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THE RACE: Ford Ecoboost 300

TRACK: Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #33 of 33 for the 2012 season

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Race:Saturday, November 17, 2012 in Homestead, FL

Title Sponsor: Ford

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 4:45pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN2, 4:00 pm/et

  • Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Brad Daugherty

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team


Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, November 15th

11:30 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGES OPENS
5:00 PM NNS & NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS & NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, November 16th

8:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 AM 10:50 AM NNS PRACTICE
3:10 PM 4:20 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, November 17th

7:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
11:35 AM NNS QUALIFYING ( TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
2:30 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (CONFERENCE ROOM, MEDIA CENTER)
4:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
4:30 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Homestead-Miami Speedway Race Results (pdf)
  • Regan Smith wins at Homestead; Stenhouse, Jr. wins championship: #5-Regan Smith won the Ford Ecoboost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in his first race for JR Motorsports. It is his first career Nationwide Series win. #54-Kyle Busch finished second followed by #33-Brendan Gaughan, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #3-Austin Dillon, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #11-Brian Scott, #22-Ryan Blaney, #2-Elliott Sadler, and #88-Cole Whitt. Stenhouse, Jr. won the Nationwide Series championship by 23 points over Sadler. #3-Austin Dillon finished 3rd in points and also was the Rookie of the Year. Joe Gibbs Racing #18 team captured the owners point chamionship. There were 5 cautions for 24 laps and 13 lead changes among 10 leaders. The estimated attendance was 40,000. Complete results are on the Homestead-Miami Speedway race results page (pdf).(11-17-2012)

  • NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship Fast Facts:
    Driver Champion: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    Team: #6 Cargill Ford
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. becomes the sixth driver in NASCAR Nationwide Series history to win the championship in consecutive seasons, joining Sam Ard (1983-84), Larry Pearson (1986-87), Randy Lajoie (1996-97), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1998-99) and Martin Truex Jr. (2004-05).
    Stenhouse finished 23 points ahead of second-place Elliott Sadler.
    Stenhouse Jr. finished the 2012 season with a series-high six wins, along with 19 top fives and 26 top 10s.
    Owner: Roush Fenway Racing
    This is Roush Fenway Racing's fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship. This is the first time Roush Fenway has won consecutive driver titles in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Its first came in 2003 with driver Greg Biffle, followed by Carl Edwards in 2007 and Stenhouse last season.
    This is manufacturer Ford's fourth series championship  all by Roush Fenway Racing.
    Crew Chief Champion: Mike Kelley
    This is Mike Kelley's second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.
    Kelley and Stenhouse have combined to post eight wins in their last two championship seasons.
    Owner Champion: #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
    This is Joe Gibbs Racing's fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series owners championship, also winning from 2008-10. It ties Richard Childress Racing for most all-time in the series.
    The #18 was driven by Joey Logano (13 races), Denny Hamlin (12), Michael McDowell (four), Ryan Truex (two), Drew Herring (one) and Mark Martin (one).
    The #18 had seven wins, 22 top fives and 28 top 10s.(NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(11-17-2012)

  • Homestead-Miami Speedway Race Fast Facts:
    Regan Smith won the 18th Annual Ford EcoBoost 300, his first victory in 103 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first start of 2012. His last start was July 7, 2007. Smith will run a full schedule with JR Motorsports in 2013.
    Smith's previous best finish was fifth, three times.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in three races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in six races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Busch ended his streak of eight consecutive seasons with a victory.
    Brendan Gaughan (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Ricky Stenhouse won his second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series championship by 23 points over Elliott Sadler.
    Austin Dillon won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year. He joins Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle as the only drivers to win the rookie of the year in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(11-17-2012)

  • Driver standings following Homestead-Miami Speedway:
    1) #6-Ricky Stenhouse 1251
    2) #2-Elliott Sadler 1228 -23
    3) #3-Austin Dillon # 1227 -24
    4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 1146 -105
    5) #43-Michael Annett 1082 -169
    6) #31-Justin Allgaier 1076 -175
    7) #88-Cole Whitt # 994 -257
    8) #19-Mike Bliss 902 -349
    9) #11-Brian Scott 853 -398
    10) #7-Danica Patrick 838 -413
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(11-17-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Homestead-Miami Speedway are posted (pdf).(11-17-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Homestead: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #21-Joey Coulter, 14th
    Caution 2: #99-Kenny Wallace, 15th
    Caution 3: #8-Scott Lagasse, Jr., 20th
    Caution 4: #7-Danica Patrick, 13th
    Caution 5: #87-Joe Nemechek, 18th
    (11-17-2012)


