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THE RACE: FORD 400

Sprint Cup Race #36 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, November 16, 2008 in Homestead, FL

  • Title Sponsor: Ford)

  • Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:45pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TV: ABC 3:45pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 3:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, November 15 at 2:30am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, November 15 at 10:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, November 15 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, November 15 at 5:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake

  • Studio: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, November 14, 11:30am - 1:00pm/et, TV-ESPN2;
    Saturday, November 15, 1:30 - 2:15pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, November 15, 2:50 - 3:50pm/et on TV-ESPN2


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, November 14, 10:30am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, November 14 at 3:10pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Championship Notes:
    • Jimmie Johnson won the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship – his third consecutive championship. Johnson tied Cale Yarborough (1976-78) as the only drivers to win three consecutive series championships.
    • Johnson finished the 2008 season 69 points ahead of Carl Edwards.
    • Johnson is 33 years old and from El Cajon, Calif.
    • Johnson finished the 2008 season with seven wins, 15 top-five finishes and 22 top-10s. He had just one DNF. Three of his victories and eight of his top-10s came during the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    • Johnson’s third championship comes in his seventh year of full-time competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He has finished in the top five in the final points standings all seven of those years.
    Team/Car Owner: Rick Hendrick/Jeff Gordon
    • This is the eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship for Hendrick Motorsports, second only to Petty Enterprises (nine).
    • This is Hendrick’s 25th fulltime season as a team owner and Gordon’s seventh year as a car owner.
    • This is car owner Jeff Gordon’s third championship – all with Johnson.
    Crew Chief: Chad Knaus
    • Chad Knaus won his third series championship as a crew chief – all with Johnson. He becomes the first crew chief in series history to win three consecutive championships.
    • Knaus is 37 years old and from Rockford, Ill. This is his eighth season as a crew chief – seventh with Hendrick Motorsports and Johnson as driver.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-16-2008)

  • Johnson the CHAMP; Edwards wins at Homestead: #99-Carl Edwards won the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for his 9th win of the season and the 15th of his career. Edwards did what he needed to do, win the race and lead the most laps, but #48-Johnson finished 15th and won the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship by 69 points over Edwards. Johnson is the first driver to win three championships in a row since Cale Yarborough 1976-78 and only the 2nd driver ever. Crew Chief Chad Knaus is now the only crew chief ever to win three Sprint Cup Championships in a row. #29-Harvick finished 2nd, followed by #26-McMurray, #24-Gordon, #07-Bowyer, #9-Kahne, #28-Kvapil, #5-Mears, #20-Stewart and #1-Truex Jr. #88-Earnhardt Jr. broke a brake caliper and finished 41st. #47-Ambrose finished 42nd and #84-Vickers finished 32nd to get the #84 back into the Top-35 in owners points and drop the #47 out of the top-35 for the first five races of 2009. There were 7 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps and 15 lead changes among 8 leaders.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Homestead Race Results Awards Page.(11-16-2008)

  • UNOFFICIAL Final Chase Driver Points Standings [after Homestead race 36 of 36]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 6684 [7 wins]
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 6615 -69 [9 wins]
    3) #16-Greg Biffle 6467 -217 [2 wins]
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick 6408 -276
    5) #07-Clint Bowyer 6381 -303 [1 win]
    6) #31-Jeff Burton 6335 -349 [2 wins]
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon 6316 -368
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin 6214 -470 [1 win]
    9) #20-Tony Stewart 6202 -482 [1 win]
    10) #18-Kyle Busch 6186 -488 [8 wins]
    Top-10 go to NYC and the Banquet
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth 6184 -500
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 6127 -557 [1 win]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Homestead.(11-16-2008)

  • Final UNOFFICAL Classic Driver Points Standings (the OLD way)
    [after Homestead race 36 of 36]:

    1) #99-Carl Edwards 5236 [9 wins]
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5220 -16 [7 wins]
    3) #18-Kyle Busch 4984 -252 [8 wins]
    4) #16-Greg Biffle 4747 -489 [2 wins]
    5) #31-Jeff Burton 4709 -527 [2 wins]
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick 4691 -545
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4605 -631 [1 win]
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon 4537 - 699
    9) #20-Tony Stewart 4487 -749 [1 win]
    10) #07-Clint Bowyer 4487 - 749 [1 win]
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin 4439 -797 [1 win]
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth 4316 -920
    13) #6-David Ragan 4299 -937
    14) #9-Kasey Kahne 4085 -1151 [2 wins]
    (11-16-2008)

  • How did the Chase Drivers finish at Homestead:
    (Standings after Phoenix)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 15th
    2) #99-Carl Edwards, 1st
    3) #16-Greg Biffle, 18th
    4) #31-Jeff Burton, 40th
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick, 2nd
    6) #07-Clint Bowyer, 5th
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4th
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 25th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 13th
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 41st
    11) #18-Kyle Busch, 19th
    12) #20-Tony Stewart, 9th
    (11-16-2008)

