- Race: Sunday, November 19, 2006 in Homestead, FL
- Title Sponsor/Link: Ford
- Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway
- TV: NBC 2:00pm/et
- Pre-Race Show: NBC - 2:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et [until 2:00pm/et] with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Green Flag Scheduled: 2:55pm/et
- Race Re-Air: Wednesday, November 22 at 2:30pm/et on Speed Channel
- Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Allen Bestwick, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
- Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
MRN Radio Booth Announcers: Barney Hall, Joe Moore
MRN Radio Turn Reporter: Mike Bagley, Dan Hubbard, Dave Moody, Jeff Striegle
MRN Radio Pit Reporters: Adam Alexander, Danielle Frye, Winston Kelley, Steve Post
- Purse/Race Awards: $5,270,543 (was $5,174,014 in 2005)
- Friday Practice: Friday, November 17, 11:35am - 1:05pm/et, TV-none
- Saturday Practice: Saturday, November 18, 1:00 - 2:00pm/et, TV-SPEED
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, November 18, 2:55 - 3:20pm/et on TV-SPEED
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 17, 10:35am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, November 17 at 3:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, no re-air AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
(the above times in Eastern Time / ET - schedule below is by track location)
- Nextel CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race
Friday, November 17th, 2006
5:00am NNCS Haulers Enter
8:30 am NCTS Practice
10:25 am NCTS Final Practice
10:35 am NNCS Rookie & Spotter Meeting, Draw for Qualifying
11:35 am - 1:05pm NNCS Practice
1:15 pm NBS Practice
3:10 pm NNCS Qualifying
5:00 pm NCTS Qualifying - Impound
6:30 pm NBS Final Practice
8:05 pm NCTS Race - Ford 200
Saturday, November 18th, 2006
1:00 - 2:00 pm NNCS Practice
2:55 - 3:20 pm NNCS Final/Happy Hour Practice
3:40 pm NBS Qualifying - Impound
7:10 pm NBS Race - Ford 300
Sunday, November 19th, 2006
2:25 pm NNCS Driver Introductions
2:55 pm NNCS Race - Ford 400
(these times are local to the track)
NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
(Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Nextel Cup and Busch Series);
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Craftsman Truck)
Number of Tires:
Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,460, Right-side -- 1,460;
Busch Series: Left-side -- 620, Right-side -- 620;
Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 360, Right-side -- 360
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4008; Right-side -- D-4064
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 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 -- 23 psi; Left-Rear -- 21 psi;
Right Front -- 47 psi; Right Rear -- 43 psi
Estimated Pit Window:
Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup & Busch);
Every 54-58 laps, based on fuel mileage (Craftsman Truck)
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes this
weekend, though the Nextel Cup and Busch Series tires will be branded "Goodyear
Eagle" and the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . .
this is the only track at which teams will run this specific combination of
left- and right-side tires in 2006 . . . however, major NASCAR teams have run
this left-side code (D-4008) at California, Kansas and Texas; and this
right-side code (D-4064) at Chicagoland earlier this season. . . 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 . . . air pressure in those inner
liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Nextel Cup Leader Bonus
- The Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $80,000 at Homestead for leading the points and winning the race [all in the top-9 have a shot at it]. 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.
2006 Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Talladega, 5/1/2006, $60,000
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Indianapolis, 8/6/2006, $120,000
#29-Kevin Harvick, New Hampshire, 9/17/2006, $60,000
#31-Jeff Burton, Dover, 9/24/2006, $10,000
2006 Nextel Series Champion
- 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion - Jimmie Johnson
• Jimmie Johnson - 31 years old from El Cajon, Calif. – won the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship. He became the 28th driver to win the championship on NASCAR’s premier series, winning the championship by 56 points over Matt Kenseth.
• Johnson is the seventh different NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion in the last eight years. Only Tony Stewart (2002 and 2005) has repeated as series champion since 1998.
• His championship comes in his fifth full season of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition. Johnson’s
previous best season finish of second occurred in 2003 and 2004. He has finished in the top five in points in
all five of his full-time seasons.
• Johnson won five races in 2006 (Daytona, Las Vegas, Talladega, Indianapolis and second Martinsville). He
has 23 career victories in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.
• Johnson also recorded one Bud Pole, 13 top-five finishes, 24 top-10 finishes this season.
• Johnson led the standings a four times for a total of 25 races in 2006, including the final three. Johnson took
the lead following Race No. 1 (Daytona) and held the lead for the first four races. He then dropped to third
for one race, retaking the point lead after Race 6 (Martinsville) for two races. He was second after Race No.
8 (Phoenix) but came back to take the lead for 16 races the next event. He dropped out of the lead following
Race No. 25 (California) but retook the lead following Race no. 34 (Texas).
• Johnson’s worst points position prior to the Chase was third following Race No. 5 (Bristol). He began the
Chase in the second position and dropped to ninth following a 39th-place finish in the first Chase race (New
Hampshire). Ranked eighth entering Charlotte, he posted three second-places finishes and one third to move
back into the points lead following Race No. 34 (Texas). Another second-place finish at Phoenix and a ninth
at Homestead secured his championship.
• Johnson’s point lead of 124 points over Matt Kenseth following Race No. 22 (Watkins Glen) was the
largest by any driver this season.
• Johnson has ranked in the top-10 in the championship point standings for 105 races, the sixth-longest streak
in the top-10 since the point system modification in 1975.
• Johnson won the season opening Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. The winner of the Daytona 500 has
won the championship that season eight times. The winner of the Brickyard 400 has won the championship
that season six times, including four consecutive years (1998 through 2001) and the past two seasons.
• This is Jeff Gordon’s first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championship in his fifth season as an owner.
Gordon co-owns the Lowe’s Chevrolet with Rick Hendrick, making this the sixth NASCAR NEXTEL
Cup owner championship for Hendrick Motorsports.
• This is the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series title for Chad Knaus in his fifth full season as a crew chief,
all with Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports. Knaus is 35 years old and from Rockford, Ill.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(11-19-2006)
- Biffle wins at Homestead: #16-Greg Biffle won the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for his 3rd straight win at Homestead, 2nd of 2006 and 11th of his career in a green-white-checkered finish [1 extra lap]. #48-Jimmie Johnson finished 9th and won the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Championship, his first ever in his 5th season. #9-Kasey Kahne led the most laps with 90 of 268. #1-Martin Truex Jr finished his career best 2nd, followed by #11-Hamlin, #9-Kahne, #29-Harvick, #17-Kenseth, #10-Riggs, #99-Edwards, #48-Johnson and #07-Bowyer. There were 11 cautions for 43 laps [and a 9 minute red flag during the 10th caution for Montoya's fire] and 10 drivers lead the race with 15 lead changes.
Race Results on my Homestead Race Results/Awards Page.
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Homestead page.(11-19-2006)
- Unofficial Driver Chase Points Standing after Homestead [36 of 36 races]:
#48-Jimmie Johnson 6475
#17-Matt Kenseth 6419 -56
#11-Denny Hamlin 6407 -68
#29-Kevin Harvick 6397 -78
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 6328 -147
below are eliminated from the championship
#24-Jeff Gordon 6256 -219
#31-Jeff Burton 6228 -247
#9-Kasey Kahne 6183 -292
#6-Mark Martin 6168 -307
#5-Kyle Busch 6027 -448
and fighting for 11th
#20-Tony Stewart in 11th 4727 points [clinched]
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(11-19-2006)
- Unofficial 2006 "Classic" Points Standings
...the old way, not the Chase after Homestead:
1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5158
2) #17-Matt Kenseth, 5154, -4
3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 4838, -320
4) #20-Tony Stewart, 4727, -431
5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4725, -433
6) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 4641, -517
7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4567, -591
8) #31-Jeff Burton, 4535, -623
9) #9-Kasey Kahne, 4497, -661
10) #6-Mark Martin, 4484, -674
11) #99-Carl Edwards, 4428, -730
12) #5-Kyle Busch, 4416, -742
13) #16-Greg Biffle, 4075, -1083
- Rumblings Homestead:
Greg Biffle pulled off the three-peat and Jimmie Johnson was crowned the Nextel Cup Champion for 2006 at Homestead-Miami Speedway today in the Ford 402. Biffle held off Martin Truex Jr (enduring a green/white/checker in the process) for his second win of the season (he won at Darlington in May) and 11th of his Cup career. He's now solo in 50th on the all-time win list. Win #95 for Roush Racing was worth $323,800 from the over $5.2M in posted awards. In the Championship department, this was #6 for Hendrick Motorsports and the first for Jimmie Johnson. A $6M+ payday is pretty smooth, too.
Martin Truex Jr (2nd) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 5th at Talladega in October.
Scott Riggs (7th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Bristol in August.
David Stremme (11th) tied his career-best finish today. He was also 11th at Loudon in July.
Scott Wimmer (12th) had his best finish since he was 11th here last year.
Paul Menard (17th) had his best finish since he was 14th at Lowe's in May (only 5 races).
STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 6 Top-10's in a row. Denny Hamlin has 5 Top-10's in a row.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Denny Hamlin (+30), followed by Carl Edwards (+23), Greg Biffle (+21), and Tony Raines (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kyle Busch (-35), followed by Elliott Sadler (-32), David Gilliland (-24), J. J. Yeley (-22), and Mike Bliss (-22).
How much excitement do you think we'd have had at the end of the race today if we didn't have this contrived "Chase" format? In Classic Points, Johnson would have held on to claim the Championship by only 4 points!!! And they thought 2004 was exciting.....
In that all-important race for 35th (and the final exempt spot) in Owners Points, Kyle Petty held off Sterling Marlin.....and the 45 bunch'll sleep a lot better all winter knowing they're in the 500 next February.Stock Car Fans.(11-19-2006)
- Homestead Race Notes:
• Greg Biffle won the 2006 FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, scoring his 11th career Nextel Cup victory in his 150th career start.
• Biffle moved into sole possession of 50th on NASCAR’s All-Time win list.
• This is Biffle’s second victory in 2006. He also won at Darlington in May.
• Biffle scored his third straight victory at Homestead.
• Biffle scored his 15th top-10 finish in 2006.
• Biffle’s victory today was the sixth for Ford in 2006.
• Biffle won the race from the 22nd-place starting position, the lowest starting position of a race winner in eight races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
• Kasey Kahne led five times for 90 of the 268 laps raced, leading the most laps for the fourth time in 2006.
• Race winner Biffle led twice for 47 laps including the final 12 laps in the 2006 FORD 400 at Homestead.
• This was team owner Jack Roush’s 95th Nextel Cup victory. It was Roush’s fourth Nextel Cup victory at Homestead.
• Jack Roush Racing has won at least one race each season 1997-2006, 10 consecutive years.
• Jimmie Johnson (ninth) was eighth in points after the first four races in the Chase (after Talladega), then 156 points behind then point leader Jeff Burton. Six races later, Johnson claimed his first Nextel Cup championship. Johnson gained 212 points during the final six races, the result of five straight finishes of first or second and his ninth–place finish tonight.
• Five of the 10 Chase drivers finished in the top 10 at Homestead.
• Four of The Chase drivers changed points positions at Homestead.
• There were seven changes in the second-place points position in the 10 races during the Chase began at New Hampshire. Five different drivers ranked second during the Chase: Johnson, Hamlin, Gordon, Kenseth and Harvick. Kenseth held the second-place position in the final three races.
• Four of the Chase drivers led at Homestead earning valuable lap leader bonus points.
• Five of the 10 races in the Chase were won by Chase drivers
• Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne each scored two Bud Poles during the Chase, the most among all Chase drivers.
• Kevin Harvick was the only Chase driver to score two victories during the Chase.
• Matt Kenseth scored nine top-15 finishes in the 10 races in The Chase, the only driver to do so.
• Jimmie Johnson scored five top-five finishes in the 10 Chase races, the most among the Chase drivers and scored top-10 finishes in the final six races in the Chase.
• Denny Hamlin was the only Chase driver to score seven top-10 finishes in the 10 races in the Chase.
• Jimmie Johnson was the only driver to lead in eight of the 10 races in the Chase.
• Jimmie Johnson scored 50 lap leader/bonus points in 10 races in the Chase, the most among all drivers.
• Johnson was the only Chase driver to post seven top-10 starts in the 10 races in the Chase
• Tony Stewart finished 11th in the Championship standings and missed the Chase by 16 points.. He ended the 2006 season with a 299-point lead over 12th-place Carl Edwards. This is the first year that Stewart did not finish among the top-10 since 1999.
• Denny Hamlin (third) scored his 20th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his first top-10 finish in two races at Homestead.
• Truex Jr was the highest finishing rookie for the 3rd time in 2006.
• At least one of the 2006 Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders scored a top-15 finish in all 36 races this season.
• Kasey Kahne (fourth) scored his 19th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his first top-10 finish in three races at Homestead.
• Kevin Harvick (fifth) scored his 20th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his fifth top-10 finish in six races at Homestead.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(11-19-2006)
Homestead Race Rundown
- The Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
after 268 of 267  laps:
car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
#16-Biffle-f (22)(47 laps led)
#1-Truex Jr.-c (20-r)(27 laps led)
#9-Kahne-d (1)(90 laps led)
#10-Riggs-d (2)(1 laps led)
#48-Johnson-c (15)(2 laps led)
c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
(chasers above in blue)
where the other Chasers who can win the championship are running:
#8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (14) was 19th
- Cars on the lead lap: 20 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 25,66,12,24,00
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 22,32,45,21,88,38,5
- Cars on the track: 33 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (11) and reason:
#11-Yeley (out of gas-out)
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (10 leaders with 15 lead changes):
#9-Kahne (90, pole);
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (47);
#1-Truex Jr. (27);
- Lap leaders: #9-Kahne - pole; #9-Kahne 1-18; #5-Busch 19-46; #9-Kahne 47-104; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 105-106; #48-Johnson 107-108; #15-Menard 109; #9-Kahne 110-117; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 118-162; #1-Truex Jr. 163-189; #19-Sadler 190-206; #9-Kahne 207-209; #10-Riggs 210; #9-Kahne 211-213; #16-Biffle 214-248; #18-Yeley 249-256; #16-Biffle 257-268;
Cautions: 11 for 43 laps
Caution 11 - Laps 263 - 266: #42-Mears lost an engine, left oil on the track
RED FLAG as of 6:08 thru 6:16, approx 8 minutes
Caution 10 - Laps 253 - 256: #30-Montoya slammed the turn 1 wall hard after #12-Newman got into him, rupturing the fuel cell, alot of fire, but Montoya got out very fast and is OK
Caution 9 - Laps 248 - 251: #12-Newman got together with #30-Montoya and Newman slid thru the grass on the backstretch
Caution 8 - Laps 206 - 209: #49-Bliss loss an engine and left oil on the track
Caution 7 - Laps 190 - 193: #7-Gordon lost it in turn 4 and spun around, scraping the wall
Caution 6 - Laps 175 - 178: #38-Gilliland, while running 6th, smacked the turn 1 wall, kept going, then lost it and hit the turn 3 wall harder.
Caution 5 - Laps 162 - 165: #22-Blaney lost a tire and left debris on the track
Caution 4 - Laps 117 - 120: #5-Busch smacked the wall once, lost some position, kept going, then wacked it hard in turn 2
Caution 3 - Laps 46 - 49: Debris on the track, a spring rubber in the groove
Caution 2 - Laps 16 - 18: #2-Busch had just came back out from getting the car repaired, lost a tire, smacked the turn 4 wall and spun in front of the leaders [right in front of brither Kyle] and left springs and debris on the track.
Caution 1 - Laps 8 - 11: #2-Busch got into the back stretch wall, bounced off it and #43-Labonte had no place to go and made contact with Labonte.
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Homestead in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
Caution 11: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
Caution 10: #15-Menard, 17th
Caution 9: none awarded
Caution 8: #20-Stewart, 15th
Caution 7: #30-Montoya, 34th
Caution 6: #42-Mears, 32nd
Caution 5: #41-Sorenson, 16th
Caution 4: #14-Marlin, 37th
Caution 3: #88-Jarrett, 31st
Caution 2: none as #2-Busch was eligible and was the cause for the caution
Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- Homestead Penalty Report:
Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
#2 TE Pitting before pit road was open Lap 7
#45 TE Pitting before pit road was open Lap 8
#41 TE Outside half of pit box tire violation Lap 46
#5 TE Pitting before pit road was open Lap 116
#22 TE Pitting before pit road was open Lap 161
#38 PT Too fast entering pits Lap 226
#12 TE Pitting before pit road was open Lap 247
PT - Pass through
TE - Tail end of the longest line
SG - Stop and Go
OL - One lap
ND - NASCAR discretion
MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-19-2006)
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- just before the green flag after the 11th caution, #18-Yeley stopped on the front stretch and got a push from a tow truck.
---- all the lead lap cars came in to pit during the 9th caution, #16-Biffle in first and out 2nd as #18-Yeley didn't pit
---- on lap 231, #19-Sadler, while running 5th, slowed on the track and looks like he lost an engine
---- on lap 225, #8-Earnhardt Jr, while running 10th, scraped the turn 2 wall and pancaked the right side of the car, he fell back to 12th
---- #14-Marlin was reported as being out with a engine problem, but he is back on the track as of lap 180
---- during the 5th caution, everyone came in to pit, #8-Earnhardt Jr. came in leading but the rear tire changer had a hard time getting one lugnut off and lost 6 spots, #1-Truex Jr. came out leading; #11-Hamlin had to come in a 2nd time during the caution as they missed 2 lugnuts
---- on lap 158 #16-Biffle scraped the wall while running 2nd, fell back a bit but no damage
---- on lap 150, #14-Marlin slowed on the track and headed to the garage, this could cost the team a chance to get in the top-35 of owners points and be assured a spot in the field for the first 5 races, that should cement #45-Petty in the top-35 of owners points
---- as of lap 145, #43-Labonte is back on the track after the team made repairs to the lap 8 wreck, Labonte is 126 laps down
---- most of the lead lap cars came into pit, #48-Johnson, was slowed on his pitstop as the front tire changer wasn't done and Johnson started to go, but the crew stopped him and they finished the stop, just lost some time.
