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THE RACE: FORD 400

TRACK: Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #36 [FINAL] of 36 for the 2009 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #10 of 10
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Sunday, November 22, 2009 in Homestead, FL

  • Title Sponsor: FORD

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:30pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 2:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ABC, 3:15pm/et

  • TV Announcers: Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, Dr. Jerry Punch
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch
    Studio: Allen Bestwick, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, November 23 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, November 23 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Wednesday, November 25 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Finale Live on ABC: The 2009 season finale for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is this weekend at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ends with the crowning of the champion. ESPN's live, flag-to-flag coverage of the Ford 400 airs Sunday, Nov. 22, on ABC and ABC HD beginning with NASCAR Countdown at 2:30pm/et. The race's green flag is scheduled for 3:30pm/et. Also from Homestead, ESPN2 airs coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Friday, Nov. 20, at 3:00pm/et, as well as coverage of final practice on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 3:00pm/et.
    Dr. Jerry Punch will be lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN's coverage, with analysis by 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Dale Jarrett and two-time NASCAR champion crew chief Andy Petree. Reporting from the pits will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake and Vince Welch, with two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief Tim Brewer in the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage.
    Allen Bestwick will host the pre-race NASCAR Countdown program with analysis by 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty, co-owner of a winning team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion crew chief Ray Evernham in the ESPN pit studio.

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  • Practices:
    Friday, November 20, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, November 21, 1:30 - 2:15 pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday 21, November, 2:50 - 3:50pm/et, TV-ESPN2


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  • Hamlin wins at Homestead: #11-Denny Hamlin won the FORD 400 Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway for his 4th win of the season and 8th of his career. It is the first win for Toyota at Homestead. Hamlin started 38th, the farthest a driver has started and won at Homestead. #31-Burton finished 2nd [for the 2nd race in a row] followed by #29-Harvick, #2-Busch, #48-Johnson [the 2009 Sprint Cup Champion], #24-Gordon, #99-Edwards, #18-Busch, #1-Truex Jr. and #44-Allmendinger. Johnson wins his 4th NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship in a row, the first driver ever to so in NASCAR's 61 year history. Johnson was presented a check by Sprint for $6,520,800. Rick Hendrick becomes the first owner to finish 1-2-3 in the final Cup standings with Johnson, Martin and Gordon finishing 1-2-3.
    There were 7 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps and 18 lead changes among 10 drivers.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2: Monday, November 23 at 3:00am/et
    ESPN Classic: Monday, November 23 at 1:00pm/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, November 25 at 12:00pm/et.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Homestead Race Results Page.(11-22-2009)

  • Final UNOFFICIAL 2009 Sprint Cup CHASE Standings
    [after Homestead, Chase race 10 of 10; Season race 36 of 36]:

    pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [7 wins], 6652, finished 5th
    2) #5-Mark Martin [5 wins], 6511, -141, 12th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 6473, -179, 6th
    4) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 6446, -206, 4th
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin [4 wins], 6335, -317, WON
    6) #14-Tony Stewart [4 wins], 6309, -243, 22nd
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 6292, -360, 14th
    8) #42-Juan Montoya, 6252, -400, 38th
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 6175, -477, 23rd
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 6128, -524, 17th
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 6118, -534, 7th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers [1 win], 5929, -723, 20th
    For the drivers points standings, see my Drivers Points Standings.(11-22-2009)

  • Final UNOFFICIAL 2009 Sprint Cup CLASSIC
    the OLD way - Driver Points Standings [after Homestead, race 36 of 36]:
    pos, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson (X), 5156
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon (X), 5090, -66
    3) #14-Tony Stewart (X), 5085, -71
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin (X), 4806, -350
    5) #5-Mark Martin (X), 4762, -394
    6) #2-Kurt Busch (X), 4758, -398
    7) #16-Greg Biffle (X), 4541, -615
    8) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (X), 4503, -653
    9) #18-Kyle Busch, 4457, -699
    10) #39-Ryan Newman (X), 4447, -709
    11) #99-Carl Edwards (X), 4398, -758
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth, 4389, -767
    13) #9-Kasey Kahne (X), 4388, -768
    14) #33-Clint Bowyer, 4359, -797
    15) #00-David Reutimann, 4221, -935
    16) #83-Brian Vickers (X), 4122, -1034
    (X) a chase driver.(11-22-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at the Daytona 500 and first 5 races of 2010:
    No changes, the spread between 35th and 36th dropped to 96 points (was 114)
    34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2790, +155
    35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 2731, finished 96 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 2635, finished 96 points out of 35th
    37) #71-BLabonte/TRG Motorsports: 2215 -516
    BUT...with the #26 team closing down and one of the RPM teams [likely the #44] closing down when Yates Racing and RPM merge, if those teams do not 'sell' the owners points/car number to another team, #82 and #71 could move into the top-35 in 2010.
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race. With the exception of the start of the season when the top 35 is locked in for the first five races [Daytona, Auto Club, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Bristol]
    For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(11-22-2009)

  • Race Fast Facts - Homestead-Miami Speedway:
    #11-Denny Hamlin won the FORD 400, his eighth victory in 151 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 20th top-10 finish in 2009.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in five races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    #31-Jeff Burton (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2009.
    #29-Kevin Harvick (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    #20-Joey Logano became the youngest Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award winner (19 years, 5 months, 28 days).
    Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship by 141 points over Mark Martin.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-22-2009)

  • Finish positions of the 2009 Chase Drivers at Homestead:
    (in order of chase points standings coming into Homestead)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, WON
    2) #5-Mark Martin, starts 4th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 9th
    4) #2-Kurt Busch, 6th
    5) #14-Tony Stewart, 25th
    6) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 8th
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 14th
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3rd
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 20th
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne, 15th
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 165th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 38th/DNF
    (11-22-2009)

  • Infraction Sheet/Penalty Report - Homestead:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #7, Pre-Race to the rear, Tail End, Drivers Change
    #21, 52, Removing equipment from assigned pit area, Pass Thru
    #47, 81, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #34, 101, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #34, 109, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #88, 118, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #55, 118, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #42, 155, Disobeying a NASCAR request, 2 Laps, Agressive Driving
    #14, 156, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #7, 194, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #96, 196, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
    (NASCAR Statistics)(11-22-2009)