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Busch on pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the Ford Ecoboost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a speed of 167.984 mph. #2-Elliott Sadler will start second. The rest of the top ten: #3-Austin Dillon, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #18-Joey Logano, #31-Justin Allgaier, #11-Brian Scott, #88-Cole Whitt, #00-Blake Koch, and #5-Regan Smith. Did Not Qualify: #75-Scott Riggs, #47-J.J. Yeley, #89-Morgan Shepherd. The starting lineup is posted on the Homestead-Miami Speedway starting lineup page (pdf).(11-17-2012)

  • Homestead-Miami Speedway Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 18th Annual Ford EcoBoost 300 with a lap of 32.146 seconds, 167.984 mph.
    This is his 26th pole in 244 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. He is fourth on the all-time series poles list.
    This is his third pole and 15th top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in six races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Elliott Sadler (second) posted his 26th top-10 start of 2012 and his fifth in seven races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (third) posted his first top-10 start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 27th in 33 races this season.
    Points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. qualified fourth.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(11-77-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Dillon fastest in happy hour: #3-Austin Dillon was quickest during the final practice session for the Ford Ecoboost 300 with a top speed of 167.224 mph. He was followed by: #21-Joey Coulter, #10-Mike Bliss, #5-Regan Smith, #7-Danica Patrick, #33-Brendan Gaughan, #20-Ryan Truex, #38-Brad Sweet, #2-Elliott Sadler, and #88-Cole Whitt. #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was 15th. See complete results on the Homestead-Miami Speedway practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(11-16-2012)

  • Blaney fastest in first practice: #22-Ryan Blaney was fastest during opening practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a speed of 166.713mph. #99-Kenny Wallace was second, followed by: #38-Brad Sweet, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #3-Austin Dillon, #7-Danica Patrick, #88-Cole Whitt, #2-Elliott Sadler, #18-Joey Logano, and #21-Joey Coulter. #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was 11th. See complete results on the Homestead-Miami Speedway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(11-16-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 48 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's season-ending Ford Ecoboost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A few notes:
    Regan Smith will make his JR Motorsports debut in the #5;
    Scott Lagassee, Jr. returns in his #8;
    Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive the #08;
    Ryan Truex returns to the Joe Gibbs #20;
    Joey Coulter will be in the #21 for Richard Childress;
    Ryan Blaney will be in the Penske #22;
    Andrew Ranger will drive the GCM #27;
    Dakota Armstrong will drive the Turner Motorsports #30;
    The Rick Ware #41 is TBA;
    The Mike Harmon #74 is TB;
    Kevin Swindell returns in the #98 for Biagi;
    The #99 finishes the year with Kenny Wallace behind the wheel.(11-12-2012)
    UPDATE: The #74 team withdrew. Juan Carlos Blum is in the Rick Ware #41. There are 47 cars at the track.(11-16-2012)
    See the complete list on the Homestead-Miami Speedway entry list page.

  • Championship Clinch Scenarios: #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who leads by 20 points over second-place #2-Elliott Sadler, will clinch the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship with a finish of 16th or better; or 17th or better with at least one lap led; or 18th or better with most laps led at Homestead.
    In the owners championship battle, the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota guarantees a clinch of the title with a finish of 28th or better; or 29th or better with at least one lap led; or 30th or better with the most laps led. The #18 currently leads the #6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford by 33 points.(NASCAR)(11-11-2012)

  • NASCAR Season Finales Live on ESPN from Miami: The 2012 NASCAR season comes to an end this weekend and ESPN will have live telecasts of the season finale races for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18, from Homestead-Miami Speedway in South Florida. Brad Keselowski will try to hold off five-time champion Jimmie Johnson to win his first Sprint Cup title. Coverage of Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race begins with an extended NASCAR Countdown at 1:30 p.m. with the green flag at 3:15 p.m. Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race has NASCAR Countdown at 4 p.m. and the green flag at 4:45 p.m. Also from Homestead, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup practice on Friday, Nov. 16, at 1:30 p.m. followed at 3 p.m. by NASCAR Nationwide Series practice. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.(ESPN)(11-12-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup & Nationwide)

  • Number of Tires Nationwide: Left-side -- 475, Right-side -- 475

  • Set limits: Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4410

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.2 in. (2,215 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
    Right Front -- 47 psi; Right Rear -- 43 psi

  • Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Homestead this weekend, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in all three of these series have run at Homestead since 2010 . . . other tracks at which teams have run this exact tire set-up in 2011 and 2012 have been Chicagoland (all three series) and Texas (Sprint Cup and Nationwide only) . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required run inner liners in all four tire positions at Homestead . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


NASCAR News & Notes

    History In The Balance In Stenhouse, Sadler’s Last Stand
    Much like the classic Western film featuring American icon John Wayne, the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship has come down to an old-fashioned showdown. Only in this tale of desperadoes facing their last stand, life doesn’t hang in the balance, but rather history. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has the opportunity to become the sixth driver in the NNS to win consecutive titles. Accomplishing the feat would place him alongside Sam Ard (1983-84), Larry Pearson (1986-87), Randy Lajoie (1996-97), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1998-99) and Martin Truex Jr. (2004-05). 
    Stenhouse holds a 20-point lead in the series standings over second-place Elliott Sadler after finishing third at Phoenix. Stenhouse has been at the top of his game this season, posting a season-to-date Driver Rating of 110.2 (leads series), and an Average Running Position of 8.727. In 32 starts, Stenhouse has amassed six wins, four poles, 19 top fives and 25 top 10s. 
    Sadler and Stenhouse have battled it out all season, trading the standings lead five times and giving Sadler reason to not give up. Sadler has posted four wins, four poles, 15 top fives and 23 top 10s this season. 
    Though both have proven their mettle, heading to Homestead the stats are pointing to Stenhouse. In just two series starts at the 1.5-mile track, Stenhouse has an average finish of 3.0, a pre-race Driver Rating of 116.4 and has spent 93.8% of his laps completed in the top 15. Sadler, on the other hand, has an average finish of 12.0, pre-race Driver Rating of 89.7 and has spent 64.8% of his laps completed in the top 15.
    Stenhouse can clinch the championship with a finish of 16th or better; 17th or better with at least one lap led; or 18th or better with most laps led.

    Patrick Setting New Standard For Women in NASCAR
    Putting into words accomplishments that transcend all sports landscapes is difficult, but the success that Danica Patrick is on the verge of achieving is one for the record books. Following the race at Homestead this weekend, Patrick could set the record for the highest-finishing female driver in NASCAR national series history. She is currently 10th in the standings just 10 points behind ninth-place Brian Scott. The previous record was held by Sara Christian, who finished 13th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings in 1949  a 63-year-old record. 
    Since Patrick’s immersion into NASCAR she has proved a quick learner. In her first full season in the NNS, she has posted one pole (Daytona) and four top 10s. Patrick has already captured several records in NASCAR: 

    • Most laps led in a NASCAR national series single event by female driver  20 laps led at Montreal (2012)  
    • Most career laps led in a NASCAR national series by female driver  56 total laps led. 
    • Highest-finishing position by a female driver in a NASCAR national series event  Patrick finished fourth at Las Vegas (2011). 
    • The second female driver to win a NASCAR national series pole  1) Shawna Robinson (1994, Atlanta) and 2) Patrick (2012, Daytona).

    Joe Gibbs Could Become Second Owner To Win Four Series Titles
    No other team has been more dominant in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in the last few seasons than the Joe Gibbs Racing camp, and this season looks to be more of the same. Not only has Joe Gibbs Racing driver Joey Logano posted the most wins in the series with nine, but Joe Gibbs is also on deck to become the second owner in series history to win four owner titles (previous JGR owner titles 2008-10). Richard Childress Racing (2001, 2003, 2006-07) currently holds the record in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the most owner championships with four. 
    Since 2008, JGR drivers have posted 68 wins out of a possible 171 races. That’s a winning percentage of 39.7%. Also in that span, Kyle Busch brought Joe Gibbs Racing its first driver/owner unified championship title (2009). 
    As the series heads to Homestead, the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driven by Logano can guarantee a clinch of the owner’s title with a finish of 28th or better; 29th or better with at least one lap led; or 30th or better with the most laps led. The No 18 currently leads the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford by 33 points.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    The 2013 NNS schedule has been released. There will be 33 races on next year’s schedule and for the first time in series history the NNS will visit the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a 2.4-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio. Next season’s schedule also includes six “standalone” race dates & Homestead is the last chance for Kyle Busch to continue his NNS wins streak of eight seasons. Busch leads the series in wins with 52 and could tie Mark Martin for the longest winning streak in series history (nine seasons) with a victory this weekend.

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3:30 pm/et
Sirius Channel 90
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11:10am/et, Saturday, November 1
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