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- Race: Sunday, November 18, 2007 in Homestead, FL
- Title Sponsor: Ford
- Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway
- TV: ABC 3:45pm/et
- NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 3:00pm/et
- Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:50pm/et
- SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Scheduled Race Re-Air:
Monday, November 19 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2
Monday, November 19 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
Wednesday, November 21 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
Thursday, November 22 at 11:00pm/et on HD Net (High Def)
- Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
- Pit Reporters: Mike Massaro, Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little
- Studio: Brent Musburger, Suzy Kolber and Brad Daugherty
- TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
- Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio
- Purse/Race Awards: $5,310,336 (was $5,270,543 in 2006)
- Practice: Friday, November 16, 11:30am - 1:00pm/et TV-SPEED; Saturday, November 16, 11:00 - 11:45am/et on TV-SPEED
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, November 17, 2:50 - 3:50pm/et on TV-ESPN2 at 3:00pm/et
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 16, 11:00am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, November 16 at 3:10pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air;
AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- NEXTEL Cup EVENT SCHEDULE for this race
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16th
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200 Practice
10:25 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200 Final Practice
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 Practice
1:10 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Busch Series Ford 300 Practice
3:10 p.m. Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 Qualifying
5:00 p.m. Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200 Qualifying
6:30 p.m. – 7:20 p.m. Busch Series Ford 300 Final Practice
7:30 p.m. Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200 Driver Intros
8:00pm Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200 Race (134 laps, 200 miles)
Saturday, Nov. 17
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 Practice
12:05 p.m. Busch Series Ford 300 Qualifying
2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Nextel Cup Ford 300 Final Practice
4:00 p.m. Busch Series Ford 300 Driver Intros
4:30pm Busch Series Ford 300 Race (200 laps, 300 miles)
Sunday, Nov. 18
3:00 p.m. Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 Driver Intros
3:30 p.m. Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 Race (267 laps, 400.5 miles)
*subject to change
NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
NBS = Busch Series
NCTS = Craftsman Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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 -- 1,450, Right-side -- 1,450;
Busch Series: Left-side -- 650, Right-side -- 650;
Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 425, Right-side -- 425
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4078; 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 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Homestead this weekend, though the Nextel Cup and Busch Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the first time that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Homestead, though teams in these three series ran this right-side (D-4064) with a different left-side here in 2006 . . . in addition to Homestead, this specific tire combination has been
run at Texas and Chicagoland this year . . . this left-side code (D-4078) has also been run with a slightly different right-side code by major NASCAR teams at California, Dover, Michigan, Kansas and Kentucky 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.
Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Spirit of Innovation," based out of Pompano Beach, Fla., will be covering the NASCAR races at Homestead this weekend.
- Kenseth wins at Homestead; Johnson the champ: #17-Matt Kenseth won the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for his 2nd win of the season and 16th of his career. #2-Busch finished 2nd, followed by #11-Hamlin, #24-Gordon [record setting 30th top 10 in 36 races], #99-Edwards, #1-Truex Jr., #48-Johnson, #31-Burton, #01-Martin and #6-Ragan. #48-Johnson clinced and won the 2007 Nextel Cup Championship by 77 points over #24-Jeff Gordon. Johnson is the first driver to win back-to-back championships since Gordon in 1997-1998. Other Chasers finished: #29-Harvick 19th, #5-Busch 20th, #20-Stewart 30th and #07-Bowyer 39th. #8-Earnhardt Jr. wrecked and finished 36th. There were 7 cautions for 32 laps and 11 drivers led the race with 25 lead changes.
Race Results on my Homestead Race Results/Awards Page.
