Sprint Cup scouting report
What/when: Ford EcoBoost 400, 3 p.m. today
TV/radio: ESPN; 102.5-FM
The setup: Since 1975, only four drivers have overcome a deficit in the finale to win a championship in NASCAR's top division: Richard Petty in 1979, Alan Kulwicki in 1992, Jimmie Johnson in 2010 and Tony Stewart in 2011. With systems changing, it's impossible to directly correlate the points, but the hole in which Matt Kenseth (28 back) and Kevin Harvick (34) find themselves is deeper than any of the four drivers who rallied. "I think they've got all the stars lined up, which it shows most of the year and it's (Johnson's) year," team owner and seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty said last week. In the 434 Cup races in which both have competed, Kenseth has outscored Johnson by 28 points or more 31 times, including twice this season and twice at Homestead, where — silver lining alert for those rooting against Johnson — the five-time series champion has finished 32nd and 36th the past two years.