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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Homestead Race Info

THE RACE: Ford EcoBoost 400
TRACK: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #36 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #10 of 10
THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

Date: Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Homestead, FL
Title Sponsor: Ford
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:05 pm/et

Sections on this page:
Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown
Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR America Pre-Race Show: 1:30pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: 2:00pm/et on NBC
Television Race Coverage: NBC, 2:30pm/et

Practices:
Friday, November 17, 12:30 pm - 1:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, November 18, 10:00 am - 10:55 am/et, TV-CNBC;
Saturday, November 18, 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, November 17 at 6:15 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: None

In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TBA

TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page


RADIO COVERAGE

Motor Racing Network (MRN)
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

ONLINE STREAMING

NBC Sports - Live
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)

Scanner-Frequencies


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Friday, November 17
10:00 AM-7:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
12:30 PM-1:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
6:15 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, November 18
8:30 AM-5:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM-10:55 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
1:00 PM-1:50 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, November 19
9:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
1:50 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM MENCS RACE (267 LAPS, 400.5 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Homestead-Miami Speedway Track News, Stats & Links page


November 2016: see the Homestead Race Info page

Track Specifications:
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

Pace Car / Caution Speed: 55mph

Opened: 1995

OLD LAYOUT 1995-2002

Degree of Banking: Turns: 6 degrees

Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 60 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 46,000 [down from 56,000 and 65,000]
Stages: 1 ends lap 80, 2 at lap 160, race finish is lap 267 (OT possible)

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Chris Froome
Command to start engines: Chris Froome
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Gabby Douglas
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Vaughn Gittin Jr., professional drifter
Color Guard: 482 Security Forces Color Guard
Invocation: Pastor Sammy Flores, Christ Fellowship
National Anthem: Ryan Carson
Flyover: Four F-16's, Homestead Air Reserve Base

a look at many new, notes and story lines for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Homestead

A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Homestead, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Homestead page

Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway News & Notes An in-depth look at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4; Championship 4 Bios for Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. After winning the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in dramatic come-from-behind fashion, Kyle Busch is looking to become just the 16th driver in series history to win two or more championships. Kevin Harvick will attempt to capture his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title. If Keselowski can take home the title, he'd become the 16th driver to win multiple championships in the 69-year history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, joining Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Lee Petty, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Tony Stewart, Herb Thomas, Tim Flock, Buck Baker, Joe Weatherly, Ned Jarret and Terry Labonte. Not only is Martin Truex Jr. racing for his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title, so is Furniture Row Racing. Their Championship 4 contemporaries all have titles under their belts with their respective drivers (Team Penske with Brad Keselowski - 2012, Stewart-Haas Racing with Kevin Harvick - 2014, Joe Gibbs Racing with Kyle Busch - 2015). (NASCAR)[Read Much More Here](11-14-2017)

Saturday Homestead Notebook Martin Truex Jr. overcomes brush with wall to lead Happy Hour; NASCAR manufacturers enjoy friendly rivalry; NASCAR, Goodyear announce multiyear renewal of partnership.
In opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Championship 4 driver Martin Truex Jr. brushed the outside wall hard enough to scraped the paint off the right rear of his #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. Truex's team took great care in repairing that area of the car, which is extremely sensitive from aerodynamic standpoint. Clearly, it was a job well done.
NASCAR manufacturers enjoy friendly rivalry Off the race track and outside the showroom, NASCAR's three manufacturers-Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota-enjoy a friendly rivalry, though the car makers aren't averse to a few well-place digs at each other. Toyota North America group vice president of marketing Ed Laukes, for example, was quick to remind Chevrolet U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports Jim Campbell that Chevy didn't have a driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4. Ford and Toyota are set to decide the title between them in Sunday's Ford Eco-Boost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Chevrolet, on the other hand has all four title contenders in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
NASCAR, Goodyear announce multiyear renewal of partnership NASCAR and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber company first became partners in racing in 1954, and neither entity saw any reason to change that relationship. On Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, NASCAR and Goodyear announced a multiyear extension to the partnership that will keep Goodyear as the exclusive tire supplier for all three of the sanctioning body's top national touring series-Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck.
Short Strokes In a move that should delight drivers and crew chiefs alike, NASCAR on Saturday informed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup teams they could purchase one additional set of new tires for use in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Teams will now have 10 sets of new tires in addition to their qualifying tires, which drivers must use to start the Ford Eco-Boost 400. Last season teams had 13 sets of tires available. Championship 4 driver Kevin Harvick sat out the first 15 minutes of final practice because of two inspection failures last weekend at Phoenix. When he did hit the track, Harvick was 18th fastest in single-lap speed at 166.795 mph, slowest among the four title contenders.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](11-19-2017)