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Homestead page(11-18-2007)
- The Chase Standings [after Homestead, race 36]:
1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 6723
2) #24-Jeff Gordon 66646, -77
3) #07-Clint Bowyer 6377, -346
4) #17-Matt Kenseth 6298, -425
5) #5-Kyle Busch 6293, -430
6) #20-Tony Stewart 6242, -481
7) #2-Kurt Busch 6231, -492 [2 wins]
8) #31-Jeff Burton 6231, -492 [1 win]
9) #99-Carl Edwards 6222, -501
10) #29-Kevin Harvick 6199, -524
only top-10 go to NYC and the banquet
11) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 6164, -559
12) #11-Denny Hamlin 6143, -580
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(11-11-2007)
- Unofficial "Classic" Driver Points Standings after Homestead [36 of 36 races]:
(Traditional Points...the old way, not the Chase)
1) #24-Jeff Gordon 5455
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5102, -353
3) #20-Tony Stewart 4749
4) #17-Matt Kenseth 4718
5) #11-Denny Hamlin 4623
6) #5-Kyle Busch 4585
7) #99-Carl Edwards 4574
8) #07-Clint Bowyer 4556
9) #31-Jeff Burton 4549
10) #2-Kurt Busch 4371
11) #29-Kevin Harvick 4344
12) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 4314
13) #12-Ryan Newman 4046
14) #16-Greg Biffle 3991
15) #25-Casey Mears 3949
16) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3929
- Rumblings - Homestead race Notes: Matt Kenseth pretty much had it his own way all day and went on to win the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway....leading 214 of the 267 laps in the process. This was the second win of the season for Matt (he took California back in February) and 16th of his Nextel Cup career (he's now solo in 43rd
on the all-time win list). This was the 7th win of the season for Roush-Fenway and their 102nd overall. It was worth $359,941 from the over $5.3m in posted awards.
Kurt Busch (2nd) had his best finish since he won at Michigan in August.
Denny Hamlin (3rd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Watkins Glen in August.
David Ragan (10th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Richmond in September.
Dale Jarrett (17th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Atlanta in October of 2006!
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 8 Top-10's in a row. Matt Kenseth has 5 Top-5's in a row. Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10's in a row.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Denny Hamlin (+27), followed by Greg Biffle (+24). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Brian Vickers (-25), followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr (-23), Johnny Benson (-23), Kasey Kahne (-21), David Gilliland (-20), and Clint Bowyer (-20). Matt Kenseth led the season with five Ops, while Kasey Kahne had the most BD's with four.
Jeff Gordon can take solce in knowing he won the "Classic" standings, tho there's no trophy, no money, and (for all practical purposes) no mention either. His final margin over Jimmie Johnson was a whopping 353 points. Mark Martin (30th to 27th) made the best advance today, while Clint Bowyer (5th to 8th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(11-18-2007)
- Homestead-Miami Speedway - Fast Facts
.. Matt Kenseth won the Ford 400, his 16th victory in 292 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
.. Jimmie Johnson won the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship by a margin of 77 points over Jeff Gordon.
.. This is Kenseth’s second victory and 22nd top-10 finish in 2007.
.. This is his Kenseth’s first victory and third top-10 finish in eight races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
.. Kurt Busch (second) posted his third top-10 finish in seven races at Homestead.
.. Denny Hamlin (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Homestead.
.. David Ragan (10th) was the highest finishing rookie. Juan Pablo Montoya won the 2007 Nextel Cup Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year Award.
.. Seven of the Chase drivers posted top-10 finishes.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-18-2007)
- 2007 Championship Facts:
.. Jimmie Johnson won the 2007 Nextel Cup Series Championship, scoring his second series championship in six full-time Nextel Cup seasons.
.. Johnson is 32 years old and is from El Cajon, Calif.
.. Johnson finished the season with 10 victories and 24 top-10 finishes, including four victories and eight top-10s in the 10-Chase for the Nextel Cup.
.. Johnson finished the season with four victories in the final five races and came from 68 points behind then leader Jeff Gordon following the event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway to claim the title by 77 points.
.. Johnson became the 15th driver to post multiple championships in NASCAR’s premier series.
.. This is the 14th time in the history of the Nextel Cup Series that a driver has posted back-toback championships, including the only three consecutive championships by Cale Yarborough (1976-78).
.. Johnson has finished in the top 10 of the final standings in each of his six full-time seasons in Nextel Cup Series, including back-to-back runner-up positions in 2003 and 2004. He finished fifth in his other two full-time seasons.
.. Rick Hendrick won his seventh Nextel Cup Series championship, second only to Petty Enterprises (nine). Petty Enterprises had one season (1954) where Lee Petty won the driver
championship but the owner champion ship went to Herb Thomas.
.. Hendrick is in his 24th full season as a Nextel Cup car owner.
.. Hendrick has won championships with three different drivers: Jeff Gordon (1995, ’97, ’98 and 2001), Jimmie Johnson (2006 and 2007) and Terry Labonte (1996).
