QUALIFYING RECORD: Jamie McMurray, 2003 (181.111 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Tony Stewart, 1999 (140.335 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,194,299 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $341,258; 2nd Place - $296,416; 3rd Place - $189,450
Martin Truex Jr
2011 Ford EcoBoost 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 114.976 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 29 minutes
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.306 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 54 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 26 among 15 drivers
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (175.467 m.p.h.)
Past Ford EcoBoost 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Tony Stewart (15th) -- Chevrolet -- 114.976 m.p.h.
2010 -- Carl Edwards (2nd) -- Ford -- 126.585 m.p.h.
2009 -- Denny Hamlin (38th) -- Toyota -- 126.986 m.p.h.
2008 -- Carl Edwards (4th) -- Ford-- 129.472 m.p.h.
2007 -- Matt Kenseth (4th) -- Ford -- 131.888 m.p.h.
2006 -- Greg Biffle (22nd) -- Ford -- 125.375 m.p.h.
2005 -- Greg Biffle (7th) -- Ford -- 131.431 m.p.h.
2004 -- Greg Biffle (2nd) -- Ford -- 105.623 m.p.h.
2003 -- Bobby Labonte (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 116.868 m.p.h.
2002 -- Kurt Busch (1st) -- Ford -- 115.462 m.p.h.
2001 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Dodge -- 117.449 m.p.h.
2000 -- Tony Stewart (13th) -- Pontiac -- 127.480 m.p.h.
1999 -- Tony Stewart (7th) -- Pontiac -- 140.355 m.p.h. (race record)
NOTE: Formerly called Pennzoil 400 (1999-2000), Pennzoil Freedom 400 (2001),
Ford 400 (2002-11).
Past Ford EcoBoost 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Carl Edwards -- 2nd
2010 -- Kasey Kahne -- 6th
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 5th
2008 -- David Reutimann -- 20th
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 7th
2006 -- Kasey Kahne -- 4th
2005 -- Carl Edwards -- 4th
2004 -- Kurt Busch -- 5th
2003 -- Jamie McMurray -- 9th
2002 -- Kurt Busch -- 1st
2001 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
2000 -- Steve Park -- 8th
1999 -- David Green -- 22nd
Last Race Results
RACE: AdvoCare 500 (November 13th)
SITE: Phoenix International Raceway -- Avondale, Arizona
WINNER: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Kasey Kahne
FIFTH: Ryan Newman
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 52 minutes, 9 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 111.182 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.580 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 38 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kyle Busch 1-53; T. Kvapil 54-57; M. Martin 58-59; Kyle Busch
60-117; D. Hamlin 118-128; B. Keselowski 129-133; D. Hamlin
134-168; R. Newman 169-173; Kyle Busch 174-232; B. Keselowski
233-237; Kyle Busch 238-304; K. Harvick 305-319.
Ford EcoBoost 400 Entry List
Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)
Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)
Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)
Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)
Ford/Black & Decker
David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)
Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)
Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)
Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)
Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Office Depot
Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)
Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)
Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)
Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)
Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)
Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)
Toyota/The Home Depot
Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)
Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)
Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)
Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)
Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)
Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)
Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)
David Stremme (South Bend, IN)
Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)
Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO)
Ford/Federated Auto Parts
Stephen Leicht (Asheville, NC)
David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)
Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)
J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)
Chevrolet/C&C Audio Video
David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)
Ford/Long John Silver's
Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)
Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)
Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)
To Be Announced
Ford/No Label Watcher
Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)
Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)
Regan Smith (Cato, NY)
Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)
Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)
Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)
Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)
Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)
Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood&Pellet
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)
Chevrolet/Diet Mt. Dew/Nat Guard
Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)
Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)
Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)
Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)
* - Defending champion
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Martin Truex Jr
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Mover of the Week
Jeff Burton - Started in the 33rd position and finished 13th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kasey Kahne
Darkhorse - Kevin Harvick
Last Week's Pick to Win (Clint Bowyer) - Finished 28th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Carl Edwards) - Finished 11th
It all comes down to the season-ending Ford 400, and once again the
"Chase for the Sprint Cup" championship will decided this week.
