Nov 20, 2011; Homestead, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers during the Ford 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE

Championship Clinching Scenarios

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The NASCAR top touring divisions are heading to Homestead-Miami for Championship week. It all but looked like Jimmie Johnson would be your Sprint Cup Champion, but as the saying goes, expect the unexpected and now we have some serious changes in that series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. looked to extend his lead at Phoenix and did just that. However the Camping World Truck Series has the closest championship battle and it could be real interesting on Friday night.

Here are the championship clinching scenarios courtesy of NASCAR:

#2-Brad Keselowski leads five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion #48-Jimmie Johnson by 20 points going into Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Keselowski clinches his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with a finish of 15th or better; or 16th and at least one lap led; or 17th and the most laps led, even if Johnson wins and leads the most laps. All other drivers have been eliminated from championship consideration.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who leads by 20 points over second-place Elliott Sadler, will clinch the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship with a finish of 16th or better; or 17th or better with at least one lap led; or 18th or better with most laps led at Homestead. In the owners championship battle, the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota guarantees a clinch of the title with a finish of 28th or better; or 29th or better with at least one lap led; or 30th or better with the most laps led. The #18 currently leads the #6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford by 33 points.

James Buescher has an 11-point lead over Timothy Peters heading into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale. Buescher guarantees himself his first championship with a finish of 7th or better with no laps led; or 8th or better with one lap led; or 9th or better with the most laps led. The clinch scenarios for the NCWTS owners championship is the same, with Buescher’s points-leading #31 leading Peters’ #17 by 11 points

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