Friday Homestead Notebook Respect for Joe Gibbs pushed Tony Stewart to team ownership; Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s legacy involves more than just driving; Short Strokes. In what remains one of the most surprising decisions in NASCAR racing in the 21st century, Stewart announced in July 2008 that he was leaving JGR to partner with Gene Haas, whose Haas CNC Racing team had been an also-ran since its inception. We all know the rest of the story. The partnership that formed Stewart-Haas Racing transformed the team into a perennial title contender. Stewart won the Monster Energy Cup Series championship in 2011, winning five times during the Playoff and beating Carl Edwards on a tiebreaker.
When the checkered flag waves on Sunday evening at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career in then #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet will be over.
And though Earnhardt says he will run two or three NASCAR XFINITY Series races for his JR Motorsports team next season, his appearances behind the wheel will be few and far between.
Short Tracks Early in Friday's opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, Dale Earnhardt Jr. informed his crew via radio that something had broken in the engine of his #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. The issue necessitated an engine change, and Earnhardt will start his final race in the No. 88 from the rear of the field under NASCAR's one-engine rule.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](11-17-2017)


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Martin Truex Jr. Wins 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Following a long and winding road, Martin Truex Jr. finally owns the biggest prize in motorsports. The driver of the #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota capped off a dominant season in fitting fashion -by capturing the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship with a stirring victory in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. To take the title, Truex outdueled his Championship 4 competitors #18-Kyle Busch (second), #4-Kevin Harvick (fourth) and #2-Brad Keselowski (seventh). On the strength of 16 victories, Toyota won its second-consecutive Monster Energy Series Manufacturers' Championship.(NASCAR). Q) How much of this season was for your girlfriend Sherry Pollex? "A lot of it was for her. A lot of it was for me. A lot of it was for this team - just, I don't even know what to say. We just never gave up all day long. We didn't have the best car. I don't know how we won that thing. Never give up. Dig deep. I told my guys we were going to dig dipper than we ever have today and 20 to go I thought I was done - they were all better than me on the long run all day long.(Toyota Racing).[Read More Here](11-19-2017)

NASCAR Recap From Research Martin Truex Jr.: wins race and 1st career Cup Series championship at 37 years old; 6th driver in modern era (since 1972) to win 1st Cup Series title at 37 or older (4 of previous 5 haven't won another title). Truex Jr.: 4th driver since 1990 with 8 wins, 2,200 laps led in a season (1st since Jeff Gordon in 1996); 1st to do so and win title since Dale Earnhardt in 1990. Furniture Row Racing: 1st Cup Series championship (team debuted in 2005); 8 wins this season (6 before this season). Dale Earnhardt Jr.: finished 25th, 2 laps down in final race of final season. Won First Championship at 37 or Older - NASCAR Cup Series Modern Era (since 1972). Truex has become the third different driver to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in the elimination-style format of the Playoffs; joining Kevin Harvick (2014) and Kyle Busch (2015). Truex joins Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte and Brad Keselowski as only the fifth driver all-time to boast both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series championships. Cole Pearn has won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship with driver Martin Truex Jr.[Read More Here](11-19-2017)