---- green flag pitstops started around lap 103, #9-Kahne, the leader came in on lap 105, along with #17-Kenseth, #8-Earnhardt Jr. led 2 laps and came in to pit on 107, with #48-Johnson leading 2 laps, then coming in. #15-Menard took the lead then #9-Kahne cycled back into the lead as the pit stops were over, no incidents reported during the stops
---- during the 3rd caution, #7-Gordon is reporting their transponder came loose inside the car and had another one put in.
---- #48-Johnson has a hole in the nose from debris of the #2 caution 2 wreck and the crew took time during the 2nd caution to repair the hole, may have some overheating problems.
---- on lap 22, #30-Montoya made contact with #42-Mears and may have a tire rub, the #42 and #30 also got into #8-Earnhardt Jr. but looks like no damage.
---- during the 2nd caution, more cars came in to pit
---- during the first caution, some leaders came in: #'s 17,29,24,6,11 - a total of 23 cars came in to pit.
---- green/yellow flag at 3:11pm/et
---- green flag start was waved off a lap as NASCAR spotted debris on the track between turns 1 & 2.
---- command to start engines at 2:58pm/et by Grand Marshal, Edsel Ford III
---- To The Back : #7-Gordon [engine/was to start 35th]; #07-Bowyer [engine/was to start 10th];
- To The Back : #7-Gordon [engine/was to start 35th]; #07-Bowyer [engine/was to start 10th]; these drivers have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag, usually done on the final pace lap, the driver is credit with their original starting spot as the official starting postion.
- Race Coverage of the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled to run Sunday, November 19, 2006.
TV: NBC at 2:00pm/et [green flag around 2:55pm/et].
Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 11:00pm/et - 3 hour show
Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at 2:30pm/et
- Saturday's First Practice for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, the fastest:
highest Ford: #99-Edwards 16th
slowest: #96-Raines 167.577 and #88-Jarrett 168.146
most laps run: #6-Martin 52; #01-Nemechek 48
incident: SPEED reported that #32-Kvapil lost an engine at the end of practice
Chasers[five in the hunt]
#8-Earnhardt Jr. 19
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#29-Harvick 169.119 [2nd fastest lap], 29 laps run
#48-Johnson 168.802 [10th], 34 laps
#99-Edwards 176.641 [16th], 33 laps
See speeds on my Homestead Practice Speeds Page.(11-18-2006)
- Kahne wins pole at Homestead: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Budweiser Pole for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a speed of 178.259mph for his 6th pole of 2006 and 12th of his career. The rest of the top-10 are #29-Harvick, #25-Vickers, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #01-Nemechek, #16-Biffle, #12-Newman, #2-Busch, #5-Busch and #17-Kenseth. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #49-Bliss, #14-Marlin, #33-Wimmer, #15-Menard, #30-Montoya, #09-Mayfield, #32-Kvapil and #37-Elliott [using a past champions provisional]. #7-Gordon blew an engine on his 2nd lap and will have to go to the rear of the field after qualifying 35th. See the qualifying results/starting lineup. pole progression on the Homestead Starting Grid/Qualifying Page .(11-17-2006)
- 13 Do not qualify for Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Ford 400: #4-Burton, #72-Whitt, #95-Atwood, #78-KWallace, #06-Kluever, #60-Ragan, #55-Waltrip, #27-Skinner, #74-Cope, #61-Lepage, #46-Long, #34-Chaffin and #89-Shepherd [withdrew].(11-17-2006)
- Where do the Chasers start at Homestead:
#48-Jimmie Johnson starts 15th
#17-Matt Kenseth 19th
#29-Kevin Harvick 7th
#11-Denny Hamlin 33rd
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 14th
below are eliminated from the championship
#24-Jeff Gordon 12th
#31-Jeff Burton 5th
#6-Mark Martin 26th
#9-Kasey Kahne 1st
#5-Kyle Busch 3rd
- Ramblings - Homestead: Kasey Kahne took the Bud Pole today at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday's Ford 400, his sixth top-spot of the season and 12th of his career. Kahne's time of 30.293 (178.259 mph) was less than 1/100th of a second
quicker than Scott Riggs who'll start on the outside pole. Kahne finishes the season tied with Kurt Busch for most poles, but Kahne
had two outside poles this year while Busch had just one.
Kyle Busch (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Phoenix in April
Mike Bliss (17th) has his best starting spot since he quailified 6th at Texas in October of 2005.
Welcome Juan Pablo Montoya (let the hoopla begin!). He'll make his first Nextel Cup start in 29th place.
STREAKIN....Brian Vickers has 3 Top-10 starts in a row.
Our main combatants in the Chase are back a little ways in the field, but as we've seen on numerous occasion, that matters little. Jimmie Johnson will start 15th while Matt Kenseth is two rows back in 19th. Kevin Harvick (7th), Denny Hamlin (33rd), and Dale Earnhardt Jr (14th) are the only other drivers with a chance (tho slim for some) at the Championship. Jeff Gordon will be eliminated when they take the green.(Stock Car Fans)(11-17-2006)
- Homestead Qualifying Notes:
• Kasey Kahne won the Bud Pole for the Ford 400, lapping Homestead-Miami Speedway in 30.293 seconds at 178.259 mph. Jamie McMurray holds the track-qualifying record of 29.816 seconds, 181.111 mph - set Nov. 14, 2003.
• This is Kahne’s 12th career Bud Pole in 108 Nextel Cup Series races.
• This is his sixth Bud Pole and 20th top-10 start in 2006. He tied Kurt Busch for the most Bud Poles this season. Kahne will win the yearly Bud Pole Award based on the tie-breaker of two second-place starts as to Busch’s one.
• This is Kahne’s first Bud Pole and third top-10 start in three races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His starts have all been third or better.
• Kahne became the seventh different Bud Pole winner in eight races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
• Scott Riggs posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 30.300 seconds, 178.218 mph – and will join Kahne on the front row for the Ford 400. He posted his first start better than 25th in three Homestead races.
• This is the 16th Bud Pole for Dodge in 2006. Chevrolet has 13 Bud Poles and Ford has five. Qualifying was canceled for the first race at Bristol and the second at Atlanta.
• Kyle Busch (third) has started fourth in his only other appearance at Homestead (2005). This is his best start since he won the Bud Pole at Phoenix in April.
• Elliott Sadler (fourth) has posted his first start better than 15th in eight Homestead races.
• Jeff Burton (fifth) has started from the top 10 just one other time in his eight races at Homestead.
• Four of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Kahne, Busch, Burton and Kevin Harvick (seventh). Jeff Gordon (12th), Dale Earnhardt (14th), Jimmie Johnson (15th), Matt Kenseth (19th), Mark Martin (26th) and Denny Hamlin (33rd) are the Chase drivers starting outside the top 10.
• Juan Pablo Montoya (29th) qualified for his career-first Nextel Cup race.
• Bill Elliott used a past champion’s provisional to make the field.
• The 56 drivers that entered the Ford 400 is the largest entry number of drivers to attempt to make a race since Daytona in February (58). Morgan Shepherd withdrew prior to qualifying.(NASCAR Statisitcal Services)(11-17-2006)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 17, 2006 at 3:10pm/et.
TV: Speed Channel - 3:00pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
Qualifying Re-Air: none
- Qualifying Order List for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Superspeedway is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #34-Chaffin is due out first on Friday, November 17 at 3:10pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #06-Kluever. For the Qualifying order, see my Homestead Qualifying/Grid Page.(11-17-2006)
- Friday Practice Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Superspeedway is over, a huge field of 56 to make an attempt, the fastest::
and #30-Montoya is 31st
chasers in the hunt:
#8-Earnhardt Jr. 40th
slowest: #89-Shepherd 163.964 and #46-Long 164.961
most laps run: #1-Truex Jr. 35; #20-Stewart & #00-Elliott 32
incident: #88-Jarrett crashed in practice and will be in a backup for qualifying
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#18-Yeley 174.874 [11th fastest lap], 16 laps run
#07-Bowyer 174.081 [19th], 12 laps
#01-Nemechek 174.040 [17th], 12 laps
See speeds on my Homestead Practice Speeds Page.(11-17-2006)
- Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Homestead
these drivers would make the race if things stayed the same:
#33-Scott Wimmer, 21st fastest
#49-Mike Bliss, 23rd
#00-Bill Elliott [CH], 27th
#06-Todd Kluever, 29th
#30-Juan Montoya, 31st
#32-Travis Kvapil, 32nd
#4-Ward Burton, 37th
#14-Sterling Marlin, 38th
these drivers would miss the race if things stayed the same:
#15-Paul Menard, 41st
#60-David Ragan, 42nd
#55-Michael Waltrip, 44th
#09-Jeremy Mayfield, 45th
#95-Casey Atwood, 46th
#72-Brandon Whitt, 48th
#61-Kevin Lepage, 49th
#78-Kenny Wallace, 50th
#27-Mike Skinner, 51st
#34-Chad Chaffin, 52nd
#74-Derrike Cope, 54th
#46-Carl Long, 55th
#89-Morgan Shepherd, 56th/last.(11-17-2006)
- Entry List for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Superspeedway is up, 56 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
#00-Bill Elliott [CH]
#27-Mike Skinner/Kirk Shelmerdine
[CH] has champ prov to use if needed
added after entry list released:
#89-Morgan Shepherd [PE]
If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 09,00,14,32,55,4,49,61
missing the race would be #'s: 78,34,74,95,27,72,15,06,60,46,30,33,89.
see entry list on Jayski's Homestead Entry List Page.
