Ford EcoBoost 400 Preview

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One race will decide it all. 35 races down, 1 to go. The season’s twists and turns have led to this point. Championship Weekend is here. Anything can happen in one race and the title hunt surely isn’t over yet. Jimmie Johnson has a commanding lead, but his history at Homestead-Miami doesn’t allow him to breathe easily. One final show is ready to take place on Sunday as the season draws to a close.

The Ford EcoBoost 400 will go green on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 3:16 PM ET. Race day weather looks sunny with a high of 84 F and only a 10% chance of rain. 267 laps and 400.5 miles will decide the championship. You can watch the race on ESPN or listen to it on MRN.

In last year’s title race, it was a hard-fought battle between Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson. After wrecking in the previous race at Phoenix, Johnson needed to make up lots of ground. His team tried out a different pit strategy that looked like it was going to be a winner.  Just as his strategy was praised, a pit penalty deeply affected his title hopes. Laps later, problems detrimental to Johnson’s championship run struck when the No.48 car went behind the wall with an engine issue. That took him out of the running and allowed Brad Keselowski to prevail as champion. Lots went down in this race one year ago and more of the same may be ahead on Sunday.

For Jimmie Johnson, this weekend is all about maintaining. If he can keep his position in the points, he gets the crown. All he needs to accomplish on Sunday is finishing higher than 23rd and he is in complete control of being able to do that. If a typical Miami performance arrives for Johnson, then Kenseth and Harvick may get their names back in the mix. All Kenseth and Harvick can do is dominate and then hope the No.48 team has a problem. It is highly unlikely that Johnson will suffer an issue with so much on the line, but a season of shocking moments could provide another one on Sunday.

A season surrounded by excitement will come to a close this weekend. It has been a year of shocking storylines, unexpected moments, and pure craziness. All of that has made 2013 a year no one will want to soon forget. If nothing changes on Sunday, Johnson will claim his sixth title. His dominant season may be rewarded with the ultimate prize, the championship.


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