“It’s the same four organizations from last year,” Harvick said.
“It just depends on if Joey is a better driver than Brad,” Truex added.
“They both run into you a lot,” Busch said.
Logano smartly closed the subject: “It’s best if I keep my mouth shut on this one.”
The most interesting thing to emerge from Nascar’s championship preview day was the confusion on how Logano and Truex plan to race each other Sunday. Truex had vowed not to let Logano win the championship after Logano moved him out of the way at Martinsville. Forced to spend the better part of two days together as a group, Logano and Truex at one point apparently discussed the situation.
Their interpretation of that conversation differs, as Truex claims he’d “absolutely” move Logano out of his way to win the championship.
“I have a free pass,” Truex said. “He already told me I could. He told me he’s fair game. So here we go.”
Logano recalled the talk differently.
“I didn’t tell him that. I said, ‘Hey, I expect to get raced the way I race people,’” Logano said. “I’m a hard racer. I expect to get raced hard. I said it before, we didn’t crash each other. I didn’t crash him. Moved him up enough to have a drag race. That’s what I explained to him.”
No matter how it plays out, the four title contenders expect to control the race Sunday in a thrilling push to the winner-take-all Cup championship. Since the elimination format was introduced in 2014, the champion has won Homestead to win the title every year.
“I think there’s about a 99 percent chance that one of these guys is going to win” at Homestead “to win the championship,” Truex said. “That’s what you come down here prepared for as a group, as a team, as a driver, and that’s your goal coming here to win, and then you can guarantee yourself a championship.”