- Championship Scenarios Heading to Homestead: Any driver within 156 points is still mathematically eligible for the Nextel Cup Series championship. So, going into the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the following drivers can still win the title:
Jimmie Johnson 6332 points
Matt Kenseth -63
Kevin Harvick -90
Denny Hamlin -90
Dale Earnhardt Jr. -115
Jimmie Johnson is assured of winning the championship if any of the following occur:
Finish of 12th or better and leading no laps
Finish of 13th or better and leading at least one lap
Finish of 15th or better and leading the most laps
If Kenseth wins the Ford 400 and both Johnson and Kenseth tie in the point standings, they would also tie at the first tiebreaker with five wins each. The next tiebreaker is second place finishes. The advantage would go to Johnson, who currently has six runner-up finishes, better than the three runner-up finishes by Kenseth.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-13-2006)
#48-Jimmie Johnson wins if any of the following occur:
- Finish of 12th or better and leading no laps
- Finish of 13th or better and leading at least one lap
- Finish of 15th or better and leading the most laps
#17-Matt Kenseth wins if all of the following occur:
- He wins the race and leads the most laps.
- Jimmie Johnson finishes 13th or worse without leading a lap.
#29-Kevin Harvick wins if all of the following occur:
- He wins the race and leads the most laps.
- Jimmie Johnson finishes 22nd or worse and doesn't lead a lap.
- Matt Kenseth finishes 4th or worse and doesn't lead a lap.
#11-Denny Hamlin wins if all of the following occur:
- He wins the race and leads the most laps.
- Jimmie Johnson finishes 22nd or worse and doesn't lead a lap.
- Matt Kenseth finishes 4th or worse and doesn't lead a lap.
#8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins if all of the following occur:
- He wins the race and leads the most laps.
- Jimmie Johnson finishes 30th or worse and doesn't lead a lap.
- Matt Kenseth finishes 10th or worse and doesn't lead a lap.
- Both Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin both finish fourth or worse and don't lead a lap.
- The Top 35 Owners Points is set for Homestaed:
#14-Marlin wrecks and loses ground to 35th as Petty increases lead
33) #40-Stremme/Ganassi 156 points ahead of 36th [and safely locked in]
34) #19-Sadler/Evernham +121
35) #45-Petty/Petty +47
these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
36) #14-Marlin/Bobby Ginn 47 points behind 35th
37) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -283 [no chance to get back in]
Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used to determine the top-35 and the other drivers who need to make the race on speed, the points and positions will fluctuate each week and settle as the season progresses.
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(11-12-2006)
- Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 seaspn, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Nextel Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Nextel Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Nextel Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
Through the first five races of the season for the Nextel Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]
- see my Final 2005 Owners Points with the 2006 teams listed page
- What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35]
#2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
#3) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
#4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
#5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]
After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
#2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
#3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
#4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
#5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
#6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
#7) - Qualifying Order Position
(all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- for race results and current drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's - 2006 Nextel Cup Race Results Page
- 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).
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- Who's Hot - Homestead:
• Jimmie Johnson is the only Chase driver to post seven top-10 starts in the Chase.
• Jimmie Johnson has scored one victory and four second-place finishes in the last five
races in the Chase. Those five top-five finishes are the most by any driver in the Chase.
• Matt Kenseth is the only Chase driver to score eight top-15 finishes in the nine races in the
• Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to lead in seven of the nine Chase races. Johnson has led
484 laps in the Chase and has earned 45 lap-leader bonus points, both the most among Chase
• Chase drivers Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin have both scored four straight top-10
• Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart are the only drivers to score 15 top-five finishes in the first
35 races of 2006.
• Carl Edwards has scored eight straight top-15 finishes.
(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-13-2006)
- Track Qualifying Record [new layout]: Jamie McMurray, Nov 2003, 181.111mph
- Track Qualifying Record [old layout]: Steve Park, Nov 2000, 156.440mph
- 2005 Pole Sitter: #99-Carl Edwards, 176.051, finished 4th
- Race Record [new layout]: Bobby Labonte, Nov 2003, 116.868mph
- Race Record [old layout]: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 140.335mph
- 2004 Race Winner: Greg Biffle, 105.623mph, started 2nd
- Slowest Race Record: Greg Biffle, 2004, 105.623mph [new layout]
- Most Wins: Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, 2
- Most Poles: Kurt Busch, 2
- Most Top 5s: 4 - Mark Martin
- Most Top 10s: 6 - Jeff Gordon
- 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: 14 - 11/21/2004
- Most Caution Laps: 79 - 11/21/2004
- 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 and 11/21/2004
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Tony Stewart, 2000, started 13th
- Most Lead Changes: 21 - 11/16/2003, 11/20/2005
- 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: 3, Ford
- Races won from starting pos 1: 2 [of 7] 28.6%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 2
- Races won from starting pos 7: 2
- Races won from starting pos 13: 1
- Races won from the Pole: 2 of 7 [28.6%]
- Races won from the top 5: 4 of 7 - 57.1%
- Races won from the Top 10: 6 of 7 [85.7%]
- Races won from the Top 15: 7 of 7 [100%]
- Races won from outside the Top 10: 1 of 7 [14.3%]
- Homestead Nuggets:
Chase For the Nextel Cup Drivers (Ranked by Average Finish)
Driver Starts Average Finish Laps Led
1. Kevin Harvick, 5, 9.4, 59
2. Jeff Gordon, 7, 9.6, 46
3. Mark Martin, 7, 11.6, 30
4. Jeff Burton, 7, 13.7, 5
5. Jimmie Johnson, 5, 15.6, 34
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 6, 19.7, 46
7. Matt Kenseth, 6, 25.5, 0
8. Kasey Kahne, 2, 27.0, 0
9. Denny Hamlin, 1, 33.0, 1
10.Kyle Busch, 1, 41.0, 0
• None of the 10 Chase drivers have scored a victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
• Mark Martin leads all Chase drivers with four top-five finishes in seven starts at Homestead.
• Jeff Gordon has scored six top-10 finishes in seven races at Homestead.
• Five of the 10 Chase drivers posted top-10 finishes at Homestead last November.
• Kasey Kahne has posted top-five starts in both of his races at Homestead. His 3.5 starting average at Homestead is the best of all Chase drivers and best among all drivers with more than one start there.
• Jeff Gordon has scored four straight top-10 finishes at Homestead, the longest current streak.
• Kevin Harvick has posted three straight top-10 finishes at Homestead.
• Matt Kenseth is expected to make his 250th consecutive Nextel Cup start at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
• Greg Biffle is expected to make his 150th career start at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
• Jamie McMurray is expected to make his 150th career start at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
• Twelve drivers have started in all seven races at Homestead.
• Kurt Busch lead all drivers with two Bud Poles at Homestead.
• Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart lead all drivers each with two Homestead victories.
• Mark Martin leads all drivers with four top-five finishes in seven races at Homestead.
• Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with six top-10 finishes in seven races at Homestead.
• Tony Stewart has the best finishing average among the 12 drivers that have competed in all seven races at Homestead. Stewart’s 9.25 finishing average at Homestead is the best among all drivers with more than two starts there and ranks third overall.
• Ryan Newman leads all drivers with three straight top-five starts at Homestead.
• Kurt Busch has three straight top-10 starts at Homestead.
• Tony Stewart has scored seven straight top-20 finishes at Homestead.
• Kevin Harvick has scored five straight top-20 finishes at Homestead.
• Kenny Wallace has finished 25th or better in all seven of the races at Homestead.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. has finished 25th or better in all six of his races at Homestead.
Starting Up Front Is Important
• Six of the seven races at Homestead have been won from a top-10 starting position.
• All seven of the races at Homestead have been won from a top-15 starting position.
Jack Roush and Joe Gibbs lead all car owners, each with three victories at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Ray Evernham has the other Homestead victory.
• Race No. 36 at Homestead is the 10th and final race in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
• Fve of the top-10 drivers in the Chase changed positions at Phoenix.
• Eight of the 10 Chase drivers scored top-10 finishes at Phoenix.
• Jimmie Johnson leads the Chase for the Nextel Cup by 63 points over second-place Matt Kenseth.
• Johnson one of four drivers to lead the point standings during the Chase.
