The chase continues this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway in the Sprint Cup Series and it is the last race before the final four is decided to compete for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20.

Two drivers are already in the championship which means only two spots left for the six drivers remaining to secure a spot in the championship four. Jimmie Johnson got his spot by winning at Martinsville two weeks ago and Carl Edwards joins him with his win at Texas last week.

Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick are the remaining six drivers in the chase to be part of the final four. Which two of the six will advance and compete for the title?

When it comes to Phoenix, it is no doubt that Harvick is one of the favorites to win at the track. The 2014 Sprint Cup champion has won in the desert eight times in the Sprint Cup Series, most than any other driver. Harvick won at Phoenix earlier this season in one of the closest finishes in NASCAR history against Edwards. It was also Harvick’s first win of the season and secured him a spot in this year’s chase.

However, you can’t count out the other five drivers trying to make the final four. All except Logano has won at the track before and ran pretty well with consistent top five and top 10 finishes. Even though Logano doesn’t have a win at Phoenix, the driver of the No.22 has three top-five and eight top-10 finishes at the track and is always there at the end of the race to compete for the win.

With a win, any of the six remaining chase contenders can secure a spot in the final four. Logano, Ky. Busch, Kenseth, and Hamlin can easily race their way into the top four while Harvick and Ku. Busch will need a little bit of luck in order to race their way in. The two Stewart-Haas Racing teammates will most likely need to win if they want to contend for the title at Homestead.

It all comes down to one more race to determine the final four. Who will join Johnson and Edwards to compete for the championship at Homestead-Miami?

The race will be shown live on NBC this Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2:30 PM ET for the Can-Am 500.


Josue Hernandez is a staff writer for The Sports Blaze covering NASCAR. Contact him via email at or Twitter @JosueDHernande2.