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Friday, November 19
11:30 am – 1:00 pm NSCS Practice
1:10 – 2:30 pm NNS Practice
3:10 pm NSCS Pole Qualifying
5:05 pm NCWTS Pole Qualifying
6:35 – 7:25 pm NNS Final Practice
7:40 pm NCWTS Ford 200 Driver Intros
8:00 pm NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford 200
Saturday, November 20
11:35 am NNS Qualifying
1:30 – 2:15 pm NSCS Practice
2:50 – 3:50 pm NSCS Final Practice
4:00 pm NNS Ford 300 Driver Intos
4:30 pm NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford 300
Sunday, November 21
12:30 pm NSCS Ford 400 Driver Intos
1:00 pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400
SPRINT CUP RACE INFO and RUNDOWN PAGE
THE RACE: Ford 400
TRACK: Homestead-Miami Speedway
NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #36 of 36 for the 2010 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #10 of 10
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)
Jumps to sections on this page:
|Car#||Pit Stops||Driver||Laps||Time||Total Seconds||Avg Seconds|
|56||9||Martin Truex Jr.||267||05:53.1||353.077||39.231|
|88||10||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||267||06:56.3||416.292||41.629|
|43||9||A J Allmendinger||267||07:01.7||421.687||46.854|
|77||8||Sam Hornish Jr.||267||07:29.1||449.126||56.141|
|7||9||Kevin Conway #||263||07:03.3||423.309||47.034|
|42||9*||Juan Pablo Montoya||231||23:53.1||1433.075||159.231|
|36||1||J J Yeley||25||00:40.7||40.698||40.698|
Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Homestead (or seemed to)?
43rd: #66-Bliss, 10 laps run
42nd: #36-Yeley, 25 laps
41st: #87-Nemechek, 29 laps
40th: #64-Cassill, 35 laps
with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #66 this week
(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)(11-21-2010)
NASCAR Season Finale Live on ESPN: NASCAR's 36-race season comes to a close in South Florida this weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 21. ESPN will have a live telecast of the final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the close championship battle involving Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick is decided.
NASCAR Countdown airs at 12:00pm/et on ESPN2 with the race telecast on ESPN at 1:00pm/et. The green flag is scheduled for 1:15pm/et. Also from Homestead, NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying will air on ESPN2 on Friday, Nov. 19, at 3:00pm/et. Practice sessions air Friday at 11:30am/et and Saturday at 3:00pm/et. ESPN2's season-long coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series comes to a close at Homestead with a telecast of Saturday's Ford 300. NASCAR Countdown airs at 4:00pm/et.
Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett, the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, and two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree. Two-time champion crew chief Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick with analysis by 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion driver Rusty Wallace, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion crew chief Ray Evernham and Brad Daugherty, a team owner in the series. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.
Bestwick also hosts SportsCenter at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, a half-hour special that will set up the final race with news, interviews and analysis. The program airs on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 pm/et on ESPN2. Wallace, Evernham and Daugherty will provide analysis, with reporters Nicole Briscoe, Mike Massaro and Marty Smith.(ESPN)
Pit Stall Selections - Homestead: The selections of pit stalls for the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #83-Kasey Kahne chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #99-Edwards took pit stall 4, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
#1-McMurray, who starts 3rd took the 14th pit stall, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #00-Reutimann, who starts 7th.
The three Chasers too the following stalls:
#11-Hamlin took the 38th stall, since he only had 7 stalls to choose from, not much to go for.
#48-Johnson took the 22nd stall, the 3rd with an opening in front of it, plus he has the #66 car behind him, likely a start and park
#29-Harvick took the 2nd stall, right behind the pole sitter, could help beating the #11 or #48 to the line
To see where the three Chase drivers and all the other drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-20-2010)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Clinch Scenarios Set For Homestead: With only 15 points separating the top two drivers, the closest championship in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup's seven-year history won't be won easily.
