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Kyle Busch rose to the occasion to take advantage of Kevin Harvick's trouble and win at ISM Raceway to assure his spot among the final four championship contenders in this week's finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. By the checkered flag, he didn't need the victory to claim that spot, but the win will give him the last bit of momentum heading into this championship weekend as he seeks his second series title. Joining him in the battle will be Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr. and Harvick. Busch, Truex and Harvick are each seeking their second championships, while Logano looks to do one better than his previous best finish to claim his first. As expected throughout much of the season, the three most dominant drivers make up the championship contenders.
This week's finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway is a winner-take-all battle that will decide the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series champion. Truex won the battle last year, but both Harvick and Busch have won at the circuit to lift the championship trophy, too. Logano is the only contender yet to win at the circuit, but he could play the role of spoiler if the other three dominant drivers suffer any issues this Sunday.
Kyle Busch – Busch won the second stage at Phoenix to give him some extra points to work his way into one of the four spots available for championship contenders this week in Miami. Circumstances later in the race meant that he was able to clinch his spot