he is currently 25 points off the lead.

Camping World Truck Series: Friday 7:30 p.. ET SPEED

With no Chase reset, the Truck Series still has the most drivers in contention for the championship at the season finale. Four drivers could walk away Friday night as a first-time NASCAR champion but James Buescher is in the drivers seat. He leads Timothy Peters by 11 points, Ty Dillon by 12, and Joey Coulter by 29. Buescher will clinch the championship with a finish of seventh or better, eighth or better if he leads a lap, or ninth or better if he leads the most laps. Homestead-Miami Speedway is a 1.5 mile track and Buescher has won four of the nine 1.5 mile track races this season, but anything can happen.

Tags: Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Elliott Sadler, Homestead-Miami Speedway, James Buescher, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Coulter, Motorsports, NASCAR, Nationwide Series, ricky stenhouse jr, Sprint Cup Series, Timothy Peters, Ty Dillon

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