The only way points leader #11-Denny Hamlin can guarantee a clinch of his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship is by either finishing second while leading the most laps or winning next Sunday's season finale Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
#48-Jimmie Johnson, in second, and #29-Kevin Harvick, in third, are the only other drivers still eligible to win the 2010 title. Harvick trails Hamlin by 46 points.
If Johnson wins and leads the most laps, nothing Hamlin or Harvick can do to win the championship.
If Harvick wins and leads the most laps, #11-Hamlin would have to finish 4th or worse and #48-Johnson would have to finish 7th or worse and Harvick would win the Championship.
Hamlin's 15-point lead is the closest margin between first and second in Chase history, bettering the 18-point difference Kurt Busch held over Johnson in 2004.(NASCAR)(11-14-2010)
Race Coverage of the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, November 21, 2010.
Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et on ESPN2; green flag approx 1:15pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
ESPN2, Monday, November 22 at 3:30am/et
SPEED, Wednesday, November 24 at 2:30pm/et
Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)
NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)
NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: 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)
Jayski's - 2010 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)
Happy Hour practice for the FORD 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is being run, after 55 of 60 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and any notes:
#56-Truex Jr., 169.306
slowest: #7-Conway 163.875 and #64-Cassill 164.119.
no speed listed for #66-Bliss
Top 3 Chasers:
incident: #77-Hornish Jr. spun and hit the wall, doing damage to the front and right rear, the team will go to a backup car.
See fastest practice speeds, average speeds, 10 lap averages, laps run on the Homestead Practice Speeds Page(11-20-2010)
Saturday's 1st practice for the FORD 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and any notes:
Top 3 Chasers:
slowest: #7-Conway 163.929 and #66-Bliss 165.001.
incident: #78-Smith slapped the wall early in practice, team is working to fix the car. #18-Busch scraped the right sidee of the car on the wall, but just slight cosmetic damage.
See fastest practice speeds, average speeds, 10 lap averages, laps run on the Homestead Practice Speeds Page(11-20-2010)
Kahne wins pole at Homestead: #83-Kasey Kahne won the Coors Pole for the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a speed of 176.904mph for his 4th pole of 2010 and 20th of his career.
#99-Edwards will start 2nd followed by #1-McMurray, #21-Elliott, #43-Allmendinger, #48-Johnson, #00-Reutimann, #5-Martin, #6-Ragan and #78-Smith.
The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Elliott, #36-Yeley, #87-Nemechek, #66-Bliss, #09-Labonte, #13-Mears, #38-Gilliland and #64-Cassill.
The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (2): #46-McDowell and #26-Carpentier.
See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Homestead Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page. (11-19-2010)
Starting Spots for the Chase drivers at Texas:
Only four of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10 for the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the starting spots for the 12 chasers:
[by current points standings]:
1) #11-Denny Hamlin starts, 37th 2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 6th
3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 28th
4) #99-Carl Edwards, 2nd
5) #17-Matt Kenseth, 13th
6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 11th
7) #18-Kyle Busch, 33rd
8) #16-Greg Biffle, 27th
9) #14-Tony Stewart, 31st
10) #2-Kurt Busch, 15th
11) #33-Clint Bowyer, 17th
12) #31-Jeff Burton, 14th
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(11-19-2010)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Homestead:
#83-Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the FORD 400 with a lap of 30.525 seconds, 176.904 mph.
This is his 20th pole in 252 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his fourth pole and 17th top-10 start in 2010.
This is his second pole in seven races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
#99-Carl Edwards (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2010 and his fourth in seven races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
#1-Jamie McMurray (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 15th in 36 races this season.
#7-Kevin Conway (42nd) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-19-2010)
Coverage of Qualifying for the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 19, 2010 at 3:10pm/et.
Television (TV): ESPN2 3:00pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com
Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
Qualifying Re-Air: none
Qualifying Order for the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted. 45 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 #82-Speed.
The three drivers going for the Championship qualify as follows:
#11-Hamlin 30th; #48-Johnson 14th; #29-Harvick 17th
The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #16-Biffle.
