THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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Ford 400: Homestead Miami Speedway

    THE RACE: The FORD 400

    Nextel Cup Race #36 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
    Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, November 21, 2004 in Homestead, FL

  • TV: NBC 1:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show/Discover Card Countdown To Green: NBC - 12:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, November 24 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
    Thursday, November 25 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, November 26 [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

  • Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

  • War Wagon: Bill Weber and guests

  • TV Listings and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,130,338 (was $4,745,672 in 2003)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, November 19, 10:00 - 11:50am/et; Saturday, November 20, 9:30 - 10:15am/et;

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, November 20, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-Speed Channel LIVE.


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 19, 9:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, November 19 at 1:30pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 8:00pm/et and 1:00am/et AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).


  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
    Degree of Banking: Turns: Variable 18-19-20 degrees
    Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 1,760 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    OLD LAYOUT
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 6 degrees
    Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 60 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
    Grandstand Seating: 72,000

  • Track Homepage: www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com

  • Last Year: see my 2003 Ford 400 Race Info Page.


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Nextel Cup and Busch Series);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Craftsman Truck Series)

    Number of Tires Required:
    Nextel Cup: Left - 1,500, Right - 1,500;
    Busch Series: Left - 550, Right - 550;
    Truck Series: Left - 350, Right - 350

    Tire Codes: Left - D-6818; Right - D-6820

    Tire Circumference: Left - 87.3 in.; Right - 88.6 in.

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

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 24 psi; Left Rear - 24 psi;
    Right Front - 46 psi; Right Rear - 42 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: All three NASCAR series will compete on the same tire codes this weekend, though the Nextel Cup and Busch Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle" and the Craftsman Truck Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the second consecutive race weekend at Homestead at which this combination of left- and right-side tires will be used . . . in addition to Homestead, the only other major NASCAR track at which this combination was used in 2004 was Texas . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Homestead . . . inner liner inflation should be 12-25 psi higher than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "Last year, we debuted this tire set-up at Homestead, in what was a preview of the basic construction elements of the 2004 tire line. Teams in all three of NASCAR's major series raced on this set-up earlier this season at Texas, so they now have additional notes to work from. After being repaved prior to last year's race, the track surface at Homestead has now had time to cure a bit more and that, along with the progressive banking, should make for a lot of great racing this weekend."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $70,000 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for leading the points and winning the race. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    Matt Kenseth, March 2004, Las Vegas, $30,000)
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., May 2004, Richmond, $80,000
    Jimmie Johnson, August 2004, Pocono, $90,000
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., May 2004, Richmond, $80,000
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., October 2004, Talladega, $90,000
    the $70,000 was not won at Homestead and will be divided incrementally among the final top-10 drivers and added to their season winnings.(11-21-2004)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.


    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Homestead: $10,000

    Winners for 2004 so far:
    Daytona: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Rockingham: Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
    Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $15,000*
    Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Darlington: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
    Bristol: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
    Texas: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
    Talladega: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000 [#29-Harvick not eligible]
    California: Jeremy Mayfield, $10,000
    Richmond: Michael Waltrip, $10,000
    Charlotte: Elliott Sadler, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
    Dover: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Pocono: Kasey Kahne, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
    Michigan: Dale Jarrett, $10,000
    Sonoma: Jeff Gordon, $75,000*
    Daytona: Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
    Chicago: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    New Hampshire: Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Pocono: Casey Mears, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
    Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon, $25,000*
    Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    Michigan: Greg Biffle, $15,000*
    Bristol: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $15,000*
    California: Elliott Sadler, $15,000*
    Richmond: Jeremy Mayfield, $15,000*
    New Hampshire: Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Dover: Ryan Newman, $15,000*
    Talladega: Casey Mears, $10,000
    Kansas: Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Charlotte: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Martinsville: Kurt Busch, $10,000 [#29-Harvick not eligible]
    Atlanta: Mark Martin, $10,000
    Phoenix: Dale Earnhardt Jr. $40,000*
    Darlington: Mark Martin, $10,000
    Homestead: Ryan Newman, $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)
    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
    Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
    The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Tony Stewart 12
    Jeff Gordon 11
    Ryan Newman 9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 8
    Matt Kenseth 7
    (11-21-2004)


WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO


IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

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QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Biffle wins the FORD 400; Busch wins the Nextel Cup Championship: #16-Greg Biffle made a bold move to pass #20-Tony Stewart and won the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, his 2nd win of the season and 3rd of his career. #48-Jimmie Johnson finished 2nd but fell 8 points short of winning the 2004 Nextel Cup. #24-Jeff Gordon finished 3rd and 11 points out. Stewart ended up 4th, followed by #97-Kurt Busch, who won the 2004 Nextel Cup Championship. In quite a wild race that featured a record 14 cautions for 79 laps and lots of cut tires, Biffle domintated the first half of the race and worked his way back up to the top 10, then to the top five and on the final restart, powered his way to first to win the FORD 400 under the third ever Green-White-Checkers finish. Other Chasers, #6-Mark Martin finished 11th and #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. had an ill-handling car all day and was never a factor, finishing 23rd. Busch wins $5,200,000 for the Championship and a fan, Patrick Beall, won $250,000 from Nextel for choosing Kurt Busch to win. The race will re-air on Speed Channel, Wednesday, November 24th at 8:00pm/et and Thursday, November 25th at 12:00am/et.
    Race Results at:
    Jayski's FORD 400 Race Results/Awards page
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com.(11-21-2004)

  • The FINAL Top TEN [unofficial] Drivers Points Standings after Homestead:
    In the Chase......
    #97-Kurt Busch 6506
    #48-Jimmie Johnson -8
    #24-Jeff Gordon -11
    #6 Mark Martin -107
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. -138
    #20-Tony Stewart -180
    #12-Ryan Newman -326
    #17-Matt Kenseth -437
    #38-Elliott Sadler -482
    #19-Jeremy Mayfield Dodge -506
    Standings at:
    JAYSKI
    NASCAR.com.(11-21-2004)

