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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Ford EcoBoost 400

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida going into the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Nov. 18.
HOMESTEAD-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
1 – Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.0
2012 Rundown
· Five wins, 13 top fives, 23 top 10s
· Average finish of 9.9
· Led 21 races for 735 laps
Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
· Average finish of 20.3 in four races
· Average Running Position of 21.3, 21st-best
· Driver Rating of 68.9, 23rd-best
2 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 110.0
2012 Rundown
· Five wins, 18 top fives, 24 top 10s; four poles
· Average finish of 10.5
· Led 25 races for 1,719 laps
Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
· Four top fives, seven top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 13.5 in 11 races
· Average Running Position of 14.2, 11th-best
· Driver Rating of 95.2, fifth-best
· 50 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 162.408 mph, sixth-fastest
· 1,321 Laps in the Top 15 (70.6%), fifth-most
· 291 Quality Passes, seventh-most
3 – Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)
· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.5
2012 Rundown
· Two wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s; four poles
· Average finish of 12.9
· Led 11 races for 275 laps
Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
· One top five, four top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 14.8 in eight races
· Average Running Position of 12.9, fifth-best
· Driver Rating of 90.1, 10th-best
· 86 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
· 544 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 162.135 mph, 12th-fastest
· 1,079 Laps in the Top 15 (57.7%), 12th-most
· 259 Quality Passes, 12th-most
4 – Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5 Hour Energy Toyota)
· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.9
2012 Rundown
· Three wins, nine top fives, 22 top 10s
· Average finish of 11.2
· Led 13 races for 388 laps
Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
· One top five, three top 10s
· Average finish of 13.8 in six races
· Average Running Position of 13.1, sixth-best
· Driver Rating of 87.8, 11th-best
· 526 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 162.075 mph, 13th-fastest
· 1,092 Laps in the Top 15 (68.1%), 11th-most
· 308 Quality Passes, fourth-most
5 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota)
· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.0
2012 Rundown
· Five wins, 14 top fives, 17 top 10s; three poles
· Average finish of 12.5
· Led 24 races for 1,226 laps
Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
· One win, three top fives, four top 10s
· Average finish of 10.9 in seven races
· Average Running Position of 14.3, 12th-best
· Driver Rating of 92.5, eighth-best
· 626 Green Flag Passes, second-most
· 1,156 Laps in the Top 15 (61.8%), eighth-most
· 314 Quality Passes, third-most
6 – Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Best Buy Ford)
· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.9
2012 Rundown
· Three wins, 13 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 10.9
· Led 22 races for 478 laps
Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
· One win, three top fives, five top 10s
· Average finish of 17.6 in 12 races
· Average Running Position of 9.6, third-best
· Driver Rating of 107.0, third-best
· 81 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 162.650 mph, third-fastest
· 1,488 Laps in the Top 15 (79.6%), third-most
· 282 Quality Passes, ninth-most
7 – Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M/SP Richards Ford)
· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.0
2012 Rundown
· Two wins, 11 top fives, 20 top 10s; three poles
· Average finish of 10.3
· Led 16 races for 721 laps
Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
· Three wins, three top fives, four top 10s
· Average finish of 15.3 in 10 races
· Average Running Position of 14.5, 13th-best
· Driver Rating of 92.2, ninth-best
· 100 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
· 572 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 162.436 mph, fifth-fastest
· 1,150 Laps in the Top 15 (61.5%), ninth-most
· 253 Quality Passes, 13th-most
8 – Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)
· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.2
2012 Rundown
· One win, five top fives, 13 top 10s
· Average finish of 12.2
· Led 9 races for 256 laps
Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
· Five top fives, nine top 10s
· Average finish of 7.9 in 11 races
· Average Running Position of 9.7, fourth-best
· Driver Rating of 102.5, fourth-best
· Average Green Flag Speed of 162.598 mph, fourth-fastest