  • Racing Resources Says …
    * Carl Edwards won the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Edwards scored his third victory in the 10-race Chase, winning at Atlanta, Texas and Homestead and his ninth victory of the season. He posted his 16th career victory in his 157th career race. Edwards led five times for 157 laps including the final four.
    * Roush Fenway Racing posted its 11th victory in 2008; Edwards won nine, Greg Biffle won two. Roush Fenway Racing posted its sixth Homestead victory in 10 races there.
    * 2008 Champion Jimmie Johnson (finished 15th) scored top-15 finishes in the last 12 races, extending a streak that began at California in August. Johnson scored his third straight series championship (2006-2008). He finished second in final points in 2003 and 2004. Edwards finished second in points, 69 behind Johnson, his career-best series finish in his five years of competition (2004-2008).
    * Johnson became only the eighth driver to win three or more series championships; Richard Petty (7), Dale Earnhardt (7), Jeff Gordon (4), Cale Yarborough (3), David Pearson (3), Darrell Waltrip (3), and Lee Petty (3) are the others.
    * Johnson won his third series championship with only 255 career starts, the second fewest number of starts by any driver to win three titles; Jeff Gordon won his third in 1998 with only 188 career starts.
    * Johnson was the only driver to score top-15 finishes in all 10 Chase races. He produced a 5.7 average finish in the 10 Chase races.
    * Kevin Harvick (2nd) and Clint Bowyer (5th) each scored nine top-15 finishes in the 10 Chase races.
    * Gordon (4th) has gone 41 races without a victory, his longest streak between victories. Gordon, who finished seventh in 2008 points, ended a 14-year streak of winning at least one race a year (1994-2007).
    * Matt Kenseth (25th) who finished 11th in 2008 points, ended a six-year streak of winning at least one race a year (2002-2007). Kenseth's last win came at Homestead in 2007 -- 36 races ago.
    * Harvick who finished fourth in 2008 final points, ended a three-year streak of winning at least one race a year, 2005-2007. Harvick's last win came at Daytona in February 2007 -- 71 races ago. Harvick has been running at the finish in the last 80 races, the longest current streak by any driver.
    * Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Martin Truex Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya each won a race in 2007 but failed to win in 2008.
    * Dale Earnhardt Inc. ended an eight-year streak of scoring at least one victory (2000-2007).
    * McMurray (finished third) scored five top-10 finishes in the final six races of the season.
    * The top 10 consisted of five Chevrolets, three Fords, one Toyota and one Dodge.
    * Greg Biffle won the first two Chase races, Tony Stewart won at Talladega, Jeff Burton won at Lowe's, Jimmie Johnson won at Kansas, Martinsville and Phoenix, and Carl Edwards won Atlanta, Texas and Homestead. No non-Chase driver won during the Chase.
    * Eight of the 12 Chase drivers changed positions at Homestead.(ESPN)(11-18-2008)

  • Homestead Race Fast Facts:
    Carl Edwards won the Ford 400, his 16th victory in 157 Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his ninth victory and 27th top-10 finish in 2008.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in five races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in eight races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 19th top-10 finish in 2008.
    Jamie McMurray (third) posted his third top-10 finish in seven races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Regan Smith (34th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Jimmie Johnson won the championship by 69 points over Carl Edwards.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-16-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Daytona in 2009:
    Ambrose dropped out of the top 35 for the 1st five races of 2009 and Speed's team is in the top35
    33) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing: 2844 +152
    34) #7-Gordon/RGM: 2770 +78
    35) #84-Speed/Red Bull Racing: 2705 13 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #47[was #00]-Ambrose/Waltrip Racing: 2692, 13 points out of 35th
    37) #10-Allmendinger/GEM: 2625 -80
    38) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 2579 -126
    So teams in the Top-35 are locked in for the Daytona 500 and first five races of 2009
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(11-16-2008)

  • Homestead Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #2 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 50
    2 #16 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 51
    3 #8 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 70
    4 #8 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 121
    5 #84 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 128
    6 #2 Commitment Line Violation & Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 151
    7 #2 Excessive Speed-Entering pits & Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 151
    8 #84 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 153
    9 #47 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 168
    10 #84 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 169
    11 #45 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 169
    12 #31 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 179
    13 #41 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 199
    14 #2 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 207
    15 #31 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 208
    16 #2 Too many crewmembers in contact with pit service area TE 208
    17 #45 Commitment Line Violation TE 210
    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)(11-16-2008)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Homestead: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #10-Allmendinger, 11th
    Caution 2: #21-Elliott, 12th
    Caution 3: #9-Kahne, 6th
    Caution 4: #16-Biffle, 18th
    Caution 5: #66-Riggs, 14th
    Caution 6: #28-Kvapil, 7th
    Caution 7: #12-Newman, 21st
    (11-16-2008)

  • Pit Stall Selections have been made for the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, #44-Reutimann got to choose first since he will start from the pole, and took stall #1, #83-Speed, who starts 2nd, took stall #14, a pit stall with an opening in front of it. #99-Edwards took the 4th spot, which has an opening. Points leader, #48-Johnson got stall 37 due to his 30th starting spot, as teams pick their stalls by how they qualify. #6-Ragan who starts 6th, took the final pit stall. See who took what stall on my Homestead Pit Stall selections page.(11-15-2008)