  • Homestead News and Notes: Greg Biffle won the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, scoring his third career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 78th career start. His last victory came at Michigan August 22, 2004, 13 races ago. It was Biffle's second victory in 2004.
    ---- Biffle moved from 21st to 17th in the final point standings.
    ---- Biffle scored his first victory and first top-10 finish in three races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His previous finishes were 25th in 2002 and 35th in 2003.
    ---- All of Biffle's victories have occurred on superspeedways.
    ---- Biffle led four times for 117 laps including the final two of the 271 laps raced in 2004 Ford 400. He led the most laps for the second time in 2004.
    ---- This was the 10th victory for Ford. Chevrolet had 22 and Dodge had four. Chevrolet leads Ford (556-554) in all-time victories (since 1949).
    ---- Chevrolet won the 2004 Manufacturers' Championship for the 28th time in NASCAR history, clinching the championship at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
    ---- Jimmie Johnson (second) scored his 23rd top-10 finish of the season. It was third top-10 finish in four races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    ---- Jeff Gordon (third) scored his 25th top-10 finish in 2004, the most of all drivers. It was his fifth top-10 finish in six races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    ---- Tony Stewart (fourth) scored his 19th top-10 finish of the season. It was his fourth top-10 finish in six races Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    ---- Kurt Busch (fifth) scored his 21st top-10 finish of the season. It was his second top-10 finish in five races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    ---- Brendan Gaughan (sixth) scored his fourth top-10 finish in his 36th career start.
    ---- By virtue of his fifth-place finish in the Ford 400, Kurt Busch won the inaugural NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship. His final point total was 6,506 and he finished just eight points ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson in the closest points finish in NASCAR history. Jeff Gordon finished third, 16 points behind the leader, followed by Mark Martin in fourth, 107 points back. Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished fifth 138 point behind.
    ---- Busch led the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings for the final eight weeks of the 2004 season.
    ---- Busch scored 21 top-10 finishes in 36 races this season.
    ---- Kasey Kahne won the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year Award. He was the highest finishing rookie 19 times in 2004, 12 more than Brendan Gaughan. Kahne scored 13 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 2004. He finished second in five races in 2004.
    ---- Just two of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed in the Ford 400. Mark Martin moved into fourth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. dropped to fifth in the final standings.
    ---- Three of the top-10 drivers tied or scored their career-best point finishes: Kurt Busch (first), Jimmie Johnson (second for the second straight season), Elliott Sadler (ninth).
    ---- Thirteen of the top-25 drivers in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed positions in the final race of the season.
    ---- The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader Bonus worth $70,000 was not won at Homestead Miami Speedway and will be divided incrementally among the final top-10 drivers and added to their season winnings.
    Notebook Items
    ---- Only twice in the modern era has the point leader with one race to go been overtaken in the final race. It happened in 1979 when Richard Petty passed Darrell Waltrip and again in 1992 when Alan Kulwicki passed Davey Allison to win the championship.
    ---- Four of the 10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup posted top-10 finishes in the 2004 Ford 400.
    ---- All 10 drivers competing in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup scored at least one victory in the first 26 races of the 2004 season and four of the 10 scored at least one victory in the final 10 races led by Jimmie Johnson who scored four victories in the final six races.
    ---- Kurt Busch was the only driver to score a top-10 finish in nine of the 10 races in the Chase. No other driver scored more than seven top-10 finishes.
    ---- Approximately $1 million will be paid to Jamie McMurray who finished 11th in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, an increase of more than $400,000 from over one year ago. That includes a $250,000 bonus, which will be paid to the 11th-place finisher. Additionally, McMurray will also join the top-10 drivers on the stage at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Awards Ceremony in New York in December. McMurray took the 11th-place position by 320 points over 12th-place Bobby Labonte. McMurray scored top-10 finishes in 12 of the final 14 races in 2004.
    ---- Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Elliott Sadler and Matt Kenseth. Kenseth (19th) has ranked among the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 71 straight races.. Kenseth moved into sole possession of ninth on NASCAR's Top 10 list for consecutive races in the top-10 under the current point system (since 1975).
    2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion Kurt Busch #97 Sharpie/Irwin Ford
    ---- Kurt Busch became the 27th driver to win a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship in the 56 seasons of NASCAR's premier division. He won the championship by eight points over Jimmie Johnson, who finished in the second position for the second straight year.
    ---- Busch is the sixth different champion in the last six seasons.
    ---- Busch is 26 years old and from Las Vegas, NV. He becomes the fourth-youngest champion at 26 years, seven months.
    ---- Busch's title comes in his fourth full year in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and in his 150th race.
    ---- This is the second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship for car owner Jack Roush , both in the last two seasons. Roush is in his 17th season as a full-time owner.
    ---- This is crew chief Jimmy Fennig's first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship. He is in his 18th season as a crew chief, the last three with Busch. He was the crew chief for Mark Martin the prior five seasons.
    ---- Busch is the eighth Ford driver to win the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship.
    ---- Busch is the fifth champion in the last 10 seasons that did not have the most wins. He is the 18th in the Modern Era and the 26th in all 56 seasons.
    ---- Busch was in the top 10 for the last 35 races of 2004. He was 16th after Race No. 1 (Daytona).
    ---- Busch first led the standings following Race No. 7 (Texas). It was the second time he had ever led the championship standings, he also led following Rockingham in February 2003. He led for only one race, and though he tied Dale Earnhardt Jr., in points after his win in the first Chase race at New Hampshire, he did not lead the point standings until after the 25-point deduction from Earnhardt Jr. at Talladega. He held the lead for the final eight races of the season.
    ---- His biggest point lead was 96 points following second Martinsville. His smallest lead was 12 points following second Talladega.
    ---- Busch was in seventh place at the start of the Chase, 293 points behind before the adjustment and 30 behind after the adjustment.
    ---- Busch began his racing career at age 14 in Dwarf Cars. He won titles in Dwarf Cars, Legends Cars, and Hobby Stock Cars.
    ---- Busch was the 1998 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series Rookie-of-the-Year. He won the series championship in 1999.
    ---- In 2000 Busch was runner-up for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship in his rookie season in the series.
    2004 Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year:
    ---- Kasey Kahne won the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year Award, becoming the 48th winner of the award since the program began in 1957.
    ---- Kahne, a 24-year-old from Enumclaw, WA, became the youngest Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year since Jeff Gordon (22 years old - 1993).
    ---- Kahne is a pure rookie, starting his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race in the Daytona 500.
    ---- Kahne posted four Bud Poles and started on the front row eight times. He had 14 top-10 starts, including five top-fives in the first seven races.
    ---- Kahne had 13 top-five finishes, 14 top-10 finishes in the 2004 season.
    ---- Kahne tied Ryan Newman (2002) for the rookie record for most second place finishes (five).
    ---- Kahne finished 12th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings.
    ---- Kahne's best point position was fourth following Race No. 4 (Atlanta); his worst points position was 41st following the season opener at Daytona.
    ---- Kahne was in the top-10 for seven races in the 2004 season.
    Selected Streaks that were Extended this Season
    ---- At least one Rookie-of-the-Year contender won a Bud Pole in each of the last nine years. (1996-2004).
    ---- There has been a first-time Bud Pole winner in each of the last 18 years (1987-2004).
    ---- Jeff Gordon has finished in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings in the last 11 years (1994-2004). Gordon finished the 2004 season ranked third in the final point standings.
    ---- Tony Stewart has finished in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings in the last six years (1999-2004). Stewart finished sixth in the final 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    Selected Streaks that Ended this Season
    ---- There had been at least one first-time winner in each of the past 10 seasons (1994-2003). There was no first-time race winner in 2004.
    ---- A Rookie-of-the-Year candidate had won at least one race in each of the last five years (1999-2003). No rookie contender was able to score a victory in 2004.
    ---- Eight drivers who won in 2003, failed to win in 2004: Bobby Labonte, Michael Waltrip, Ricky Craven, Bill Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Dale Jarrett, Robby Gordon and Terry Labonte.
    ---- Dale Jarrett had the longest continuous winning streak, having won a race in each of the last 11 years (1993-2003). Jarrett failed to find victory lane in 2004.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-21-2004)

  • StockCarFans.com Nextel Cup Newsletter - Rumblings - Homestead: Greg Biffle had the dominant car most of the weekend, and proved it today when he led the final two laps to capture the Ford 406.5 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After a green/white/checker finish (which cost Dale Jarrett greatly) Biffle got past Tony Stewart and went on to his second win of the season (he vanquished Michigan in May) and third of his career (he's now in an 8-way tie for 83rd on the all-time win list). Win #74 for Roush Racing was worth $314,850 from the over $5.1M in posted awards. This win also knocked Jeremy Mayfield from the final spot on the Winners Circle contingency program for next season and put Biffle in that elite group of 10.
    It was a pretty good day for Jack Roush (massive understatement). He gets back-to-back Championships and takes the race as well. Kurt Busch edged out Jimmie Johnson by 8 points in the "Chase", and comes on the heels of Matt Kenseth's reign last year.
    Some pretty weird goings-on today: Questionable strategy, botched pit-stops, wheel failures, tire problems....it looked for awhile like this was the Championship no one wanted to claim.
    Tony Stewart (4th) had his best finish since he won at Watkins Glen in August.
    Brendan Gaughan (6th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Talladega in October.
    Scott Wimmer (13th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Pocono in July.
    John Andretti (20th) had his best finish since he was 16th at Chicagoland in July (only 4 races).
    Kenny Wallace (22nd) had his best finish since he was 22nd here last November (only 5 races).
    Martin Truex Jr. had his career-best finish today [32nd]. He was 37th in his only other start at Atlanta last month.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 6 Top-10's in a row.
    Kurt Busch has 9 Top-10's in the last 10 races.
    Jamie McMurray has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
    Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Jimmie Johnson (+37), followed by Sterling Marlin (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kasey Kahne (-34), followed by Mike Bliss (-28), Shane Hmiel (-28), and Ryan Newman (-27). Matt Kenseth won more Ops this year (5), while Johnson and Jeff Gordon were tied with 4 BD's apiece this season.
    Our "Chase" Champion for 2004 is Kurt Busch, but that sigh of relief you here is from Daytona Beach since Dale Earnhardt Jr was more than 25 points behind. Jimmie Johnson edges out his teammate for the runner-up spot.
    In "Classic" Points, Kurt Busch is _only_ 247 points behind, but that seems to matter not. Jeff Gordon finishes 47 point ahead of Johnson with Little E third. Greg Biffle (21st to 17th) made the best move forward today, while Jeremy Mayfield (13th to 15th) fell two spots [in the classic].(StockCarFans.Com Nextel Cup Newsletter)(11-21-2004)

  • The FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 271 of 267 laps:

    GREEN - WHITE - CHECKER

    car#, driver, starting spot
    #16-Biffle (2)(117 laps led)
    #48-Johnson (39)
    #24-Gordon (5)
    #20-Stewart (8)(33 laps led)
    #97-Busch (1)(4 laps led)
    #77-Gaughan (17)
    #42-McMurray (18)
    #2-Wallace (10)(26 laps led)
    #21-Rudd (7)
    #29-Harvick (9)
  • where are the 5 in the hunt for the Nextel Cup running?
    #97-Busch, 5
    #48-Johnson, 2
    #24-Gordon, 3
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 23
    #6-Martin, 11

  • Cars on the lead lap: 24 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (10):
    #02-Sadler (accident-out)
    #13-Sacks (over heating-out)
    #23-Hmiel (accident-off);
    #0-Bliss (accident-out)
    #06-Kvapil (accident-out)
    #43-Green (engine-out)
    #1-Truex Jr. (rear tire-out)
    #9-Kahne (accident-out)
    #4-Wallace (wheel bearing-out)
    #12-Newman (accident-out)
    #36-Said (transmission-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 with 14 lead changes):
    #97-Busch (4);
    #16-Biffle (117 led most);
    #12-Newman (72 - halfway);
    #20-Stewart (34);
    #18-Labonte (10);
    #6-Martin (8);
    #2-Wallace (26);

  • Lap leaders: #97-Busch 1-4; #16-Biffle 5-114; #12-Newman 115-146; #16-Biffle 147-148; #20-Stewart 149-170; #16-Biffle 171-173; #18-Labonte 174-183; #12-Newman 184-191; #6-Martin 192-199; #2-Wallace 200-225; #12-Newman 226-235; #20-Stewart 236-242; #12-Newman 243-264; #20-Stewart 265-269; #16-Biffle 270-271.