· 1,499 Laps in the Top 15 (80.2%), second-most
· 307 Quality Passes, fifth-most
9 – Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.7
2012 Rundown
· Three wins, 12 top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 13.5
· Led 14 races for 420 laps
Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
· Three wins, four top fives, seven top 10s
· Average finish of 11.5 in 13 races
· Average Running Position of 13.7, seventh-best
· Driver Rating of 93.1, sixth-best
· 99 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
· 533 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 162.313 mph, seventh-fastest
· 1,263 Laps in the Top 15 (67.5%), sixth-most
· 290 Quality Passes, eighth-most
10 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont 20 Years ‘Celebratory’ Chevrolet)
· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.4
2012 Rundown
· One win, 10 top fives, 17 top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 14.5
· Led 22 races for 554 laps
Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
· Six top fives, 10 top 10s
· Average finish of 11.3 in 13 races
· Average Running Position of 14.0, ninth-best
· Driver Rating of 92.9, seventh-best
· 68 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
· 1,234 Laps in the Top 15 (66.0%), seventh-most
· 333 Quality Passes, second-most
11 – Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.9
2012 Rundown
· Seven top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 12.3
· Led 11 races for 423 laps
Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
· Two top fives, five top 10s
· Average finish of 10.4 in seven races
· Average Running Position of 8.7, second-best
· Driver Rating of 109.7, second-best
· 143 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 162.860 mph, second-fastest
· 1,334 Laps in the Top 15 (83.2%), fourth-most
· Series-high 382 Quality Passes
12 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet)
· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.4
2012 Rundown
· One win, 10 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 10.9
· Led 13 races for 358 laps
Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
· Average finish of 23.1 in 12 races
· Average Running Position of 21.5, 23rd-best
· Driver Rating of 69.6, 22nd-best
· 93 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
· Series-high 635 Green Flag Passes
Chase Contenders
The Top 12
Following Race 35 of 36
Rank Season
Last Driver

 

Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Brad Keselowski 2,371 5 0 2 99.0
2. Jimmie Johnson 2,351 5 4 1 110.0
3. Kasey Kahne 2,321 2 4 4 96.5
4. Clint Bowyer 2,319 3 0 3 95.9
5. Denny Hamlin 2,309 5 3 7 102.0
6. Matt Kenseth 2,297 3 1 5 99.9
7. Greg Biffle 2,293 2 3 10 100.0
8. Kevin Harvick 2,285 1 0 11 91.2
9. Tony Stewart 2,284 3 1 8 86.7
10. Jeff Gordon 2,281 1 2 6 97.4
11. Martin Truex Jr. 2,260 0 1 9 94.9
12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,211 1 1 12 96.4
ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
13. Kyle Busch 1,091 36. David Stremme 230
14. Ryan Newman 1,009 37. Michael McDowell 184
15. Carl Edwards 998 38. J.J. Yeley 157
16. Paul Menard 973 39. Josh Wise 143
17. Joey Logano 935 40. Ken Schrader 139
18. Marcos Ambrose 918 41. Stephen Leicht 126
19. Jeff Burton 858 42. Scott Speed 124
20. Jamie McMurray 844 43. Michael Waltrip 94
21. Aric Almirola 831 44. Terry Labonte 94
22. Juan Pablo Montoya 794 45. Tony Raines 71
23. Bobby Labonte 753 46. Scott Riggs 54
24. Regan Smith 733 47. Brendan Gaughan 50
25. Kurt Busch 700 48. Boris Said 34
26. Mark Martin 673 49. Bill Elliott 14
27. Travis Kvapil 620 50. Hermie Sadler III 13
28. David Ragan 609 51. Mike Olsen 11
29. Casey Mears 597 52. Robby Gordon 11
30. David Gilliland 594 53. Mike Skinner 10
31. Landon Cassill 581 54. Kelly Bires 9
32. AJ Allmendinger 453 55. Tomy Drissi 6
33. Dave Blaney 405 56. Stacy Compton 5
34. David Reutimann 363 57. David Mayhew 4
35. Brian Vickers 250 58. Patrick Long 2
Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2012 Top 12 at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Brad Keselowski 4 0 0 0 0 0 20.3 68.9
2 Jimmie Johnson 11 2 0 4 7 1 13.5 95.2
3 Kasey Kahne 8 2 0 1 4 1 14.8 90.1
4 Clint Bowyer 6 0 0 1 3 0 13.8 87.8
5 Denny Hamlin 7 0 1 3 4 0 10.9 92.5
6 Matt Kenseth 12 0 1 3 5 2 17.6 107.0
7 Greg Biffle 10 0 3 3 4 2 15.3 92.2
8 Kevin Harvick 11 0 0 5 9 0 7.9 102.5
9 Tony Stewart 13 0 3 4 7 0 11.5 93.1
10 Jeff Gordon 13 0 0 6 10 1 11.3 92.9
11 Martin Truex Jr. 7 0 0 2 5 1 10.4 109.7
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12 0 0 0 0 1 23.1 69.6
* – Based on last seven races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
At Homestead-Miami Speedway:
History
· Groundbreaking for Homestead-Miami Dade Motorsports Complex – as the track was originally named – began Aug. 24, 1993. The first race was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Nov. 5, 1995.
