Date: Saturday – November 19th, 2011
Time: 4:30 PM ET
Location: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Distance: 200 Laps/300 Miles
Broadcast: TV – ESPN2
Radio – MRN (Motor Racing Network)/Sirius XM Ch. 90
High: 79°F – Low: 73°F
Start Time: 77°F
End of Race: 75°
Chance of Rain: 30%
Wind: From ENE at 16 mph
-Despite a fourth-place finish last week, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. increased his lead in the points race with just one event remaining, the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in South Florida.
Stenhouse was only 17 points clear of Elliott Sadler heading into Phoenix last week, but Sadler finished 27th after a five-car pile-up, and, coupled with Stenhouse’s top-five, he increased his advantage to 41-points.
-Sadler still has a chance, slim chance but still a chance to win the NNS championship: If Stenhouse finishes 37th or better, it’s over. If he finishes 38th or better with at least one lap led or 39th and the most laps led, then the championship is his. By the way, only 43 cars raced last week.
-Last season, Kyle Busch put on a dominating performance, as he not only won the season-ending race for his 13th win of 2010, but in doing so he gave Joe Gibbs Racing the Nationwide Series owner’s championship.
-Because of his NASCAR probation, Kyle Busch will not be running this week. Denny Hamlin is scheduled to drive the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. JGR leads Roush Fenway Racing by one point in the owner’s race.
-In 2009, Busch wrapped up his sensational season in the Nationwide Series by winning the Ford 300 after already clinching the championship when the green flag waved.
-Edwards, an eight-time winner this year, captured this race in 2008, as he defeated Busch by 0.639 of a second. Despite the victory, Clint Bowyer captured the Nationwide title by 21 points over Edwards.
-The race at Homestead-Miami Speedway has been the season finale for the NASCAR Nationwide Series since the inaugural race at the track in 1995. Ryan Newman is the lone pole sitter to win this race, when he captured the checkered flag in 2005.
-Next Race: The 2012 Nationwide Series season returns to action February 25 at Daytona International Speedway. Tony Stewart won this year’s season-opener at Daytona.
#01 Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO) Chevrolet/I Hate Steven Singer
#2 Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA) Chevrolet/One Main Financial
#03 Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC) Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
#04 Tim Andrews (Concord, NC) Ford/Go Green Racing
#6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS) Ford/Blackwell Angus
#7 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
#09 Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO) Toyota/Federated Auto Parts
#11 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Toyota/Shore Lodge
#12 Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH) Dodge/Alliance Truck Parts
#14 Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA) Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
#15 Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD) Ford/Poynt/Lilly Trucking
#16 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
#18 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/Z-Line Designs
#19 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Chevrolet/TBA
#20 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Toyota/Game Stop
#22 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI) Dodge/Discount Tire
#23 Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX) Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
#28 Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA) Dodge/Maxelence
#30 Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil) Chevrolet/TBA
#31 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt
#32 James Buescher (Plano, TX) Chevrolet/Dollar General
#33 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Chevrolet/Rheem Cooling and Heating
#38 Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA) Chevrolet/Great Clips
#39 Fain Skinner (Live Oak, FL) Ford/Carport Empire
#40 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
#41 Stanton Barrett (Bishop, CA) Chevrolet/Barcode Media
#42 Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
#44 Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY) Chevrolet/TBA
#46 Chase Miller (Denver, NC) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
#47 Scott Speed (Manteca, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
#49 Mark Green (Owensboro, KY) Chevrolet/Acredale Vending
#50 T.J. Bell (Reno, VA) Chevrolet/Liberty Tire Recyclers
#51 Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC) Chevrolet/Clements Racing Engines
#52 Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT) Chevrolet/TBA
#60 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal
#62 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
#66 Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC) Toyota/5-Hour Energy
#67 Andrew Ranger (Roxton Pond, Canada) Ford/Go Canada Racing
#70 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Foretravel
#71 Matthew Carter (Denver, NC) Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
#72 Jake Crum (Statesville, NC) Toyota/Bandit Chippers
#75 Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC) Ford/Rick Ware Racing
#81 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Chevrolet/daystar.com
#82 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Dodge/Foametix/Bullet Liner
#87 Kevin Conway (Cornelius, NC) Toyota/Extenze
#88 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Chevrolet/Grand Touring Vodka
#89 Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC) Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
#97 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/AM/FM Energy
2010 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 110.747 m.p.h.
2009 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 126.924 m.p.h.
2008 Carl Edwards, Ford, 117.340 m.p.h.
2007 Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 112.512 m.p.h.
2006 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 126.523 m.p.h.
2005 Ryan Newman, Dodge, 124.410 m.p.h.
2004 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 110.482 m.p.h.
2003 Kasey Kahne, Ford, 121.376 m.p.h.
2002 Scott Wimmer, Pontiac, 123.542 m.p.h.
2001 Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 132.191 m.p.h. (race record)
2000 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 125.450 m.p.h.
1999 Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 124.596 m.p.h.
1998 Jeff Burton, Ford, 129.605 m.p.h.
1997 Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 112.900 m.p.h.
1996 Kevin Lepage, Chevrolet, 119.158 m.p.h.
1995 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 92.229 m.p.h.