    Cautions: 14 for 79 laps

    these are approx. caution laps....
    Caution 14 - Laps 266 - 269: #12-Newman lost a right front tire and wacked the wall in turn 2, while he was leading
    Caution 13 - Laps 253 - 257: #1-Truex Jr. lost a right rear tire, which tore the rear quarter panel off.
    Caution 12 - Laps 225 - 231: #43-Green loses an engine, next year to Evernham engines.
    Caution 11 - Laps 200 - 207: debris from the caution lights once again fell on the track. #8-Earnhardt Jr. drove over the metal light.
    Caution 10 - Laps 192 - 195: #30-Burton got tagged by #41-Mears who had a tire going down and was heading to the pits and left some debris on the track.
    Caution 9 - Laps 174 - 177: debris on the track, a piece of sheet metal.
    Caution 8 - Laps 164 - 170: #9-Kahne got loose and spun, hitting the wall, #8-Earnhardt Jr. then ran into #06-Kvapil who checked up. Kavapil came down, hit the inside wall, then shot up the track and backed into the outside wall.
    Caution 7 - Laps 157 - 160: #38-Sadler got loose in turn 4, spun thru the grass and wacked the inside wall hard.
    Caution 6 - Laps 148 - 151: #0-Bliss got loose and looped the car around into the turn 2 wall and backed into the wall.
    Caution 5 - Laps 114 - 131: #19-Mayfield cut down a right front tire and wacked the wall, then there was a brief shower.
    Caution 4 - Laps 94 - 97: #97-Busch lost the whole right front wheel while running 2nd and just made it to pit road and just missed the barrier at the pit road opening.
    Caution 3 - Laps 49 - 52: debris on the front stretch at the start/finish line.
    Caution 2 - Laps 7 - 9: #32-Hamilton Jr. ran into the rear of #36-Said, #31-Gordon then ran into #30-Burton, #41-Mears has left front damage, #49-Schrader, got int othe #48-Johnson's right rear, but no serious damage.
    Caution 1 - Laps 2 - 4: #02-Sadler got turned sideways and #0-Bliss spun to avoid Sadler.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Homestead - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 14: none, the race was under 10 laps to go
    Caution 13: #17-Kenseth(2), 19th
    Caution 12: #17-Kenseth, 19th
    Caution 11: #32-Hamilton Jr.(2), 21st
    Caution 10: #32-Hamilton Jr., 21st
    Caution 9: #88-Jarrett(2), 24th
    Caution 8: #88-Jarrett, 24th
    Caution 7: #00-Wallace, 22nd
    Caution 6: #4-Wallace (2), 33rd
    Caution 5: #43-Green, 37th
    Caution 4: #23-Hmiel, 41st
    Caution 3: #4-Wallace, 33rd
    Caution 2: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- on lap 269, #88-Jarrett ran out of gas, #41-Mears pushed him off the track.
    ---- during the 12th caution, #6-Martin had to pit for a flat tire.
    ---- on lap 188, #41-Mears wacked the wall, but drove on to the pits.
    ---- #20-Stewart black flagged for starting the restart for weaving past turn 3. Will have to go in for a pass-thru penalty.
    ---- #17-Kenseth had to pit for a flat left front tire on lap 141, then had to go back in for a pass-thru penalty for not using the pit road access road.
    ---- #24-Gordon made another pitstop on lap 129 under caution, the team took out a rear spring rubber and filled the fuel.
    ---- #24-Gordon had a left rear tire going down, so Gordon made a pit stop under caution on lap 125. #97-Busch came into get some fuel and do some repairs on the right front fender.
    ---- during the 5th caution pit stops, #97-Busch had a very slow pit stop when there was confusion. #12-Newman did fuel only, #38-Sadler only 2 tires and fuel.
    ---- on lap 109, #9-Kahne slowed on the track with a left front tire going down.
    ---- while running 13th, #88-Jarrett had to pit on lap 87 for a bad vibration
    ---- #31-Gordon black flagged on lap 54 for left rear quarter panel sheet metal loose and flapping.
    ---- during the 3rd caution, all the cars came in to pit, #16-Biffle came out in first
    ---- #48-Johnson made a pit stop during the 1st caution to have the car checked out.
    ---- #99-Edwards fell to the back after having a brake pedal problem
    ---- to the back: #41-Mears [backup car], #30-Burton [engine change], #0-Bliss [engine change]

  • Where did the top 10 starters finish at Homestead?
    #97-Busch, 5th
    #16-Biffle, 1st
    #12-Newman, 30th DNF
    #9-Kahne, 38th DNF
    #24-Gordon, 3rd
    #18-Labonte, 12th
    #21-Rudd, 9th
    #20-Stewart, 4th
    #29-Harvick, 10th
    #2-Wallace, 8th

  • 'Chasers' start/finish at Homestead:
    #97-Busch, 1 / 5
    #48-Johnson, 39 / 2
    #24-Gordon, 5 / 3
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 16 / 23
    #6-Martin, 11 / 11
    #20-Stewart, 8 / 4
    #12-Newman, 3 / 30 DNF
    #17-Kenseth, 30 / 19
    #38-Sadler, 15 / 34
    #19-Mayfield, 20 / 35

  • TO THE BACK [3]: #41-Casey Mears wrecked during qualifying and will go to a backup. #0-Mike Bliss, who qualified 12th changed engines before qualifying; and #30-Jeff Burton, who was to start 40th, lost an engine in Saturday's first practice when he missed a shift, the team has changed engines.
    So they will have to go to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at the race on Sunday.(11-19-2004)

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #16-Biffle 173.930
    #48-Johnson 173.784
    #21-Rudd 173.227
    #9-Kahne 173.138
    #12-Newman 173.088
    slowest: #4-Wallace 170.223 and #1-Truex Jr. 170.320
    most laps run: #6-Martin, 58; #12-Newman, 49
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #16-Biffle 172.284, 27 laps run
    #48-Johnson 171.150, 36 laps
    #97-Busch 171.103, 27 laps
    See speeds at:
    NASCAR.com.(11-20-2004)

  • Saturday's first practice for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over. The fastest:
    #16-Biffle 175.536
    #48-Johnson 175.484
    #20-Stewart 174.876
    #9-Kahne 174.814
    #99-Edwards 174.357
    slowest: #13-Sacks 170.708 and #36-Said 171.092
    no speed for: #02-Sadler
    most laps run: #01-Nemechek, 44; #6-Martin, 42
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #16-Biffle 173.069, 23 laps
    #48-Johnson 172.649, 33 laps
    #24-Gordon 172.605, 27 laps
    For speeds see:
    NASCAR.com.(11-20-2004)

  • Busch last out, grabs the pole for the Ford 400: Points leader, #97-Kurt Busch, will start the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on the Budweiser pole after running a lap of 179.319mph, knocking his Roush Racing teammate, #16-Greg Biffle, off the pole. It is Busch's first pole of the year, first in two years, last pole was at Homestead in 2002, and his third of his career. It is only the third pole of the season for Ford. Biffle will start 2nd, followed by #12-Ryan Newman, #9-Kasey Kahne and #24-Jeff Gordon. 2nd in points, #48-Jimmie Johnson picked a bad time to have to use a provisional and will start 39th. With the large amount of cars making attempts, we had one full-time driver miss the race, #45-Kyle Petty the other 12 missing the show were part-timers. Some part-timers making the race unclude #06-Travis Kavapil, #23-Shane Hmiel and #36-Boris Said.
  • Other Homestead Qualifying Results/Starting Lineup Links at:
    Jayski's Semi-Live FORD 400 Qualifying Page
    Motorsports One
    NASCAR.com.(11-19-2004)

  • Soooo: if next years rumored qualifying rules go into place, with the top 35 in owners points are assured a spot in the field, #45-Petty would be in the race and if they took the next 8 fastest, #00-Wallace would be out of the race.(11-19-2004)

  • Qualifying News and Notes:
    Kurt Busch won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the Ford 400, lapping Homestead-Miami Speedway in 30.114 seconds at 179.319 mph. Jamie McMurray holds the track-qualifying record of 29.816 seconds, 181.111 mph, set in 2003, the first year on the high-banked configuration.
    This is Busch's third career Bud Pole in 150 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His most recent Bud Pole came here at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2002, 72 races ago.
    It is Busch's 14th top-10 start in 2004. It is also his second Bud Pole and his fourth top-10 start in five races at Miami.
    Busch became the 12th different Bud Pole winner in 2004.
    Greg Biffle had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 30.116 seconds at 179.307mph and will join Busch on the all-Roush Racing front row. It is his 17th top-10 start 2004 and his second in his three races at Miami.
    This is the third Bud Pole for Ford in 2004. Dodge has 17 Bud Poles and Chevrolet has 12. Qualifying was canceled at Watkins Glen, second Michigan, second New Hampshire and Darlington due to weather.
    Ryan Newman (third) posted his 26th top-10 start in 2004, more than any other driver. Newman, who had won the previous four Bud Poles, fell just short of tying the modern-era record for consecutive Bud Poles, though his would not have been in consecutive races. Qualifying was canceled at Darlington last week. Bobby Allison (1972) and Cale Yarborough (1980) have the record of five consecutive Bud Poles while Bill Elliott (1985) also had five straight with one session rained-out during the streak.
    Kasey Kahne (fourth) posted his 15th top-10 start in 2004 in his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Miami. Kahne posted his career-first NASCAR Busch Series victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2003.
    Jeff Gordon (fifth) posted his 22nd top-10 start in 2004 and his third in six races at Miami.
    Four of the 10 drivers involved in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualified in the top-10 for the season finale: Busch, Newman, Gordon and Tony Stewart (eighth).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-19-2004)