· The original configuration was a four-turn, rectangular oval based on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s layout.
· The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead was held on Nov. 14, 1999.
· 2002 was the first season of the Championship Weekend at Homestead, with all three of NASCAR’s national series holding their season finale at the same track.
Notebook
· Since the inception of the position-based points system in 1975, only four drivers have made up a points deficit in the season finale: Richard Petty in 1979 (made up two points on Darrell Waltrip), Alan Kulwicki in 1992 (made up 30 points on Davey Allison), Jimmie Johnson in 2010 (made up 15 points on Denny Hamlin) and last season Tony Stewart (made up three* points on Carl Edwards).
o * – Stewart’s comeback was under the one-point-per-position format implemented in 2011.
· There have been 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Homestead, one per season since 1999.
· Four drivers have competed in all 13 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, and Tony Stewart.
· David Green won the first pole, in 1999 with a speed of 155.759 mph.
· Tony Stewart won the inaugural race, in 1999 driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.
· There have been nine different pole winners. Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson lead all drivers, with two.
· There have been eight different race winners, led by Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart, with three each.
· Jack Roush has won seven races, most among owners. Joe Gibbs has the second most wins with four.
· The race has been won from the pole twice: Bill Elliott (2001) and Kurt Busch (2002).
· The race has been won from a top-10 starting position in nine of 13 races.
· Denny Hamlin won in 2009 from the 38th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
· Two active drivers have averaged a top-10 finish: Carl Edwards (5.3) and Kevin Harvick (7.9).
· Kasey Kahne (7.2) is the only driver to average a starting position in the top-10.
· Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Homestead-Miami Speedway winner: Kurt Busch (11/17/2002 – 24 years, 3 months, 13 days). Oldest NSCS Homestead-Miami Speedway winner: Bill Elliott (11/11/2001 – 46 years, 1 months, 3 days).
· Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Homestead-Miami Speedway pole winner: Kurt Busch (11/17/2002 – 24 years, 3 months, 13 days). Oldest NSCS Homestead-Miami Speedway pole winner: Bill Elliott (11/11/2001 – 46 years, 1 months, 3 days).
Homestead-Miami Speedway Data
Chase Race #: 10 of 10
Season Race #: 36 of 36 (11-18-12)
Track Size: 1.5-mile
Banking/Turns: 18 – 20 degrees
Banking/Straights: 4 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 1,760 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,760 feet
Race Length: 267 laps / 400.5 miles
Top 12 Driver Rating at Homestead
Carl Edwards………………………. 120.9
Martin Truex Jr…………………….. 109.7
Matt Kenseth………………………. 107.0
Kevin Harvick………………………. 102.5
Jimmie Johnson……………………. 95.2
Tony Stewart……………………….. 93.1
Jeff Gordon………………………….. 92.9
Denny Hamlin………………………. 92.5
Greg Biffle…………………………… 92.2
Kasey Kahne……………………….. 90.1
Clint Bowyer………………………… 87.8
Jeff Burton…………………………… 86.5
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (seven total) among active drivers at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Qualifying/Race Data
2011 pole winner: Carl Edwards, Ford, 175.467 mph, 30.775 secs., 11-18-11
2011 race winner: Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 114.976 mph, (3:29:00), 11-20-11
Track qualifying record: Jamie McMurray,Dodge, 181.111 mph, 29.816 sec., 11-16-03
Track race record: Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 140.335 mph, (2:51:14), 11-14-99
NASCAR in Florida
· There have been 170 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Florida.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach
131
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead
13
Daytona Beach & Road Course
Daytona Beach
10
Five Flags Speedway
Pensacola
1
Golden Gate Speedway
Tampa
1
Palm Beach Speedway
W. Palm Beach
7
Speedway Park
Jacksonville
6
Titusville-Cocoa Speedway
Titusville
1
· 166 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series have their home state recorded as Florida.
· There have been 10 race winners from Florida in NASCAR’s three national series:
Driver
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
Fireball Roberts
33
0
0
LeeRoy Yarbrough
14
0
0
Marshall Teague
7
0
0
Joe Nemechek
4
16
0
Bobby Johns
2
0
0
David Reutimann
2
1
1
Shorty Rollins
1
0
0
Rick Wilson
0
2
0
Aric Almirola
0
1
2
Joey Coulter
0
0
1

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