#78-Martin Truex Jr. won the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway AND the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship. The win is his 8th win of 2017, 1st win at Homestead and 15th career win.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #42-Larson, #4-Harvick, #24-Elliott, #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski, #20-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin(pole winner) and #31-Newman.
Pole winner, #11-Hamlin never led a lap but finished 9th.
#78-Truex Jr. won the championship by winning the race with #18-Busch 2nd, #4-Harivck 4th and #2-Keselowski 7th.
Stage 1 was won by #42-Larson, finished 3rd
Stage 2 was won by #42-Larson, finished 3rd
There were 13 lead changes among 4 drivers and 5 cautions for 26 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 131.900mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Race Fast Facts - Championship Fast Facts
- Martin Truex Jr has won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, becoming the 32nd different series champion.
- Truex wins in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to claim the 2017 title.
- Truex has become the third different driver to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in the elimination-style format of the Playoffs; joining Kevin Harvick (2014) and Kyle Busch (2015).
- Truex joins Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte and Brad Keselowski as only the fifth driver all-time to boast both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series championships.
- In 2017, Truex has posted eight wins, 19 top fives, 26 top 10s and three poles.
- Truex (Mayetta) is the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion from the state of New Jersey.
Owner Champion: Barney Visser, Furniture Row Racing
- This is Furniture Row Racing's first series owner championship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
- Furniture Row Racing¡¦s previous best championship standings finish was fourth in 2015 with driver Martin Truex Jr.
- Furniture Row Racing is the only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team based out of Denver, Colorado.
Crew Chief Champion: Cole Pearn
- Cole Pearn has won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship with driver Martin Truex Jr.
- Pearn is the 39th different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series crew chief to win a championship.
- Pearn has posted 13 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories; all with driver Martin Truex Jr.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(11-19-2017)

Race Fast Facts - Homestead
Martin Truex Jr. (P) won the 19th Annual Ford EcoBoost 400, his 15th victory in 441 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his eighth victory and 26th top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 13 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Kyle Busch (P) (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 13 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 22nd top-10 finish in 2017.
Kyle Larson (third) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Erik Jones (21st) was the highest finishing rookie. Erik Jones is the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
Martin Truex Jr. (P) is the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion.
Toyota has won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series manufacturer's championship.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(11-19-2017)

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Leaderboard:
[after Homestead, race 36 of 36 for the season, 10 of 10 in Playoffs]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 5040
2) #18-Kyle Busch, 5035
3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 5033
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 5030

Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #23-LaJoie, 31st
Caution 2: #19-Suarez, 34th
Caution 3: #17-Stenhouse Jr., 15th
Caution 4: #47-Allmendinger, 14th
Caution 5: #31-Newman, 10th

Homestead Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, November 19 (eastern time)
2:05pm: Monster Energy Series Driver Introductions
2:42:30pm: Intro God Bless America
2:42:45pm: "God Bless America" by Dave Bray
2:43:45pm: Intro Pledge of Allegiance
2:44pm: Pledge of Allegiance by Col. Garfield
2:45pm: Intro Presentation of Colors: 482 Security Forces Color Guard
2:45:15pm: Invocation by Pastor Sammy Flores, Christ Fellowship
2:45:45pm: Intro National Anthem
2:46pm: National Anthem by Ryan Carson
2:47:45pm: Flyover 4 F-16's from the 93rd Fighter Squadron
2:52:45pm: Command to Start Engines by Chris Froome
3:05pm scheduled green flag / start of race

Homestead - What to Watch for Who's Hot and Who's Not - Homestead; Sunday at Homestead, 4 drivers, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski, will be running for a championship. The highest finisher of the 4 will win the championship. Of the 4, all but Truex has won a championship before, but Truex has had the strongest year of the 4. These 4 have combined to win 17 of the 35 races run this season. Although the championship will go to the driver among the Championship 4 who finishes the highest at Homestead, drivers likely will need to win. In the 3 previous years with the "highest finisher wins championship" format at Homestead, the eventual champion won this race. In 2 of the 3 years, another Championship 4 driver finished 2nd. The favorite to win this year's title is the only 1 of the Championship 4 that hasn't won a title, Martin Truex Jr.. Truex had 7 career wins in 405 career races entering this season, but has 7 in 35 races this year. Over the last 59 races dating back to last season, Truex has won 11 of 59 races after winning 3 times in his first 381 career starts.(ESPN)[Read More Here](11-19-2017)

See the starting lineup for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).