• Five drivers remain mathematically eligible to win the 2006 Nextel Cup Championship in the final race at Homestead. All drivers are in the 156-point window which is the maximum points that can be gained or lost during a single race.
• Jeff Gordon (-167) is more than 156 points behind and less than 190 points behind point leader Johnson. As soon as point leader Johnson starts the race at Homestead Gordon is mathematically eliminated from winning the 2006 Nextel Cup Championship.
• Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch are more than 190 points behind point leader Johnson heading to Homestead. These drivers have been mathematically eliminated from winning the 2006 Nextel Cup Championship.
• If Johnson finishes 12th or better, or leads a lap and finishes 13th or better, or leads the most laps and finishes 15th or better in the final race at Homestead, he will clinch the 2006 Nextel Cup Championship, regardless of any other drivers performance. Johnson has five victories in 2006 and would also win in case of a tie because of his six second-place finishes.
• Jimmie Johnson was eighth in points after the first four races in the Chase (after Talladega), then 156 points behind then point leader Jeff Burton. Five races later, Johnson remained first in the point standings for the second straight race. Johnson has gained 219 points in the last five races, the result of a victory and four secondplace finishes.
• There have been seven changes in the second-place points position in the nine races since the Chase began at New Hampshire. Five different drivers have ranked second during the Chase: Johnson, Hamlin, Gordon, Kenseth and Harvick have all held the second-place points position during the Chase.
• In 2004, Jimmie Johnson won four of the 10 Chase races but finished second in the final standings. In 2005, he won two of the 10 Chase races and finished fifth in the final standings. Johnson scored his first Chase victory in 2006 with his victory at Martinsville.
• Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with 23 top-10 finishes in 2006.
• Five Chase races in 2006 have been won by Chase drivers: New Hampshire (Kevin Harvick), Dover (Jeff Burton) Charlotte (Kasey Kahne), Martinsville (Jimmie Johnson) and Phoenix (Kevin Harvick).
• Four of the nine Chase races in 2006 have been won by non-Chase drivers: Tony Stewart (Kansas, Atlanta and Texas) and Brian Vickers (Talladega).
• In 2005, three Chase races were won by non-Chase drivers: Talladega (Dale Jarrett), Martinsville (Jeff Gordon) and Phoenix (Kyle Busch).
• In 2004, only two Chase races were won by non-Chase drivers: Kansas (Joe Nemechek) and Homestead (Greg Biffle).
• Since 2004, non-Chase drivers have won nine of the 29 Chase races (31%).
• Tony Stewart is the first non-Chase driver to score multiple victories during the Chase since the program’s inception in 2004. Stewart has won three of the nine Chase races this season.
• Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to post seven top-10 starts in the nine Chase races.
• Jimmie Johnson has scored five top-five finishes in the Chase, the most among all Chase drivers. All five were finishes of first or second and came in the last five races.
• Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon have each scored six top-10 finishes in the first nine Chase races, the most among all Chase drivers.
• Jimmie Johnson has led in seven of the nine Chase races, the most among Chase drivers. His 45 lap/leader bonus points are the most among the Chase drivers.
• Kevin Harvick has climbed from sixth to third in the championship standings in the last two races.
• Eleventh-place Tony Stewart has a 323-point lead over 12th-place Carl Edwards. Stewart will receive the $1 million bonus and the 11th-place position in the final championship standings.
• Twelve of the top top-25 drivers changed point positions at Phoenix.
• Mark Martin is the only driver among the top 10 yet to score a victory in 2006.
• Tony Stewart has led 1,360 laps in 2006, the most of all drivers.
• At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season. In 28 of the 35 races a rookie finished in the top 10. In 11 of the 35 races two or more rookies finished in the top 10.
• Chevrolet clinched the 2006 Manufacturers’ Championship at New Hampshire, the 30th Championship for Chevrolet, including each of the last four years.
(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-13-2006)
PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS at Homestead
1999 #20-Tony Stewart, Pontiac, started 7th, 140.335mph
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
2004 #16-Greg Biffle, Ford, 2nd, 105.623
2005 #16-Greg Biffle, Ford, 7th, 131.431
1999 #29-David Green, 155.789, finished 22nd
2000 #1-Steve Park, 156.440, 8th
2001 #9-Bill Elliott, 155.226, 1st
2002 #97-Kurt Busch, 154.365, 1st
2003 #42-Jamie McMurray, 181.111, 9th [New Layout]
2004 #97-Kurt Busch, 179.319, 5th
2005 #99-Carl Edwards, 176.051, 4th
Top 10 Heading to Homestead
Jimmie Johnson finished second in the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway,
posting his fifth top-five finish in the Chase, all in the last five races and all first or second-place finishes. If
Johnson finishes 12th or better, or leads a lap and finishes 13th or better, or leads the most laps and finishes 15th
or better in the final race at Homestead, he will clinch the 2006 Nextel Cup Championship,
regardless of any other driver’s performance. Johnson has five victories in 2006 and would also win in case of a
tie because of his six second-place finishes. Johnson retained his lead in the championship point standings for the
second straight week. Johnson is the fourth different driver to lead the championship standings during the nine
races in the Chase. Johnson has climbed from eighth to first in the Nextel Cup standings, gaining
219 points in the last five races. Johnson was the point leader after all but four of the first 26 races in 2006 and
trailed then-leader Matt Kenseth by 57 points at the conclusion of the Race to The Chase, prior to the point
adjustment, and by five after the adjustment in second-place. Johnson leads second-place Matt Kenseth by 63
points. He is one of only three drivers to compete in all three years of the Chase. One year ago he ranked second
in the standings after the ninth Chase race. Johnson finished second in 2004 and fifth in the 2005 final standings.
This will be the fifth straight season that Johnson has finished in the top 10 in the final standings. Johnson joins
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon in the Chase, giving car owner Rick Hendrick the
most drivers in this year's Chase. Johnson has scored 23 top-10 finishes in 35 races this season, the most of all
drivers. He has scored five victories in 2006 (Daytona, Las Vegas, the May event at Talladega, Indianapolis and
second Martinsville). His six second-place finishes are the most by any driver this season. In 2004 Johnson posted
four victories in the Chase, the most wins by a driver in the three-year history of the Chase. Like second-place
Kenseth, Johnson has scored 29 top-15s in the first 35 races. Johnson has ranked among the top 10 for 104
straight races, since Atlanta in March 2004. Johnson held a 124-point lead over Matt Kenseth after Race No. 22 at
Watkins Glen, the biggest lead of the season. He has competed in five races at Homestead-Miami Speedway,
scoring three top-10 finishes. His other two finishes were 25th or worse. His best Homestead finish of second
came in 2004. Johnson finished 40th in this race one year ago, posting his only DNF at Homestead and dropped
from second to fifth in the final championship standings. Johnson has a 15.6 average finish at Homestead, ranking
fifth among the top-10 drivers. Johnson has led in two races at Homestead. Johnson has won at least one race
each season for five consecutive years (2002-2006).
Matt Kenseth finished 13th in the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. He has
scored eight top-15 finishes in the nine Chase races, the only driver to do so. Kenseth has scored 15 top-five
finishes in 2006, tied with Tony Stewart for the most among all drivers. He has scored top-10 finishes in four of
the nine races in the Chase. Kenseth scored four victories in 2006, winning at California, Dover and the second
Michigan and Bristol events. Kenseth remained second in the standings following Phoenix. Kenseth was the
leader in the championship standings after two of the nine races in the Chase. He now trails first-place Jimmie
Johnson by 63 points. Kenseth led Johnson at the conclusion of the Race to The Chase by 57 points, prior to the
point adjustment, and by five after the adjustment in first-place. He is one of only three drivers to participate in all
three years of the Chase. One year ago he ranked seventh in the standings after race No. 9 of the Chase. Kenseth
finished eighth in 2004 and seventh in the 2005 final standings. Kenseth has ranked among the top-five in the
standings since his victory in race No. 2 at California, 34 straight races. Kenseth has been running at the finish in
the last 29 races (since Texas in April). Kenseth has scored 29 top-15 finishes in 2006. Kenseth has led in six of
the nine Chase races. He has competed in six races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, scoring just one top-10
finish. He finished third in this race one year ago, his only finish better than 19th at Homestead. Kenseth has never
led at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He has a 25.5 average finish there, ranking seventh among the 10 Chase
drivers. Kenseth has won at least one race each season for five consecutive years (2002-2006).
Kevin Harvick finished first in the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and
climbed from fifth to third in the Nextel Cup standings. Harvick has scored top-20 finishes in seven
of the nine races in the Chase including two victories. He is the only driver to post two victories in the Chase.