  • Lucky Dogs - Drivers who got a lap back on each caution at Homestead: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #82-Speed, 27th
    Caution 2: #17-Kenseth, 13th
    Caution 3: #43-Sorenson, 40th/DNF
    Caution 4: #34-Andretti, 33rd
    Caution 5: #34-Andretti (2), 33rd
    Caution 6: #34-Andretti (3), 33rd
    Caution 7: #14-Stewart, 22nd
    (11-22-2009)

  • Homestead Wave Around Cars - Drivers who got to go around the track to the end of the longest line, so the cars up front are the leaders:
    Caution 1 (lap 83): #96-Darnell, #7-Gordon, #19-Sadler, #34-Andretti
    Caution 2 (lap 104): #71-Labonte, Regan Smith, Michael Waltrip, Paul Menard, David Gilliland, #21-Bill Elliott.
    Caution 3: none reported
    Caution 4: none reported
    Caution 5 (lap 160): #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    Caution 6 (lap 197): #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    Caution 7: none reported
    (only posted if I can find info on who the wave around cars are)(NASCAR.com lap-by-lap)(11-22-2009)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Homestead (or seemed to)?
    43rd: #36-McDowell, 35 laps
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(11-22-2009)

  • New option for Homestead pit road: NASCAR drivers have been getting used to a slightly new Homestead-Miami Speedway rule this weekend – the way they enter pit road. Drivers in the past had to use the access road (which serves mostly as a deceleration lane) between turns 3 and 4 but now they enter pit road as they do on most tracks when they come off of Turn 4. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby said Sunday that a pass-through penalty in the past would cost a driver two laps because he would have to slow down on the access road. He noted that in the Truck series race Friday, a pass-through for Kyle Busch resulted in him losing one lap, much like it would at most other tracks. “Part of it is trying to create a more fair environment for the competitors,” Darby said in the Homestead-Miami Speedway garage prior to the Ford 400. “There’s some tracks that a trip down pit road is going to be a two- or three-lap penalty – your Martinsvilles, your Bristols – but if we have the opportunity to make a change at a bigger track to make it more in line with the other tracks we race at, we should do that for the competitors.” NASCAR never had a speed limit on that access road. “If you drive slow [on it], it’s not a problem, but our competitors aren’t used to driving slow,” Darby said. “If you force them to use the access road, like we have in the past, then you get into situations where there is no speed limit on that portion – if you go too fast, you slide off, you wind up in the grass and you end up creating a bigger mess.” Drivers can still use the access road entering the pits if they have a problem and they will still use the access road between turns 1 and 2 when exiting pit road.(SceneDaily)(11-22-2009)

  • Some Homestead facts:
    - Jack Roush-owned Fords have won this race the past five years.
    - Jimmie Johnson's average finish this season is 11.3. Mark Martin, the runner-up in points, has an average of 13.7. The best average finish belongs to Tony Stewart (10.1).
    - Juan Pablo Montoya's average finish at Homestead is only 22.0.
    - The best Homestead average finish among Chase drivers belongs to Carl Edwards (6.4), who won the Ford 400 last year.(NASCAR This Week)(11-22-2009)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Homestead: The selections of pit stalls for the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #48-Johnson chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #82-Speed took pit stall 3, the first with an opening behind it.
    #47-Ambrose, who starts 3rd, took the 14th pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #21-Elliott, who starts 9th.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Homestead Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-21-2009)

  • History Awaits: Johnson Closing in On Fourth Straight Title: #48-Jimmie Johnson needs to finish 25th or better in Sunday’s Ford 400 to become only the first driver to win four consecutive championships. Johnson now leads second-place Mark Martin by 108 points. Even if Martin were to win and lead the most laps on Sunday – a 195-point day – Johnson would clinch with that 25th-place finish. The clinch scenarios change if Johnson leads laps. If he leads at least one lap, Johnson will clinch with at least a 27th-place finish. If he leads the most laps Sunday, he needs at least a 28th-place finish. A phenomenal Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup has put Johnson in this position. Over the nine races, Johnson has four wins, six top fives, eight top 10s and an average finish of 7.0. It is the third Chase in which Johnson has won four races. He also did it in 2004 and 2007. The statistics don’t bode well for a Mark Martin comeback, but anything can happen. Since the current points structure was implemented in 1975, the largest deficit ever overcome in the final race was 30 points by Alan Kulwicki over Davey Allision in 1992. So, clearly, the 108-point gap to Johnson seems daunting – but not impossible. Martin has gained more than 108 points on Jimmie Johnson in a single race nine times their 266-race head-to-head career – including once at Homestead. A couple of other numbers to mull over: Johnson has finished worse than 25th 47 times in his 290-race career. If Martin does end the season in second, it would be the fifth runner-up points finish of his career. Richard Petty has the most career runner-up championship finishes, with six.(NASCAR)(11-20-2009)

  • Clinch scenerio for Homestead: #48-Jimmie Johnson is closing in on history and doing so in style. Johnson victory at Phoenix in Week 9 boosted his points lead over second-place Mark Martin to 108 points. Johnson will clinch a record fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship if he finishes 25th or better in the Chase finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    •So now, Martin's predicament begs the question: How many times has Mark Martin gained more than 108 points on Jimmie Johnson, in a single race? The answer is nine times including once at Homestead, in 2005.(11-16-2009)

  • Race Coverage of the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, November 22, 2009.
    Television (TV): ABC at 3:15 pm/et; pre-race show at 2:30 pm/et; green flag approx 3:30pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2: Monday, November 23 at 3:00am/et
    ESPN Classic: Monday, November 23 at 1:00pm/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, November 25 at 12:00pm/et