  • Johnson Needs 36th-Place Finish to Clinch at Homestead: Jimmie Johnson’s third consecutive championship is well within reach, needing to finish 36th or better in next Sunday’s season finale Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to clinch. Even if second-place Carl Edwards wins and leads the most laps – a 195-point day – Johnson would clinch with the 36th-place finish. Additionally, Johnson can clinch by finishing 37th and leading at least one lap or 39th and leading the most laps.(NASCAR PR)(11-10-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, November 16, 2008.
    TV: ESPN at 3:45pm/et; pre-race show at 3:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, November 17 at 2:30am/et
    ESPN Classic, Monday, November 17 at 10:00am/et
    SPEED, Thursday, November 20 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, November 20 at 5:30pm/et


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour Final Practice for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, the top five:
    #11-Hamlin 164.429
    #16-Biffle 163.607
    #83-Speed 163.478
    #48-Johnson 163.339
    #24- Gordon 163.310
    slowest: #25-Keselowski 159.532 and #43-Labonte 159.839
    incidents...none reported
    Best average speed, all laps included:
    #7-Gordon 160.855
    #29-Harvick 160.420
    #41-Sorenson 159.938
    See best speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Homestead Practice Speeds Page.(11-15-2008)

  • Saturday practice for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, the top 5:
    #48-Johnson 167.665
    #11-Hamlin 167.069
    #83-Speed 166.420
    #1-Truex Jr. 166.338
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 166.205
    slowest: #25-Keselowski 159.839 and #45-McCumbee 160.142
    incident: #42-Montoya scraped the wall and pancaked the right side of the car.
    See best speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Homestead Practice Speeds Page.(11-15-2008)

  • Reutimann on pole at Homestead: #44-David Reutimann won the Coor's Light Pole for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a speed of 171.636mph for his first pole of 2008 and of his career. #83-Scott Speed will start 2nd followed by #17-Kenseth, #99-Edwards, #29-Harvick, #6-Ragan, #26-McMurray, #18-Busch, #41-Sorenson and #1-Truex Jr.. Points leader, #48-Jimmie Johnson will start 30th.
    The Go-or-go homers [non top 35 in owners pts] to make the race: #21-Elliott, #78-Nemechek, #84-Vickers, #09-Marlin, #45-McCumbee, #25-Keselowski, #70-Raines and #10-Allmendinger. Missing the race are #96-Schrader, #13-Papis and #77-Hornish.
    For pole progression, qualifying results, order and starting lineup, see my Homestead Qualifying/Starting Lineup Page.(11-14-2008)

  • Homestead Qualifying Fast Facts
    David Reutimann won the Coors Light Pole Award for the FORD 400 with a lap of 31.462 seconds, 171.636 mph.
    This is his first pole in 63 Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2008. He became the 23rd driver to win poles in all three national series.
    This is his first pole in two races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Scott Speed (second) posted his career first top-10 in his first race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Matt Kenseth (third) posted his second top-10 start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 14th in 36 races this season.
    Regan Smith (26th) was the fastest qualifying rookie [Hornish DNQ'd]
    (NASCAR Statistics)(11-14-2008)

  • How did the Chase Drivers qualify at Homestead:
    (Standings after Phoenix)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 30th
    2) #99-Carl Edwards, 4th
    3) #16-Greg Biffle, 23rd
    4) #31-Jeff Burton, 17th
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick, 5th
    6) #07-Clint Bowyer, 27th
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 36th
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3rd
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 22nd
    11) #18-Kyle Busch, 8th
    12) #20-Tony Stewart, 13th
    (11-14-2008)

  • No poles in 2008: Ten drivers who won a pole in 2007 failed to win a pole in 2008, of course ten rained out qualifying sessions didn't help, the drivers:
    # of years in streak, driver, track and date of last pole
    2, Kurt Busch, California, August 2007
    2, David Gilliland, Daytona, February 2007
    1, Clint Bowyer, New Hampshire, September 2007
    1, J.J. Yeley, Michigan, June 2007
    1, Jamie McMurray, Sonoma, June 2007
    1, Dave Blaney, New Hampshire, June 2007
    1, Casey Mears, Chicago, July 2007
    1, Reed Sorenson, Indianapolis, July 2007
    1, Michael Waltrip, Talladega, October 2007
    1, Martin Truex Jr., Texas, November 2007
    (11-14-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 15, 2008 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 scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #12-Newman, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #66-Riigs. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #13-Papis, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #84-Vickers. See the full qualifying order on my Homestead Qualifying Page.(11-14-2008)

  • Friday practice for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, the top 5 fastest:
    #42-Montoya 171.282
    #12-Newman 170.708
    #2-Busch 170.702
    #44-Reutimann 170.417
    #28-Kvapil 170.347
    slowest: #70-Raines 165.492 and #8-Almirola 166.348
    See best speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Homestead Practice Speeds Page.(11-14-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #10-AJ Allmendinger, 11th fastest
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr., 13th
    #25-Brad Keselowski, 15th
    #84-Brian Vickers, 21st
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 32nd
    #09-Sterling Marlin, 33rd
    #21-Bill Elliott, 34th
    #96-Ken Schrader, 36th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #13-Max Papis,
    #45-Chad McCumbee,
    #70-Tony Raines,
    (11-14-2008)