  • StockCarFans.com (Nextel Cup) Newsletter - Ramblings - Homestead:
    They saved the best for the end today as Kurt Busch went out last and grabbed the Bud Pole for Sunday's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Busch's time of 30.114 seconds (179.319) was 2/1000th's of a second quicker than teammate Greg Biffle and gives him his first pole since he had the top-spot here in November of 2000! This is career pole #3 for Kurt.
    Busch becomes the 12th different driver to capture a Bud Pole this year, and qualifies for next February's Budweiser Shootout (hey, it's less than 3 months away!).
    We've got the Big 5 sprinkled thoughout the field. Busch at the front, Jeff Gordon in 5th, Mark Martin in 11th, Dale Earnhardt Jr in 16th, and Jimmie Johnson will step off from 39th!
    Greg Biffle (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Daytona for the 500.
    Ricky Rudd (7th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Talladega in October.
    Shane Hmiel (13th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 29th at Fontana in September.
    Scott Wimmer (21st) has his best starting spot since he lined up 21st at Richmond in September.
    Mike Wallace (28th) has his best starting spot since he started 23rd at Phoenix in November of 2003 (only 10 races).
    Greg Sacks (34th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 28th at Texas in April of 1998 (only 3 races).
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 7 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
    A big-time car count of 56 this weekend....55 took a time (Geoffrey Bodine did not make an attempt). The Trouble Train included: Kyle Petty (he was a DNQ here last year as well), Johnny Sauter, Mike Garvey, Tony Raines, Kevin Lepage, Todd Bodine, Larry Foyt, J. J. Yeley, Randy LaJoie, Morgan Shepherd, Kirk Shelmerdine, Carl Long, and Geoffrey Bodine. Provisionals were taken by: Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton, Casey Mears, Terry Labonte, and Ken Schrader. For Johnson & Mears, they made it till the last race before using a freebie (and in Mears' case, he crashed coming to the green).(read more at Stock Car Fans)(11-19-2004)

  • Qualifying Order links are up for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miamo Speedway. 56 cars are listed for 43 spots. First driver due out is #10-Scott Riggs. Last due out is #97-Kurt Busch.(11-19-2004)

  • Qualfying Order Links at:
    Qualifying order - NASCAR.com

  • Friday Practice for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #21-Rudd 178.636
    #6-Martin 178.613
    #01-Nemechek 178.554
    #24-Gordon 178.530
    #12-Newman 178.489
    slowest: #72-Shelmerdine 167.059 and #93-Bodine 167.780
    most laps run: #88-Jarrett, 30; #45,#22,#99, 27
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #01-Nemechek 176.939
    #6-Martin 176.938
    #21-Rudd 176.339
    See speeds at NASCAR.com.(11-19-2004)

  • Rookie News and Notes

  • Entry List for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is up, 56 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    #00-Kenny Wallace
    #02-Hermie Sadler
    #06-Travis Kvapil
    #09-Johnny Sauter
    #1-Martin Truex Jr.
    #11-J.J. Yeley
    #13-Greg Sacks
    #14-John Andretti
    #23-Shane Hmiel
    #36-Boris Said
    #37-Kevin Lepage
    #50-Todd Bodine
    #51-Tony Raines
    #70-Larry Foyt
    #75-Mike Garvey
    #80-TBA
    #93-Geoffrey Bodine
    #94-Stanton Barrett
    #98-Randy LaJoie
    UPDATE:
    #80-Carl Long.(11-18-2004)

  • Entry List Links:
    NASCAR.com

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Practice Leader and Links

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
    NASCAR.com


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Who's Hot Heading to Homestead-Miami Speedway
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored four victories and five top-10 finishes in the last five races.
    • Jamie McMurray has scored 11 top-10 finishes in the last 13 races.
    • Kurt Busch has scored eight top-10 finishes in the last nine races.
    • Kasey Kahne has finished fifth in the last three races.
    • Jeff Burton has scored seven top-15 finishes in the last seven races.
    • Mark Martin has scored 14 top-20 finishes in the last 14 races.
    • Bobby Labonte and Jeff Gordon lead all drivers, each scoring four top-10 finishes in five races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-15-2004)

    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS at Homestead

    RACE WINNERS
    YEAR  CAR#  DRIVER         MANU    STARTED   AVE SPEED
    1999   20   Tony Stewart   Pontiac   7th      140.335
    2000   20   Tony Stewart   Pontiac  13th      127.480
    2001    9   Bill Elliott   Dodge     1st      117.449
    2002   97   Kurt Busch     Ford      1st      116.462
    2003   18   Bobby Labonte  Chevy     2nd      116.868
    
    POLE WINNERS
    YEAR   POLE WINNER     SPEED     FINISH
    1999   David Green     155.789     22nd
    2000   Steve Park      156.440      8th
    2001   Bill Elliott    155.226      1st
    2002   Kurt Busch      154.365      1st
    2003   Jamie McMurray  181.111      9th
    
  • $$ Fact: Only three driver who have made all the Cup races in 2004 have won more then $100,000 in each race:
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    #12-Ryan Newman
    #17-Matt Kenseth
    (11-15-2004)

  • Maintaining a Top-10 Standard: Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistical Services)..and none can fall out of the top 10 now that they are in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.(11-14-2004)

  • Track Qualifying Record [new layout]: Jamie McMurray, Nov 2003, 181.111mph

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record [old layout]: Steve Park, Nov 2000, 156.440mph

  • 2003's Pole Sitter: Jamie McMurray, 181.111, finished 9th

  • Race Record [new layout]: Bobby Labonte, Nov 2004, 116.868mph

  • Race Record [old layout]: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 140.335mph

  • 2003 Race Winner: Bobby Labonte, 116.868mph, started 2nd

  • Slowest Race Record: Kurt Busch, 2002, 116.462mph [old layout]

  • Most Wins: Tony Stewart, 2

  • Most Poles: 5 races, 5 different drivers

  • Most Top 5s: 3 - Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte and Jeff Burton

  • Most Top 10s: 4 - Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte

  • Oldest Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 1 months, 3 days, 11/11/2001

  • Youngest Winner: Kurt Busch, 24 years, 3 months, 13 days, 11/17/2002

  • Most Cautions: 10 - 11/16/2003

  • Most Caution Laps: 60 - 11/16/2003

  • Fewest Cautions: 1 - 11/14/1999

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 5, 11/14/1999

  • Most on the Lead Lap: 25 - 11/11/2001

  • Fewest on the Lead Lap: 6 - 11/12/2000

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 11/11/2001

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 11/16/2003

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Tony Stewart, 2000, started 13th

  • Most Lead Changes: 21 - 11/16/2003

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 12 - 11/17/2002

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 166 - Tony Stewart, 11/12/2000

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - Bobby Labonte 11/16/2003

  • Most Wins by a Manufacturer: 2, Pontiac

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 2 [of 5] 40.0%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 13: 1

  • Races won from the Pole: 2 of 5 [40%]

  • Races won from the top 5: 3 of 5 - 60.0%

  • Races won from the Top 10: 4 of 5 [80%]

  • Races won from the Top 15: 5 of 5 [100%]

  • Races won from outside the Top 10: 1 of 5 [20%]

  • HOMESTEAD & NOTES:

    Homestead-Miami Speedway Background

          Homestead-Miami Speedway was built as a 71,763-seat, 434-acre facility located in South Florida, 20 minutes south of Miami International Airport. With its architectural character derived form the art deco buildings of South Beach in Miami, the speedway has gained the reputation as one of the top racing facilities in the world for both fans and competitors alike. Located directly south of the Miami skyline and north of the Florida Keys, the complex sits between Biscayne Bay and the Everglades National Park.

          The facility includes a 1.5-mile oval and also included in the complex is 14-turn 2.21 mile road course Ground breaking took place on Aug. 24, 1993, less than one year after the area had been devastated by Hurricane Andrew. The grand opening of the track was held Nov. 3-5, 1995. The inaugural race was named the Jiffy Lube Miami 300 NASCAR Busch Series race and was held on Nov. 5, 1995. Since the inaugural race, the facility has hosted the NASCAR Busch Series finale and the final race of the 2000 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup was held there. The 2002 season was the first triple-championship weekend in NASCAR history with all three of NASCAR’s premiere divisions ending their season at Miami-Homestead. The track was reconfigured prior to the 2003 race with increased banking.

    Career- First Victories

    Five drivers have had Homestead victories that were their career-first series victories:

          Kevin Lepage (NASCAR Busch Series) 1996 Jiffy Lube Miami 300

          Dave Rezendes (NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series) 1997 Florida Dodge Dealers 400

          Rick Crawford (NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series) 1998 Florida Dodge Dealers 400

          Mike Wallace (NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series) 1999 Florida Dodge Dealers 400

          Ted Musgrave (NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series) 2001 Florida Dodge Dealers 400

    Notebook

         There have been five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at the Homestead, one per season since the track hosted its inaugural race in 1999.

         There have been five different Bud Pole winners in the five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Homestead.

         Jamie McMurray is the defending Bud Pole winner for the Ford 400.

         There have been four different race winners in the five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Homestead.

         Tony Stewart (1999 and 200) is the only driver to score two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories at Homestead.

         Bill Elliott, Kurt Busch and Bobby Labonte have each posted one victory at Homestead.

         Bobby Labonte is the defending champion of the Ford 400.

         The race has been won twice from the Bud Pole at Homestead: Bill Elliott (2001) and Kurt Busch (2002).

         Only once has the winner started outside the top-10 at Homestead: Tony Stewart (13th – 2000).

         Tony Stewart won the 2000 Pennzoil 400 from the 13th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started at Homestead.

    Leading the Way

          Tony Stewart is the only driver to lead at least one lap in four of the five races at Homestead. Stewart has led 296 of the 1,335 laps raced in the five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Homestead (22 percent). Teammate Bobby Labonte has led 177 laps at Homestead.