.. Hendrick has posted 11 titles in NASCAR’s top three series: Nextel Cup Series (seven), Busch Series (one),Craftsman Truck Series (three). He is joined by Jack Roush and
Richard Childress as the only owners to have won championships in all three series.
.. Chad Knaus won his second Nextel Cup Series championship.
.. Knaus is 36 years old and hails from Rockford, Ill.
.. He has participated in six full-time seasons as a crew chief – all with Jimmie Johnson and Rick Hendrick.
.. He became the 15th crew chief in Nextel Cup history to claim multiple series titles.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-18-2007)
(as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)
- 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 267 of 267 laps:
car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
#17-Kenseth-F (4)(213 laps led)
#2-Busch-D (5)(17 laps led)
#11-Hamlin-C (32)(18 laps led)
#1-Truex, Jr-C (15)(3 laps led)
#48-Johnson-C (1)(1 laps led)
#6-Ragan*-F (7)(1 laps led)
where are the rest of the Chasers running?
#29-Harvick-C (8) 19 -1 lap
#5-Busch-C (18) 20 -1 lap
#20-Stewart-C (14) 30 -2 lap
#07-Bowyer-C (19) 39 -25 laps
C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie
- Chase Points after lap 267 of 267 at Homestead
- Pit Selection Chart page at:
FoxSports - Homestead Pit Stall Selection
- Cars on the lead lap: 16 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 44,12,29,5,88,43,41
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 9,00,66,7,21,96,20,18,38,09,45,15,8,06,19,07,10
- Cars on the track: 40 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (3) and reason:
#70-Sauter Jr. (accident-out)
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 leaders with 25 lead changes):
#1-Truex Jr. (3);
#48-Johnson (1, pole);
- Lap leaders: #48-Johnson - pole; #48-Johnson 1; #12-Newman 2-3; #17-Kenseth 4-47; #2-Busch 48-49; #12-Newman 50-53; #17-Kenseth 54-63; #2-Busch 64-78; #5-Busch 79; #11-Hamlin 80-85; #17-Kenseth 86-129; #12-Newman 130; #22-Blaney 131; #25-Mears 132; #17-Kenseth 133-149; #1-Truex Jr. 150; #17-Kenseth 151-165; #11-Hamlin 166-177; #17-Kenseth 178-193; #1-Truex Jr. 194; #17-Kenseth 195-243; #11-Hamlin 244; #22-Blaney 245; #6-Ragan 246; #26-McMurray 247; #1-Truex Jr 248; #17-Kenseth 249-267;
Cautions: 7 for 32 laps
Caution 7 - Laps 255-258: #20-Stewart lost it in turn 3 and backed into the wall
Caution 6 - Laps 194-197: #06-Hornish got high and slapped the turn 3 wall, pancaking the right side of the car
Caution 5 - Laps 159-163: #70-Sauter spun off turn 2 and nosed into the inside backstretch wall, then #10-Carpentier got into the rear of #83-Vikcers, sending Vickers sliding across the grass into the wall near Sauter
Caution 4 - Laps 150-153: #12-Newman spun in turn 2
Caution 3 - Laps 78-81: #15-Menard got loose and spun around, backing into the turn 4 wall
Caution 2 - Laps 59-63: #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #31-Burton made contact in turn 4, sending Dale Jr, into the wall
Caution 1 - Laps 52-57: #8-Earnhardt Jr. lost it on the pit road access road, hit the grass, came back over and made contact with #5-Busch and #10-Carpentier, with the #5 having some front end damage
- Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
Caution 7: #25-Mears(2), 16th
Caution 6: #31-Burton, 8th
Caution 5: #40-Stremme (2), 11th
Caution 4: #25-Mears, 16th
Caution 3: #40-Stremme, 11th
Caution 2: #88-Rudd, 21st
Caution 1: #66-Mayfield, 26th
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- Penalty Report:
Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued, Lap
1 #18 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 49
2 #15 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 49
3 #8 TE Commitment Line Violation 50
4 #29 TE Commitment Line Violation 50
5 #09 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 51
6 #5 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 52
7 #18 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 53
8 #31 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 53
9 #5 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 58
10 #8 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 58
11 #8 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 58
12 #15 TE Commitment Line Violation 76
13 #66 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 78
14 #88 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 78
15 #12 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 149
16 #70 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 150
17 #10 TE Commitment Line Violation 158
18 #10 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 158
19 #06 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 193
20 #9 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 194
21 #07 PT Commitment Line Violation 202
22 #00 PT Rolling a tire(s) beyond the center of pit road 243
23 #20 TE Commitment Line Violation 254
24 #20 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 254
25 #19 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 256
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 Statistics)
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- scheduled green flag stops started around lap 239, with #1-Truex Jr., coming in first
---- as of lap 228, all the teams need to make one final pitstop
---- on lap 202, ABC is reporting that #07-Boyer is having a vibration related to an engine problem and may not last until the end of the race
---- on lap 168, #38-Gilliland scraped the wall, no caution, the #38 headed to the pits
---- during the 4th caution, ABC reported that leader #17-Kenseth has lost the primary battery and has switched to the backup
---- on lap 131, many of the leaders made scheduled green flag stops, after 2 stops taking only 2 tires, #24-Gordon's team took four new tires. #17-Kenseth recycled back as the leader after a couple of laps
---- on lap 99, #2-Busch, while running 9th, came in to pit for a vibration, the team changed all four tire, losing a lap
---- on lap 70, #8-Earnhardt Jr. was black flagged for having some sheet metal hanging off the car
---- nine cars had not made pit stops, #12-Newman, who took the lead during the green flag pit stops, made his stop and came out leading.