  • Some Chassis selections for Homestead: compiled from some pre-Homestead press releases and team sites, some chassis selections and history for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
    #00-David Reutimann The #00 Aaron's Dream Machine for this week is chassis #625. This Aaron's Dream Machine has seen action in four races, including the recent race at Texas, where David ran in the top ten throughout the race. Its best finish was 4th at Las Vegas.
    #02-David Gilliland and the JGR team will run chassis: No. 242 (Back-Up Chassis: No. 225), the same chassis ran at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October, where it finished 25th.
    #07-Casey Mears team will unload chassis #282 from the Richard Childress Racing stable, which made its debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. After finishing 19th there, this Chevrolet Impala SS was run at Michigan International Speedway in August with a finish of sixth, Dover International Speedway in September finishing 17th and Lowe’s Motor Speedway in October finishing seventh.
    #1 Martin Truex Jr. The #1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boat team will bring chassis #070 to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. This chassis was last used for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas where Truex and team brought home a 16th-place finish. The team also used this chassis earlier this season for the first races at Atlanta (3/09) and Texas (4/09). It was in the Atlanta race with chassis #070 that Truex brought home his first top-10 finish of 2009.
    #2-Kurt Busch Kurt, Pat and crew will bring out “Patriot” again this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Formerly known simply as “PRS-702,” the team debuted this Miller Lite Dodge Charger two weeks ago in the Dickies 500 at Texas. When Kurt scored the big victory in the first time out for the car, he continued the Penske Racing tradition in naming his winning mount. With the Fort Hood tragedy occurring earlier that week, Kurt wanted to pay tribute to the military in his name selection. The fact that his car was carrying a special Operation Homefront color scheme and the organization’s representatives and soldiers helped Kurt celebrate the win “sealed the deal” in naming the car “Patriot.”
    #5-Mark Martin: crew chief Gustafson has chosen Chassis #5-527 for this weekend's event at Homestead- Miami Speedway. This is the same chassis that Martin drove to Victory Lane at Darlington Raceway in May and Chicagoland Speedway in July.
    #6-David Ragan will be unloading chassis RK-620 Last ran Charlotte fall 2009 – finished 20th. The Backup: RK-638 Last ran Charlotte spring 2009 – finished 24th. Ragan will be running the new FR9 engine in Homestead. It will be the second time the team has run the new engine, the other was Talladega. The Homestead Center (SLIC - 3311) in the South Florida District was selected for the November 22 Ford 400 presented by Pennzoil at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: and JGR team unload JGR 248 this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This car is a two-time winner in 2009, chalking up victories at Pocono and Martinsville. It will attempt to go three for three this weekend. JGR 253 is the back up. The #11 FedEx Express Camry will feature “IND” on the wing caps this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Indianapolis market is being recognized for outstanding commitment to safety and superior customer service. These results are a reflection of the dedication, hard work, and professionalism of the Indianapolis team.
    #12-Brad Keselowski and the Penske Racing Dodge team will use chassis PRS-706 during Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series season finale event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. PRS-706 is a brand new chassis to the #12 Penske Dodge team.
    #14-Tony Stewart Chassis #14-564 debuted at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth two races ago, where it delivered a strong performance by qualifying fourth and finishing sixth. Prior to Texas, Chassis #14-564’s only action had been in the wind tunnel. The season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway will mark the car’s second career start.
    #18-Kyle Busch: Sunday’s Ford 400 will be the third career start for No. 254. It made its on-track debut in September at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., where Busch started fifth and finished 13th. The #18 team brought this car back in October to Auto Club Speedway. Busch started at the rear of the field due to an engine change and worked his way up to 22nd by lap 40. But Busch was too ill to drive the whole distance and was forced to vacate the seat to relief driver David Gilliland at that time. The combined effort netted a finish of 24th place.
    #26-Jamie McMurray and the Crown Royal team will be unloading chassis RK-617 at Homestead, last raced at Charlotte, Oct. finishing 33rd
    #29-Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis #288 from RCR's Sprint Cup Series stable. This car was built new for the October race at Auto Club Speedway, where it finished 10th, before being raced to an 18th-place finish at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and then fifth at Texas Motor Speedway two races ago.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race Chassis #290 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Caterpillar Chevy that will be put through its first paces this weekend.
    #33-Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis #284 from RCR’s Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2009, this Chevrolet debuted at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September, where Bowyer recorded a 29th-place finish.
    #36 Michael McDowell Chassis: TBR – 93, raced previously at Martinsville in October , Texas & Phoenix in November.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya and the #42 Target team are bringing chassis #910 to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. This is a brand new chassis for the 2nd race in a row.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson has piloted primary chassis number 553 to Victory Lane twice this season, at Indianapolis in July and California in October. Johnson last drove backup chassis number 558 to a win at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in October.
    #71-Bobby Labonte will close out the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with TaxSlayer.com as the primary sponsor on the hood of his #71 Chevy which is chassis number 227, was last seen on-track in Texas where it qualified in 28th position with Labonte behind the wheel.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. HMS engineers and crew chief Lance McGrew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis #88-559. Earnhardt last raced this chassis at Auto Club Speedway in October. He spent 70 percent of the race inside the top 15 and was running 11th when he was involved in an accident with five laps remaining. He finished 25th.
    #99-Carl Edwards and Aflac Racing team will be unloading chassis RK-669. Edwards last raced this car at Fontana in October and finished sixth and has raced this Ford three times in 2009, at Richmond in May and both New Hampshire races.
    (Team/Driver PRs)

  • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
    (pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)

  • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule for Cup, Nationwide: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)

  • NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
    SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
    Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
    SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
    Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
    SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
    Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
    SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
    Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
    SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
    Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
    SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
    Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
    SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
    Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
    SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
    Pemberton: Yes.
    SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
    Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)

  • NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
    NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them. Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
    The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
news, notes and links

  • Homestead Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour practice for the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over for the final practice of the 2009 season, the fastest, slowest and notes:
    #31-Burton 165.736
    #29-Harvick 165.375
    #5-Martin 165.067
    #1-Truex Jr. 165.022
    #39-Newman 164.604
    Slowest: #36-McDowell 158.386 & #08-TLabonte 159.811
    incidents: none reported.
    See fast speeds, average speeds, laps run and more on my Homestead Practice Speeds Page.(11-21-2009)

  • Saturday's first practice: for the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, the fastest, slowest and notes:
    #5-Martin 168.177
    #11-Hamlin 167.884
    #48-Johnson 167.863
    #39-Newman 167.822
    #18-Busch 167.811
    Slowest: #96-Darnell 160.810 & #36-McDowell 161.040
    incidents: #96-Darnell slapped the wall and scraped the right side of the car, there are no sponsors on the #96.
    The final Happy Hour practicew of 2009 is scheduled to start run from 2:50 to 3:50pm/et and be televised on ESPN starting at 3:00pm/et, but with the college football game just starting the 4th quarter at 2:30pm/et, good chance it won't start on time.
    See fast speeds, average speeds, laps run and more on my Homestead Practice Speeds Page.(11-21-2009)