    Selected Performance at this Track

         Seventy drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Homestead.

    Category                     Leader

    Starts                            19 Drivers - 5

    Poles                            David Green, Steve Park, Bill Elliott, Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray

    Wins                             Tony Stewart - 2

    Top Fives                      Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin - 3

    Top 10s                        Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte - 4

    Laps Led                      Tony Stewart - 296

    DNFs (Races)              John Andretti - 3

    Average Start (Races)   David Green 1.00 (1)

    Average Finish (Races) Jeff Burton – 7.00 (5)

    Keep on Running

          Twelve of 19 drivers that competed in all five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Homestead have been running at the finish in all five races. There have been only 29 DNFs posted in the five races there – 11 in 2003.(NASCAR PR)(11-16-2004)

  • HOMESTEAD NUGGETS:
    •   The top-five drivers are separated by just 82 points. This is the closest
    points race with one race remaining since the point system was established in
    1975. The previous record was set in 1992 when six drivers were separated by
    113 points with one race remaining. That season Davey Allison had a 30-point
    lead over second-place Alan Kulwicki. Bill Elliott was –40, Harry Gant –97,
    Kyle Petty –98 and Mark Martin was –113.

    •   Only twice in NASCAR history has the point leader been overtaken in the
    final race of the season. It happened in 1979 when Richard Petty overtook
    Darrell Waltrip and again in 1992 when Alan Kulwicki passed Davey Allison.

    •   The biggest point margin that a driver has overcome to win the
    Championship with one race remaining was a 30-point lead held by Davey Allison over Alan
    Kulwicki in 1992. Kulwicki won by 10 points over Bill Elliott in the closest
    points race in NASCAR history.

    •   Jimmie Johnson ranked ninth in the point standings with six races
    remaining (after Race No. 30 at Kansas). Johnson was 247 points behind and is now
    second, 18 points behind, with one race remaining. The greatest come-back with
    six races remaining occurred in 1992. Alan Kulwicki came from fourth in points
    (278 behind) to win the 1992 Championship by 10 over Bill Elliott.

    **************************************************************************
    •   With one race remaining in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, 404
    points separate first to 10th. The Chase began with a 45-point separation
    between first and 10th at Race No. 27 at New Hampshire. The biggest point margin
    is between eighth-place Matt Kenseth and seventh-place Ryan Newman who are
    separated by 139 points.
    •   Five drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions at Darlington
    Raceway.
    •   All 10 drivers competing in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
    scored at least one victory in the first 26 races of the 2004 season.
    •   Eight of the nine Chase races have been won by drivers competing in The
    Chase: New Hampshire (Kurt Busch), Dover (Ryan Newman), Talladega (Dale
    Earnhardt Jr.), Charlotte (Jimmie Johnson), Martinsville (Jimmie Johnson), Atlanta
    (Jimmie Johnson), Phoenix (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and Darlington (Jimmie Johnson).
    Kansas (Joe Nemechek) is the only race that was won by a non-Chase driver.
    •   Kurt Busch is the only driver to score a top-10 finish in eight of the
    nine races in the Chase.
    •   Entering Darlington, seven drivers: Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Dale
    Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman were in the
    156-point window which would allow any of the seven to leave Phoenix with the
    point lead. Leaving Darlington, with one race remaining, five drivers are in
    the point window in The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and are all within 82
    points of the point leader and could possibly overtake Kurt Busch at
    Homestead-Miami Speedway for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champioship. Tony Stewart (17th) and
    Ryan Newman (34th) fell out the group as a result of their finishes.
    •   Four of the 10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup posted
    top-10 finishes in the 2004 Mountain Dew Southern 500.
    The Other Chase
        Approximately $1 million will be paid to Jamie McMurray who will finish
    11th in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings – an increase of more than
    $400,000 from over one year ago. That includes a $250,000 bonus, which will be
    paid to the 11th-place finisher. Additionally, McMurray will also join the
    top-10 drivers on the stage at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Awards Ceremony in New York
    in December. McMurray holds the 11th-place position by 226 points over
    12th-place Kasey Kahne and cannot be overtaken at Homestead-Miami Speedway. McMurray
    has scored top-10 finishes in 11 of the last 13 races.

    Youth Movement
        All of the drivers involved in the 2004 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
    are 35 years of age or younger except Mark Martin who is 45. Kurt Busch is the
    youngest at age 26.

    Point Leader at Homestead-Miami Speedway
        Kurt Busch has competed in four races at Homestead scoring just one top
    10 finish, a victory in 2002. He finished 19th or worse in the other three
    races. His 19.75 average finish there is seventh among the top-10 drivers.

    Chase Success at Homestead-Miami Speedway
    •   Jimmy Johnson has scored two top-10 finishes in three races at Homestead.
    •   Jeff Gordon has scored four top-10 finishes in five races at Homestead.
    Only Bobby Labonte has tied his record. Gordon has never won at Homestead, one
    of four tracks that have eluded him.
    •   Mark Martin has scored three top-five finishes in five races at
    Homestead, the most top-five finishes scored by a Chase driver at the Florida
    superspeedway. Jeff Burton and Bobby Labonte have also scored three top-fives at
    Homestead.
    •   Tony Stewart has scored two victories and three top-10 finishes at
    Homestead. He is the only driver with multiple victories at the Miami superspeedway.

    Homestead “The Spoiler” for Some of the Top 10?
    •   Dale Earnhardt Jr., has finished 13th or worse in all four of his races
    at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    •   Matt Kenseth has finished 21st or worse in all four of his aces at
    Homestead, including two DNFs in his last two races there. He has a 32.7 average
    finish there and is 10th among the Chase drivers.

    Milestones at Homestead-Miami Speedway
    •   Kurt Busch is expected to make his 150th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start
    at Homestead.
    •   Bobby Labonte is expected to make his 400th consecutive career start at
    Homestead-Miami Speedway. He ranks fifth in consecutive starts among active
    drivers behind Ricky Rudd (751), Rusty Wallace (660) Mark Martin (544) and Jeff
    Gordon (400).

    Strong Starters at Homestead-Miami Speedway
    •   Ryan Newman has a 9.5 starting average in two races at Homestead, the
    best among active drivers there.
    •   Joe Nemechek has an 11.4 starting average at Homestead, the best among
    drivers that have started in all five races at Homestead.

    Top Five Lap Leaders at Homestead-Miami Speedway
        Driver  Starts  Laps Led
    1.  Tony Stewart    5   296
    2.  Bill Elliott    5   248
    3.  Bobby Labonte   5   177
    4.  Joe Nemechek    5   111
    5.  Kevin Harvick   3   58

    Homestead Domination
        Jeff Burton has a 7.0 average finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the
    best of all drivers there. Bobby Labonte follows with a 8.8 average finish in
    five races while Tony Stewart has a 9.2 average finish there.

    Owner Update
        Joe Gibbs Racing has won three of the five races at Homestead-Miami
    Speedway. No other owner has more than one victory there.

    Different Winners at Homestead-Miami Speedway
        There have been three different winners in the last three races at
    Homestead-Miami Speedway. Tony Stewart won the first two races there.

    Selected Records at Homestead-Miami Speedway
    •   There have been five different Bud Pole winners in the five races at
    Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    •   Tony Stewart leads all drivers with two victories at Homestead-Miami
    Speedway.
    •   Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Bobby Labonte lead all drivers, each with
    three top-five finishes at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    •   Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte lead all drivers each with four top-10
    finishes at Homestead.
    •   Tony Stewart has led 296 laps in five races at Homestead-Miami Speedway,
    more than any other driver.
    •   Ryan Newman has a 9.5 average start in his two races at Homestead-Miami
    Speedway, the best of all drivers.
    •   Jeff Burton has a 7.0 average finish in five races at Homestead-Miami
    Speedway, the best of all drivers.

    Skunked at Homestead-Miami Speedway
        Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Terry Labonte and Rusty Wallace are a
    few of the drivers that have never scored a top-10 finish at Homestead-Miami
    Speedway.

    Superspeedway Success in 2004
    •   Jimmie Johnson has posted seven victories on superspeedways in 2004, the
    most of all drivers.
    •   Jeff Gordon has scored 18 top-10 finishes in the 27 superspeedway races
    this season, the most of all drivers.
    •   Jimmie Johnson has led 989 of the 7,484 laps raced on superspeedways in
    2004 (12 percent).
    •   Jimmie Johnson has earned 3,747 points on superspeedways, 57 more than
    closest competitor Jeff Gordon with 3,690 points.
    •   Jeff Gordon has earned 115 bonus points, 15 more than any other driver.
    •   All 10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup are ranked 15th or
    higher in points earned on superspeedways in 2004.

    “The Rocket” Looks to set Mark at Homestead-Miami Speedway
        Ryan Newman has scored four straight Bud Poles (Charlotte, Martinsville,
    Atlanta and Phoenix). The last driver to score five straight Bud Poles was
    Bill Elliott in 1985. Elliott won five straight Bud Pole awards in a six-race
    span in 1985. One race had no qualifying (Michigan 6-85). Only Cale Yarborough
    (1980) and Bobby Allison (1972) won five Bud Poles in consecutive races.

    Leading The Way in 2004
        Jeff Gordon is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 25 races in
    2004.