  • Entry List for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #09-Sterling Marlin (9/47)
    #10-A.J. Allmendinger (35/38)
    #13-Max Papis (1/59)
    #21-Bill Elliott [past champ] (35/41)
    #25-Brad Keselowski (2/52)
    #45-Chad McCumbee (35/40)
    #70-Tony Raines (35/43)
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr. (35/37)[past owner winner]
    #78-Joe Nemechek (35/42)
    #84-Brian Vickers in for Scott Speed who will run the #83 (35/36)
    #96-Ken Schrader (35/39)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 77,21,84,10,96,45,78,70
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 09,25,13
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Homestead Entry List.(11-10-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Homestead:
    With one race to go, Ambrose moves up to 35th and Speed falls out but is only 17 points out of the 35th spot
    31) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 2785 +147
    32) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing: 2774 +136
    33) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 2765 +127
    34) #7-Gordon/RGM: 2685 +47
    35) #47[was #00]-Ambrose/Waltrip Racing: 2655 ONLY 17 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #84-Vickers/Red Bull Racing: 2638, ONLY 17 points out of 35th
    37) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 2554 -101
    38) #10-Allmendinger/GEM: 2495 -160
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    BUT with one race to go, the top-35 after Homestead, will be guaranteed a starting spot for the Daytona 500 and first five races of 2009.
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(11-9-2008)

  • 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 Sprint 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)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Sprint 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 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • TWO Race Tracks Jeff Gordon has never won a CUP race at: There are TWO current race tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs on that #24-Jeff Gordon has not won at [a Sprint Cup race]:
    Texas 0 for 16 with a best of 2nd in 2002 and 11/2008
    Homestead 0 for 8 with a best finish of 3rd 2004
    Gordon has won at 22 [20 active] of 24 tracks he has raced on including two not on the circuit any longer, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.
    Gordon won at Phoenix in April to finally knock that track off the list in his 17th try there.(11-2-2008)

  • 2007 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 176.788, finished 7th

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

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

  • 2007 Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 131.888mph, started 4th

  • 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: 7 - 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: 25 - 11/18/2007

  • Most Leaders: 12 - 11/20/2005

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

  • Fewest Leaders: 6 - 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: 5, 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%]

  • At Homestead-Miami Speedway:
    • Groundbreaking for Homestead-Miami Dade Motorsports Complex – as the track was originally named – began Aug. 24, 1993. The first race was a Nationwide Series race on Nov. 5, 1995.
    • The original configuration was a four-turn, rectangular oval based on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's layout.
    • The first Craftsman Truck Series race at Homestead was in 1996.
    • In the summer of 1997, a reconfiguration project changed the turns from a quad-oval to a traditional, continuous-turn oval.
    • The first Sprint Cup race at Homestead was held on Nov. 14, 1999.
    • 2002 was the first season of the Championship Weekend at Homestead, with all three of NASCAR’s national series holding their season finale at the same track.
    • The track was reconfigured prior to the 2003 race. The banking in the turns was changed to a graduated tri-level culminating in a 20-degree banking on the outer level. Lights were also added for night racing.
    • There have been nine Sprint Cup Series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, one per season since 1999.
    • Seven drivers have competed in all nine Homestead races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Elliott Sadler and Tony Stewart.(Jarrett retired and won't race in 2008, but all the others should make the field)
    • David Green won the first pole, in 1999.
    • Tony Stewart won the inaugural race, in 1999.
    • There have been eight different pole winners, led by Kurt Busch with two. He is the only repeat pole winner there.
    • There have been six different race winners, led by Greg Biffle with three.
    • Jack Roush has won five races, more than any other car owner.
    • The race has been won from the pole twice: Bill Elliott (2001) and Kurt Busch (2002).
    • The race has been won from a top-10 starting position seven of nine times.
    • Greg Biffle won in 2006 from the 22nd starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started at Homestead.
    • There have been two green-white-checkered races: 2004 (271 laps) and 2006 (268)
    • Greg Biffle won three consecutive races at Homestead from 2004-2006, the first back-to-back winner there since Tony Stewart won the first two Homestead races. Those are his only top-10 finishes at Homestead.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-10-2008)

    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS at Homestead

    RACE WINNERS
    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
    2006: #16-Greg Biffle, Ford, 22nd, 125.375
    2007: #17-Matt Kenseth, Ford, 4th, 131.888

    POLE WINNERS
    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
    2006: #9-Kasey Kahne, 178.259, 4th
    2007: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 176.788, 7th


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #7-Robby Gordon Jim Beam #7 Team Schemes Page
    #10-A.J. Allmendinger Valvoline #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Hellmann's none...yet
    #21-Bill Elliott Motorcraft #21 Team Schemes Page
    #22-Dave Blaney Bad Boy Mowers #22 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil All Sport #28 Team Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland FCC - Digital TV Transition #38 Team Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte Liberty Medical none...yet
    #45-Chad McCumbee Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Team Schemes Page
    #48-Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools #48 Team Schemes Page
    #70-Tony Raines Haas Automation 25th #70 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page


  • Liberty Medical to sponsor #43 at Homestead: Liberty Medical [libertymedical.com] will adorn the side of the #43 Dodge that Bobby Labonte will drive at Homestead for the first time this season. “Everyone knows that General Mills will not be back with us next year. We’re sorry to see them go but we’ve enjoyed a long and successful relationship with them. I wish them the best in 2009 and beyond. They are a great sponsor, but more importantly they are great friends.”(MCG Sports/Petty Enterprises PR)(11-12-2008)