Harvick trailed then-leader Matt Kenseth by 304 points at the conclusion of the Race to The Chase, prior to the
point adjustment, and by 10 after the adjustment ranking third. Harvick trails current leader Jimmie Johnson by 90
points. He is tied in championship points with fourth-place Denny Hamlin who also has 6,242 points. Harvick
gets the third-place position because of his five victories. Harvick has led in three of the nine Chase races, earning
25 lap leader bonus points. This marks Harvick's first year in the Chase along with Burton, the first time team
owner Richard Childress has had a driver in the Chase since the program's 2004 inception. Harvick is one of five
“first-timers” to compete in the Chase. Harvick has ranked among the top 10 in the last 29 races, since Phoenix in
April. One year ago he ranked 14th in the standings after 35 races. Harvick has scored 19 top-10 finishes in 2006
and top-15 finishes in 26 of the 35 races. He has competed in five races at Homestead, scoring four top-10
finishes. He finished eighth in this race one year ago, his third straight top-10 finish at Homestead. He has led in
three of his six races at Homestead. Harvick has a 9.4 average finish at Homestead, ranking first among the 10
Denny Hamlin finished third in the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and
remained fourth in the Nextel Cup standings. Hamlin has scored six top-10 finishes in the nine races
in the Chase, tying Jeff Gordon for the most among the Chase drivers. He trailed then-leader Matt Kenseth by 437
points at the conclusion of the Race to The Chase, prior to the point adjustment, and by 20 after the adjustment in
fifth-place. He now trails current leader Jimmie Johnson by 90 points. He is just 27 points behind third-place
Kevin Harvick. Hamlin is the first Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender to make the Chase since the
program's 2004 inception. Hamlin has two victories in 2006, sweeping both races at Pocono Raceway. He has 19
top-10 finishes in 2006, the most among all rookie contenders. Hamlin has been the highest finishing rookie in 17
of the 35 races this season. Hamlin has been running at the finish in the last 29 races. He has competed in just one
race at Homestead, scoring a 33rd-place finish in this race one year ago. Hamlin led one lap at Homestead in this
race one year ago. His 33.0 average finish ranks ninth among the 10 Chase drivers.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished ninth in the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and
dropped from third to fifth in the standings. He and Matt Kenseth are the only drivers to score top-25 finishes in
all nine Chase races. He trailed then-leader Matt Kenseth by 447 points at the conclusion of the Race to The
Chase, prior to the point adjustment, and by 25 after the adjustment ranking sixth. Earnhardt Jr. trails point leader
Johnson by 115 points. This marks his second year in the Chase. One year ago he ranked 20th in the standings. He
missed the 2005 Chase by 216 points. He finished fifth in 2004, the inaugural year of the Chase. Earnhardt
finished 19th in the final standings in 2005. He has scored 24 top-15 finishes this season. Earnhardt Jr. has one
victory in 2006, winning at Richmond in May. He has competed in six races at Homestead-Miami Speedway,
scoring finishes of 13th or worse in all six. He finished 19th in this race one year ago, his first top-20 finish in his
last four races at Homestead. Earnhardt Jr. has a 19.166 average finish at Homestead, ranking sixth among the 10
Chase drivers. He has led in just one of his six races there, but has not led in the last three.
Jeff Gordon finished fourth in the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and
remained sixth in the Nextel Cup standings. He has scored four top-five finishes in the nine races in
the Chase. He joins Kasey Kahne as the only drivers with three DNFs in the nine races in the Chase. Gordon
trailed then-leader Matt Kenseth by 464 points at the conclusion of the Race to The Chase, prior to the point
adjustment, and by 40 after the adjustment ranking ninth. He trails current leader Jimmie Johnson by 167 points
and will be mathematically eliminated in his quest for the 2006 Championship when Jimmie Johnson starts the
race at Homestead. This marks Gordon's second year in The Chase. One year ago he ranked 11th in the standings.
He finished third in 2004, the inaugural year of The Chase. Gordon finished 11th in the standings in 2005. Gordon
has two victories in 2006, winning at Infineon and Chicago. He has scored 23 top-15 finishes in 35 races in 2006.
Gordon has scored six top-10 finishes in seven races at Homestead. Gordon finished ninth in this race one year
ago, extending a streak of four straight top-10 finishes at Homestead. Gordon has a 9.571 finishing average at
Homestead, ranking second among all Chase drivers.
Jeff Burton finished 10th in the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and remained
seventh in the Nextel Cup standings. Burton has scored five top-10 finishes in the nine races in the
Chase. He now trails leader Jimmie Johnson by 225 points and has been mathematically eliminated from winning
the 2006 Nextel Cup Championship. He trailed then-leader Matt Kenseth by 463 points at the
conclusion of the Race to The Chase, prior to the point adjustment, and by 35 after the adjustment ranking eighth.
This marks Burton's first year in the Chase (along with Richard Childress Racing teammate Kevin Harvick) and
the first time team owner Richard Childress has had a driver in the Chase since the program's 2004 inception.
Burton's teammate, Harvick, began the Chase in third place. RCR has won three of the nine races in the Chase.
Burton led in each of the first four Chase races, but not in the last five. He has posted 26 top-15 finishes in 2006.
He has scored 20 top-10 finishes in 35 races this season. One year ago he ranked 18th in the standings after 35
races. Burton has competed in seven races at Homestead, scoring three top-10 finishes, all top fives. Burton has
finished 14th or worse in his last three races at Homestead. He finished 25th in this race one year ago. He led just
five laps in his first race at Homestead but has not led in his last six races there. Burton has a 13.714 average
finish at Homestead, ranking fourth among the 10 Chase drivers.
Mark Martin finished sixth in the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and
climbed from ninth to eight in the Nextel Cup standings. He trailed then-leader Matt Kenseth at the
conclusion of the Race to The Chase by 449 points, prior to the point adjustment, and by 30 after the adjustment
ranking seventh. He now trails current leader Jimmie Johnson by 273 points and has been mathematically
eliminated from winning the 2006 Nextel Cup Championship. Martin is one of only three drivers to
compete in all three years of the Chase. A year ago he ranked fifth after race No. 35. Martin finished fourth in
2004 and fourth again in the 2005 final standings. During 2004 and 2005 he scored just one Chase victory
(Kansas in 2005), but five second-place finishes. Martin has not won in 2006 and his best Chase finish in the first
nine races is third at Kansas. He has posted four top-10 finishes in seven races at Homestead, all top-fives. Martin
finished second in this race one year ago, his best finish at Homestead. Martin has an 11.571 average finish at
Homestead, ranking third among the 10 Chase drivers. Martin is the only Chase driver who has not won in 2006.
Martin has not won a race since his victory at Kansas in October 2005, 41 races ago.
Kasey Kahne finished seventh in the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and
climbed from 10th to ninth in the Nextel Cup standings. Kahne has scored three DNFs in the Chase,
tying Jeff Gordon for the most. Kahne has scored four top-10 finishes in the Chase. Kahne trails point leader
Jimmie Johnson by 319 points and has been mathematically eliminated from winning the 2006 NASCAR
Nextel Cup Championship. Kahne made the Chase by beating 11th-place Tony Stewart by just 16 points. He
trailed then-leader Matt Kenseth by 466 points at the conclusion of the Race to The Chase, prior to the
adjustment, and by 45 after the adjustment ranking 10th. This marks Kahne's first year in the Chase and the third
by an Evernham Motorsports driver (Jeremy Mayfield finished 10th in 2004 and ninth in 2005). Kahne has scored
six victories in 2006, more than any other driver. Kahne has posted 20 top-15 finishes in 2006. He has 18 top-10
finishes in 35 races this season. One year ago he ranked 22nd in the standings after 35 races. Kahne has competed
in two races at Homestead, scoring two finishes outside the top-15. He finished 16th in this race one year ago.
Kahne has never led at Homestead. He has a 27.0 average finish at Homestead, ranking eighth among the 10
Kyle Busch finished 38th in the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and dropped
from eighth to 10th in the Nextel Cup standings. Busch has scored 18 top-10 finishes in 2006. He
has scored three top-10 finishes in the nine races of The Chase. One year ago Busch ranked 19th after 35 races.
He trailed then-leader Matt Kenseth by 361 points at the conclusion of the Race to The Chase, prior to the point
adjustment, and by 15 after the adjustment, ranking fourth. He now trails current point leader Jimmie Johnson by
359 points and has been mathematically eliminated from winning the 2006 Nextel Cup
Championship. This marks Busch's first year in The Chase, one of five drivers new to The Chase. He has scored
24 top-15 finishes in 2006. Busch has competed in just one race at Homestead, scoring a 41st place DNF in this
race one year ago. He has not led at Homestead. Busch’s 41.0 average finish at Homestead ranks last among the
10 Chase drivers.
(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-14-2006)
- 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
Degree of Banking: Turns: 6 degrees
Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 60 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 72,000, +4,400 temp seats for 2006
Grand Marshal: Edsel B. Ford II
Command to start engines: Edsel B. Ford II
Wave the green flag/honorary starter: Alan Mulally, President & CEO of Ford
National Anthem: American Idol Taylor Hicks
Military Flyover: ?