  • Johnson wins pole at Homestead: #48-Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a lap of 173.919mph for his 4th pole of the season and 23rd career pole. #82-Speed was 2nd fastest followed by #47-Ambrose, #5-Martin, #14-Stewart, #29-Harvick, #39-Newman, #16-Biffle, #21-Elliott and #33-Bowyer.
    The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #82-Speed, #21-Elliott, #78-Smith, #02-Gilliland, #36-McDowell, #71-BLabonte, #37-Kvapil and #08-TLabonte [using a past champions provisional].
    Five drivers who failed to qualify: #87-Nemecehk, #66-Blaney, #70-Skinner, #13-Papis and #09-Stremme.
    See qualifying results, pole progression, starting lineup on my Homestead Qualifying Results/Starting Lineup page.(11-20-2009)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Homestead-Miami Speedway:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the FORD 400 with a lap of 31.049 seconds, 173.919 mph.
    This is his 23rd pole in 291 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth pole and 26th top-10 start in 2009.
    This is his second pole in nine races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His first Homestead pole came in 2007. He finished seventh that race.
    #82-Scott Speed (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2009 and his second in two races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This matches his best career start (Homestead, 2008; Chicagoland, 2009).
    #47-Marcos Ambrose (third) posted his first top-10 start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his sixth in 36 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-20-2009)

  • Homestead starting spots for the 2009 Chase Drivers:
    (in order of chase points standings coming into Homestead)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, on the pole, 1st
    2) #5-Mark Martin, 4th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 20th
    4) #2-Kurt Busch, 12th
    5) #14-Tony Stewart, 5th
    6) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 23rd
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 8th
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 38th
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 7th
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne, 25th
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 24th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 33rd.(11-20-2009)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 20, 2009 at 3:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2 - 3:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted.
    48 cars/drivers are listed. 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 #83-Vickers.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #47-Ambrose.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #71-Bobby Labonte with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #82-Speed.
    See the full qualifying order on the Homestead Qualifying Page.(11-20-2009)

  • Friday practice: for the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, the fastest, slowest and notes:
    #2-Busch 173.433
    #42-Montoya 173.138
    #33-Bowyer 172.922
    #39-Newman 172.227
    #20-Logano 172.068
    Slowest: #08-Labonte 164.564 & #70-Skinner 167.931
    incidents:#42-Montoya lost it off turn 4 and slid down the front stretch, but didn't hit anything.
    See fast speeds, average speeds, laps run and more on my Homestead Practice Speeds Page.(11-20-2009)

  • Homestead practice ranks for the 2009 Chase Drivers:
    (in order of chase points standings coming into Homestead)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 21st fastest
    2) #5-Mark Martin, 14th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 17th
    4) #2-Kurt Busch, 1st
    5) #14-Tony Stewart, 6th
    6) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2nd
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 11th
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 26th
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 4th
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne, 13th
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 7th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 24th.(11-20-2009)

  • Homestead practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC3], 20th fastest overall
    #09-David Stremme, 25th
    #71-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 29th
    #82-Scott Speed, 30th
    #78-Regan Smith, 32nd
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 36th
    #02-David Gilliland, 38th
    #08-Terry Labonte [PC2], 48th, using a past provisional
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #36-Michael McDowell, 40th
    #13-Max Papis, 43rd
    #37-Travis Kvapil, 44th
    #66-Dave Blaney, 45th
    #70-Mike Skinner, 47th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • The Entry List for the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted, 48 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
    #02-David Gilliland (53rd in owners pts/2 attempts)
    #08-Terry Labonte [past champ 1996] (50/7)
    #09-David Stremme (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38/35)
    #13-Max Papis (43/20)
    #21-Bill Elliott [past champ 1988](44/12)
    #36-Michael McDowell (40/35)
    #37-Travis Kvapil (45/26)
    #66-Dave Blaney (42/35)
    #70-Mike Skinner (58/3)
    #71-Bobby Labonte [past champ 2000](37/35)
    #78-Regan Smith (41/19)
    #82-Scott Speed (36/35)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (39/35)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,71,08,21,82,87,36,66
    missing the race would be [5]: #'s 37,13,78,70,02
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Homestead Entry List.(11-16-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Homestead:
    No changes, the spread between 35th and 36th only dropped 3 points to 114 points (was 117)
    34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2744, +191
    35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 2667, 114 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 2553, 114 points out of 35th
    (no other teams are within 500 owners points of 35th)
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(11-15-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CHASE Standings
    [after Phoenix, Chase race 9 of 10; Season race 35 of 36]:

    pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [7 wins], 6492, finished 1st
    2) #5-Mark Martin [5 wins], 6384, -108, 4th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 6323, -169, 9th
    4) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 6281, -211, 6th
    5) #14-Tony Stewart [4 wins], 6207, -285, 25th
    6) #42-Juan Montoya, 6203, -289, 8th
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 6171, -321, 14th
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin [3 wins], 6140, -352, 3rd
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 6081, -476, 20th
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 6016, -476, 15th
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 5972, -520, 16th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers [1 win], 5826, -666, 38th
    For the drivers points standings, see my Drivers Points Standings.(11-15-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CLASSIC - the OLD way - Driver Points Standings
    [after Phoenix, race 35 of 36]:
    pos, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X), 4996
    2) #14-Tony Stewart(X), 4983, -13
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 4940, -56
    4) #5-Mark Martin(X), 4635, -361
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin(X), 4611, -385
    6) #2-Kurt Busch(X), 4593, -403
    7) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya(X), 4454 -542
    8) #16-Greg Biffle(X), 4420, -576
    9) #39-Ryan Newman(X), 4353, -643
    10) #18-Kyle Busch, 4310, -686
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne(X), 4276, -720
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth, 4265, -731
    13) #99-Carl Edwards(X), 4252, -744
    14) #33-Clint Bowyer, 4224, -772
    15) #00-David Reutimann, 4103, -893
    16) #83-Brian Vickers(X), 4019, -977
    (X) a chase driver.(11-15-2009)

  • 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 Sprint 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, if still tied then by best finish
    #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)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • 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.