  • Valvoline on the #10 at Homestead: #10-AJ Allmendinger will be sponsored by Valvoline at Homestead. Allmendinger has scored 439 points over the past four races – the 15th most of any driver. The California native has yet to start a Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami but has a best finish of 21st in the Nationwide Series. The Valvoline team looks to improve on its season best finish of 14th [Daytona, Atlanta]. Allmendinger said, “Homestead is a little bitter sweet for me and this Valvoline team. We’re looking forward to going down there and getting another strong run but it’s also our last race together. I’ve worked really well with this team and Gillett Evernham Motorsports and think we’ve had some good showings over the past couple weeks."(GEM PR), see an image of the scheme on my #10 Team Schemes page.(11-12-2008)

  • Haas CNC Racing to Pay Tribute to Haas Automation: The final race of the 2008 Sprint Cup season also marks the last time Haas Automation Inc. will carry primary sponsorship for Haas CNC Racing and the team is commemorating the occasion by running a special paint scheme featuring the machine tool manufacturer’s 25th Anniversary. “Haas Automation is an amazing example of American ingenuity and we are honored to mark the company’s 25th Anniversary with a special paint scheme at Homestead,” said Joe Custer, Haas CNC Racing general manager. “As the team transitions to Stewart-Haas Racing, this is a simple way for us to thank Haas Automation for their support during the past six years. While Haas Automation will continue its ownership role with the new team, their capacity as sponsor will be reduced.” Founded in 1983, Haas Automation Inc. has grown to become the world’s leading manufacturer of computerized numerical control (CNC) machine tools – building, selling and shipping more machines per month than any other single builder in the Western World. Haas manufactures its products in the company’s 1-million-square-foot facility in Oxnard, Calif., and distributes them through a worldwide network of more than 140 Haas Factory Outlets. Each HFO has complete showroom facilities, factory-trained service personnel, extensive spare-parts inventories and fully stocked service vehicles to provide the industry’s best service and support. Currently there are more than 88,000 Haas CNC machines and 51,000 Haas rotary products in use around the world. In 2008, the company will build more than 14,000 machines, with approximately 60% of them shipping to international markets. (Haas CNC Racing PR), Tony Raines will drive the car, see an image on my #70 Team Schemes page.(10-29-2008) Comment here

  • FCC to sponsor #38 in three races: Yates Racing announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will sponsor the #38 entry with driver David Gilliland for a total of three races in the remaining Sprint Cup Series schedule. The primary sponsorship will debut at Martinsville Speedway on October 19th as the #38 Digital TV Transition Ford will take to the track. The primary sponsorship is to help educate the American public about the fact that on February 17th, 2009 all full-power broadcast television stations in the United State will stop broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting only in digital. Digital broadcasting will allow stations to offer improved picture and sound quality along with additional channels. The debut of the #38 Digital TV Transition Ford Fusion will take place on October 19th, 2008 at Martinsville Speedway. The remaining two races of the primary sponsorship will include the Sprint Cup Series events at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Digital Television (DTV) is a new type of broadcasting technology that will transform television since the DTV signal is delivered digitally the television signal is virtually free of interference. DTV is more efficient than our current analog signal and with DTV broadcasters are able to offer television with improved quality pictures and surround sound. For more information about the Digital Transition visit www.DTV.gov.(Yates Racing)
    AND: Hoping to rev up awareness for the transition to digital TV, the Federal Communications Commission is putting up $350,000 to sponsor NASCAR team #38. The price tag covers a race Sunday at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia, another in Phoenix and a third in Miami and includes the posting of www.dtv.gov along the track, on the car's sides and on the driver's helmet and suit. The market rate for the package is around $450,000.(Associated Press)(10-17-2008) Comment here

  • All Sport to sponsor Kvapil for three races: Yates Racing announced today that All Sport, a leading isotonic sports drink company which is a subsidiary of Big Red, Inc., will sponsor the #28 entry with driver Travis Kvapil for a total of three races in the remaining Sprint Cup Series schedule. The primary sponsorship will debut at Martinsville Speedway on October 19th and the race will mark the first time All Sport has been a primary sponsor in the Sprint Cup Series. The All Sport brand has a history of success in auto racing. From 1994 through 1997 the brand was the primary sponsor for Tommy Kendall and his Ford Mustang in the Trans-Am Series. Kendall drove the All Sport Ford to three consecutive series championships in 1995, 1996, and 1997 while also winning eleven straight races in 1997. Kendall’s win streak rocketed the All Sport Ford into the record books as he surpassed Mark Donahue’s previous record of eight consecutive wins which had stood for nearly 30 years. Yates Racing’s General Manager and Co-Owner, Max Jones, was the General Manager of Roush Fenway’s Trans-Am series at the time of All Sport’s and Kendall’s success. The #28 All Sport Ford Fusion will debut on October 19th, 2008 at Martinsville Speedway. The remaining two races of the primary sponsorship are the Sprint Cup Series events at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami. For more info about All Sport go to www.drinkallsport.com. A subsidiary of Big Red, Inc., All Sport, Inc. is based in Austin, Texas and distributed by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group.(Yates Racing)(10-16-2008) Comment here

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • 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
    OLD LAYOUT 1995-2002
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 6 degrees
    Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 60 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
    Grandstand Seating: 72,000

    Opened: 1995

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Ford's Edsel B. Ford
    Command to start engines: Edsel B. Ford
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: MRO's Billy Mauldin Jr
    National Anthem: Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ne-Yo
    Military Flyover: ?

  • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Website: homestead-miamispeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Homestead-Miami Speedway

  • Last Year: see my November 2007 Homestead Race Info page


  • Edsel B. Ford Named Grand Marshal at Homestead: Edsel B. Ford II—great-grandson of Henry Ford and member of the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors—will serve as Grand Marshal for Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As Grand Marshal, Ford will give the famous command, “Gentlemen, start your engines,” and also participate in pre-race ceremonies, driver introductions and post-race activities in Gatorade Victory Lane—most notably, presenting the winner of this year’s Sprint Cup Series season finale. “I'm honored to be named Grand Marshal of the Ford 400,” Ford said. “Racing has always been such an important part of our heritage at Ford, and events like Ford Championship Weekend fit in well with our strategy to use the excitement of our racing program to appeal to millions of race fans nationwide. My great-grandfather understood what racing success could do for a company; he knew that racing could provide benefit in terms of both marketing and technical innovation. And those are the reasons we still race today.” Tickets are still available for Ford Championship Weekend 2008, Nov. 14-16 on Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval, as the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series all crown champions under the lights. To secure tickets for NASCAR's Championship finales, call (866) 409-RACE or visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.(HMS PR)(11-14-2008)

  • Green Efforts with the Green Flag: Homestead: This weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, NASCAR’s elite will be looking for the green, while the entire 600-acre motorsports facility goes green. With the assistance of Coca-Cola Recycling, Homestead-Miami Speedway—host to NASCAR’s series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend, Nov. 14-16—will roll up its sleeves with a major recycling effort—including a full sweep of the grandstands prior to the standard trash sweep. Highlights of the Homestead-Miami Speedway recycling efforts during the Championship finales of the Craftsman Truck Series (Friday), Nationwide (Saturday) and Sprint Cup (Sunday) include:
    • Representatives sweeping the grandstands twice following the completion of each race: once to collect all recyclable bottles and cans, and a second time to remove trash
    • Recycling bins (400-plus) placed throughout the concourse and hospitality areas
    • Representatives visiting RV camping areas twice daily throughout Ford Championship Weekend to collect reusable materials
    • A large Coca-Cola Recycling mobile marketing vehicle placed prominently in midwaypavilion area to educate and inform race fans of the program and its benefits, as well as to reward fans with incentives for recycling participation
    After collecting the beverage containers, Coca-Cola will divert the materials for reuse into new bottles, cans and other uses….even the “RPET” line of recycled clothing.(HMS PR)(11-13-2008)

  • Orange County Choppers Founder Honorary Race Chairman at Homestead: Paul Teutul Sr., founder of the world famous Orange County Choppers and one of the stars of the hit reality show “American Chopper,” will serve as Honorary Race Chairman for the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Series Championship, Nov. 16, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As part of his Honorary Race Chairman duties, Teutul Sr. will participate in the Ford 400 pre-race festivities this Sunday during NASCAR’s series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend. Led by Teutul Sr. and his oldest son, Paulie, Orange County Choppers is regarded as one of the world’s premier builders of custom motorcycles and have built custom choppers for some of the biggest names in corporate America. Six specially designed motorcycles—including the popular POW/MIA and Lincoln Mark LT choppers—will join Teutul Sr. and OCC crew at Ford RaceFest. Great seats are available for NASCAR’s 2008 weekend finale by calling (866) 409-RACE.(HMS PR)(11-13-2008)

  • 1st Hybrid Cup pace car at Homestead: Sprint Cup officials will leave it to a green car to lead the field to the green flag Sunday at the season-ending Ford 400—marking a Sprint Cup first. The all-new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, featuring the debut of Ford’s next-generation hybrid system, along with the all-new Fusion Sport will pace the Ford 400, which concludes Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “Miami is an international city with a flair for what’s new,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray. “And with the evolution of Ford Championship Weekend into one of the highest-profile events in sports, the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami is the perfect spot for a historical racing first—the Fusion Hybrid Pace Car.” The Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Fusion Sport will both be in NASCAR-inspired camouflage for the race. Miami-area race fans and the national television audience on ABC will be the first to see the cars, since they won’t be officially unveiled until the Los Angeles International Auto Show three days later. They will be available in dealer showrooms in the spring of 2009. After the Fusion Hybrid leads the field to the green flag, the 263-horsepower Fusion Sport will be the pace car for the remainder of the Ford 400. The Ford Fusion Hybrid can operate in electric mode at speeds up to 47 mph with a range of more than 700 miles of city driving on a single tank of gas. A smaller, lighter high-volt battery has greater charge capacity and range than Ford’s current generation battery, as found in the 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid, which is the most fuel-efficient SUV on the planet.(Ford Racing)(11-12-2008) Comment here

