The final practice of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is complete. Now it’s time to race for a championship in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Saturday afternoon at Homestead, championship contenders Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano completed the final 50-minute Happy Hour, along with 36 other drivers who will be in the field on Sunday.
And when it was all wrapped up, Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap of the last practice, running 174.289 miles per hour in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota around the 1.5-mile Homestead oval.
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Edwards was second fast in Happy Hour, with a best lap of 174.031 mph in his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Logano wound up eighth, two positions ahead of Johnson, with Kyle Busch ending up 14th.
During the session, Johnson hit a piece of hose that had fallen off a car onto the racing surface, but the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet suffered only minimal cosmetic damage which was quickly repaired.
On Sunday, Kevin Harvick will start on the pole, with none of the top eight qualifiers racing for the title. Among those with championship aspirations, Busch and Edwards will start alongside each other on Row 5, with Logano and Johnson two rows back in Row 7.
To win the championship, it’s not necessary to win the race; the Chase racer with the best finish of the four eligible drivers will be crowned the 2016 Sprint Cup champion.
Check out the full results from Happy Hour, by clicking here.