  • 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 [NSCS]. 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 NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS 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 NSCS 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 Sprint 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 Sprint Cup: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Championship drivers rarely win final race: in the history of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series [1949 thru current], only one in the modern era [1972-present] and only six drivers in 61 season who won the Sprint Cup Series Championship also won the final race of the season:
    the six drivers who won the season championship and final race of season
    1998: Jeff Gordon won at Atlanta Motor Speedway
    1971: Richard Petty won at Texas World Speedway
    1965: Ned Jarrett won at Dog Track Speedway in Moyock, NC
    1957: Buck Baker won at Greensboro Fairgrounds, Greensboro, NC
    1956: Buck Baker won at Wilson Speedway, Wilson, NC
    1955: Tim Flock won at Orange Speedway, Hillsboro, NC
    (11-21-2009)

  • Six drivers who won in 2008, no wins in 2009: Six drivers could be shut out of winning a Sprint Cup race in 2009 after winning at least one race in 2008: #16-Greg Biffle last won at Dover in September 2008 and has a 6 season win streak in jeopardy. The drivers with the current streak of consecutive seasons with at least one win a year:
    #31-Jeff Burton last won at Charlotte in October 2008 and has won at least one race a year for 3 straight seasons coming into the 2009 season; #99-Carl Edwards last won a year ago at Homestead and won 9 races in 2008 with a two-year streak going; #33-Clint Bowyer last won at Richmond in May 2008 and has a 2 season streak; #39-Ryan Newman last won the 2008 Daytona 500 and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. last won at Michigan in June 2008 after a winless 2007.(11-21-2009)

  • One week left in the Chase: #48-Jimmie Johnson is closing in on history and doing so in style. Johnson victory at Phoenix in Week 9 boosted his points lead over second-place Mark Martin to 108 points. Johnson will clinch a record fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship if he finishes 25th or better in the Chase finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    •So now, Martin’s predicament begs the question: How many times has Mark Martin gained more than 108 points on Jimmie Johnson, in a single race? The answer is nine times including once at Homestead, in 2005.(11-16-2009)

  • 2009 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 173.919, finished 5th
  • 2008 Pole Sitter: #44-David Reutimann, 171.636, finished 20th
  • Track Qualifying Record [new layout]: Jamie McMurray, Nov 2003, 181.111mph
  • Track Qualifying Record [old layout]: Steve Park, Nov 2000, 156.440mph
  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Greg Biffle, 2006, started 22nd
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 1 months, 3 days, 11/11/2001
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kurt Busch, 24 years, 3 months, 13 days, 11/17/2002

  • 2009 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 126.986mph, started 38
  • 2008 Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 128.472mph, 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]
  • Oldest Race Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 1 months, 3 days, 11/11/2001
  • Youngest Race Winner: Kurt Busch, 24 years, 3 months, 13 days, 11/17/2002

  • Most Wins: 3 - Greg Biffle; 2 - Tony Stewart
  • Most Top 5s: 5 - Jeff Gordon
  • Most Top 10s: 8 - Jeff Gordon

  • 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

  • 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 Wins by a Manufacturer: 6, Ford

  • 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

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 2 [of 10] 20.0%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 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 top 5: 6 of 10
  • Races won from the Top 10: 8 of 10
  • Races won from the Top 15: 8 of 10
  • Races won from outside the Top 10: 2 of 10

  • 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 NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Nov. 5, 1995.
    * The original configuration was a four-turn, rectangular oval based on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's layout.
    * The first NASCAR 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.
    * There have been 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, one per season since 1999.
    * Five drivers have competed in all nine Homestead races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Elliott Sadler and Tony Stewart.
    * David Green won the first pole, in 1999.
    * Tony Stewart won the inaugural race, in 1999.
    * There have been nine different pole winners. Kurt Busch (2002 and 2004) is the only multiple pole winner there.
    * There have been seven different race winners, led by Greg Biffle with three.
    * Jack Roush has won six races, most among owners.
    * 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 eight of 10 times.
    * Greg Biffle won in 2006 from the 22nd starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
    * Three active drivers have averaged a top-10 finish: Carl Edwards (6.4), Jeff Gordon (9.9) and Kevin Harvick (9.1).
    * Four of the last five races have ended with a margin of victory under one second.
    * There have been 161 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Florida.
    * 157 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series have their home state recorded as Florida.

    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS at Homestead

    RACE WINNERS
    2009: #11-Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 126.986mph, started 38th
    2008: #99-Carl Edwards, Ford, 131.888, 4th
    2007: #17-Matt Kenseth, Ford, 131.888, 4th
    2006: #16-Greg Biffle, Ford, 125.375, 22nd
    2005: #16-Greg Biffle, Ford, 131.431, 7th
    2004: #16-Greg Biffle, Ford, 105.623, 2nd
    2003: #18-Bobby Labonte, Chevy, 116.868, 2nd
    2002: #97-Kurt Busch, Ford, 116.462, 1st
    2001: #9-Bill Elliott, Dodge, 117.449, 1st
    2000: #20-Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 127.480, 13th
    1999: #20-Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 140.335, 7th

    POLE WINNERS
    2009: #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 173.919mph, finished 5th
    2008: #44-David Reutimann, Toyota, 171.536, 20th
    2007: #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 176.788, 7th
    2006: #9-Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 178.259, 4th
    2005: #99-Carl Edwards, Ford, 176.051, 4th
    2004: #97-Kurt Busch, Ford, 179.319, 5th
    2003: #42-Jamie McMurray, Dodge, 181.111, 9th [New Layout]
    2002: #97-Kurt Busch, Ford, 154.365, 1st
    2001: #9-Bill Elliott, Dodge, 155.226, 1st
    2000: #1-Steve Park, Chevy, 156.440, 8th
    1999: #29-David Green, Chevy, 155.789, 22nd

    Three Drivers who have never won at Homestead

  • ONE Race Track Jeff Gordon has never won a Sprint Cup race at:
    There is only ONE current race tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs on that #24-Jeff Gordon has not won at [a Sprint Cup race]:
    Homestead 0 for 9 with a best finish of 3rd 2004
    Gordon has won at 23 [21 active] of 24 tracks he has raced on including two not on the circuit any longer, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.(4-5-2009)

  • Four CURRENT Race Tracks Martin has never won race at: There are FOUR current race tracks the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runs on that #5-Mark Martin has not won at [a Sprint Cup race], plus Martin ran five races at Nashville and four races at Riverside and didn't win:
    Pocono: 0 for 45 with six finishes of 2nd, last in 8/2004
    Daytona: 0 for 48 with a best finish of 2nd in 2/2007
    Indianapolis: 0 for 16 with a best finish of 2nd in 8/1998 and 7/2009
    Homestead: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2005
    Won at Chicago on 7-11-2009 after failing to win 8 times
    Won at New Hampshire on 9-20-2009 after failing to win there 24 times
    (9-20-2009)