The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #38-Blaney with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #87-Nemechek.
See the full qualifying order on the Homestead Qualifying Page.(11-19-2010)
Friday practice for the FORD 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and any notes:
#1- McMurray 174.989
#11-Hamlin was 30th fastest
#29-Harvick was 31st fastest
slowest: #26-Carpentier. 168.708 and #34-Kvapil 169.099
incident: #16-Biffle slapped the wall hard and the team is pulling out the backup car.
See fastest practice speeds, average speeds, 10 lap averages, laps run on the Homestead Practice Speeds Page(11-19-2010)
Homestead practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
#36-J.J. Yeley, 25th
#21-Bill Elliott [PC2], 27th
#87-Joe Nemechek, 28th
#66-Mike Bliss, 32nd
#09-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 35th
#46-Michael McDowell, 37th
#13-Casey Mears, 39th
#64-Landon Cassill, 40th
these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
#38-Dave Blaney, 42nd
#26-Patrick Carpentier, 45th
[PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]
Some Chassis selections for Homestead-Miami Speedway:
#1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the #1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boat team will bring chassis #1006 to Homestead. This chassis has been used five times this season, most recent at Charlotte where McMurray started 27th and captured his third win of the season. This chassis has also captured the pole position three times at Kansas, Chicagoland and Darlington and has two out of three top-five finishes of second and fifth. It was also used in August at Michigan where it started 19th and finished 20th. McMurray has led 143 laps with this chassis.
#2-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington and crew will be racing their “PRS-739” Miller Lite Dodge Charger in this weekend’s 2010 Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead. This is a brand new chassis that hasn’t been raced to date. “That’s the plan right now,” team engineer Dave Winston said on Tuesday morning. “We’re taking the new car down there in hopes to get a great finish and end the year on a positive note. We are already in the process of looking at what we need to be competitive next year.”
#5-Mark Martin: crew chief Alan Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-595 for Sunday's race in Miami. This is the same chassis that Martin drove to a sixth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in October after leading 41 laps.
#6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-711 Last ran Texas and finished eighth; Backup: RK-620 Last ran Vegas and finished 23rd. The Jacksonville South Center (SLIC - 3204) has been selected as the Maximum Center for the November 21 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Jacksonville South Center will have its center number on David Ragan’s UPS Ford as a result of its outstanding performance in safety and operational excellence.
#9-Aric Almirola: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 703 for this weekend’s event. This particular Ford Fusion was last utilized at Kansas Speedway where the team earned the pole position for the event.
#11-Denny Hamlin: and the FedEx Racing team will unload Chassis JGR 291 this weekend in Homestead. 291 ran, and won, two weeks ago in Texas. Chassis 285 will serve in backup duty. The #11 FedEx Express Toyota will carry the letters SFL on the b-post this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in recognition of the FedEx Express AGFS and U.S. Operations teams in the South Florida market. In addition to their commitment to customer service, the team is very involved in supporting FedEx community initiatives.
#12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-743 during Sunday’s 400-mile season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS). This is a brand-new chassis to the #12 team.
#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-583 debuted in early March at Las Vegas, where it qualified ninth and led twice for seven laps before finishing seventh. Prior to Las Vegas, it spent time in the wind tunnel. It returned to the track for a NASCAR-sanctioned test at Charlotte March 23-24 before coming back to Charlotte for the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, where it started 11th and finished a solid fifth. It revisited the wind tunnel in preparation for its third career start in July at Chicago. The time in the tunnel paid off, as it qualified 3rd and finished 9th. It most recently served as a backup at Kansas and Auto Club Speedway.
#16-Greg Biffle: is racing the same car this weekend at Homestead that he ran and won with at Pocono and led 224 laps with two weeks ago in Texas.
#17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-704 was last run at Martinsville.