    Maintaining a Top-10 Standard
        Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point
    standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Elliott Sadler and Matt
    Kenseth.  Kenseth has ranked in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 for 70 straight
    races and moved into a tie for ninth with Jimmie Johnson for ninth on NASCAR’s
    Top 10 list for consecutive races in the top-10 in the modern era (since
    1972)

    Winning Tougher than Ever in 2004
    •   There was at least one first-time winner in each of the past 10 seasons
    (1994-2003). With no first-time race winner through the first 35 races in 2004,
    that streak stands in jeopardy.
    •   Eight drivers who won in 2003 have yet to post a victory in 2004: Bobby
    Labonte, Michael Waltrip, Ricky Craven, Bill Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Dale
    Jarrett, Robby Gordon and Terry Labonte. Jarrett has the longest season winning
    streak in jeopardy, having won a race in each of the last 11 years (1993-2003).
    •   A Rookie-of-the-Year candidate has won at least one race in each of the
    last five years (1999-2003). No rookie has won in 2004.
    (NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-16-2004)

  • More News and Notes:
    Point made. So much for ignoring Jamie McMurray (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge). Since barely missing the cutoff for this season’s inaugural “Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup,” the new method for crowning the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion, McMurray has mashed the gas – compiling 11 top-10 finishes in his last 13 races. He’s also won back-to-back NASCAR Busch Series races at Phoenix and Darlington, plus a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Martinsville. Momentum is a beautiful thing.
    “You just feel good everyday when you wake up,” McMurray said. “You feel good about going to the racetrack and when you make a decision in the car you feel like you’re making the right decision. You don’t doubt yourself. It’s something wonderful to have on your side.”
    He’s feeling even better this week, having clinched 11th place in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings. One race remains – Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway – but McMurray’s fourth-place effort last week at Darlington sewed up the spot. And that’s no small feat. This year, the 11th-place driver will attend the season-ending NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series awards ceremony on Dec. 3 at New York’s Waldorf=Astoria Hotel. Also significant: 11th place is now worth over $1 million.
    “I’m looking forward to going this year,” said McMurray, the 2003 Raybestos Rookie of the Year for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, of the New York trip. “We didn’t get to the Chase, so our next goal was to finish 11th and it’s been a fairly successful season. I can’t wait to get next year started.”
    “The determination that team has shown over the past 10 weeks is truly exemplary,” said NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter. “Instead of dwelling on the disappointment of not making the “Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup,” Jamie McMurray and his team have used it as a positive incentive.”
    “I think a lot of people were wondering how we were going to performance Richmond was over and we didn’t make the Chase,” said Donnie Wingo, McMurray’s crew chief. “And I feel like we’ve shown how strong this team is. Now all we need is to get a win this weekend so I can sleep better during the off season.”

    NEWS & NOTES, Part II

    The race for 11th place: With McMurray clinched, Kahne eyes 12th place … With Jamie McMurray having clinched the 11th-place spot, the jockeying beneath him continues. Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) is 12th, moving up one spot in the standings thanks to last week’s fifth-place finish at Darlington. He leads 13th-place Bobby Labonte (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet) by 80 points. Labonte also jumped two spots in the standings, aided by a ninth-place Darlington finish. Dale Jarrett (No. 88 UPS Ford) tumbled two spots to 14th and Kevin Harvick (No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet) fell one spot to 15th. Jarrett finished 37th at Darlington; Harvick finished 32nd.

    So here’s what’s at stake: Aside from finishing 12th in the final standings, Kahne also can tie Ryan Newman’s (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) record of most top-five finishes in a season. Newman posted 14 top fives in 2002; Kahne currently has 13, including three consecutive top-five finishes. He’s also a threat at Homestead, having won last year’s NASCAR Busch Series season finale, the Ford 300, for his first NASCAR Busch Series win. He’s still searching for his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup win; no word on whether Kahne’s brother Kale, who travels with him, will sustain a vow not to cut his tousled blond hair in the off season if Kahne doesn’t win at Homestead. No matter what, the 24-year-old from Enumclaw, Wash., appears to have validated himself within the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup garage. “I like his demeanor,” said Ricky Rudd (No. 21 Motorcraft Ford) of Kahne. “He's a good kid. He's not here to be a Hollywood star. He's here to race.”

    Top priority: Finishing strong … Thirty-five down, one to go. With Sunday’s Ford 400 looming as the last of this season’s NASCAR NEXTEL Cup events, teams and drivers want to enter the off season with a boost, not bummed out. Winning the race, securing the highest possible finish in the point standings and completing the afternoon unscathed are the top goals for most teams. “This sport is built so much on momentum and you want to have 'em all saying, 'Yeah, we're really gonna come back and get 'em next season,' “ said Rusty Wallace (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge). “That kind of positive attitude is very infectious – I've seen that first-hand through the years.” For Dale Jarrett, who finished 26th in last year’s point standings, this week’s trip to Homestead is almost like chasing a rainbow compared to the No. 88’s trials of 2003. “Yeah, because when we got to Homestead last year and the checkered flag waved on that race, I think we were all just relieved the year was over,” Jarrett said. “This year, we are ending the year with something to build on and look forward to as we go into the off season and continue getting ready for 2005. We’ve made a lot of progress as a team in 2004 and it really makes me optimistic about where we’re headed and I believe we will be a championship contender in 2005.”
    “It’s important to get a win, not so much for keeping a streak alive or anything like that, but more just to get a win,” said Bobby Labonte, who hasn’t won yet in 2004 and has won at least one race in his previous nine NASCAR NEXTEL Cup seasons. “We’ve struggled this year, obviously, and it’d be nice to finish out strong. We enter the ’96 and ’97 season finales without wins and won both of those races, so I’d like to do that again.”

    Jarrett believes he’s got an advantage in crew chief Mike Ford, who’s led the No. 88 team’s reconstruction this season, and who nearly won the 2003 season-finale with Bill Elliott (Ford and Elliott also combined on Elliott’s 2001 win at Homestead). Ricky Rudd thinks he’s got an ace, too, in crew chief Michael “Fatback” McSwain, with whom he was reunited late this season. He’s climbed from 27th to 24th in the point standings since McSwain’s late-August arrival.

    “But I'm excited about what I'm seeing shaping up for next year and it's already starting to come together now,” Rudd said. “Sometimes you enjoy seeing winter come. But, I like seeing what I'm seeing right now and the team's success.”

    Robby Gordon in the Baja 1000 … If it’s got four wheels and an engine, Robby Gordon (No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet) will race it – even in the desert. He’s spending the first half of this week traveling to Baja California, Mexico, where he’ll compete in the 37th annual Tecate/SCORE Baja 1000. The famous cross-desert race begins Thursday at 10 a.m. PST and Gordon has drawn the eighth-place starting position. His No. 31 Red Bull Trophy Truck is powered by a Richard Childress Racing engine, and Gordon will be accompanied by longtime navigator Greg Till. He’ll run the majority of the race, but will yield to another driver, Steve Barlow, so he can arrive at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Friday’s NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice and qualifying events. His father, Bob Gordon, also is standing by to drive, if needed, and Robby plans to board a plane no later than 10 p.m. PST on Thursday. Brandon Miller, recently signed by RCR to combine with Kevin Harvick behind the wheel of RCR’s No. 21 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series, will sub for Gordon during Thursday’s NASCAR Busch Series practice and qualifying events; Miller will drive Gordon’s No. 55 Chevrolet.

    “Metro Girl” Evanovich to attend championship events … Author Janet Evanovich, whose latest novel, “Metro Girl,” topped last week’s New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover fiction, will be at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. Evanovich’s “Metro Girl” features the lead character of Alexandra Barnaby, who’s looking for her missing brother in Miami – with the help of a NASCAR driver named Sam Hooker. Evanovich also is the author of the popular "Stephanie Plum" mystery series.

    More book news: Rex White’s autobiography … Former NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Rex White has collaborated with writer Anne B. Jones to produce “Gold Thunder: Autobiography of a NASCAR Champion.” Published by McFarland & Company, Inc., the book details White’s childhood love of racing and his ascent in the 1950s and ‘60s to NASCAR’s upper echelon. Billed as a first-hand account of NASCAR’s early years, the book includes stories from fans, participants and White contemporaries such as Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett. It also contains 83 photographs, many from White’s personal collection. A Georgia resident, White won the 1960 series title and was runner-up in 1961. He owned his team, and is one of only five owner/drivers to have won a series title.

    Chevrolet-Ford-Dodge in Manufacturers standings … Jimmie Johnson’s (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) win at Darlington gave Chevrolet its series-high 22nd victory of the season. Chevrolet has clinched the 2004 Manufacturers Championship, but keeps adding to its points total, which now stands at 260. Ford has 215 points and Dodge has 190 points. Ford has nine wins and Dodge has four. As for an edge at Homestead, no manufacturer can claim one. Bobby Labonte won the 2003 race in a Chevrolet and current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point leader Kurt Busch (No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Ford) won the 2002 race. Bill Elliott won the 2001 race in an Evernham Motorsports Dodge. Prior to that, Tony Stewart (No. 20 The Home Depot Chevrolet) won the first two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Homestead (1999 and 2000) – in a Pontiac.

    NASCAR TV offers full slate … This week on NASCAR TV on SPEED Channel:

    • Friday, Nov. 19 – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series press conference (9 a.m. ET) LIVE from Homestead-Miami Speedway. Host Mike Joy will moderate the session with “Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup” drivers eligible for the championship.

    • Friday, Nov. 19 – NASCAR Live at noon ET. Host Steve Byrnes and reporter Bob Dillner return with updates at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

    • Friday, Nov. 19 – NASCAR Busch Series practice (1:30 p.m. ET) from Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    • Friday, Nov. 19 – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series qualifying (1:30 p.m. ET) LIVE from Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Note: SPEED CHANNEL is the only outlet for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Qualifying and Happy Hour for the balance of the season).