It's quite simple. Brad Keselowski needs a finish of 15th or better; or 16th
and at least one lap led; or 17th and the most laps led, even if Jimmie Johnson
wins and leads the most laps.
Might be easier said than done, as Keslowski in four trips around Homestead,
has just one top-15 finish and three finishes of 20th or worse. Keselowski bids
to become the series' first new champion since 2006, going from dark horse
contender to championship controller over NASCAR's nine-race post season.
Johnson, a five-time winner this season, is 20 points behind, but after winning
two straight races, he placed 32nd last week to fall back in the Chase.
Keselowski will make his 125th NSCS start this weekend, while Tony Stewart, who
stands ninth, will be behind the wheel for the 500th time.
Last season, the battle between Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart for the 2011
Sprint Cup Series championship couldn't have concluded any better than the way
it did at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Stewart's victory in the season-ending Ford
400 compared to a second-place finish for Edwards allowed Stewart to win his
third championship in NASCAR's premier series.
Even though Stewart and Edwards finished the season tied in points (2,403
each), Stewart earned the title by virtue of his five wins -- all of them
coming in the Chase for the Sprint Cup -- compared to only one victory for
Edwards, which came in March at Las Vegas. It was the first time the series
championship was decided in a tiebreaker.
Although he didn't win the race in 2010, Johnson did capture the Sprint Cup
championship for the fifth straight season. Johnson entered the 400-mile race
at Homestead 15 points behind Denny Hamlin. He became the first driver in the
seven-year history of the championship Chase to overcome a points deficit
going into the season-finale. Just two drivers had overcome a points deficit
in the last race of the season to win the championship since NASCAR revised
its points system in 1975. Richard Petty accomplished the feat in 1979, and
Alan Kulwicki turned the trick in 1992.
In 2009, Denny Hamlin raced to victory, defeating Jeff Burton by 2.632
seconds for his eighth career Sprint Cup victory and fourth of that season.
Starting from the 38th position, Hamlin moved his way up and finally claimed
the lead with just 45 laps remaining and held on to finish fifth on the final
points list. With his fifth-place finish, Jimmie Johnson clinched his fourth
Carl Edwards dominated the race in 2008, leading five times for a race-high
157 laps, as he defeated Kevin Harvick by 7.548 seconds for his 16th career
Sprint title. Despite his ninth win of 2008, Edwards placed second behind
Johnson in the "Chase."
In 2007, Matt Kenseth snapped Greg Biffle's three-year stranglehold on
this race, as he led a whopping 214 laps en route to his 16th career
Sprint Cup title. Kurt Busch finished second, just 0.852 of a second behind,
while pole sitter Johnson placed seventh.
Greg Biffle captured his third consecutive Ford 400 in 2006, as he crossed
the finish line just under one second ahead of Martin Truex Jr. The victory
was the second of the 2006 season and the 11th of 18 career titles.
Groundbreaking for Homestead-Miami Dade Motorsports Complex, as the track was
originally named, began August 24, 1993. The first race was a Nationwide
Series race on Nov. 5, 1995. The original configuration was a four-turn,
rectangular oval based on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's layout. The first
Truck Series race at Homestead was in 1996. In the summer of 1997, a
reconfiguration project changed the turns from a quad-oval to a traditional,
continuous-turn oval. The first Sprint Cup race at Homestead was held on Nov.
14, 1999. The track was reconfigured prior to the 2003 race. The banking in
the turns was changed to a graduated tri-level culminating in a 20-degree
banking on the outer level. Lights were also added for night racing.
There have been nine different pole winners, led by Kurt Busch, Jimmie
Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Carl Edwards with two each. The race has been won from
the pole twice: Bill Elliott (2001) and Kurt Busch (2002). In addition, the
race has been won from a top-10 starting position nine of 13 times. Hamlin's
win in 2009 from the 38th starting position, is the furthest back a race winner
has started at Homestead. There have been eight different race winners, led by
Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart with three.
The 2013 Sprint Cup Series begins February 24 at Daytona International
Speedway with the 55th running of the Daytona 500. Matt Kenseth won the series
season-opener this year.
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