BY AARON BURNS
I'm not a fortune teller. I only play one in this column.
I do, however, take great pride in correctly predicting the Daytona 500 pole winner from 2013-'18, so I'll never shy from forecasting NASCAR results.
Like a heavyweight boxer putting back his mouthpiece, I'm ready for Round 3.
The spotlight heading into Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is on Chase Elliott. You know Chase Elliott. He's the guy who wins all the road races — except Sunday's.
Elliott fans are bemoaning their driver's two-race winless streak, made even more disastrous by the fact Sunday's race isn't even on a road course.
If you're a Hendrick Motorsports fan, though, take heart: one of your drivers will win on Sunday, but it won't be Elliott.
Kyle Larson will capture the Dixie Vodka 400, claiming his first victory with Hendrick in his third start aboard the team's No. 5 Chevrolet.
How did I arrive at this conclusion?
Larson has done everything but win a Cup Series race at the South Florida track. He's finished in the top five in three of his seven Homestead-Miami starts and has led 325 laps there.
Larson can position his car on a track's high line and gain a significant advantage on other cars when exiting every turn.
Few Cup Series drivers are capable of beating Larson when he's in the groove —
pun intended — at a track he likes.
He's a past winner at Homestead-Miami, too.
Larson won the NASCAR Xfinity Series' Ford EcoBoost 300 in 2015 and came oh-so-close to taking the Cup Series' season finale there a year later.
He led 132 laps and beat everyone but Jimmie Johnson at a time when it was still common to beat everyone but Jimmie Johnson.
The seven-time champion snookered Larson on a late-race restart and grabbed the lead, the race win and the title.
Larson didn't like it.
"Ran a perfect race tonight," Larson tweeted after the near-win. "Would have liked to see some officiating on those last few restarts... Feel another one got taken."
Times have changed. There's nothing stopping him now.
Johnson's off to the IndyCar Series, Larson's in an even better ride than in 2016 and he's hungry to steal some thunder from Michael McDowell and Christopher Bell, the pair of first-time winners NASCAR has witnessed this season. Sunday will be Larson's day, as long as his tires hold up and Mother Nature allows for a race finish. If not, Monday will be Larson's day.
I'll point out that I picked Larson to win the 2019 All-Star Race five days before the green flag. He wasn't even qualified for the event at the time, so I have a history of being correct when picking Larson.
It's been a while since any Larson fan has had something to celebrate during a race weekend.
It'll change soon.