NASCAR ready to crown champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — It’s championship Sunday for NASCAR’s premier series.

Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. are the four championship contenders. The highest finisher of the finalists will claim the Monster Cup Series title.

It’s also the final Cup race for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth. Earnhardt is retiring from full-time racing but plans to drive in a few second-tier Xfinity Series events in 2018. Kenseth remains without a ride for next season. Earnhardt and Kenseth were rookies together in 2000 and now appear to be leaving together.

At the end of first stage the leader is Kyle Larson.  Keselowski was second, Kyle Bush was third, Harvick was fourth and Truex Jr. was fifth.