- Track Homepage: homesteadmiamispeedway.com
- 2005 Race Info / Rundown Page
- Ford Execs to serve as starter and grand marshal for Ford 400: Alan Mulally, recently named President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company, will serve as Honorary Starter for Sunday's Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mulally will wave the green flag to get the final race of the season underway as NASCAR crowns its
2006 Season Champion. Additionally, Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford Board of Directors, will serve as Grand Marshal for the event. Ford is a member of the board of directors of Ford Motor Company. As a consultant to the company, Ford is active in company affairs and corporate dealer relations. This will be the third straight year he has given the "Start Your Engines" command. Ford is the great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company. 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 to 1980. All three NASCAR Series, the Craftsman Truck, Busch, and Nextel Cup will crown champions under the lights during Ford Championship Weekend. To
purchase tickets to events at HMS, or for more information, log onto www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or call the HMS ticket hotline at 1-866-409-RACE.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(11-15-2006)
- American Idol Taylor Hicks to sing National Anthem at Ford 400: After winning the American Idol competition on television's biggest stage last spring, Taylor Hicks will now perform on one of NASCAR's biggest stages by singing the national anthem prior to the Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Tickets are still available for the Busch Series Ford 300 on Saturday, Nov. 18 and the Truck Series Ford 200 on Friday, Nov. 17, which are part of the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Tickets are available by calling 1-866-409-RACE or by logging on to www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(HMS PR)(11-11-2006)
- Up to 4,400 Temp Seats being added at Homestead: Homestead-Miami Speedway announced plans to build temporary seating for the Nextel Cup season finale, which sold out in June. Track president Curtis Gray said as many as 4,400 seats could be added in Turn 4 for the Ford 400 on Nov. 19, and he expects all will be sold. "We'll build the seats as demand warrants, but we've had tons of calls," Gray said. "The popularity of the championship is growing, and the variable banking has really worked. Under our old configuration, I don't think NASCAR would have continued to end the season here." The race will mark the fourth consecutive sellout since Homestead was reconfigured in 2003 with variable banking, which has been hailed by drivers for promoting more side-by-side racing. Gray said the track's 65,000-capacity grandstands could be expanded for 2008 depending on demand for the temporary seats. The track also is hoping Miami resident Juan Pablo Montoya, who is moving into Cup next season, will enter its Busch Series race Nov. 18. Gray said a marketing plan for Montoya has been prepared, including travel packages from the former Formula One driver's home country of Colombia.(USA Today)(9-13-2006)
- Homestead's Ford Championship weekend schedule set: The on-track schedule for the 2006 Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, featuring the championship finales for the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, November 17-19, has been set. The dates and times for Ford Championship Weekend are tentative and subject to change. The Nextel Cup Series Ford 400, televised live on NBC, is scheduled to start at 2:30pm/et on Sunday, November 19. Following the Ford 400, the 2006 Nextel Cup Champion will be officially crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Nextel Cup Series will both practice and qualify on Friday, November 17. The Busch Series Ford 300 will begin at 7:00pm/et under the lights on Saturday, November 18 with live television on TNT. The Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200, televised live on SPEED TV, will again be under the lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway with an 8:00pm/et start time on Friday, November 17. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck
Series will both practice and qualify on Friday prior to the Ford 200. To order tickets or for more information, call (866) 409-RACE.(HMS PR)(7-29-2006)
- Ford 400 at Homestead sold out: Tickets for Ford Championship Weekend's Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 at
Homestead-Miami Speedway, have officially been 'sold-out'. Ford Championship Weekend, Nov. 17-19, features the season-finales for the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series. As part of Ford Championship Weekend, the sold-out Ford 400 on Sunday,
November 19, will conclude the Chase for the Nextel Cup featuring a ten-race, ten-driver shootout for the series championship culminating under the lights at the 1.5 mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. Although the Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 is sold out, great seats are still available for the remainder of Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway including the season-finales for the Truck and Busch Series. Fans can still order tickets to the Ford 200 and Ford 300 race days and travel packages for Ford Championship Weekend by calling (305) 230-RACE or 866-409-RACE or on-line at Homestead-Miami Speedway's official
website homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(6-27-2006)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Homestead-Miami Speedway
- Shepherd to attempt Homestead: #89-Morgan Shepherd and the Faith Motorsports team pulled out and headed south Thursday afternoon, just in time to pull through the gates at the Homestead-Miami Speedway at daybreak Friday morning. The team's efforts will be supported by minor sponsorships from Gulf Coast Filters of Gulfport, MS, RaceZingMania of Crested Butte, CO, and Amtek Signs of Indiana. Shepherd said an additional $6,000 to $10,000 needs to be raised just to cover expenses for the weekend trip.
(Morgan Shepherd site)(11-17-2006)
- Nemechek to Pull Triple Duty for First Time in Career: For the first time in his racing career Joe Nemechek will compete in NASCAR's three professional divisions in the same weekend at the same track. The triple-header weekend at Homestead-Miami
Speedway kicks off Friday evening for Nemechek, who will pilot the #46 Chevy for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports in the Craftsman Truck Series. It will be his third race of the season in the #46 entry. The second part of the weekend schedule for Nemechek will be his return to the Busch Series where he has claimed 16 career victories. His only other Busch race of the season was the February opener at Daytona International Speedway. Nemechek, who must qualify on time for Saturday night’s Busch event, will drive his #87 NEMCO Motorsports Chevy with sponsorship from Ginn Clubs & Resorts. The weekend culminates Sunday for Nemechek, who will drive the #01 U.S. Army Chevy in the final Nextel Cup race of the season – the Ford 400.(MB2Motorsports PR)(11-16-2006)
- Atwood to run #95 at Homestead: Casy Atwood will attempt to make the Ford 400 Nextel Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the #95 Scott Shop Towels Ford for Brewco Motorsports in cooperation with Stanton Barrett Jr. This weekend’s Ford 400 marks the first time Kimberly-Clark will sponsor a NASCAR Nextel Cup entry. The company, which has been a sponsor in the Busch Series for 13 years, features all of its brands on the NBS #27 Brewco Motorsports Kleenex Ford. In three Cup starts at Homestead, Atwood has two top-10 finishes. Over those three races, his average starting position is sixth place. Atwood has 75 starts in Nextel Cup competition. The Associate Sponsor on the #95 Ford is Sam’s Club, the nation's largest warehouse club with more than 49 million members nationwide. Atwood’s top finish at Homestead came in only his second Nextel Cup start at the speedway in the 2001 race, where he started second and finished third, leading 52 laps along the way. “I’m also excited to be the first person to drive a Cup car for
Kimberly-Clark. They’ve been such a great sponsor in the Busch Series for so long. We appreciate their support there and now here in the Cup race, so we’ll do everything we can to get the #95 Scott Shop Towels Ford in victory lane this Sunday.”(Brewco Motorsports PR)(11-15-2006)
- Montoya's Cup debut at Homestead? UPDATE 3 YEP #30: Speculation is rampant that Juan Pablo Montoya [who will drive the #42 Dodge in Cup for Ganassi in 2007] may announce today that he'll make his Nextel Cup debut in next Sunday's NASCAR tour finale at Homestead, Fla., down the road from Montoya's Miami home.(Winston Salem Journal)(11-12-2006)
UPDATE: from a Clear!Blue PR asking Ganassi: - WILL MONTOYA ATTEMPT TO QUALIFY FOR NEXT WEEK'S CUP RACE? "We'll see. We're making the decision this week. We'll have our post-race review from this weekend and go from there. If we so decide there is a car entered there."(Clear!Blue PR)(11-12-2006)
UPDATE 2: Car owner Chip Ganassi has entered a Nextel Cup car for Juan Pablo Montoya in next week’s season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but remains undecided as to whether or not Montoya will actually race. Ganassi said Sunday he likes what he’s seen so far of the Colombian in his first venture into NASCAR’s Busch Series.(SpeedTV.com)(11-13-2006)
UPDATE 3: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates will enter Juan Pablo Montoya in the Ford 400 qualifying field in the #30 Texaco/Havoline Dodge. It will be his first attempt at making a Nextel Cup starting grid. Montoya will attempt to make his Nextel Cup Series debut by qualifying on Friday for the Ford 400, scheduled for Sunday. Last July,Montoya announced his plans to switch to
NASCAR where he will pilot the #42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger in 2007 while running for the Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year title, along with an assortment of NASCAR Busch Series races. In doing so, Montoya will become the first Formula 1 regular to ever join the Nextel Cup ranks full time.(HMS PR)(11-14-2006)
- Skinner to qualify the #27 at Homestead: Mike Skinner will be driving the #27 Chevy for Kirk Shelmerdine Racing for Homestead, doesn't say if he will drive the #27 in the race.(KSR Site)(11-14-2006)
- Kluever entered at Homestead..up to 55: Todd Kluever will be attempting his fifth Nextel Cup start this weekend at
