A lot can go wrong for the championship four at Homestead
The NASCAR Cup championship four know that their ultimate success -- or failure -- is not entirely in their own hands. What should Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick be concerned about Sunday? The list is long.
This is Curtis from Marathon, FL. He was the lucky soul to grab Dale Jr's last autograph before the driver had to bolt for the drivers meeting.
A bit of scrutiny: The championship finalist cars of Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch are still going through tech about an hour before the prerace ceremonies begin at Homestead. The Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski cars are through prerace tech.
Charles Ray drove to Homestead from Alabama to show Dale Jr this helmet, signed by Earnhardt and his father at Jr's first Talladega race, April 2000.
This is not Dale Junior. This is Brian Martin of Merritt Island, FL waiting to get his doppelgänger's autograph.
Homestead-Miami Speedway, which has 47,000 grandstand seats and 66 suites, announced it sold its last remaining tickets this morning for the NASCAR Cup championship race today.
NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton recognizes Danica Patrick, Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. during the prerace drivers meeting at Homestead. This is likely the last NASCAR Cup race for Kenseth and Earnhardt while Patrick plans to only run the Daytona 500 (and the Indy 500) next year. A video of tributes from drivers and others in the industry — as well as some famous people outside the sport — was then played to honor Earnhardt.
NASCAR Chairman Brian France says that with the young talent in the sport and the increased competition of stage racing, he is bullish on the future. France: "We like where we're at and we like where we're going."
Lot of Dale Jr fans bringing back the old school apparel for his last Cup race.
Yes, NASCAR legend Bobby Allison is leader of the Alabama Gang, but did you know he's actually from Miami? It's true.
Kevin Harvick's car is the first of the four finalists to pass prerace technical inspection for the NASCAR Cup championship race today at Homestead.
Racers commemorating today's events in different ways. If you're Kyle Busch, the M&M's driver, you get special M&M's.
Brad Keselowski is the underdog among the four NASCAR Cup finalists competing for the title today. He has consistently lacked the speed this season that the Toyotas of Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch have had, and most recently Kevin Harvick. Keselowski on his chances: "It's very, very loose. Running the whole race without hitting the wall is gonna be a big challenge."
NASCAR chairman Brian France & president Brent Dewar address the large group of outgoing veteran drivers over last few seasons. Dewar: "We are bullish on the future." France references the arrival of Bubba Wallace in Richard Petty's No. 43 car.
NASCAR Chairman Brian France this morning on the season and the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr. from NASCAR Cup racing:
The race today could go down in history as the final NASCAR Cup race for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth, both of whom have said they don't expect to compete in a Cup event again after Sunday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Both have had Hall of Fame careers: Kenseth with 39 wins, the 2003 title and wins in the 2009 and 2012 Daytona 500; Earnhardt with 26 wins and the 2004 and 2014 Daytona 500 victories.
Craven: Earnhardt Jr. 'most powerful human in motor sports.'
Ricky Craven describes the impact Dale Earnhardt Jr. has left on the sport of NASCAR.
Danica Patrick has just two NASCAR races left in her career, today at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the 2018 Daytona 500. Her 189 career starts have all come with Stewart-Haas Racing, and today's will be her last with the team. She hasn't settled on what teams she will race for in the 2018 Daytona 500 and 2018 Indianapolis 500 before retiring.
Smith joins Earnhardt Jr.'s pit crew prior to final race.
Marty Smith gives a live look of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s garage stall ahead of his last race as a full-time driver.
Preparing for the championship race: The crews for the NASCAR Cup finalists are getting their cars ready for the season finale today at Homestead.
Equipment manager: A Kevin Harvick crewman brings his helmet and neck restraint to the car as the garage opens at Homestead. Many teams have a crewman in charge of a driver's equipment and making sure the cockpit is set up for the driver's personal preferences.
As birds chirp, NASCAR Cup crews enter the garage this morning for the season finale at Homestead. Green flag is at 3 p.m. for the likely final Cup race for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth. The four championship finalists: Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick.
Dale Earnhardt Jr's final ride, just before the NASCAR garage opens at Homestead-Miami.
Going all-access in Dale Jr.'s garage.
Marty Smith gives an all-access tour of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s garage before the race at Homestead.
Marty Smith give an all access tour of Dale Jr. Garage pre race
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