---- scheduled green flag pit stops started around lap 45, including the leader, #17-Kenseth, #2-Busch took over for 2 laps, then #12-Newman assumed the lead, then the caution came out with half the field having pitted. so things will be jumbled up.
---- on lap 17, #31-Burton lost a right front tire and limped to pit road
---- on lap 6, #31-Burton, who was running high, slid up and slapped the turn 2 wall, he was running 9th at the time and dropped back to 22nd
---- #17-Kenseth is running very high in the groove while leading early
---- green flag at 4:04pm/et
---- command to start engines at 3:54pm/et by Ford's Edsel Ford
---- National Anthem by Fuel's Toryn Green
---- To The Back : #8-Earnhardt Jr. [transmission change]; #36-Benson [engine change]; #06-Horish [engine change]
- Race Coverage of the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, November 18, 2007.
TV: ABC in Hi-Def at 3:45pm/et [scheduled green flag around 3:50pm/et] and ESPN360.com.
Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Countdown ABC at 3:00pm/et and NASCAR Raceday, SPEED at 12:30pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski: on the Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
ESPN2, Monday, November 19 at 12:30am/et
ESPN Classic, Monday, November 19 at 9:00am/et
SPEED, Wednesday, November 21 at 3:00pm/et and;
HDNET, Thursday, November 22 at 11:00pm/et
- Happy Hour practice for the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #45-Petty 167.100 and #36-Benson 167.457
most laps run: #2-Busch 50; #19-Sadler 58
For all the speeds, see the Homestead Practice Speeds page.(11-17-2007)
- Saturday practice for the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #96-Raines 165.919 & #44-Jarrett 166.139
most laps run: #1-Truex Jr. 42; #48-Johnson 41
#8-Earnhardt Jr. probably broke a transmission and the team plans to change it, so the #8 will have to go to the back of the field.
For all the speeds, see the Homestead Practice Speeds page.(11-17-2007)
- Johnson wins pole at Homestead: #48-Jimme Johnson won the Budweiser Pole for the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a speed of 176..788mph for his 4th pole of 2007 and the 13th of his career. #12-Newman qualified second with the rest of the top-10 being: #9-Kahne, #17-Kenseth, #2-Busch, #01-Martin, #6-Ragan, #29-Harvick, #31-Burton and #99-Edwards. 2nd in drivers points, #24-Gordon, qualified 11th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #09-Marlin, #83-Vickers, #36-Benson, #44-Jarrett, #10-Carpentier, #06-Hornish, #00-Reutimann and #21-Elliott [using a past champions provisional].
For qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression, see the Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(11-16-2007)
- Six do not qualify [DNQ] for the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway: #84-Allmendinger [35 team attempts/43rd in OWNERS pts], #49-Andretti [35/47]; #78-Nemechek [35/42]; #55-Waltrip [35/40]; #4-TBodine [38/46]; #08-Lamar [5/55].(11-16-2007)
- Ramblings - Homestead Qualifying Notes: Jimmie Johnson kicked off Coronation Weekend today at Homestead-Miami Speedway by taking the Bud Pole for Sunday's Ford 400 in a time of 30.545 sec (176.788 mph). This is his 4th top-spot of the season and 13th of his Nextel Cup career. And you just know if he's got the lead at the end of
lap one on Sunday, you'll see those freshly adjusted point standings.... Ryan Newman will join Johnson on the front row.