Homestead. He will be driving the #06 3M/Sharp AQUOS Ford Fusion for Roush Racing. Kluever will be competing in both the NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series races at Homestead this weekend. "This race was not originally on my schedule of races to run this season, but since we missed Phoenix we wanted to run another one for 3M," said Kluever.(Roush Racing PR), the Homestead Entry List is now up to 55 teams/cars.(11-14-2006)
- Holiday Inn/RCR Cup debut Nov 19th UPDATE: no real details, but on the Holidayinn.com site, it shows [bottom right corner] a #29 Holiday Inn Chevy [which has been raced by Jeff Burton for Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in the Busch Series] but it has a driver 'greened' out and says "November 19: The Last Race, A Cup Debut, A New Teammate", the teammate could be Scott Wimmer, who has been testing for RCR lately and has been rumored to be running a partial Busch/Cup scheduled for RCR in 2007, possibly in the #33 4th RCR Chevy.(11-8-2006)
UPDATE: Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts will expand its winning Busch Series program with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in 2007 to a full season of competition with co-drivers Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer. The program is the next step of this season’s 10-race program with Burton behind the wheel of the #29 Holiday Inn Chevy. In those ten starts, Burton earned one victory (June 3 at Dover International Speedway in Delaware), five top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Wimmer is also scheduled to drive RCR’s #33 Chevy with sponsorship from Holiday Inn, in this season’s Nextel Cup Series season finale, Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “It’s an honor to be able to continue and grow our relationship with an American icon like Holiday Inn,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “Jeff Burton, Pat Smith (crew chief) and the entire team have done a solid job on the competition side and the folks at Holiday Inn have done a great job in promoting their program to their customers. We’ve had pretty good success the past couple of years running a two-driver program and we think that will only continue with the Holiday Inn team in 2007.” Burton and Wimmer will split the 35-race season down the middle, though which driver runs an 18th race is yet to be determined. Plans for 2007 also call for Wimmer to compete in two still-to-be-determined Nextel Cup Series events in RCR’s #33 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS with primary sponsorship from Holiday Inn. “I’m really excited about the opportunity to drive for Richard Childress and his Busch Series program,” said Wimmer. “Being teamed up with Jeff Burton, and having Kevin and Clint (Bowyer) to draw from, is one of the big reasons why I decided to drive for RCR. I’ve raced in NASCAR for almost six years and have never had a teammate. It’s something I’ve always been missing in my career so I’m really looking forward to it, especially with someone the caliber of Jeff Burton. Growing up in the Midwest, I think I had every birthday party from the time I can remember until I was 14 or so at a Holiday Inn Holidome so it’s great to be driving for them. We had a lot of fun in those Holidomes and I’m looking forward to having just as much fun in their race cars.” Call 1-800-HOLIDAY or log onto www.holidayinn.com for more information or to book a reservation.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(11-9-2006)
- Long to drive 2nd McGlynn entry at Homestead: Veteran Carl Long is slated to drive a second McGlynn Racing entry at Homestead-Miami. Carl will drive the #46 MILLSTAR Tools Dodge in the finale of the 2006 Nextel Cup season. Select sponsorship opportunities remain for this final race. Also for Phoenix, Vialafil.com & Sundance Vacations to be co-primary sponsors of the #74 McGlynn Racing Dodge for the Checker Auto Parts 500 November 12th at Phoenix International Raceway.(McGlynn Racing site)(11-7-2006)
- Homestead-Miami Speedway Testing Day 1: Fifty-Eight cars took to the track in each session of testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with quite a mix of cars, most were 2006 cars, with a few Car-of-Tomorrow's [#83-Skinner, #72-Benson, #1-Truex, #26-McMurray, #99-Edwards] and some Toyota's listed [#23-Mayfield, #72-Benson(COT), #83-Skinner, #22-Blaney]. The fastest in the first session [afternoon] was #41-Sorenson at 171.652mph. In the second [evening] session, #42-Mears was the fastest. The fastest Toyota was #23-Mayfield at 172.232, 9th fastest and the fastest COT was #99-Edwards at 169.662mph which was 48th fastest.
AND I: There was one minor mishap Monday involving Greg Biffle during the early session of testing at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. "Right before lunch we got in a hurry and it was go-go-go" said Biffle. "The front skirt (on the National Guard Ford) was way too long and I went down into turn one and the thing went straight cause it drug the ground...tires weren't even touching the ground so... scraped the right side of it up. Car number two is really good and that was my fastest car. We're not doing too bad."(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)
AND II: A three-day test began Monday afternoon featuring 40 teams with 63 cars. Additional teams are expected to join the test on Tuesday. Under NASCAR rules, teams can only test for two of the three days. The session also mixes in cars competing in the 2006 Nextel Cup Series, along with several 2007 cars and at least five examples of the Car of Tomorrow. Toyota is represented by at least five teams, including two Cars of Tomorrow. Con-Way has one COT, driven by Johnny Benson, while Bill Davis Racing has a #22 COT for Dave Blaney and Jeremy Mayfield. Also testing a Toyota is Red Bull Racing, with Mike Skinner. Blaney and Mayfield are also sharing time in the #55 NAPA Dodge fielded by Michael Waltrip Racing, giving both drivers time in a current car, the 2007 Camry plus the Camry Car of Tomorrow. Additional Cars of Tomorrow are a pair from Roush Racing, the #26 and #99, and the #1 from Dale Earnhardt Inc., driven by Martin Truex Jr. and Kerry Earnhardt. Each day is divided into two sessions, in the afternoon from 1-5 p.m. and under the lights from 6-9 p.m. Spectators are invited to view the activities free of charge from the Speedway Club on the fourth floor of the main office building.(HMS Site), see speeds on my Homestead Testing Page.(10-17-2006)
- See the 2006 Team Chart and the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- #66 "Wraps Up" Season with Special Paint Design at Homestead: As NASCAR wraps up its 2006 Nextel Cup Series
season, the Best Buy Racing team will "Wrap Up the Wow" at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jeff Green's #66 Best Buy Chevy is sporting a special paint design for this weekend's event, featuring a special holiday theme. The car features "snowflakes," along with the tag line, "Wrap Up the Wow." In the center of each "snowflake" is a wrapped gift, with the iconic yellow Best Buy tag attached. Branching out from each snowflake center are artist's renderings of everything from MP3 players to headphones, cameras, TV's, computers and video game controllers, representing just a few of the thousands of great holiday gift ideas Best Buy offers.(Best Buy Racing/GMR Live Marketing PR), see images of the car, go to my #66 Team Schemes page.(11-17-2006)
- New scheme for Kahne rest of 2006: #9-Kasey Kahne will carry Chrysler Financial on-board the #9 Dodge for the remainder of the season.(Clear!Blue/Evernham Motorsports PR)(11-9-2006)
IMAGE: see an image of the scheme on my #9 Team Schemes page.(11-15-2006)
- #43 to sport Chex Most Popular Driver colors at Homestead: #43-Bobby Labonte will be behind the seat of the Chex Most Popular Driver Dodge for this weekend's event at Homestead-Miami Speedway to promote the Chex NMPA NASCAR Most Popular Driver of 2006 Award. Fans can vote at mostpopulardriver.com. ends at 11:59am/ct on November 20, 2006. Voting limited to one vote per person per email address per day. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won the award the last three years.(Moore Consulting Group/Petty Racing PR)(11-15-2006)
- Elliott to run Xbox/Burger King scheme at Homestead: On Sunday, Nov. 19 at Homestead the #00-Burger King Dodge [entry list has the car listed as a Chevy] will hit the track with an all-new car design featuring the BK Xbox Games.(Bill Elliott site), see a small image at the #00 Team Schemes page(11-15-2006)
- Special AAA for Martin at Homestead: The #6 AAA Ford Fusion will run a special paint scheme this weekend to commemorate the final run of Martin behind the wheel of the car he has driven since 1988. The AAA car will be colored in a predominately black scheme when it takes to the track this Friday for what will be Martin's last Nextel Cup weekend in the car.(Roush Racing PR)(11-14-2006)
- Petty scheme at Homestead UPDATE: #45-Kyle Petty will run a petty blue Dodge with many of his 2006 sponsors featured
UPDATE: In appreciation of all primary sponsorships partners on the #45 Petty Enterprises Dodge this season the car will feature primary sponsorship logos of Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil, Wells Fargo, Tire Kingdom and Schwan's at Homestead.(Petty Racing PR), see an image of the car on my #45 Team Schemes page.(11-14-2006)
- 2007 #26 Crown Royal scheme to debut at Homestead: Although the 2006 season is coming to a close in less than 10 days, Roush Racing driver Jamie McMurray is already looking forward to the 2007 season and with the strong support from Crown Royal, the #26 team will get a great head start. In the 2006 season finale at Homestead/Miami Speedway, McMurray will be showcasing the new 2007 Crown Royal paint scheme on his #26 Ford Fusion. “It’s really neat that Crown Royal is running the ’07 paint scheme down in Miami,” McMurray said. “Everyone wonders what new paint schemes will look like when they hit the track in Daytona next February. I think it’s great that Crown Royal is giving the fans a chance to check out next year’s car a little early.” The #26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion will have a completely different look in 2007. With the help of renowned NASCAR illustrator Sam Bass, the Crown Royal car has received a makeover during the last five months. Bass, who is well known throughout the NASCAR industry, played a major role in creating the new look for Crown Royal.(Roush Racing PR)(11-11-2006)
IMAGE: see a 'possible' image of the scheme, that was run in Homestead testing on the #26 Team Schemes page..(11-14-2006)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the
'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)