#18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 283 will make its third-ever start in Sunday’s Ford 400 Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead. In its first start, in September’s race at New Hampshire, Busch started ninth and finished ninth. In its most recent start, at Texas two weeks ago, Busch started 29th and finished a disappointing 32nd.
#19-Elliott Sadler: The #19 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 282 for this weekend’s event. This particular Ford Fusion was last utilized at Kansas Speedway where the team qualified inside the top 15.
#20-Joey Logano: and the #20 Home Depot Team is taking chassis #290 this weekend for the season finale. This is a new chassis in the Home Depot Team’s stable.The back-up chassis is #287 which Logano piloted to a seventh-place finish at Charlotte and most recently to a fourth-place finish in Texas.
#29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 325 at Homestead, which is a completely brand new car which will see its first laps on the track during Friday's practice.
#31-Jeff Burton: will race Chassis No. 314. Built new this season, this is the same Caterpillar Chevy Burton drove to finish 4th at Atlanta in Sept before posting a 2nd at Dover three weeks later. Most recently, a 20th-place effort at Charlotte last month.
#33-Clint Bowyer: will race Chassis No. 328, a brand new car that will turn its first laps on the track at Homestead.
#42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Brian Pattie and the #42 Target team are bringing chassis #1015 to Homestead this weekend. The #42 team has used this chassis three times this season at Charlotte last month and both Michigan events. Montoya has scored two top-10 qualifying positions of fifth and 10th and three top-15 finishes of seventh, 13th and 11th.
#43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 265 for this weekend’s event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This particular chassis has been utilized on several occasions this season including most recently at Charlotte in October.
#48-Jimmie Johnson: will pilot chassis No. 580 in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race. He last drove that car to a third-place result at Auto Club Speedway in October. Johnson drove back up chassis No. 558 from a first-place starting spot to Victory Lane at Dover in September.
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-599 for this weekend's race at Homestead. Earnhardt last raced this chassis at Kansas Speedway in October. Earnhardt is scheduled to make his 400th Cup start at the 2011 Daytona 500 in February.
#98-Paul Menard: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the #98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 653 for this weekend’s event. This is the same Ford Fusion that the team ran at the event at Kansas Speedway. Menard qualified on the front row and drove to an eighth-place finish. Mastercraft will be back on the hood of the #98 Ford for this weekend’s event at Homestead.
#99-Carl Edwards: The #99 Aflac team will be unloading chassis RK-709. Edwards raced this Ford Fusion most recently at Charlotte in October where he finished 16th. It was a new car at Charlotte.
(from team PR's/sites if reported)(11-18-2010)
The Entry List for the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Andy Lally in the #71; Robby Gordon in the #7
Not in top 35 of owners points:
#09-Bobby Labonte (2009 race winner as owner)(2000 Champ)(39/35)
#13-Casey Mears (38/35)
#21-Bill Elliott (1988 Champ)(45/11)
#26-Patrick Carpentier (2009 race winner as owner)(37/35)
#36-J.J. Yeley (40/35)
#38-Dave Blaney (36/35)
#46-Michael McDowell (42/35)
#64-Landon Cassill (46/23)
#66-Mike Bliss (44/35)
#87-Joe Nemechek (41/35)
In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 26,09,21,38,13,36,87,46
missing the race would be : #'s 66,64
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Homestead Entry List.(11-15-2010)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Homestead:
No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The spread from 35th to 36th is down to 74 points with ONE race to go.