Mark Martin (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Chicagoland in July.
David Ragan (7th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 4th at Bristol in August.
Jeff Burton (9th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 4th at Watkins Glen in August.
David Gilliland (12th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Talldega in April.
Sterling Marlin (16th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Talladega in April.
Johnny Benson (20th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 19th at Atlanta in October of 2005 (only three starts).
STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 15 Top-10 starts in the last 16 races. Kasey Kahne has 6 Top-10 starts in the last 7 races.
A few numbers to remember....if Jeff Gordon wins the race and leads the most laps, Johnson's Magic Number is 18th. But, if JJ leads a lap early (and having the pole makes that a pretty good possibility) that Magic Number changes to 19th.(Stock Car Fans)(11-16-2007)
- Homestead-Miami Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts
.. Jimmie Johnson won the Bud Pole for the Ford 400 with a lap of 30.545 seconds, 176.788 mph.
.. This is his 13th Bud Pole in 219 career Nextel Cup races.
.. This is his fourth Bud Pole and 26th top-10 start in 2007, including nine of the 10 Chase races.
.. This is Johnson’s first Bud Pole and second top-10 start in seven races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
.. The Bud Pole winner has led at least one lap in 34 of the 35 races this year. The only pole winner who has not led a lap in the given race was JJ Yeley at the second Michigan race.
.. The pole winner has led the most laps seven times this season. If Jimmie Johnson does lead one lap, he needs only to finish 19th or better to guarantee the Nextel Cup Series championship
.. Ryan Newman posted the second-fastest qualifying time. It is his 16th top-10 start of the season and his fourth in six races at Homestead.
.. Kasey Kahne (third) posted his 20th top-10 start of 2007.
.. Sterling Marlin (16th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
.. David Ragan (seventh) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
.. Seven of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top-10: Johnson, Matt Kenseth (fourth), Kurt Busch (fifth), Kevin Harvick (eighth), Jeff Burton (ninth) and Carl Edwards (10th).(NASCAR Statistics)(11-16-2007)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 16, 2007 at 3:10pm/et.
TV: ESPN2 - 3:00pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
Qualifying Re-Air: none
- Qualifying Order List for the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #08-Lamar is due out first on Friday, November 16 at 3:10pm/et on ESPN2, last driver scheduled out is #17-Kenseth. For the Qualifying order, see my Homestead Qualifying Results/Order Page.(11-16-2007)
- Friday practice for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #21-Elliott 171.233 & #45-Petty 171.592
no speed: #4-Bodine [lost engine going out for 1st lap]
most laps run: #26-McMurray 31; #1-Truex 29
incident: #2-Busch scraped the wall, no major damage
For all the speeds, see the Homestead Practice Speeds page.(11-16-2007)
- Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Homestead
if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
#84-A.J. Allmendinger, 12th fastest
#55-Michael Waltrip, 27th
#10-Patrick Carpentier, 29th
#83-Brian Vickers, 31st
#00-David Reutimann, 33rd
#06-Sam Hornish Jr., 34th
#78-Joe Nemechek, 36th
#21-Bill Elliott, 48th, would use past champ prov
if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
#09-Sterling Marlin, 37th
#49-John Andretti, 38th
#44-Dale Jarrett, 40th
#36-Johnny Benson, 42nd
#08-Burney Lamar, 45th
#4-Todd Bodine, 49th no speed
- Entry List for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted, 49 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
And these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2007 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2007 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
#00-David Reutimann (35/39)
#06-Sam Horish (7/51)
#09-Sterling Marlin (6/52)
#4-Ward Burton (34/46)
#10-Patrick Carpentier (35/37)
#21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ](35/36)
#36-Johnny Benson (35/45)
#44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs] (35/41)
#49-John Andretti (35/47)
#55-Michael Waltrip (35/40)
#78-Joe Nemechek (35/42)
#83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](35/38)
#84-A.J. Allmendiner (35/43)
In the event qualifying is cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 83,44,21,10,00,55,78,84
missing the race would be : #'s 36,49,4,06,09,08
See the full list at my Jayski's Homestead Entry List
- Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Homestead:
#22 increases it's lead over 36th to 136, Petty is safe for 1st 5 races of 2008
34) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 2,753, 165pts ahead of 36th in owners pts
35) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 2,724 +136 pts
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros. 2,588, 136 pts behind 35th
37) #10-Capartier/GEM 2,454, -270
See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full owners pts rundown.(11-11-2007)
- Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- Jayski's - 2007 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).
- Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, 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 top 35 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]
- What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
#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) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
#6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] 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)
- Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- 2006 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 178.259, finished 4th
- Track Qualifying Record [new layout]: Jamie McMurray, Nov 2003, 181.111mph
- Track Qualifying Record [old layout]: Steve Park, Nov 2000, 156.440mph
- 2006 Race Winner: Greg Biffle, 125.375mph, started 22nd
- Race Record [new layout]: Bobby Labonte, Nov 2003, 116.868mph
- Race Record [old layout]: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 140.335mph
- Slowest Race Record: Greg Biffle, 2004, 105.623mph [new layout]
- Most Wins: Greg Biffle, 3
- 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: 4, Ford
- Races won from starting pos 1: 2 [of 8] 25.0%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 2
- Races won from starting pos 7: 2
- Races won from starting pos 13: 1
- Races won from starting pos 22: 1
- Races won from the Pole: 2 of 8 [25.0%]
- Races won from the top 5: 4 of 8 - 50.0%
- Races won from the Top 10: 6 of 8
- Races won from the Top 15: 7 of 8
- Races won from outside the Top 10: 1 of 7 [14.3%]
- 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: 4 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
Grand Marshal: Edsel Ford
Command to start engines: Edsel Ford
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
National Anthem: Fuel's Toryn Green
Military Flyover: ?
- Track Homepage: homesteadmiamispeedway.com
- ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Homestead-Miami Speedway
- November 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page
- Boxing Icon Lennox Lewis to Ring Bell on Ford 400 Pre-Race: The pre-race ceremonies for Ford Championship Weekend's Ford 400 finale on Sunday will have the electric atmosphere of a championship prize fight, as they will feature a boxing legend alongside 43 of the world's most elite Nextel Cup Series drivers. Homestead-Miami Speedway will welcome Lewis -one of only three boxers in history to capture the heavyweight championship on three separate occasions-to participate in pre-race ceremonies prior to Sunday's Ford Championship Weekend Ford 400, the final race in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. Lewis, who in 2004 retired as the reigning heavyweight champion of the world, will be introduced to the crowd during Ford 400 pre-race ceremonies and greet the Nextel Cup drivers during official intros.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(11-18-2007)
- HMS to Build State-of-the-Art Media Facilities: When the NASCAR media press corps return to Homestead-Miami Speedway for Ford Championship Weekend in 2008, there will be even more to cheer than the crowning of NASCAR's champions. Homestead-Miami Speedway-home to the final races of the 36-week NASCAR campaign-will construct a new state-of-the-art press facility in time for the November 2008 season-finale, Speedway President Curtis Gray announced. The new 18,000 square-foot, two-story media facility-scheduled for completion in September 2008-will be centrally located within the garage area and include:
* More than 200 press work stations
* Large interview room with seating for more than 150 people
* Deadline press room with stage and camera riser
* Private interview rooms located adjacent to deadline press areas
* A wireless internet network throughout the building (in addition to hard-wiring)
* Large format video displays located in deadline press, team PR and 80-seat media lounge capable of displaying track closed-circuit TV stats screens and video feeds
* Audio amplification of interviews and track feeds into all press areas, with selectable source audio-input feeds for headphone listening
* A theater-style "observation seating" for viewing of driver-meeting room
In addition, the existing Media Center structures will be renovated to house overflow press.(HMS PR)(11-16-2007)
