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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Fast Facts: Homestead-Miami

  • Homestead-Miami Speedway has participated in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs as the season finale since its inception in 2004. This season the track will host its 16th Playoff event.
  • A total of 11 different drivers have won the Homestead-Miami Speedway Playoff races, led by Greg Biffle with three victories (2004 – 2006).
  • Six times the winner of the Homestead-Miami Speedway Playoff race has gone on to win the championship during the Playoff era (2004-Present):
    • In 2011, Tony Stewart won from the 15th starting position at Homestead, and as a result secured his third-career MENCS championship.
    • In 2014, Kevin Harvick won from the fifth starting position at Homestead in the first year of the elimination-style format of the Playoffs, and as a result won his first MENCS title.
    • In 2015, Kyle Busch won from the third starting position at Homestead in the second year of the elimination-style format of the Playoffs, and as a result he won his first MENCS championship.
    • In 2016, Jimmie Johnson won from the 14th starting position at Homestead in the third year of the elimination-style format of the Playoffs, and as a result he tied NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the series-most titles with seven.
    • In 2017, Martin Truex Jr. won from the second starting position at Homestead in the fourth year of the elimination-style format of the Playoffs, and as a result he won his first series championship.
    • In 2018, Joey Logano won from the fifth starting position at Homestead in the fifth year of the elimination-style format of the Playoffs, and as a result he won his first series championship.
  • The worst finish in a Playoff race by the eventual series champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway is 15th (three times), Tony Stewart in 2005, Jimmie Johnson in 2008 and Brad Keselowski in 2012.
  • Playoff contenders have won 12 of the 15 previous Playoff races at Homestead-Miami (80%).
  • Two non-Playoff drivers have won the Homestead-Miami Playoff race: Greg Biffle (2004 and 2006) and Denny Hamlin (2013).
  • Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in Playoff race wins at Homestead-Miami Speedway with six, including five consecutive: Greg Biffle (2004 – 2006), Matt Kenseth (2007) and Carl Edwards (2008).
  • Three manufacturers have won the Playoff race at Homestead, led by Ford with seven; followed by Chevrolet and Toyota with four each.
  • The most dominant performance by a Playoff race winner at Homestead-Miami Speedway was Carl Edward’s victory in 2010. He posted a Perfect Driver Rating of 150.0 and led 190 of the 267 laps (71.1% of his laps completed) – the most by a Playoff race winner at Homestead.

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Homestead
Kyle Larson………………………… 108.7
Kevin Harvick……………………… 108.2
Martin Truex Jr……………………. 105.5
Kyle Busch…………………………… 99.8
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 96.7
Chase Elliott…………………………. 95.1
Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 94.0
Joey Logano…………………………. 93.8
Brad Keselowski……………………. 91.0
Ryan Newman………………………. 85.3
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2018 races (14 total) among active drivers at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Homestead-Miami Speedway:

History

  • Groundbreaking for Homestead-Miami Dade Motorsports Complex – as the track was originally named – began Aug. 24, 1993.
  • The first race held at Homestead-Miami Speedway was a NASCAR Xfinity Series event on Nov. 5, 1995 – won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett.
  • The original configuration was a four-turn, rectangular oval based on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s layout.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami was held on Nov. 14, 1999 – won by Tony Stewart (Pontiac).
  • 2002 was the first season the Championship Weekend was held at Homestead, with all three of NASCAR’s national series holding their season finale at the same track.
  • Since the inception of the position-based points system in 1975, only four drivers have made up a points deficit in the season finale: Richard Petty in 1979 (made up two points on Darrell Waltrip), Alan Kulwicki in 1992 (made up 30 points on Davey Allison), Jimmie Johnson in 2010 (made up 15 points on Denny Hamlin) and Tony Stewart in 2011 (made up three points on Carl Edwards).
  • There have been 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, one per season since 1999.

Starts

  • A total of 142 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway; 107 have competed in more than one.
  • Matt Kenseth leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway with 19. Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick have 18 each.
  • Casey Atwood (three starts) leads the Monster Energy Series in average starting position at Homestead with a 6.3.
  • Ryan Blaney (four starts) leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position with a 10.0.
  • 2019 Championship 4 average starting positions at Homestead-Miami Speedway – Kyle Busch (11.3), Martin Truex Jr. (12.0), Kevin Harvick (12.3) and Denny Hamlin (19.9).