32) #7-Gordon/RGM, 2514, +115
33) #34-Kvapil/Front Row, 2503, +104
34) #37-Blaney/Front Row, 2491, +92
35) #71-Gaughan/TRG: 2473, 74 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 2399, -74 points out of the top 35
37) #26-TBA/Latitude43: 2301, -172
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(11-14-2010)
2010 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
[after Phoenix, race 35 of 36, Chase Race 9 of 10]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #11-Denny Hamlin [8 wins], 6462
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 6447, -15
3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 6416, -46
4) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 6198, -264
5) #17-Matt Kenseth, 6151, -311
6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 6124, -338
7) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 6115, -347
8) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 6113, -349
9) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 6074, -388
10) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 6033, -429
11) #33-Clint Bowyer [1 win], 6028, -434
12) #31-Jeff Burton, 5958, -504
(Bowyer without 150 pt penalty 6178, -284 would be 5th)
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(11-14-2010)
2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
[after Phoenix, race 35 of 36....the OLD way]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1)#29-Kevin Harvick, 5109
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4814, -295
3) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4744, -365
4) #99-Carl Edwards, 4625, -484
5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4617, -492
6) #18-Kyle Busch, 4580, -529
7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 4497, -612
8) #14-Tony Stewart, 4481, -628
9) #2-Kurt Busch, 4350, -759
10) #31-Jeff Burton, 4348, -761
11) #16-Greg Biffle, 4280, -829
12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 4249, -860
13) #5-Mark Martin, 4249, -860
14) #1-Jamie McMurray, 4225, -884
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(11-14-2010)
What happens if qualifying gets canceled/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)
Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. 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 points).
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 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more
Homestead history: for the three drivers going for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, how have the three drivers going for the Cup have fared at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
1 - Denny Hamlin (#11 FedEx Express Toyota)
· One win, three top fives, three top 10s
· Average finish of 10.6 in five races
2 - Jimmie Johnson (#48 Lowe's Chevy)
· Three top fives, six top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 12.7 in nine races
3 - Kevin Harvick (#29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevy)
· Four top fives, seven top 10s
· Average finish of 8.4 in nine races
There is only one current race tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs on that #24-Jeff Gordon has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
Homestead 0 for 11 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.(11-22-2009)
Four Current Race Tracks the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runs on that #5-Mark Martin has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
Homestead: 0 for 11 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2005
Daytona: 0 for 50 with a best finish of 2nd in 2/2007
Pocono: 0 for 48 with six finishes of 2nd, last in 8/2004
Indianapolis: 0 for 17 with a best finish of 2nd in 8/1998 and 7/2009
(plus Martin ran five races at Nashville and four races at Riverside and didn't win)(8-1-2010)
There are four race tracks the Sprint Cup Series currently races at that #48-Jimmie Johnson has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
Homestead: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2004
Watkins Glen: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
Michigan: 0 for 18 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
Chicago: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 7/2004 & 7/2008
plus Johnson ran five races at Rockingham Speedway and didn't win there.(8-15-2010)
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.
· Since the inception of the current points system in 1975, only two drivers have made up a points deficit in the season finale: Richard Petty in 1979 (made up two points on Darrell Waltrip) and Alan Kulwicki in 1992 (made up 30 points on Davey Allison).
· There have been 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Homestead, one per season since 1999.
· Five drivers have competed in all 11 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 and Jimmie Johnson lead all drivers, with two.
· There have been eight 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 11 times.
· Denny Hamlin won last season from the 38th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
· Three active drivers have averaged a top-10 finish: Carl Edwards (6.5), Jeff Gordon (9.5) and Kevin Harvick (8.4).
· There have been 164 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Florida.
· 162 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series have their home state recorded as Florida.