  • Six Current Race Tracks Johnson has never won: There are six current race tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs on that #48-Jimmie Johnson has not won at [a Sprint Cup race], plus Johnson ran five races at Rockingham and didn't win:
    Bristol: 0 for 16 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2004 and 3/2009
    Michigan: 0 for 16 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
    Infineon: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 4th in 6/2009
    Chicago: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 2nd in 7/2004 & 7/2008
    Watkins Glen: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
    Homestead: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2004
    (8-22-2009)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #02-David Gilliland Farm Bureau Insurance #02 Team Schemes Page
    #07-Casey Mears Jack Daniel's
    This Hood is for You
    #07 Team Schemes Page
    #08-Terry Labonte FanCar none...yet
    #5-Mark Martin Kelloggs/Carquest #5 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon MAPEI/Menards #7 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Team Schemes Page
    #12-Brad Keselowski Penske Racing - White [Verizon] #12 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Best Buy #19 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Motorcraft #21 Team Schemes Page
    #37-Travis Kvapil Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort none...yet
    #39-Ryan Newman U.S. Army All-American Bowl #39 Team Schemes Page
    #43-Reed Soernson Siemens none...yet
    #44-AJ Allmendinger Ford in Petty blue #44 Team Schemes Page
    #47-Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie Chocolate Cupcakes #47 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page
    #98-Paul Menard Johns Manville / Menards #98 Team Schemes Page

  • Miccosukee to sponsor #37 at Homestead: SPEED's Hermie Sadler reported on NASCAR Live that #37-Travis Kvapil will carry the colors of Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort as the car normally sponsored by Miccosukee failed to qualify for the race when David Streem spun on his qualifying lap Friday for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(11-21-2009)

  • Final race for Jack Daniel's in NASCAR MORE...image: After five years of partnership, Jack Daniel's announced in September they would be discontinuing their NASCAR sponsorship with the conclusion of this weekend's race. In honor of their association with Richard Childress Racing, Jack Daniel's has placed the name of every driver, crew member and administrative person who was part of their program at RCR on the hood of this weekend's #07 Chevy that Casey Mears drives. This will be the last time fans can purchase Jack Daniel's souvenirs from the #07 merchandise trailer. And, Mears will be making his final autograph appearance there on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 12:15pm/et and Mears will make his "last call" at the Jack Daniel's Experience on the same day at 12:00pm/et.(RCR)(11-19-2009)
    MORE: Leave it to Jack Daniel’s to come up with a personal touch for their finale as primary sponsor for Richard Childress Racing’s #07 Chevy this weekend in Homestead-Miami Speedway. Just like Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel personally made sure his recipe for Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 was always carried out by human touch. After five seasons with RCR, Jack Daniel’s and the people of parent company Brown-Forman wanted to show their appreciation in a very personal way for this weekend’s race in South Florida. So, they placed the names of everyone who worked on the program since partnering with RCR in 2005 right on the hood of the #07 Jack Daniel’s Chevy. Drivers, crew chiefs, crew members and administration personnel are all being honored with approximately 140 names placed all around the words “Jack” and “Thanks” on the hood. “The last five years in the sport has been fun and exciting, to say the least,” said Dave Stang, Assistant Vice President of Brand Awareness for Jack Daniel’s. “It took a ton of people, and all those fantastic fans, to help Jack get its responsible drinking message communicated throughout the USA and beyond. We recognize them all with this little token of appreciation, Jack would be proud.” During their time with RCR in NASCAR, three drivers drove the #07 Jack Daniel’s Chevrolet. Dave Blaney in 2005, Clint Bowyer 2006 to 2008 and Casey Mears in 2009, who collectively earned two victories, two pole awards, 21 top-five and 61 top-10 finishes.(RCR), see an image of the hood on my #07 Team Schemes page.(11-19-2009)

  • #39 to feature U.S. Army All-American Bowl: The hood of Ryan Newman's #39 U.S. Army/Haas Automation Chevy for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway will showcase the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, an annual football game featuring the nation's top 90 high school seniors. The 10th anniversary U.S. Army All-American Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The all-star classic -- East vs West match-up -- will be televised live on NBC, 1:00pm/et. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni include many current NFL and college standouts including Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings), Chad Henne and Ted Ginn Jr. (Miami Dolphins), Reggie Bush (New Orleans Saints), Vince Young (Tennessee Titans), Mark Sanchez (New York Jets), Tim Tebow (University of Florida Gators), Terrell Pryor (Ohio State Buckeyes), Demarco Murray (Oklahoma Sooners) and Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame Fighting Irish). Gerald Christian, a U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection from Dwyer High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., will attend Sunday's season finale race and will be recognized on stage during prerace ceremonies. A nationally-ranked tight end and linebacker, Christian has verbally committed to play at the University of Florida. Other south Florida area high school stalwarts who have been selected to play in the upcoming U.S. Army All-American Bowl are: Brandon Linder and Michael Palardy, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, Ft. Lauderdale; Ivan McCartney, Miramar High School, Miramar; Jaylen Watkins, Cape Coral High School, Cape Coral; and Matt Elam also of Dwyer High School in West Palm Beach.(US Army Racing), see an image of the scheme on my #39 Team Schemes page.(11-17-2009)

  • Special 'Cup Cake' scheme for Ambrose at Texas: Little Debbie Racing's Marcos Ambrose will be driving the #47 Little Debbie Chocolate Cupcake Toyota in the final three races of the 2009 Sprint Cup season: Texas, Phoenix and Homestead (Little Debbie Flickr page), the scheme was designed by NASCAR artist Sam Bass. See images of the car on my #47 Team Schemes page.(11-6-2009)

  • Farm Bureau Insurance to sponsor JGR for 6 races: Joe Gibbs Racing announced that the Farm Bureau Insurance Companies will serve as the primary sponsor for six Sprint Cup Series races during the 2009 season. Farm Bureau Insurance will be carried on the #11 Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin twice during the upcoming season including:
    May 9 race at Darlington
    September 6 race at Atlanta
    In addition Farm Bureau Insurance will be on the #20 Toyota driven by Joey Logano at the:
    October 25 race at Martinsville. Both FedEx and The Home Depot will still be represented on their respective cars at each of those races.
    Farm Bureau Insurance will also sponsor a fourth JGR entry [#02-David Gilliland] at three races in 2009 on the #02 Toyota at the:
    October 17 Charlotte race
    November 8 Texas race
    November 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead.
    The driver for those three races will be announced later. “Farm Bureau Insurance has been an outstanding partner with us and we’re thrilled to have them on these six Cup races this year,” said Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs. “We were able to generate a lot of excitement for them last year and we’ll work hard this year to provide their agents, members and customers a program to be proud of now in our Cup program.”(JGR PR)
    IMAGES: see images of the cars on my #02 Team Schemes page, #11 Team Schemes page and/or #20 Team Schemes page.(1-19-2009)

  • 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: 50 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: 65,000
    Announced Attendence 2009: 70,000
    Announced Attendence 2008: 80,000
    Announced Attendence 2007: 80,000
    Opened: 1995

  • Carry-In Items:
    Coolers: Allowed (one soft-sided bag/cooler per person — limit of 6"x6"x12"; one clear, plastic bag per person — limit of 18"x18"x4"; plastic bags may not contain ice).
    Glass containers: Not allowed.
    Alcoholic beverages: Allowed.
    Cameras/recording devices: Allowed.