  • Ne-Yo to sing National Anthem at Homestead: Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ne-Yo will sing the national Anthem prior to the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Series finale this Sunday, Nov. 16, to culminate Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Great seats are still available for NASCAR’s 2008 weekend finale by calling (866) 409-RACE or visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.(HMS PR)(11-11-2008)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup and Nationwide);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Craftsman Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,450, Right-side -- 1,450;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575;
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 400, Right-side -- 400

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4134; Right-side -- D-4136

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 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 (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Homestead this weekend, though those for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while those for the Craftsman Truck Series will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . Goodyear held a tire test at Homestead on October 14 . . . participating in that test were the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge with Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 83 Red Bull Racing Toyota with Brian Vickers . . . "Our confirmation test at Homestead went well. The early wear rates were high, as expected, but as the teams tested and the track 'rubbered in,' wear improved significantly. By the end of the day, both cars were running full fuel runs with good performance," said Rick Campbell, Goodyear's NASCAR project manager . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought for teams to run at both Texas and Chicagoland this season . . . NASCAR teams have also run this left-side tire code (D-4134) with a different right-side code at Dover, Michigan and Kentucky in 2008 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams will 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: The Goodyear airship "Spirit of Innovation" will be covering the NASCAR races at Homestead this weekend.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Yarborough will not be at Homestead on Sunday UPDATE: Cale Yarborough won't be on hand to see Johnson potentially tie his record of three consecutive titles on NASCAR's premier series. An invitation was extended to Yarborough, who had a conflict with another appearance, according to NASCAR. Yarborough won titles from 1976-78.(NASCAR.com)
    UPDATE: [Yarborough] didn't see a reason to make the trek to Miami this weekend. He's spending a low-key weekend on his farm with his wife. There was a rumor going around the Yarborough wanted an appearance fee and the track wouldn't pay it. I gave Yarborough a call a few minutes ago to ask about that. "Well, I didn't ask for any pay and they didn't offer any pay," Yarborough said from his farm in South Carolina. "They called me and asked me to come." Yarborough said nobody from NASCAR called him and wondered, "If they wanted me there, wouldn't they have called?" I [Tania Ganguli] asked a NASCAR spokesman about their process and he said NASCAR mostly left the past champion invitations up to the Speedway. The spokesman said Yarborough told them he had a prior engagement and couldn't make it. Because Yarborough's a private person, and doesn't often show up at races, they scheduled a teleconference so he could handle all his media requests at once. Yarborough told me [Ganguli] he had an autograph signing a few days ago, so he couldn't attend the Thursday press conference that featured the past champions. Today, he's just watching the race. I [Ganguli] asked if a fee would have changed his mind. "That would have made a difference," Yarborough said, good-naturedly. "But it would've had to be a lot of money for me to go all the way down there. ... Jimmie's gonna tie my record. All good things must come to an end."(in part from the Orlando Sentinel)(11-16-2008) Comment here

  • Martin in the #84 at Homestead UPDATE 3 NO, but Vickers/Speed swap: Monday [11-10-2008] on “SIRIUS Speedway” on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, host Dave Moody is reporting that Mark Martin will drive the #84 Red Bull Toyota this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, replacing Scott Speed. Host, Dave Moody: “Since taking over for the released AJ Allmendinger four races ago, Speed has recorded an average finish of 34.2, including a 40th yesterday in Phoenix. The team has fallen out of the Top-35 in owners’ points now. They now trail the Michael Waltrip Motorsports #47 team by 16 points with one race to go in the battle for that all important 35th position in the owner standings. An official announcement is expected from the team later this afternoon. Mark Martin, of course, enjoys a long relationship with Red Bull Racing general manager Jay Frye, for whom he drove at the former MB3 and Ginn Racing teams. He ran his final scheduled event for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. yesterday in Phoenix. He, of course, will move to Hendrick Motorsports full time in 2009. His arrangement with Red Bull Racing is, we are told, for one race only and will have no impact on the team's long term plans for Scott Speed.(SIRIUS XM Radio PR)(11-10-2008)
    UPDATE: been told that Martin will NOT run the #84 and Scott Speed will drive the #84 [#82 in 2009] at Homestead this weekend. The entry list from NASCAR has Team Red Bull having a third car entered, the #82, but it was withdrawn.(11-11-2008)
    UPDATE 2: Martin's deal to drive the #84 Red Bull Toyota this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway has apparently fallen through. Sources close to the team say the deal was signed, sealed and all but delivered, only to have high level executives at General Motors nix it at the last minute. Martin is set to drive a Hendrick Motorsports Chevy full-time next season, and when GM brass got wind of Red Bull's plans, a series of phone calls was made to scuttle the deal just minutes before a press release was to be issued announcing it. The end result is reportedly an angry Martin, a disappointed Red Bull Racing Team, and a "Plan B" that could result in Scott Speed and Brian Vickers trading cars this weekend in Miami.(SIRIUS Speedway)
    AND In an effort to secure a spot among the top 35 in the owner's standings, Team Red Bull is playing musical chairs this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. #83-Brian Vickers will swap rides with teammate #84-Scott Speed for the season finale. As a result, Vickers will have to qualify on time for Sunday's Ford 400 while Speed will be locked into the field no matter where he qualifies. Currently, the #84 is 17 points behind 35th place in the standings. Being inside that threshold at the end of the season is valuable, as it guarantees a starting spot for the first five races of 2009, including the prestigious Daytona 500.(FoxSports)(11-11-2008)
    UPDATE 3: Red Bull Racing Team’s #83 and #84 drivers will swap cars for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead- Miami Speedway. Brian Vickers, who’s normally behind the wheel of the #83 Red Bull Toyota, will pilot Scott Speed’s #84, and Speed will pilot the #83.“We already have two talented drivers under our roof, so we chose to switch drivers for one race and change the momentum for this team,” said Jay Frye, RBRT Vice President and General Manager. “Brian’s a team player and wants to help the #84 see the same success the #83 has had this year. Scott’s a rookie and we wanted to take some pressure off of him and let focus on just driving the car. This organization is a team effort and we're treating it that way by finding a solution that works for everyone."(Red Bull Racing PR)(11-12-2008) Comment here