    • Friday, Nov. 19 – NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race (3 p.m. ET) LIVE from Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    • Friday, Nov. 19 – Trackside (7 p.m. ET). LIVE from the SPEED Channel stage truck behind the main grandstands. Hosted by Steve Byrnes, Michael Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond. This week’s guests include Jamie McMurray, among others.

    • Saturday, Nov. 20 – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Happy Hour (11 p.m. ET) LIVE from Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    • Saturday, Nov. 20 – NASCAR Live at 10 a.m. ET. Host Steve Byrnes and reporter Bob Dillner return with updates from the track at 11 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.

    • Saturday, Nov. 20 – Pit Bull (6:30 p.m. ET). Host Steve Byrnes is joined by beat writers Mike Mulhern (Winston-Salem Journal), David Poole (Charlotte Observer), Marty Smith (NASCAR.com), Ben Blake (Racer Magazine and SPEEDTV.com) and special guest Kyle Petty (No. 45 Georgia Pacific Dodge).

    • Sunday, Nov. 21 – NASCAR Live at 9 a.m. ET. Host Steve Byrnes and reporter Bob Dillner return with updates from the track at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

    • Sunday, Nov. 21 – NASCAR Victory Lane (5 p.m. ET) Host John Roberts is joined by NASCAR drivers Kenny Wallace and Chad Little for post-race coverage of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season finale from Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    • Sunday, Nov. 21 – SPEEDNews NASCAR Edition (7:00 p.m. and midnight ET) hosted by Bob Varsha, Ralph Sheheen and Connie LeGrand. Bob Dillner, Robin Miller, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond are regular contributors.

    • Monday, Nov. 22 – Inside NEXTEL Cup (7 p.m. ET) with Allen Bestwick, Michael Waltrip, Johnny Benson and Ken Schrader reviewing the weekend’s action.

    • Monday, Nov. 22 – SPEED Channel’s reality series NBS 24/7 (8 p.m. ET) follows NASCAR Busch Series race teams from FitzBradshaw Racing (Tim Fedewa), Akins Motorsports (Kasey Kahne) and Braun Racing (David Stremme).

    • Wednesday, Nov. 24 – NASCAR Performance (6:30 p.m. ET). Three crew chiefs join NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pit reporter Ray Dunlap to debate current topics, answer listener questions and solve hypothetical situations in 30-second time frames. Also, Mark Salem’s "Your Personal Crew Chief" addresses the Be Car Care Aware Tip of the Week.

    CONTINGENCY CORNER … Kurt Busch’s pit crew will receive the fourth quarter Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award during pre-race ceremonies at the Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. His crew was selected as the fourth quarter winners by vote of their NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series peers at Darlington; the award is performance-based. Busch’s team, along with Jimmie Johnson’s team, Jeff Gordon’s (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet) team and Matt Kenseth’s (No. 17 DeWalt Power Tools Ford) team are eligible for the Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew of the Year Award, which will be voted on this week at Homestead. Johnson’s crew won the third quarter award, Gordon’s won the second quarter award and Kenseth’s crew won the first quarter award. … Gordon also clinched the inaugural Wix Filters Lap Leader Award by winning the race award at Darlington. He led the most laps there, and the annual award goes to the driver who wins the most lap-leader awards during the season.

    QUOTABLE
    “You need to close out the year on a positive note. There's a period of almost three months between the drop of the checkers in Homestead and when the clock starts all over again at Daytona. So that's an awful lot of days for them to talk about what you did the last time out.” – Rusty Wallace.
    “Momentum is a lot like confidence. You don’t know you have it. You don’t know what you did to get it, but when you don’t have it you don’t know how to get it back. When it’s on your side, you feel like you can’t do anything wrong.” – Jamie McMurray.
    “The track’s changed a little bit, grayed up a little bit. Last year the asphalt was so new, there really wasn’t a visible groove, because it was so black. Now, you can kind of see a groove and a little bit of a second groove in the corners.” – Bobby Labonte on Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    FROM THE ARCHIVES
    Homestead-Miami Speedway first hosted the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in 1999. Tony Stewart, then a rookie with Joe Gibbs Racing, won that event for his second victory of the 1999 season. Stewart started seventh and moved into the lead on lap 123. His JGR teammate Bobby Labonte scored 10 bonus points for leading the most laps, but it was Stewart who brought home the victory. He proved his win was no fluke by scoring back-to-back Homestead triumphs with a win in 2000. Stewart remains the only driver with multiple Homestead wins.(NASCAR PR)(11-17-2004)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Trace Adkins to sing National Anthem at Ford 400: Capitol Records Nashville recording artist Trace Adkins will perform in front of a sell-out crowd at Homestead-Miami Speedway along with millions watching on national television, as he is set to sing the National Anthem prior to the Ford 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season-finale. "I'm really excited about being at the last NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Race of the year," said Adkins, himself a fan of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing. "The points are down to the wire and it could be anybody's win, so this is going to be one incredibly competitive race!" A consistent hit-maker for country music, Adkins has won numerous music industry awards, appeared on countless national TV appearances and has developed a huge base of devoted fans all across the United States.
    "A star such as Trace Adkins is the perfect fit to sing the National Anthem prior to the biggest race in the history of Homestead-Miami Speedway," said Curtis Gray, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway. "The atmosphere prior to this unprecedented event will no doubt be electric, and we'll all look forward to honoring our country during the National Anthem."
    In December 2003, Capitol Records released Adkins' sixth album, Comin' On Strong. The project was certified gold (500,000 units) soon after its release and has produced two big hits, "Hot Mama" and "Rough and Ready". This success comes on the heels of his Greatest Hits Collection that entered the country album charts at #1. Both projects are nearing Platinum status. Adkins will release another new studio album in late March 2005. Tickets are still available for the season-ending Ford Championship Weekend Nov 18-21 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. To order tickets to Ford Championship Weekend, call (305) 230-RACE or log on homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(HMS PR)(11-16-2004)

  • Ford to be Grand Marshal for the Ford 400: On October 10, 1901, a man by the name of Henry Ford ran in his one and only race against Alexander Winton - known as the greatest racer of the era - and beat him in a stirring upset that ultimately attracted investors to Ford and helped him start Ford Motor Company less than two years after the famous race. The race has long been known as the start of the Ford Racing program. Just over 103 years later, Edsel B. Ford II, Henry Ford's great-grandson and current member of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company, will also be part of history as he will serve as Grand Marshal and give the command to start engines for the Ford 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, the deciding race in the Inaugural Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
    Edsel Ford recently had the chance to reenact his great-grandfather's famous win with Charlie Wake - the great-grandson of Alexander Winton. Wake drove an original Winton race car, while Ford used the car driven by his great-grandfather. Henry Ford had called his car "Sweepstakes" because he gambled his automotive career with the famous car. While Ford Racing's legacy has grown over its 103 year history, Edsel Ford, commonly known as the "godfather" of the current Ford Racing program, is looking forward to being Grand Marshal of the most unprecedented event in motorsports history, the Ford 400 finale for the Inaugural Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
    "I'm honored to be named Grand Marshal of the Ford 400," said Ford. "Racing has always been such an important part of our heritage at Ford, and events like the Ford Championship Weekend fit in well with our strategy to use the excitement of our racing program to appeal to millions of race fans nationwide. My great-grandfather understood what racing success could do for a company. He knew that racing could provide benefit in terms of both marketing and technical innovation. Those are strong reasons we still race today. I hope it's a great race weekend for all the competitors. But, I have to admit, I am a little biased, so I also hope that I'm giving a trophy away that afternoon to one of our Ford drivers."
    Edsel Ford's career at Ford Motor Company spans more than 25 years. He was named president and chief operating officer of Ford Motor Credit Company in May 1991 and elected a company vice president in December 1993. His grandfather is Edsel B. Ford, company president from 1919 to 1943. His late father, Henry Ford II, was president of the company from 1945 to 1960 and chairman from 1960-1980. Ford was elected to the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors in 1988.
    "It could not be more fitting that the legacy of the Ford Racing program will serve as Grand Marshal for the exciting conclusion to the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup at Homestead-Miami Speedway," said Curtis Gray, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway. "We are honored to have Edsel Ford join us as Grand Marshal for the Ford 400 and thrilled for what will be one of the most exciting championship finishes in history."
    Tickets are still available for the season-ending Ford Championship Weekend Nov 18-21 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. To order tickets to Ford Championship Weekend, call (305) 230-RACE or log on homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(HMS PR)(11-15-2004)

  • Ford 400 a Sellout: For the first time, NASCAR's season-ending Nextel Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway has sold out before race day. Speedway president Curtis Gray announced Monday that no more tickets are available for the Ford 400 on Nov. 21. ''I think it's the combination of the new banking, with the word spreading of how exciting the race is down here, and the new Chase for the Nextel Cup,'' Gray said. ``Since the day they announced the Chase [in January], I thought it would do more for our racetrack than anything we've ever done. It's proven to work out that way.'' While the Ford 400 is sold out, tickets are still available for the first two events of the Ford Championship Weekend.
    On Friday, Nov. 19, the season-ending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200 race will be a battle between Bobby Hamilton Sr. and Dennis Setzer, with only seven points separating the rivals. Fans can also watch Nextel Cup qualifying.
    On Saturday, Nov. 20, the season-ending NASCAR Busch Series Ford 300 race likely will result in the championship crowning of Martin Truex Jr., who races for Earnhardt at Chance 2 Motorsports. Fans can also watch the final Nextel Cup practice known as ``Happy Hour.'' Tickets for the Ford 200 truck race and Cup qualifying are $30. Tickets for the Ford 300 Busch race and Cup final practice range from $35 to $65 (general admission) with youth 12 and under free. Call (305) 230-RACE or (866) 409-RACE.(Miami Herald)(11-9-2004)

