How to win a NASCAR championship


All three NASCAR national series — Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck — wrap up their 2012 seasons this weekend, and no championship has yet been clinched. All three series head to Homestead-Miami Speedway to decide their champions. The Truck Series will take to the track Friday night in the Ford EcoBoost 200, the Nationwide Series on Saturday for the Ford EcoBoost 300, and the Sprint Cup Series will wrap up the weekend on Sunday with the Ford EcoBoost 400. Here are clinch scenarios for the front runners in each series.

Camping World Truck: James Buescher (11-point lead over Timothy Peters) must finish seventh or better to win the Truck Series championship, no matter how Peters fares. If Buescher leads a lap, he’ll also need to finish the race 8th or better. That requirement falls to ninth or better if Buescher is the race’s lap leader.

Nationwide Series: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (20-point lead over Elliott Sadler) must finish 16th or better to claim the title, even if Sadler leads the most laps or wins the race. If Stenhouse leads at least a lap, he’ll only have to finish 16th or better. He’ll clinch with a finish of 17th or better if he leads the most laps.

There’s a separate championship battle in the Nationwide Series for the owner’s championship. The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team (33 points ahead of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team) only needs to finish 28th or better on Saturday to claim the owner’s title for team owner Joe Gibbs. Joey Logano, a nine-time winner this year, will be behind the wheel. Logano has to finish only 29th or better if he leads a lap, or inside the top-30 if he leads the most laps.

Sprint Cup: Brad Keselowski (20-point lead on Jimmie Johnson) needs to finish 15th or better to lock up his first Sprint Cup, regardless of Johnson’s finish. If Keselowski leads a lap, he’ll need to finish 16th or better. If Keselowski leads the most laps, he’ll only need to finish 17th or better.

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