  • NASCAR to honor past champions at Homestead: Legends throughout NASCAR's 60-year history will help crown the 2008 Sprint Cup Series champion during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. On Nov. 16, the past champions will be honored as part of pre-race ceremonies prior to the season-finale Ford 400. Champions scheduled to appear include Bobby Allison, Kurt Busch, Ned Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace, Darrell Waltrip, and Rex White. Other past champions, including those competing in the Ford 400, will also be honored during the pre-race ceremony.(NASCAR PR)(11-3-2008)

  • Keselowski to attempt Texas & Homestead: Brad Keselowski will attempt to put the #25 GoDaddy.com Chevy in the Dickies 500 field during Friday afternoon's Sprint Cup Series qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway. Should he be successful, Keselowski will make his first-ever Sprint Cup start on Sunday. The 24-year-old driver was scheduled to attempt his first Cup race Oct. 11 at Lowe's Motor Speedway before qualifying was canceled due to inclement weather. In addition to Texas, Hendrick Motorsports will enter the #25 GoDaddy.com Chevy team in the Nov. 16 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Homestead race was added to Keselowski's Cup schedule this week as a replacement for the Lowe's Motor Speedway rainout. Veteran crew chief Lance McGrew will call the shots for Keselowski and the #25 GoDaddy.com team at Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. McGrew, who has been successful working with young drivers like Ricky Hendrick, Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch, is a former Sprint Cup Series race winner and Nationwide Series champion.(Hendrick Motor Sports PR), see an image of the car on my #25 Team Schemes page.(10-29-2008) Comment here

  • Papis and Geico to run 18 Cup races, will run at Texas too: Widely regarded as one of the most versatile racecar drivers in the world, "Mad" Max Papis will add to his already impressive resume as he slides behind the wheel of the #13 Geico Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The former Formula 1 driver and 2004 Rolex Grand Am Series Champion will lead the way for Geico as they make their maiden voyage into the Sprint Cup Series after spending eight years in NASCAR's number two series [Nationwide].
    While Geico has sponsored a few Sprint Cup Series races over the years, this will be their first Cup-focused race program. Geico Racing launched with a single race sponsorship at Richmond International Raceway on May 2, 2001. Through the years and a myriad of sponsorships among NASCAR's top three series, Geico Racing has evolved into a fulltime racing and marketing program that is experiencing great success and commanding national attention.
    Recognized for a vast marketing strategy that fully encompasses their entire race program, Geico has signed a four-year sponsorship agreement with Germain Racing that will find the Gecko adorning the hood of the #13 Germain Racing Sprint Cup Series entry for 18 races per season beginning in 2009. Max Papis was born in Como, Italy, and now resides in Mooresville, NC. He has made over 100 open wheel race starts, including two prior Indianapolis 500 starts, while also serving as a test driver for NASCAR's Hendrick Motorsports. Papis has also competed in NASCAR's number two Series, where he recorded a third place finish on August 4, 2007 in Montreal. In order to gain valuable experience, the Geico Racing team will debut their Sprint Cup Series program at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2008, in the Dickies 500. They will subsequently participate in the Sprint Cup Series season finale on November 16, 2008, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Ford 400.(Max Papis site)
    AND The new #13 Germain Racing Sprint Cup team will be part of an alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing, new driver Max Papis said in announcing his Cup deal Monday afternoon. Papis has signed a four-year deal with Germain Racing for 18 Cup races annually with sponsorship from Geico. The collaboration with MWR makes sense in two ways: Germain already was running Toyotas in the Nationwide and Craftsman Truck series and Papis drove for MWR Executive Vice President Cal Wells when Wells was an owner in the CART open-wheel series. Papis said that Randy Goss will serve as his crew chief for the two races this year with Germain general manager Mike Hillman Sr. also being heavily involved. Papis’ 2009 tentative schedule: Las Vegas, Texas, Talladega, Darlington, Dover, Michigan, Sonoma, Daytona, Indianapolis, Watkins Glen, Bristol, Atlanta, Richmond, Kansas, California, Charlotte, Phoenix, and Homestead.(SceneDaily), With Geico sponsoring half the season, Germain is looking to fill out the rest of the 2009 Cup schedule for Papis.(SceneDaily), see images of the scheme on my #13 Team Schemes page.(10-28-2008)

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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