- Mustang Bullitt, F-150 Foose Edition to pace HMS races: Two of Ford's hottest products for 2008 - the Mustang Bullitt and the Ford F-150 Foose Edition - have been selected to pace the three Ford Championship Weekend NASCAR races at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 16-18. The Mustang Bullitt will pace the Ford 400 Nextel Cup finale, and the Ford 300 Busch Series finale. The F-150 Foose Edition will pace the season-ending Ford 200 Craftsman Truck event. The Mustang Bullitt returns to the streets in 2008, blending the latest in Ford Racing technology with the best Mustang ever. The classic nameplate returns to wow enthusiasts with a blend of high performance, handling and the power that is expected from Mustang. The latest version of the Bullitt will, of course, be Highland Green, true to the original car in the 1968 "Bullitt" movie. It will feature a unique black mesh grille and special interior touches, and will deliver 315 horsepower out of the 4.6-liter, 3-valve, SOHC V-8. The Ford F-150 Foose Edition is the ultimate street tough F-150, as noted hot rod designer Chip Foose, star of TV's "Overhaulin'" put his design stamp on America's favorite pickup truck. Foose's design lowers the truck in the boulevard-spirit, while maintaining the Ford F-150's Built Ford Tough heritage. The 2008 F-F150 Foose Edition is the most powerful half-ton truck on the market, with a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 delivering 450 horsepower and 500 lbs.-ft. of torque.(Ford Racing PR)(11-16-2007)
- "Fuel" Frontman Toryn Green to Sing National Anthem at Ford 400: On Sunday, Nov. 18, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, fuel will be propelling the cars of the world's most elite NASCAR drivers during Ford Championship Weekend....But only after the lead singer of Fuel ignites the patriotism of a full house of NASCAR fans. Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that Toryn Green of rock band Fuel will perform the national anthem prior to Ford Championship Weekend's Ford 400-the final race in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. Tickets Remain for Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval Nov. 16-18, as the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series all crown champions under the lights. To purchase, please call (866) 409-RACE or visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.(HMS PR)(11-13-2007)
- Ford 400 sold out: The Ford 400 Cup finale on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Homestead-Miami Speedway is sold out, speedway president Curtis Gray said. Tickets remain for the Craftsman Truck and Busch Series races, Friday and Saturday.(Miami Herald)(11-9-2007)
- Tix for Ford Championship Weekend on Sale April 21st: At 9:00am/et on Saturday, April 21, tickets for the season finales of the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series to be held November 16-18, will finally be available to the public for NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend. Tickets for the 2006 Ford 400, Nextel Cup Series season finale, sold out five months before the event, and an even earlier sellout date is expected for 2007. All three NASCAR Series, the Craftsman Truck, Busch, and Nextel Cup will crown champions under the lights during Ford Championship Weekend. The Ford 200 is scheduled for Friday, November 16, the Ford 300 will take place Saturday, November 17, and the Chase for the Nextel Cup will culminate with the Ford 400 on Sunday, November 18. Each day will also feature concerts, interactive exhibits, and other exciting action, included in the price of your admission ticket. Don't miss out! For more information or to purchase tickets to Ford Championship Weekend, call (866) 409-RACE or log on www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(HMS PR)(4-20-2007)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Homestead-Miami Raceway
- Martin's last race in the #01, 26 races in #8 in 2008: Mark Martin will run double duty again this weekend at Homestead. In addition to his duties in the #01 DEI Chevy on Sunday, he will make his third and final start of the season in the #5 Hendrick Chevy Busch entry. In two previous starts in the #5, Martin finished second at Darlington and 14th at Michigan. It will be Martin's fifth Busch start in 2007 (he started two races in the #06 Roush entry). Martin has two top-five finishes in four Busch starts this season. Martin has six top-five finishes in seven previous Busch starts at Homestead. Martin plans on running a similar Nextel Cup schedule in 2008 as he did in '07, making starts in approximately 26 races in the #8 U.S. Army/Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet, including the season-opening Daytona 500.(DEI PR)(11-15-2007)
- Rudd to Make Final Nextel Cup Career Start at Homestead: The Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will mark the final start for #88-Ricky Rudd in the Nextel Cup Series and Sunday’s Ford 400 will be Rudd’s 906th career start in the series. NASCAR’s “Iron Man,” who holds the record for the most consecutive number of starts with 788, will start the final Cup series race of his career Sunday. Rudd holds numerous accolades on his resume including: 1992 IROC Champion, 1997 Brickyard 400 Winner, 2006 Virginian of the Year, and was named one of NASCAR’s “50 All-Time Great” drivers to name a few. Rudd has an average starting position of 12.9, and an average finish of 23.4 at Homestead, completed 1,770 of 1,873 laps at Homestead (94.5%) and has led 49 laps, his best starting position at Homestead is from second which he accomplished in 2000 and best finish was the sixth in the same race.(Rickyrudd.com)(11-15-2007)