  • Homestead declared the best by the Sporting News: Best of Nextel Cup racing: Homestead, Fla.
    There's a lot to like around Homestead, Fla. Miami is 30 miles to the north, Key Largo is 30 miles to the south and Everglades National Park is a short boat ride to the west (the Crocodile Hunter isn't there, but it is the only place where crocs and alligators swim two- and three-wide). Homestead was nearly wiped out in 1992, when Hurricane Andrew destroyed about 80 percent of homes in the area, but NASCAR is doing its best to keep the city on the map. When NASCAR executives announced in January that the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup, covering the final 10 races of the season, would determine the series champion, it assured a hot time in Homestead in November. Homestead-Miami Speedway is host for the final race, where guys named Junior, Jimmie, Jeff and Tony will be circling more than the sharks in nearby Biscayne Bay.(FoxSports/Sporitng News)(8-10-2004)

  • Mustang GT to pace the field at the Ford 400: Ford Motor Company, unveiled a special 2005 Mustang GT to serve as the official NASCAR pace car during the Ford Championship Weekend in November at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Mustang unveiling marks the kick-off event for various Championship Weekend community activities targeting local youths, teens and families.
    The all-new pony car, along with the all-new Ford Five Hundred flagship sedan and flexible all-wheel-drive Ford Freestyle, were also on display and will serve as official Year of the Car feature vehicles during the Championship Weekend when NASCAR series fans descend on the state of Florida.
    For the second consecutive year, Ford will partner with the Miami Herald's Newspaper in Education program and the Ford Motor Company Fund in a special Hispanic Heritage Race Car Art Contest. Local area Miami fourth through eighth graders will compete to design a special racing paint scheme based on a specific theme for a Ford Racing car. The winner will get to see their design adorn an actual Ford Racing car that will race during Ford's Championship Weekend in November.
    On Wednesday of race week, more than 500 consumers will be invited out to Homestead-Miami Speedway for a first chance to experience the Ford Mustang, Freestyle and Five Hundred. In addition to the driving portion of the program, consumers will also be offered the chance to meet some of Ford's top NASCAR drivers. Several will be chosen to ride on the Homestead-Miami Speedway track with the race car drivers.(Team Ford Racing site)(7-22-2004)

  • Homestead-Miami Speedway and Staff Honored: Homestead-Miami Speedway and members of its staff have been recognized by the minority-owned, national publication In Focus Magazine for their business achievements and diversity efforts. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray has received the inaugural "South Florida Achiever" award, the first in a series sponsored by the magazine that "recognizes power players, achievers, and high-impact professionals for their tremendous efforts and positive influence in South Florida." Gray, a member of NASCAR's Diversity Council, oversees a major initiative at the Speedway targeted at diversifying motorsports. In addition, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Laura Pequignot and Marketing Manager Diana Serna are featured in the March/April 2004 edition of In Focus Magazine in the publication's annual Women's Achievers Edition. Pequignot and Serna head up a marketing effort focusing on education and specifically targeted at developing a diverse potential fan base. Homestead-Miami Speedway also plays a major role as a member of the South Florida community. In specific, Homestead-Miami Speedway has continued supporting its two major community-oriented programs to the South Florida area: The Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, Speediatrics, at Homestead Hospital and the Homestead-Miami Speedway Education Program. For more information on the Speedway or to purchase race tickets, call (305) 230-RACE or log on homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(HMS PR)(4-16-2004)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Homestead-Miami Speedway


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Boris Said to run 12 Cup races in 2005: Boris Said, who has run the Cup road races as well as California Speedway this year for MB2 Motorsports in between his Grand American commitments with the PTG BMW team, says he will run a 12-race schedule in Cup for MB2 in 2005, along with selected Busch Series appearances. “I think a couple weeks they’re going to announce it. Then they’ll announce the sponsor and everything,” Said said. “I can’t keep my mouth shut. I’m so excited about it, finally getting the opportunity to do some of the big races. I just can’t wait to get going. We’ll do the Brickyard, Texas, Daytona, Talladega, most of the bigger tracks right now. Hopefully I can talk them into a Bristol or Martinsville, but we haven’t got that definite yet on the schedule.” Said indicated he would like to continue with BMW, if it can be worked into his schedule. “I’ve been with them for 10 years. I’d like to keep some kind of relationship,” he said. “Every year I do 30 to 40 races a year in all different kinds of things, but with this Nextel Cup opportunity, I’m going to really concentrate on that and cut my racing way back. If i’m not racing, I’m going to go to the Nextel Cup races and sit in the spotter’s stand and learn and try to absorb as much as I can. I’m going to do a couple Busch races next year, the Mexico race, the Watkins Glen road race. Everything I’m going to do now, I’m still going to do the Homestead race at the end of the season this year, so we’re going to go test next week. Everything’s going to be about getting ready for the Daytona 500.(Speed Channel)(10-14-2004)

  • Larry Foyt to drive 2nd BAM Racing car in 3 races: Larry Foyt and the #59 BAM Racing Dodge team head to the 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway, located in Concord, N.C., for Saturday night's UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race. Foyt joins BAM Racing with an extensive background in both stock car and open wheel racing. Part of the lineage of the legendary A.J. Foyt, Larry Foyt raced in the 2003 NASCAR Nextel Cup season for A.J. Foyt Racing, as well as in this year's Indianapolis 500. Foyt has a variety of racing experience from USAC, ASA, NASCAR Busch, and Nextel Cup series. "This will be the first time I've driven for a race team owned by someone outside of the family. It'll be a neat experience, something different that I'm looking forward to. Having two cars is something I know BAM Racing is looking forward to in the near future, so it's important for us to perform well this weekend. The only other time they've fielded two cars in the same race was at Infineon and both cars finished well out there. Hopefully, we can duplicate the same performance this weekend," Foyt said."I'm also looking forward to having Kenny Schrader as a teammate. He and A.J. Foyt know each other pretty well and he has said often how A.J. helped him throughout his racing career. Hopefully, a Nextel Cup veteran like Kenny can return the favor. As for now, we're planning on running three Nextel Cup races with BAM Racing before the end of the year; starting in Charlotte, then Atlanta, then the season finale in Homestead. After that we'll see. We're actively working on securing sponsorship for the 2005 Nextel Cup season.(Williams Company PR)(10-11-2004)

  • Operation Marathon scheme at Homestead: Kenny Wallace will have a "Operation Marathon" special paint scheme on the Nextel Cup #00 Aaron's Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway to promote Michael Waltrip's effort to run the 39th Annual Las Vegas Marathon. Waltrip, who is running the race to benefit The Victory Junction Gang, will also run the special scheme in the Busch race on his #99 Aaron's Chevy.(RacingOne)(8-28-2004)

  • news on Hendrick Motorsports at my Hendrick Tragedy page.

  • Andretti, A.J. Foyt and the #14? looks like he new #14 ppc Racing team is listed as being owned by A.J. Foyt, who ran the #14 for a few races in 2004 after running it fulltime for a few years. Driver John Andretti asked Foyt, his Godfather, if the team could use the number and got permission as Foyt had no plans to run any more races in 2004. So Andretti can use a provisional, but the #14 is 52nd in Owners Points standings and with 59 teams/drivers/cars in the Atlanta Entry list, it is unlikely the provisionals will fall that far down the list.(10-29-2004)

  • See the 2004 Team Chart and 2005 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image Link
    #00-Kenny Wallace Operation Marathon Homestead - Nov none...yet
    #40-Sterling Marlin Lone Star Homestead - Nov none...yet


  • #40 to sport a Lone Star paint scheme at Homestead: Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon has joined Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in a partnership that will debut on the #40 Coors Light Dodge at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The #40 will be adorned with the Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon logo for the November season ending event. The #40 Dodge will be black with red and white accents and will feature the Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon logo on the hood and the deck lid as well as the rear quarter panels. The Coors Light logo will appear on the rear bumper and lower rear quarter panel. Lone Star first opened in October 1989 in Winston-Salem, NC. There are currently 268 Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloons, 15 Sullivan's, six Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak Houses, 20 Texas Land & Cattle restaurants and one Frankie's Italian Grille.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(11-16-2004)

  • Operation Marathon scheme at Homestead: Kenny Wallace will have a "Operation Marathon" special paint scheme on the Nextel Cup #00 Aaron's Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway to promote Michael Waltrip's effort to run the 39th Annual Las Vegas Marathon. Waltrip, who is running the race to benefit The Victory Junction Gang, will also run the special scheme in the Busch race on his #99 Aaron's Chevy.(RacingOne)(8-28-2004)

  • New Blue and Orange Look for the #31: This weekend at Phoenix the #31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet will continue to carry the new paint scheme that symbolizes Cingular's new status as the nation's biggest wireless carrier. Cingular now serves more than 46 million customers with the largest digital voice and data network in the United States. The special paint scheme will remain on the #31 Chevy the remainder of the 2004 season, but is NOT the car's new look for 2005.(RCR PR), see an image of the new scheme on my #31 Paint Scheme page.(11-3-2004)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


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