To the rear: #88-Earnhardt Jr. (engine change); #37-Buescher(rear gear change)

Teams allowed to purchase extra set of tires for Homestead NASCAR sent a memo to Cup teams Saturday morning that they can purchase an extra set of tires for Sunday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Cup teams now will be allowed 10 sets for the race plus the set they start on. Last year, teams were allowed 12 sets plus the set they started on.(NBC Sports)[Read More Here](11-18-2017)

NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, two pit stalls (22,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
One pit stall (42), Monster Energy Pit Box, has been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
There is one vacant pit box (9) due to 39 cars entered and is in play and do count towards driving through more than three pit boxes
Pole winner #11-Hamlin chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole winner #78-Truex Jr. took pit stall 4, with an opening in front of it.
#18-Busch, who starts 3rd, took the 10th stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #20-Kenseth, who starts 4th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-18-2017)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

See the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex Jr. 171.195
#14-Bowyer 169.790
#11-Hamlin 169.774
#77-Jones 169.721
#21-Blaney 169.550
best 10 consecutive lap ave: #18-Busch 164.681 (31 drivers)
Championship 4 Drivers practice rank
#2-Keselowski 11th
#4-Harvick 18th
#18-Busch 6th
#78-Truex Jr. 1st
slowest: #51-Black II 152.499 & #66-Starr 153.061
notes: #4-Harvick had to serve a 15 min penalty for failing inspection last week at Phoenix;
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (11-18-2017)

First Saturday practice for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#11-Hamlin 171.130
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 170.681
#78-Truex Jr. 170.020
#41-Busch 169.545
#5-Kahne 168.972
Championship 4 Drivers starting spots
#2-Keselowski 10th
#4-Harvick 17th
#18-Busch 16th
#78-Truex Jr. 3rd
slowest: #83-Gase 156.895 & #51-Black II 157.214
no speed: #66-Starr
best 10 consecutive lap ave: #11-Hamlin 165.574 (24 drivers)
notes: early in practice, #24-Elliott smacked the wall with the right ride of the car, team made repairs.
Late in practice, Championship 4 driver, #78-Truex Jr. scraped the wall and the team had to make some repairs to the right rear of the car.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Practice 2 speeds page (pdf) (11-18-2017)

Denny Hamlin steals Homestead pole from Martin Truex Jr. With a dramatic run late in Friday's knockout qualifying session at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Denny Hamlin knocked Championship 4 contender Martin Truex Jr. off the pole for Sunday's Ford Eco-Boost 400. Hamlin covered the 1.5-mile distance in 31.038 seconds (173.980 mph) in the final round, edging Truex (173.952 mph) by .005 seconds for the top starting spot in the race that will decide the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. Truex, in turn, was .004 seconds faster than title contender Kyle Busch (173.930 mph). Championship 4 drivers Brad Keselowski (172.452 mph) and Kevin Harvick (171.876 mph) qualified fifth and ninth, respectively, with Harvick sawing on his wheel in Turn 1 on his money lap to save a car that was unexpectedly loose. The Coors Light Pole Award was Hamlin's second of the season, his second at Homestead and the 26th of his career. And he won it despite brushing the wall out of Turn 4 on his final lap.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](11-18-2017)

#11-Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light pole for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway with speed of 173.920mph for his 2nd pole of 2017, 2nd at Homestead and 26th of his career. Hamlin has won 4 times from the 25 previous poles.
#78-Truex Jr. will start 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #2-Keselowski, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #42-Larson, #41-Busch, #4-Harvick, #19-Suarez, #21-Blaney and #6-Bayne.
#78-Truex Jr. was fastest in the second round with a speed of 174.820mph, will start 2nd.
#78-Truex Jr. was quickest in the first round with a speed of 175.650mph, will start 2nd.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 39 were entered for 40 spots
Championship 4 Drivers starting spots
#2-Keselowski 5th
#4-Harvick 9th
#18-Busch 3rd
#78-Truex Jr. 2nd
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(11-17-2017)

Homestead-Miami Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 19th Annual Ford EcoBoost 400 with a lap of 31.038 seconds, 173.980 mph.
This is his 26th pole in 434 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and 24th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his second pole in 13 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. (P) (second) posted his 29th top-10 start of 2017 and his seventh in 13 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Kyle Busch (P) (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 30th in 36 races this season.
Daniel Suarez (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Championship 4 Starting Positions: Martin Truex Jr. (second), Kyle Busch (third), Brad Keselowski (fifth) and Kevin Harvick (ninth).
(NASCAR Statistics)(11-17-2017)

Second Round of Qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex Jr.(P) 174.820
#18-Busch(P) 174.656
#11-Hamlin 174.481
#20-Kenseth 174.351
#4-Harvick(P) 174.267
the rest of the top 12: 17 42 41 21 19 6 2
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 1 77 27 14 3 24 22 43 31 48 95 88
(11-17-2017)

