The season is coming to an end this weekend. That also means that we’re crowning the 2021 NASCAR Cup Champion. It’s been a long, grueling season of 35 points-paying races to this point and with one more Sunday to prove their mettle it’s the last chance for these teams to put their best efforts on the track. This is also the last time we see the Gen 6 cars on track as next year the Next-Gen car hits the track. This season we haven’t had many practice sessions or on-track qualifying but we get those this weekend.

Let’s break down Phoenix for a minute as it was the fifth race of the year and that was a while ago at this point. It’s a flat, one-mile track with an interesting layout that has changed in recent years. Just after the...