Poles 

  • A total of 14 different drivers have won a Busch Pole Award at Homestead-Miami Speedway, five of the 14 are active this weekend.
  • Denny Hamlin leads the series in poles at Homestead-Miami Speedway with three (2015, 2017, 2018).
  • David Green won the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 1999 at a speed of 155.759 mph (34.669 sec.) in a Pontiac.
  • Youngest Homestead-Miami pole winner: Joey Logano (November 18, 2012 – 22 years, 5 months, 25 days).
  • Oldest Homestead-Miami pole winner: Bill Elliott (November 11, 2001 – 46 years, 1 month, 3 days).
  • Three Monster Energy Series drivers have won their first series career pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway: David Green (November 1999), Jamie McMurray (November 2003) and David Reutimann (November 2008).
  • Five different manufacturers have won the pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Monster Energy Series – Toyota (seven), Chevrolet (five), Ford (four), Dodge (three) and Pontiac (one).

Wins

    • A total of 14 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race winners at Homestead-Miami Speedway; seven of 14 are active this weekend.
    • All four of the 2019 Champ 4 drivers have previously won at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Greg Biffle (2004, 2005, 2006) and Tony Stewart (1999, 2000, 2011) lead the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Homestead-Miami Speedway with three wins each.
  • Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in wins at Homestead-Miami Speedway with two victories (2009, 2013).
  • Of the four drivers with multiple wins at Homestead, Tony Stewart is the only driver to win in two different manufacturers: Pontiac (1999, 2000) and Chevrolet (2011).
  • Two drivers have won consecutive races at Homestead-Miami: Tony Stewart (1999 – 2000) and Greg Biffle (2004 – 2006, three straight).
  • Youngest Homestead winner: Kurt Busch (November 17, 2002 – 24 years, 3 months, 13 days).
  • Oldest Homestead winner: Bill Elliott (November 11, 2001 – 46 years, 1 month, 3 days).
  • Two of the 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races (10%) at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been won from the pole: Bill Elliott (2001) and Kurt Busch (2002).
  • Six of the 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races (30%) at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been won from the front row: two from the pole and four from the second starting position.
  • Denny Hamlin won the 2009 race from the 38th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Tony Stewart (1999) is the only driver to win at Homestead-Miami in his first appearance.
  • Seven different organizations have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Homestead-Miami with seven, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with six.

Additional Finishing Positions

  • A total of 16 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished runner-up at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the series in runner-up finishes with three (2003, 2008, 2015).
  • A total of 36 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the series in top-five finishes with 10 top fives.
  • A total of 53 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the series in top-10 finishes with 16 top 10s.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Homestead-Miami Speedway (All-Time & Active)

  • Kevin Harvick leads the series in average finish position at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 6.6.

Top 10 in Average Finishing position at Homestead-Miami Speedway (All-time & Active)

  • The 2019 Championship 4 average finishing positions at Homestead-Miami Speedway are Kevin Harvick (6.6), Denny Hamlin (10.6), Martin Truex Jr. (10.8) and Kyle Busch (17.4).

Track / Event Specific Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway is the November 20, 2005 race won by Greg Biffle with a MOV of 0.017 seconds over second-place Mark Martin.
  • Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • None of the 20 series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been shortened due to weather.
  • Three of the 20 series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway have ended under NASCAR Overtime.

Lap Leader Stats

  • A total of 52 different drivers have led at least one lap in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Carl Edwards leads the series in laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway with 615 laps led of his 3,462 laps completed (17.8%); Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers with 373 laps led.
  • The most laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway by the race winner was 214 of the scheduled 267 laps (80.1%) by Matt Kenseth on November 18, 2007 – he started from the fourth position.
  • The most laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway by a driver that did not win was 191 of the scheduled 267 laps (71.5%) by Kyle Busch on November 18, 2012 – he started eighth and finished fourth.
  • The fewest laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway by the race winner was one lap led of the scheduled 267 laps by Bobby Labonte on November 16, 2003 – he started second and passed Bill Elliott on the last lap to win the race.

Female Competitors

  • Danica Patrick became the first and only female driver to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCAR in Florida

  • There have been 395 NASCAR national series races among 10 tracks in the state of Florida.
  • The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Florida was on July 10, 1949 at the Daytona Beach & Road Course in Daytona Beach, Florida – the event was won by Red Byron (Oldsmobile).

Florida Drivers in NASCAR

  • A total of 183 drivers that have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as Florida.
  • There have been 12 NASCAR national series race winners from the state of Florida.

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