First Round of Qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex Jr.(P) 175.650
#18-Busch(P) 174.735
#11-Hamlin 174.582
#4-Harvick(P) 173.617
#17-Stenhouse Jr. 173.606
the rest of the top 24: 41 42 14 2 24 95 77 19 21 88 27 3 48 22 20 1 43 31 6
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 10 47 5 34 37 38 32 13 72 23 83 33 15 66 51
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 39 entered
(11-17-2017)

Coverage of Qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 17, 2017 at 6:15pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 6:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

Qualifying Order for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #95-McDowell.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #15-Sorenson.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(11-17-2017)

Friday practice for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#18-Busch(P) 172.695
#78-Truex Jr.(P) 172.529
#4-Harvick(P) 171.865
#42-Larson 171.865
#11-Hamlin 170.854
most laps run: #24-Elliott 34
best 10 consecutive lap ave: #42-Larson 165.012 (7 drivers)
slowest: #51-Black 155.952 & #66-Starr 157.467
Four Championship Drivers practice rank:
#2-Keselowski 21st
#4-Harvick 3rd
#18-Busch 1st
#78-Truex Jr 2nd
notes: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have to start at the rear of the race due to an engine change during practice Friday at Homestead when a pistion head got burned
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Friday Practice speeds (pdf) (11-17-2017)

Entry List for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Sorenson, #23-LaJoie, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-Black*, #66-Starr*, #83-Gase*
Since only 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
#7-Chastain* was withdrawn.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Leaderboard:
[after Phoenix, race 35 of 36 for the season, 9 of 10 in Playoffs]
1) #4-Kevin Harvick, (A) 5000
2) #18-Kyle Busch, (A) 5000
3) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 5000
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 5000
These drivers did not advance to the Championship Round
5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4113
6) #21-Ryan Blaney, 4109
7) #24-Chase Elliott, 4107
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4062
(A) automatically advanced to Championship Race with a win in the Round of 8
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

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 Martinsville(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits:
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 9 sets for the race;

Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4650; Right-side -- D-4746

Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm); Right-side -- 88.62 in. (2,251 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

Storyline - High Wear, High Drama on Tap at Homestead: As NASCAR crowns champions in its three national series this weekend, teams will be competing at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which has become one of the more high tire wear tracks on the circuit. High wear results in a greater amount of fall-off in lap times as a run goes on. That, in turn, brings in a driver's ability to manage his tires and creates a climate for more comers and goers - drivers that work their tires harder early in a run vs. drivers that are easier on their tires and have more long run speed. That situation leads to more passing throughout the field and, coupled with Homestead's layout and progressive banking, creates a great environment for competitive racing.
"Homestead has quietly become one of the highest wear tracks that we race on in NASCAR," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "We have a new tire set-up compared to last year that not only takes that into account, but also balances the lower downforce world in which we operate. This is the same set-up we ran at Chicagoland to start to Cup playoffs, as Homestead and Chicagoland have traditionally been aligned in our tire lineup. What we've done with this 2017 tire package is give the cars more grip with the compounds on both sides of the car, while staying with a multi-zone right-side to handle to loads and speeds we see at Homestead. One other thing of note about this weekend, is the reduction of race sets for Cup teams compared to last year at Homestead. Cup teams will have nine race sets in addition to the qualifying set they start the race on, as compared to 12 race sets plus one transferred practice set last year. That will bring tire management into play on race day."

Notes: While teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Homestead this weekend will run the same right-side tire code, teams in the Cup and Xfinity Series will run a different left-side code than those in the Truck Series . . . for Cup and Xfinity, this is a different tire set-up than they ran at Homestead last year, though they did run this exact combination of left- and right-side tires at Chicagoland in September . . . they also ran this left-side tire code at Fontana earlier this season . . . compared to Homestead last year, this left-side tire code (D-4650) features a compound change to give the cars more grip . . . this right-side tire code (D-4746) is like last year's in that it is a multi-zone tread tire, though this version features an updated construction (to align with other speedways) and new compounds in both the two-inch inboard Endurance Zone and the 10-inch outboard Traction Zone (to enhance grip) . . . the tire set-up was confirmed at a NASCAR organizational test at Homestead on October 25-26. . . 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.


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