NASCAR Fantasy Picks: Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead


The final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the 2014 season will take place on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. There are four drivers eligible to win the Sprint Cup this weekend they include Denny Hamlin, Joey Lognao, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman.

With that being said this is the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Fantasy Picks post from Tireball Sports for this season.

Five to Pick

Let’s just make this simple. The guys you want to pick this week are the four who are going for the championship. These guys are going to gut it out and pull out all of the stops.

Kevin Harvick – Of all the drivers in the Chase, he may be the favorite after winning last week. Will Harvick leave RCR for SHR and claim his first title? If we had to bet on it… book it. He has yet to win at Homestead-Miami but his average finish of 8.1 is second to only Carl Edwards among active drivers.

Joey Logano – If this was truly a format based on wins then Logano would be given the Cup already and we could save ourselves the struggle of flipping between the race and football on Sunday.

Denny Hamlin – For all the press about Newman and his futility to find victory lane we forget that Hamlin has just one win this year and it came at Talladega. Good news? He won this race a year ago. Bad news? He was not in the Chase and none of the others in the championship had a chance last year either.

Ryan Newman – Newman has zero wins. He has led just 41 laps and that he is even in the Chase still is a testament to hard work and a lot of luck. Newman made a big move a week ago to earn entry into the final round but even that pass only had him finish 11th in that race. Hardly championship material.

Jeff Gordon – A week ago he was the one who suffered when Newman pushed Kyle Larson out of the way to gain a spot. Gordon figures to go out swinging in this one perhaps in a way of showing everyone he could have won the championship this year. It won’t happen but as Gordon showed in 2012 he can win at this track.

Three to Avoid

Danica Patrick –  New paint scheme, same results is what we are guessing for Patrick come this week. She was 20th here a year ago in her only start at the track.

Kyle Busch – Out of chase contention, Busch has little to race for. Unlike Hamlin a year ago he does note even have the need to get the monkey off his back. With JGR putting so many resources into Hamlin’s effort this week we expect Busch and even teammate Matt Kenseth to come out a bit flag this week.

Kurt Busch – Everything we said about brother Kyle can be applied here.