Date: Friday- November 12, 2011
Time: 8 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. ET for “The Setup” on SPEED)
Location: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Track: 1.5 Mile Speedway
Distance: 201 miles/ 134
Radio: MRN (Motor Racing Network) Sirius XM Channel 90
Chance of Rain: 40%
Winds: NE at 14 mph
Target: Kevin Harvick, Ron Hornaday Jr., Todd Bodine, Denny Hamlin
Avoid: Ricky Carmichael, Jason White
Sleeper: Austin Dillon, James Buescher, Ty Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Nelson Piquet Jr.
Analysis: In 11 career starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ron Hornaday Jr. has ten top-ten finishes along with one victory. Todd Bodine has been arguably one of the best drivers on the high speed 1.5 mile ovals in the history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Homestead is no different. In six career starts, ‘The Onion’ has two career wins in South Beach. As for Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin, well, the names speak for themselves.
Ty Dillon has shown signs of brilliance over his limited selection of NCWTS starts this season. Two weeks ago in Texas, Dillon came from a lap down after an early race penalty, tho finish third behind big brother Austin. Dillon, who will take over the No. 3 truck full-time in 2012, is looking to send off his incredible 2011 season in which he took home the ARCA title with some added momentum and confidence.
-Austin Dillon leads the point standings by 20 over Johnny Sauter heading into Friday night’s season finale. If Dillon is able to finish the race in sixteenth, the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship is his, regardless of what his competitors do.
-Last week Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick took home the victory after holding off the Dillon brothers on the final restart of the night.
-Still seeking his first win of the 2011 season, defending series champion Todd Bodine will be looking for checkers Friday night in Homestead.
- Nine-time ARCA Racing Series champion, Frank Kimmel, will make a rare appearance in Friday night’s Ford 200. Kimmel will team up with ThorSport Racing who fields trucks for; Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Dakoda Armstrong.
-Long time veteran of the Camping World Truck Series, Dennis Setzer, will make a return to the action on Friday night. Setzer, who has been a ‘journeyman’ driver as of late, will pilot the No. 27 Chevrolet for Timothy Brown and RSS Racing.
Previous Winner of the Ford 200:
2010 Kyle Busch
2009 Kevin Harvick
2008 Todd Bodine
2007 Johnny Benson
2006 Mark Martin
2005 Todd Bodine
2004 Kasey Kahne
2003 Bobby Hamilton Sr.
2002 Ron Hornaday Jr.
2001 Ted Musgrave
2000 Andy Houston
1999 Mike Wallace
1998 Rick Crawford
1997 Kenny Irwin Jr.
1996 Dave Rezendes
In 2003, the Truck Series came to the Homestead-Miami Speedway with the most wide-open title fight in series history. Four drivers had the chance at walking away with the title; Travis Kvapil, Brendan Gaughan, Ted Musgrave and Dennis Setzer. Jimmy Smith, the owner of the No.1 of Musgrave, entered 3 extra trucks in hopes of bringing home his first truck title as an owner.
As the race hit the closing stages, Brendan Gaughan was involved in an accident on the front straightaway with one of the Smith trucks, ending his hopes at his first series title.
On a late race restart, Musgrave was blacked flagged for passing to the left before the start finish line, dropping him to the thirteenth finishing position, and out of the championship.
After waiting for what seemed to be an enternity, NASCAR finally announced Wisconsin’s Travis Kvapil as the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion. It was the second consecutive championship for the IWX Racing team who won the title in 2002 with Mike Bliss.
Entry List for the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway
#2 Kevin Harvick Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet
#3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/ Track Boats Chevrolet
#4 Ricky Carmichael Monster Energy Chevrolet
#5 Todd Bodine International Trucks/ Monaco RV’s Toyota
#6 Justin Lofton CollegeComplete.com Chevrolet
#7 Miguel Paludo Duroline Toyota
#07 Butch Miller ASI Limited Toyota
#8 Nelson Piquet Jr. Piquet Realty Chevrolet
#9 Max Papis GEICO Toyota
#09 Bryan Silas Rockingham Speedway Chevrolet
#10 Jennifer Jo Cobb DrivenMale.com Ford
#13 Johnny Sauter Safe Auto/ Curb Records Chevrolet
#14 Brennan Newberry TBD Chevrolet
#15 Dusty Davis TBA Toyota
#17 Timothy Peters Tire Kingdom/ Service Central Toyota
#18 Denny Hamlin Dollar General/ DIRECTV Toyota
#21 Ty Dillon TBA Chevrolet
#22 Joey Coulter RCR Graphics Center Chevrolet
#23 Jason White GunBroker.com Chevrolet
#24 Elliot Sadler AM FM Energy/ Great Play Chevrolet
#27 Dennis Setzer RSS Racing Chevrolet
#29 Parker Kligerman Cooper Standard Dodge
#31 James Buescher EXIDE Chevrolet
#32 Blake Feese TBA Chevrolet
#33 Ron Hornaday Jr. OneMain Financial Chevrolet
#38 Mike Garvey RSS Racing Chevrolet
#39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Chevrolet
#44 Frank Kimmel Ansell/ Menards Chevrolet
#45 Tim George Jr. Applebee’s/ Potomac Dinning Group Chevrolet
#51 German Quiroga TELCEL Toyota
#57 Norm Benning TBA Chevrolet
#60 Cole Whitt Fuel Doctor/ Red Bull Chevrolet
#62 Brendan Gaughan International Trucks/ Monaco RV’s Toyota
#66 Max Gresham MattyBRaps.com/ Gresham Motorsports Park Chevrolet
#68 Clay Greenfield Anave Weight Loss Dodge
#70 Jeff Agnew TBA Chevrolet
#74 Mike Harmon Racing For Marissa Chevrolet
#76 Derek White Three Feathers Casino Chevrolet
#81 David Starr Zachary Toyota
#88 Matt Crafton Menards Chevrolet
#93 Brent Raymer RSS Racing Chevrolet
#98 Dakoda Armstrong Ferrellglass/ Agrisure Chevrolet