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs”
    Command to start engines: Mike Rowe
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Bobby Allison
    Invocation: Pastor Fidel Gomez, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
    National Anthem: Anika Noni Rose from “The Princess and the Frog”
    Military Flyover: 4 F-16's 482nd Fighter Wing, Homestead Air Reserve Base

  • 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

  • November 2008: see my Homestead Race Info page


  • National Anthem at Homestead: Anika Noni Rose—voice of lead-character Tiana in Disney’s upcoming film “The Princess and the Frog” is scheduled to be singing the national anthem for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.(HMS)(11-19-2009)

  • Buzz Aldrin to pace the Ford 400: What was once thought impossible came true 40 years ago when the world witnessed the first ever moon landing. Homestead-Miami Speedway will celebrate the 40-year anniversary of this incredible accomplishment by honoring the “best of the best”—the NASA Apollo astronauts—during NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend (Nov. 20-22). Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin will headline pre-race ceremonies as Honorary Race Chairman for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Ford 400. As one of the world’s most recognizable astronauts—the second human to step foot on the moon—Aldrin will be honored on-stage during pre-race festivities before getting into a 1969 Ford Mustang to lead the pace car and race field. For great seats and hospitality options for Ford Championship Weekend, call (866) 409-RACE or visit THEChampionshipTrack.com. To learn more NASA and the 40th Anniversary of Apollo visit: www.nasa.gov or www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.(HMS)(11-19-2009)

  • Hall of Champions to be enshrined at HMS: “Hall of Champions” – Homestead-Miami Speedway Champions Club – 12:30-1 p.m. Homestead-Miami Speedway, in conjunction with NASCAR President Mike Helton, will enshrine the inaugural class of the Homestead-Miami Speedway Hall of Champions in the Champions Club high above Turn 1 on Saturday, Nov. 21st at 12:30pm. Inaugural inductees include Cup Champions “The Gentleman” Ned Jarrett, “The Matador” Bobby Allison and reigning three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson.(HMS)(11-19-2009)

  • Homestead to hold NASCAR Hualer parade: The celebration of NASCAR’s Championship finales at Homestead-Miami Speedway kicks into high gear this Wednesday, Nov. 18, as race-car haulers en route to Ford Championship Weekend will gather downtown Miami, rumble across MacArthur Causeway, on to South Beach and up Ocean Drive. At the parade’s conclusion near 9th Street, fans are invited to a FREE South Beach fan festival at Lummus Park that will feature the Championship-contending drivers in two of NASCAR’s top series. Drivers scheduled to participate include Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and Ron Hornaday Jr. of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Top 5 drivers in the Championship standings of both series will be available for autographs, as well as a Q&A session. All three of NASCAR’s top series will be crowned during Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 20-22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and phenomenal seats are still available for NASCAR’s series-crowning weekend by calling (866) 409-RACE or by visiting THEChampionshipTrack.com.
    Haulers are tentatively scheduled to depart from Bicentennial Olympic Park downtown Miami at 2:30pm/et, with an estimated arrival at Lummus Park set for 3:00pm/et.(HMS)(11-17-2009)

  • Bobby Allison Named Ford 400 Honorary Starter: With a history dotted with legendary family names like Petty, Earnhardt and Allison, NASCAR runs deep in tradition. Homestead-Miami Speedway will honor that tradition by naming Miami-native Bobby Allison as Honorary Starter for the Ford 400 during NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend, Nov. 20-22. One of NASCAR’s most beloved competitors, the 1983 Sprint Cup Champion and three-time Daytona 500 winner will wave the Green Flag to start NASCAR’s Championship-finale Ford 400 on Nov. 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In addition, Allison will be honored during pre-race festivities and be available to fans via exclusive hospitality appearances. For great seats and hospitality options for Ford Championship Weekend, please visit THEChampionshipTrack.com or by calling (866) 409-RACE.(HMS)(11-15-2009)

  • Grand Marshal named for Ford 400: Stock cars weighing in at 3400 pounds tearing around a 1.5-mile oval, trading paint and burning rubber, charging through dust and debris. Competing for motorsports’ ultimate prize—the Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway —can be a dirty job, so who better to deliver the most famous words in racing at NASCAR’s Nov. 22 Championship finale than Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs”? Creator and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated series, Rowe will provide the Grand Marshal command of “Gentlemen, start your engines!” to the 43 Sprint Cup drivers competing in the Nov. 22 Ford 400, the headline event of NASCAR’s series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend. “I'm very proud to be the Grand Marshal of the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Championship,” said Rowe, CEO of mikeroweWORKS.com. For great seats and hospitality options for Ford Championship Weekend, please visit THEChampionshipTrack.com or by calling (866) 409-RACE.(HMS)(11-15-2009)

  • New emergency texting available to race patrons: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 motorsports facilities. The service was introduced last weekend during the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway. The system allows fans to communicate with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed inside the facility. The technology was tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November during the final weekend of the NASCAR season. Instructions will be posted throughout each racetrack and will be broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Besides Darlington and Homestead-Miami, ISC owns and/or operates Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas, Phoenix, Chicago, Martinsville and Watkins Glen. The Fan Text Messaging Service is also being used by several professional and college teams, as well as at events such as the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship and World Baseball Classic.(Associated Press)(5-14-2009)