· There have been 10 race winners from Florida in NASCAR’s three national series.(NASCAR)
By the numbers at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
1 – fewest ServiceMaster Clean cautions in the previous 11 Sprint Cup races at Homestead-Miami Speedway (First Race – 11/14/99)
2 drivers have more than one win at HMS (Greg Biffle – 3, Tony Stewart – 2)
2 of the 11 Sprint Cup races at HMS have been won from the pole, four from the front row
3 – fewest ServiceMaster Clean cautions in a Sprint Cup race this season (Richmond, 9/11/10)
3 of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup have yet to win in 2010 (Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth)
5 – number of drivers that have competed in all 11 races at HMS (Jeff Burton, Elliott Sadler, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte)
5 of the last 6 Sprint Cup races at HMS have been won by a Ford driver
7 of the 35 Sprint Cup races this season have been extended beyond the scheduled distance following a late ServiceMaster Clean caution
8 – number of ServiceMaster Clean jet dryers scheduled for service at HMS
8 of the 11 Sprint Cup races at HMS have been won from a top-10 starting spot
14 – most ServiceMaster Clean cautions for a Sprint Cup race at HMS (11/21/04)
13 different Sprint Cup race winners in 2010 (Denny Hamlin leads with eight wins)
15 –most ServiceMaster Clean cautions in a Sprint Cup race this season (Martinsville, 10/24/10)
18 different Sprint Cup pole winners in 2010
105 minutes – approximate time it takes for the ServiceMaster Clean jets to dry the 1.5-mile HMS track
5 of the 35 Sprint Cup races this season have had 10 or more ServiceMaster Clean cautions; 13 of 35 races last year had 10 or more cautions
135 of 255 ServiceMaster Clean cautions in the first 35 Sprint Cup races this season were for accidents, 47 for debris and 36 for spins
255 ServiceMaster Clean cautions in the first 35 Sprint Cup events this season; 298 after 35 races last year
1,284 of 10,511 laps completed in the first 35 Sprint Cup races this year have been under a ServiceMaster Clean caution; 1,416 OF 8,627 after 35 races last year.(ServiceMaster Clean)(11-19-2010)
|#5-Mark Martin||GoDaddy.com||#5 Team Schemes Page|
|#11-Denny Hamlin||FedEx Express||#11 Team Schemes Page|
|#14-Tony Stewart||Office Depot||#14 Team Schemes Page|
|#19-Elliott Sadler||Stanley Tools||#19 Team Schemes Page|
|#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr||National Guard||#88 Team Schemes Page|
More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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
Grand Marshal: Rock Singer, Bret Michaels
Command to start engines: Bret Michaels
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Mark Fields, Ford President of the Americas
Honorary Race Chairman: Edsel B. Ford II, Member of the Board of Directors, Ford Motor Co.
Invocation: MRO's Tim Griffin
National Anthem: Bret Michaels & ?
Military Flyover: 4 F-16's, 482nd Fighter Wing, Homestead AFB
For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page
November 2009: see my Homestead Race Info page
Trio of Ford's to lead the races at Homestead: NASCAR officials will leave it to a trio of new Ford products, including the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer, to pace the three championship races at NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead Miami Speedway Nov. 19-21. Headlining the pace car trio is the 2011 Ford Explorer, the iconic SUV that boasts best-in-class fuel economy and an all-new look, which will lead the field to the green flag at the season-ending Ford 400 – the Sprint Cup championship event. It will mark the first time Explorer has ever paced a major auto race. Explorer will be preceded on the track during the weekend by the 2012 Mustang Boss 302, which will pace Saturday’s Ford 300 NASCAR Nationwide finale, and the 2011 Ford F-150, powered by the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which will handle pace car duties for Friday night’s Ford 200 Camping World Truck Series finale. Ford Championship Weekend began in 2002 and is currently in the middle of a deal that runs through the 2014 season where Ford serves as title sponsor of the final NASCAR races of the season (Ford).(11-17-2010)
Grand Marshall named for FORD 400: Even after spending more than 20 years in the music business, legendary rock star Bret Michaels continues to move at warp speed. The former Poison front-man-turned-reality TV star will kick into gear the headline event of NASCAR’s series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend on Sunday by serving as the Ford 400 Grand Marshal in delivering the most famous words in racing: "Gentlemen, start your engines!".
A diabetic and longtime champion for diabetes-related research, Michaels recently raised nearly $650,000 for the American Diabetes Foundation in winning NBC TV's Celebrity Apprentice 3 in 2010. He also starred in VH-1’s Rock of Love with Bret Michaels and currently stars in VH-1’s Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.
In addition to starting the 43-car field for the 2010 Sprint Cup Championship finale, Michaels will honor America prior to Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway by singing the national anthem.
