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DATE: Saturday, Nov. 16
SITE: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Fla.
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 55,000 (grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 19th
TELEVISION: ESPN2
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 4:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, Nov. 16/1:05 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Regan Smith
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 2)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Casey Mears, 2004 (177.936 mph)
RACE RECORD: Joe Nemechek, 2001 (132.191 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Regan Smith106Ricky Stenhouse Jr4
2Kyle Busch17Brian Scott7
3Brendan Gaughan168Ryan Blaney20
4Sam Hornish Jr119Elliott Sadler2
5Austin Dillon310Cole Whitt8
2012 Ford EcoBoost 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 128.817 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 19 mins., 44 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.375 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (167.984 mph)
Past Ford EcoBoost 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Regan Smith (10) -- Chevrolet -- 128.817 mph
2011 -- Brad Keselowski (1) -- Dodge -- 119.377 mph
2010 -- Kyle Busch (2) -- Toyota -- 110.747 mph
2009 -- Kyle Busch (5) -- Toyota -- 126.924 mph
2008 -- Carl Edwards (2) -- Ford -- 117.340 mph
2007 -- Jeff Burton (30) -- Chevrolet -- 112.512 mph
2006 -- Matt Kenseth (5) -- Ford -- 126.523 mph
2005 -- Ryan Newman (1) -- Dodge -- 124.410 mph
2004 -- Kevin Harvick (12) -- Chevrolet -- 110.482 mph
2003 -- Kasey Kahne (3) -- Ford -- 121.376 mph
2002 -- Scott Wimmer (26) -- Pontiac -- 123.542 mph
2001 -- Joe Nemechek (20) -- Chevrolet -- 132.191 mph
2000 -- Jeff Gordon (6) -- Chevrolet -- 125.450 mph
1999 -- Joe Nemechek (12) -- Chevrolet -- 124.596 mph
1998 -- Jeff Burton (23) -- Ford -- 129.605 mph
1997 -- Joe Nemechek (3) -- Chevrolet -- 112.900 mph
1996 -- Kevin Lepage (10) -- Chevrolet -- 119.158 mph
1995 -- Dale Jarrett (26) -- Ford -- 92.229 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called GNC Live Well 300 (2001), Miami 300 (2000),
HotWheels.com 300 (1999), Jiffy Lube Miami 300 (1995-98), Ford 300
(2002-11).
 
Past Ford EcoBoost 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Kyle Busch -- 2
2011 -- Brad Keselowski -- 1
2010 -- Joey Logano -- 7
2009 -- Carl Edwards -- 2
2008 -- Joey Logano -- 10
2007 -- David Ragan -- 33
2006 -- Kevin Harvick -- 6
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 1
2004 -- Casey Mears -- 26
2003 -- Greg Biffle -- 13
2002 -- Jeff Green -- 10
2001 -- Jeff Green -- 9
2000 -- Bobby Hamilton Jr -- 22
1999 -- Hut Stricklin -- 21
1998 -- Casey Atwood -- 14
1997 -- Mike McLaughlin -- 22
1996 -- Bobby Labonte -- 2
1995 -- Joe Nemechek -- 7
Last Race Results
RACE: ServiceMaster 200 (November 9)
SITE: Phoenix International Raceway -- Avondale, Ariz.
MILES: 200
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Justin Allgaier
THIRD: Austin Dillon
FOURTH: Regan Smith
FIFTH: Sam Hornish Jr.
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 58 mins., 37 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 101.166 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.347 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 34 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Busch 1-79; T. Bayne 80-81; K. Busch 82-111; B. Keselowski
112-119; K. Busch 120-132; T. Bayne 133-136; J. Allgaier 137-153;
K. Busch 154-200.
Ford EcoBoost 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Shore Lodge
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
5Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Cargill
7 *Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/taxslayer.com
9Corey LaJoie (Concord, FL)Ford/Richard Petty Motorsports
10Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/One Main Financial
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/Alliance Truck Parts
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
16Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Drive to Stop Diabetes
18Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Game Stop
19Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Toyota/Winfield
20Drew Herring (Benson, NC)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Hertz
23Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
24Ryan Ellis (Ashburn, VA)Toyota/TBA
29Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/Compassion Racing
30Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Omnitracs
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
33Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Wesco
40T.J. Bell (Reno, NV)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
42Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Richard Petty Motorsports
44Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Takagi Tankless Water Heaters
48Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Discount Tire
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55Jamie Dick (El Paso, TX)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
60Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, MD)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
77Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Kyle Busch Motorsports
79Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/Go Green Racing
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/D.A.B. Constructors
91Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
92Dexter Stacey (Kahnawake, Canada)Ford/Maddie's Place
98Kevin Swindell (Germantown, TN)Ford/Carroll Shelby Motors
99Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/TBA
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Regan Smith------31---------------Won
Kyle Busch3---41---2WonWon---2
Sam Hornish Jr------4338------2174
Austin Dillon------------------------5
Brian Scott------------------1897
Elliott Sadler---18---------------69
Justin Allgaier------------2820111311
Joey Logano------------10471016
Brad Keselowski------39173123Won---
Matt Kenseth636Won3---10---------
Trevor Bayne------------------511---
Kyle Larson---------------------------
Ty Dillon---------------------------
Drew Herring---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Michael Annett - started 27 and finished 14
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Joey Logano
Last Week's Pick to Win (Brad Keselowski) - finished 19
 
NOTES:
The Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is the 33rd and final race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 18 Nationwide races held at Homestead. The series has competed there once each year since 1995. Dale Jarrett won the inaugural event at this track, the Jiffy Lube 300, in '95.

Joe Nemechek holds the record for most Nationwide victories at Homestead. Nemechek, who hails from nearby Lakeland, Fla., won at this track in 1997, '99 and 2001. Kyle Busch is the only driver who has won back-to-back Nationwide races there (2009-10).

The race winner at Homestead has started from the pole position just two times: Ryan Newman (2005) and Brad Keselowski (2011).

The closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Homestead occurred in 1998 when Jeff Burton beat Jimmy Spencer to the finish line by just 0.01 seconds.

Regan Smith is the only driver on the entry list for this race that scored his first career Nationwide victory at Homestead. Smith held off Busch at the finish by just over one second for the win in last year's race there. Kevin Lepage (1996) and Kasey Kahne (2003) also claimed their maiden victories in the series at this track.

The 2014 Nationwide schedule begins with the Feb. 22 DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Tony Stewart won this race in 2013.

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