  • Championships Tickets on sale at Homestead: New Value Pricing for 2009: Racing fans are invited to be a part of history in 2009—and at a very special value. Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that all children ages 12 and younger will be: Admitted FREE of charge to both the grandstands and the exclusive paddock area during the Oct. 10 NextEra Energy Resources SpeedJam Championships Weekend and admitted FREE of charge to the Grandstands for the Nov. 20 Camping World Truck Series Championship finale during NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend. Tickets for all Six Championships—NASCAR, IndyCar and Grand-Am Sports Cars—are on sale, via (866) 409-RACE and www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com. Adult prices start at just $30 for the IndyCar/Grand-Am Championships and $55 for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Championship. Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2009 becomes the first venue ever to host all of North America’s premier motorsports championships. The SpeedJam Championships (Oct. 9-10) feature the finales of the IndyCar, Firestone Indy Lights and Grand-Am Sports Car Series. Six weeks later (Nov. 20-22), NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend features the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series finales. Morer details by calling (866) 409-RACE or going to www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.(HMS PR)(4-21-2009)

  • NextEra Energy partners with Daytona, Homestead: Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway announced a multi-year partnership with NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of Florida-based FPL Group, and the nation’s largest provider of wind and solar energy. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under terms of the agreement, NextEra Energy Resources becomes the Official Renewable Energy Provider of Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Rights include entitlement of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona and title sponsorship of Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Speedjam IndyCar and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Championship weekend. NextEra Energy Resources will support its position through both a financial investment and a commitment for annual promotion around events at both facilities. Also as part of the arrangement, International Speedway Corporation, parent company of both racing facilities, will purchase certain renewable energy certificates (RECs) from NextEra Energy Resources. The RECs will help fund a number of renewable energy projects, including the development of wind and solar energy plants.(HMS PR)(1-8-2009)

  • 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)

    Number of Tires: Left-side – 1,450; Right-side – 1,450

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4220; 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: While teams in all three NASCAR series in action this weekend will be running the same right-side tire code (D-4136), teams in the Sprint Cup Series will be running a different left-side code (D-4220) . . . Sprint Cup teams ran this same right-side code with a different left-side code at Homestead in 2008 . . . this left-side code features a compound change to give the cars more grip, compared to what was run at Homestead last year . . . in addition to Homestead, Cup teams ran this exact combination of left- and right-side tires at both races at Texas 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.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Robby thanks Jim Beam, Crafton to help out: The Phoenix Sprint Cup race was the final appearance of Jim Beam on the hood of Robby Gordon's #7 Toyota and the end of a five-year partnership between the two companies. "Jim Beam has been a great partner to the Robby Gordon Motorsports organization since its formation back in 2005," said Gordon. "I really hoped that we would be able to bring home a stronger finish than 22nd for their last race to show our appreciation for everything they have done." Prior to racing in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Robby Gordon will travel to the Baja Peninsula to race the #77 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Trophy Truck in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, November 19-22. The Baja 1000 marks the fifth and final competition in the 2009 Tecate SCORE International Off-Road Championship, which Gordon is currently leading for both the Trophy Truck division and the Overall SCORE Desert Series. While Gordon works to clinch the SCORE Championship, the Robby Gordon Motorsports team will work to prepare and perfect their Toyota Camry with the help of Matt Crafton. Crafton is set to practice and qualify the #7 MAPEI / Menards Toyota, turning the wheel back over to Gordon for the 400-mile race on Sunday afternoon.(RGM)(11-16-2009)

  • Stremme to run #09 at Homestead..and 2010?: David Stremme, who has been replaced by Brad Keselowski in the #12 Penske Dodge, will drive the #09 Chevy for Phoenix Racing at Homestead — a race Keselowski had signed on to do. For 2010, Stremme has two options to consider. One, return to the Nationwide Series and drive for Rusty Wallace (who Stremme accompanied to Las Vegas earlier this week) and/or drive for the Bob Jenkins' owned [#34 or #37] Front Row Motorsports.(FoxSports)(11-6-2009)

  • Fans to sponsors a team at Homestead...#08 team? Matt Ferguson was watching a Sprint Cup race in March when he turned to his wife with what at first seemed like another one of his crazy ideas. He wanted to sponsor a car. Well, not just him. He wanted to devise a plan where all fans would have an opportunity to sponsor a car. So he began researching, hired an agent and developed a program. It's called FanCar, and you can learn more about it at FanCar.com. It's really simple. For $20, fans who sign up will get their name on the car of an established team owner with a driver already in place. The plan is to debut the FanCar in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The owner and driver will be announced on Monday, so fans will know whom they're backing. "This is not some start-up team," said Ferguson, a 32-year-old businessman from College Station, Texas. "This isn't their first race, and they're not a start-and-park team. We're not going to have somebody who doesn't know what they're doing or isn't respected by other drivers." He is a familiar name and is guaranteed to be in the field. But if this works, Ferguson plans to have another FanCar in the 2010 Daytona 500 and as many races as he can next season. If it works really well, he'll try to sponsor two cars.(full story at ESPN.com)
    DRIVER? TEAM? hearing the the driver will be Terry Labonte for Carter/Simo Racing in the #08 Toyota at Homestead in the season finale. BUT Terry Labonte will not be guaranteed to make the race. His brother, Bobby Labonte, is scheduled to run the #71 TRG Chevy at Homestead. The #71 as is the #08 teams, are both not in the top-35 in owners points, so each Labonte has to race their way in or fall back on the past champions provisional. If both need it, Bobby would get to use it first as he won the Sprint Cup Championship in 2000 and Terry last won it in 1996.(10-30-2009)
    UPDATE 2: FanCar announced it will sponsor two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Terry Labonte and Carter/Simo Racing at the Ford 400 on Nov. 22 in Miami. More information at www.fancar.com and invest $20 to be a sponsor of Terry Labonte's #08 Toyota Camry at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "We started FanCar to support drivers like Terry Labonte, a former Cup champion and an old-school, no-nonsense competitor," said Matt Ferguson, founder of FanCar. "Now it's up to the fans to get behind Terry and Carter/Simo Racing at Miami and join the FanCar team."
    After becoming a sponsor, fans will be able to vote on the paint scheme as well as the overall message that Labonte's #08 Camry will carry during the Miami race. Participating fans will receive a certificate of sponsorship as well as a digital photo of the car. If the sponsorship is chosen as a gift, FanCar will send along an electronic gift card to the person selected. All funds raised by FanCar will go directly to the funding of the #08 Camry driven by Terry Labonte in Miami-no development costs or transaction fees subtracted.
    "It's a great honor and a privilege to be the first driver of the FanCar," said Terry Labonte, driver of the #08 Carter/Simo Toyota Camry. "NASCAR fans have given me so much in my career, but FanCar takes that fan support to a whole new level."(Verve Sponsorship Group)(11-2-2009)

  • See the 2009 Team Chart and 2010 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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