Joining Michaels on the list of dignitaries for Ford Championship Weekend is professional wrestling star Bill Goldberg, who will serve as Honorary Race Chairman for Saturday night’s Nationwide Series Championship-finale Ford 300.
On Sunday, Homestead-Miami Speedway will host a one-race shootout to decide the closest-ever Sprint Cup Championship race in NASCAR history. Tickets for this historic Championship finale are available starting at $55 via HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com and (866) 409-RACE.
Additional dignitary assignments for NASCAR’s series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway include Bobby Allison—Miami Beach native and 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee—and Alto Reed, legendary saxophonist and founding member of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
NASCAR’s series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 19-21. Kids 12 & under are admitted FREE (general admission) for Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series Championship and for just $10 (reserved seats) for Saturday’s Nationwide Series Championship. Tickets for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Championship start at $55. Parking is always free at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and fans are invited to bring food and drink in a 14x14x14 cooler. For more info, visit THEChampionshipTrack.com or call (866) 409-RACE.(HMS)(11-16-2010)
Homestead and Miami Dolphins Introduce Combo Package: Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Miami Dolphins have teamed up to offer an unprecedented ticket package for South Florida sports fans: The “Track & Field” combo ticket provides fans an opportunity to attend NASCAR’s Nov. 21 Ford 400 Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as well as one of three Miami Dolphins December homes games. This unique package pairing NASCAR and NFL tickets is the first such partnership between Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Dolphins, and at a cost of $110 the package represents a 31% savings ($50) vs. buying tickets to the two events separately. To purchase the “Track & Field” package—and for more information on NASCAR’s series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 19-21)—visit HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com or call (866) 409-RACE.(HMS)(11-4-2010)
GEICO partners with ISC tracks on camping areas: International Speedway Corporation announced an unprecedented partnership with GEICO Insurance at seven of its premier racing facilities nationwide. Beginning in 2011, the five year deal will provide GEICO with promotional and entitlement rights for camping areas at: Daytona International Speedway; Darlington Raceway; Chicagoland Speedway; Homestead-Miami Speedway; Phoenix International Raceway; Talladega Superspeedway; and Watkins Glen International. Under the terms of the agreement, GEICO will receive on-site signage and branding.(ICS)(11-2-2010)
Bruton hopes to get 2nd race at AMS; talks about 'Cuba' comment: The chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc. hasn't given up on the idea of having two Sprint Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway again one day. "Absolutely," Bruton Smith said before Sunday's race at AMS. "But not in March. We tried that and tried it awfully hard over the years. I remember coming here four times before they actually ran the race one year. Rain, rain, rain. March is not the time to run a race here." Smith recently gave up his March Cup date that has struggled attendance-wise to give a date to Kentucky Speedway beginning in 2011. Under the realigned schedule, Kentucky will host its first Cup race in early July. Smith would not speculate on how he would get a second date for Atlanta, which hosted its first event in 1960. Under the current scenario he would have to give up a date from one of his existing tracks because NASCAR does not have a history of giving SMI a date from International Speedway Corporation. The only other option would be to get a date from independently owned Pocono or Dover, which have two races each, but NASCAR has given no indication it would do that. Smith has tried to purchase both tracks in recent years. "Certain things would have to occur," Smith said. "If we're able to make those things occur, yeah there is a possibility. We'll be keeping our eyes open and see if we can be creative." A second date for Atlanta is not Smith's priority. Bringing a second Cup date to Las Vegas, preferably the last weekend of the season, is. Smith said this weekend at Kentucky Speedway that Homestead Miami is "not the proper place for the Sprint Cup series to end the Chase for the championship." He referred to the track as North Cuba. "I was just speaking the truth," Smith said. "I thought it was a compliment based on location."(ESPN)(9-8-2010)
Smith blasts NASCAR for ending season at Homestead: Speedway Motorsports Inc. owner Bruton Smith isn't a fan of NASCAR's insistence on ending the season in South Florida. Smith likened Homestead Miami Speedway to "North Cuba," arguing it is not the "proper place" for the Sprint Cup series to end the Chase for the championship. The longtime track owner says he'd prefer NASCAR to run its final Cup race at SMI-owned Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Smith said he expects IndyCar to end the 2011 season at the 1.5-mile oval next October. Despite his protests, SMI did not make a formal request for NASCAR to add a second Las Vegas race to the 2011 schedule. Smith said it's because he doesn't believe it would make a difference.(Associated Press)(9-5-2010)
