NASCAR in Miami 2019 Qualification Canceled As a consequence of Climate; Discipline set by factors | Grandstand report

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As the rain forces the cancellation of two training sessions on Friday, the planned qualification for the NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday is over Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida has been canceled in favor of a final practice session.

As a result, the field is for Sunday The Ford EcoBoost 400 is determined by owner points, which means that championship candidates Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch will each start in places one through four.

Here is a complete breakdown of the lineup courtesy of NASCAR.com:

1. Denny Hamlin
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Kyle Busch
5. Joey Logano
6. Kyle Larson
7. Ryan Blaney
8. Brad Keselowski
9. William Byron
10. Clint Bowyer
11. Chase Elliott
12. Alex Bowman
13. Kurt Busch
14. Aric Almirola
15. Ryan Newman
16. Erik Jones
17. Daniel Suarez
18. Jimmie Johnson
19. Paul Menard
20. Chris Buescher
21. Matt DiBenedetto
22. Austin Dillon
23. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
24. Ty Dillon
25. Daniel Hemric
26. Ryan Preece
27. Bubba Wallace
28. Michael McDowell
29. Corey LaJoie
30. John H. Nemechek
31. David Ragan
32. Joe Nemechek
33. Landon Cassill
34. JJ Yeley
35. Reed Sorenson
36. Ross Chastain
37. Drew Herring
38. Josh Bilicki
39. BJ McLeod
40. Timmy Hill

The race on Sunday is the season finale, which means that the highest finisher between Hamlin, Harvick, Truex and Busch will win the 2019 points championship.

In the past five years, Harvick, Truex and Busch have each won their first career championships. Hamlin is the only remaining contender who has not won a points title, but he has the advantage of starting on pole on Sunday.

Also, Hamlin won last week’s race in Phoenix and won two of the last four races in total, which means he has the hot hand.

Among the four championship candidates, Hamlin has two career wins at Homestead, while Harvick, Truex and Busch each have one. In terms of average score, Harvick comes out on top with 6.6, followed by Hamlin (10.6), Truex (10.8) and Busch (17.4).

The statistics suggest a championship race in which all four participants should have a legitimate chance of winning.

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