- Blaney, Harvick and Bodine to pull triple duty at Homestead: Dave Blaney will attempt to qualify a fourth entry for Bill Davis Racing in the Ford 200 at Homestead Miami Speedway. Blaney will be driving the #22 Toyota and will carry the familiar yellow-and-black colors of Caterpillar this weekend. Caterpillar also sponsors Blaney's #22 Nextel Cup Series Camry. Not only will Blaney attempt to qualify a fourth BDR truck this weekend, he will also continue his quest to stay locked into the top 35 in the Nextel Cup Series owners' points standings and compete in the Busch Series as well [in the #10 Braun Racing Toyota](Bill Davis Racing PR)
AND Kevin Harvick will also run all three races at Homestead, in the #29 Shell Chevy in Cup, #21 Chevy in the Busch Series and the #2 Truck in the Craftsman Truck Series race; and Todd Bodine will run all three races: #4 Chevy in Cup, #03-Toyota in Busch and #30-Toyota in Trucks.(11-13-2007)
- Ward out, Bodine in #4 at Homestead: Tim Morgan, President of Morgan-McClure Motorsports, Inc. (MMM), and Larry McClure, Team Manager announced that Todd Bodine will drive the #4 State Water Heaters/Lucas Oil Chevy for Morgan McClure Motorsports in the final race of the season this weekend at Miami-Homestead Speedway. Morgan stated, "Ward has worked hard for us this year, he is a good driver and a friend. Todd has been helpful to us in the past and has agreed to step in and help us benchmark our efforts as we get ready for the 2008 season." Both Ward Burton and the MMM team have agreed that his change is the best way to fully evaluate the performance of the team. Morgan continued, "We are proud to have State Water Heaters back as a sponsor for our team next year. We are currently in the process of negotiating additional sponsorship and selecting a driver for the upcoming 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season."(Morgan McClure Motorsports PR/site)(11-12-2007)
- See the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Camping World scheme for #7 at Homestead: Camping World will be the primary sponsor of the #7 Ford that Robby Gordon drives, for the fourth time in the Nextel Cup Series this year. Jim Beam, Menards, Mapei and Motorola all will serve as associates. Camping World Inc., is America's largest direct marketer and specialty retailer of RV and outdoor camping accessories and services. Over 8,000 quality products are available through nationwide SuperCenters, a well-established catalog call center and an award-winning Web site. The company has grown from a single store in Bowling Green, KY to more than 75 SuperCenters with more than 500 service bays, in 25 states and plans to reach the 100 mark by 2008.(Robby Gordon Motorsports PR), see images of the scheme on the #7 Team Schemes page.(11-16-2007)
- Special AAA Scheme at Homestead: #6-David Ragan will carry extra colors on his car during the Nextel Cup Series season finale at Homestead. Ragan, driver of the #6 AAA Ford Fusion, commemorates AAA's longstanding partnership with The Hertz Corporation with a special addition to his car. Hertz will be featured on the rear deck lid and back of the #6 Ford at Homestead. The logo placement highlights an additional AAA member benefit that is in effect this November: AAA members can receive a free tank of gas when they rent a Fun, Green or Prestige Collection vehicle from Hertz for a 3-day weekend or minimum 5-day week. It marks the first time Hertz has participated in a Nextel Cup Series event. Hertz is
AAA's preferred car rental company. For more information on AAA member benefits with Hertz, visit AAA.com/Hertz.(Roush Fenway Racing PR)(11-14-2007)
- Special scheme for Kahne the rest of season: The #9 Dodge of Kasey Kahne features the Lifetime Powertrain Warranty promotional paint scheme again this weekend at Phoenix. It will also be on the #9 at Homestead. Chrysler is the first and only OEM (original equipment manufacturer) to offer a ‘best-in-industry’ Lifetime Powertrain Warranty – providing worry-free ownership. The Chrysler Lifetime Powertrain Warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair covered powertrain components – engine, transmission and drive system.(Evernham Motorsports)(11-8-2007)
- NANO back with Kenseth: For the third time in 2007, Matt Kenseth’s #17 Ford Fusion will be painted black with the DEWALT NANO Technology paint scheme. Kenseth will also run the scheme at Homestead in the season finale.(Roush Racing PR), see images of the scheme on the #17 Team Schemes page.(11-8-2007)
- 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)