10 Years of Championship Racing at Homestead: For the 10th consecutive year, Homestead-Miami Speedway will serve as host to NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend in 2011. South Florida again will be the site when NASCAR crowns its Champions in all three of its top national divisions—the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series— the weekend of Nov. 18-20, 2011. Ford Championship Weekend 2010 is set for Nov. 19-21, and tickets—starting at just $55 for the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Championship finale—are available now by calling (866) 409-RACE or by visiting THEChampionshipTrack.com.(HMS)(8-18-2010)
Becherer Named HMS President: International Speedway Corporation announced it has named Matthew Becherer as president of Homestead-Miami Speedway effective immediately. Becherer accepts the role from his most recent position of vice president of marketing for Richmond International Raceway. Current Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray is leaving the Company to pursue other opportunities. At Richmond International Raceway since 2003, Becherer was integral to the growth of the widely-popular 3/4-mile track into one of ISC’s premier facilities. As vice president of marketing, he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of marketing, advertising, promotions, public relations and ticketing. Prior to Richmond, Becherer was the director of marketing for Darlington Raceway and marketing manager for North Carolina Speedway. Becherer will transition with his family to the Homestead-Miami, FL, area over the next few weeks.(HMS PR)(12-10-2009)
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)
Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Track News/Rumors - Homestead-Miami Speedway
Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup and Nationwide);
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Camping World Truck)
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side - 1,400, Right-side - 1,400;
Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575;
Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325
Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4410
Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 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 52-55 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Homestead this weekend will run the same Goodyear tire codes, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . while this is the first time any of these teams will be running this right-side tire code (D-4410), teams in all three series have run this left-side code (D-4392) three times already this season -- twice at Texas and once at Chicagoland . . . this is a new tire set-up for Homestead . . . compared to what was run at the South Florida track last season, this left-side tire features compound, construction and mold shape changes to give teams more grip; while this right-side tire features compound and construction changes for improved wear and to bring it into line with what has been run at other mile-and-a-half tracks 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.
NASCAR does pre-inspection of Chase contenders: NASCAR has inspected the cars the three championship contenders plan to race in next week's season finale. NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston says the cars for #48-Jimmie Johnson, #11-Denny Hamlin and #29-Kevin Harvick were inspected in the North Carolina research and development center this week. The cars were measured to make sure they fit the templates ahead of the Nov. 21 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. NASCAR says it was a precautionary measure during the tightest Chase for the Sprint Cup championship since the format was introduced in 2004.(Associated Press)(11-12-2010)
GEICO to sponsor Mears for final two races: Initially scheduled to appear as the primary sponsor of the #13 Germain Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry for 18 races during the 2010 season, GEICO's excitement has grown. After Talladega, the insurance giant decided to add the Texas Sprint Cup Series race and then, after the checkered flag was displayed in Fort Worth last weekend, they began contemplating the balance of the season. GEICO announced that they would be picking up primary sponsorship of Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry for the remaining two Sprint Cup Series races, at Phoenix and Homestead. GEICO will also appear as a major associate sponsor on the #30 Toyota Tundra of Todd Bodine, who currently has a firm grasp on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points lead. At Homestead for NASCAR's season finale, the GEICO Gecko will boast a full schedule. Aside from the entries of Mears and Bodine, the charming and exciting 'Mad' Max Papis will join his teammates, as he pilots the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra in his final Truck Series race of the season before embarking on a full-time Truck Series schedule in 2011.(GEICO Racing)(11-11-2010)