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DATE: Sunday, Nov. 16
SITE: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Florida
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 55,000 (grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 16th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Nov. 14/6:15 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Matt Kenseth
POLE WINNER: Matt Kenseth (finished 2)
LAPS: 267
MILES: 400.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jamie McMurray, 2003 (181.111 mph)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Gordon, 2012 (142.245 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Denny Hamlin56Brad Keselowski4
2Matt Kenseth17Kyle Busch11
3Dale Earnhardt Jr218Joey Logano3
4Martin Truex Jr89Jimmie Johnson7
5Clint Bowyer2510Kevin Harvick6
2013 Ford EcoBoost 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 130.693 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 3 mins., 52 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.799 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 37 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 22 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Matt Kenseth (177.667 mph)
Past Ford EcoBoost 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Denny Hamlin (5) -- Toyota -- 130.693 mph
2012 -- Jeff Gordon (15) -- Chevrolet -- 142.245 mph
2011 -- Tony Stewart (15) -- Chevrolet -- 114.976 mph
2010 -- Carl Edwards (2) -- Ford -- 126.585 mph
2009 -- Denny Hamlin (38) -- Toyota -- 126.986 mph
2008 -- Carl Edwards (4) -- Ford-- 129.472 mph
2007 -- Matt Kenseth (4) -- Ford -- 131.888 mph
2006 -- Greg Biffle (22) -- Ford -- 125.375 mph
2005 -- Greg Biffle (7) -- Ford -- 131.431 mph
2004 -- Greg Biffle (2) -- Ford -- 105.623 mph
2003 -- Bobby Labonte (2) -- Chevrolet -- 116.868 mph
2002 -- Kurt Busch (1) -- Ford -- 115.462 mph
2001 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Dodge -- 117.449 mph
2000 -- Tony Stewart (13) -- Pontiac -- 127.480 mph
1999 -- Tony Stewart (7) -- Pontiac -- 140.355 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Pennzoil 400 (1999-2000), Pennzoil Freedom 400 (2001),
Ford 400 (2002-11).
 
Past Ford EcoBoost 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Matt Kenseth -- 2
2012 -- Joey Logano --14
2011 -- Carl Edwards -- 2
2010 -- Kasey Kahne -- 6
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 5
2008 -- David Reutimann -- 20
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 7
2006 -- Kasey Kahne -- 4
2005 -- Carl Edwards -- 4
2004 -- Kurt Busch -- 5
2003 -- Jamie McMurray -- 9
2002 -- Kurt Busch -- 1
2001 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
2000 -- Steve Park -- 8
1999 -- David Green -- 22
Last Race Results
RACE: Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 (Nov. 10)
SITE: Phoenix International Raceway -- Avondale, Arizona
MILES: 312
LAPS: 312
WINNER: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
THIRD: Matt Kenseth
FOURTH: Brad Keselowski
FIFTH: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (finished 5)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 7 mins., 13 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 99.991 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.636 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 12 for 58 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: D. Hamlin 1-24; J. Logano 25-32; D. Ragan 33-34; J. Logano 35-43;
K. Harvick 44-83; D. Earnhardt Jr 84-87; K. Harvick 88-124; M.
Annett 125-125; K. Harvick 126-312.
Ford EcoBoost 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
4Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com/FL Lottery
11 *Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Fastenal
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dip Your Car
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Speed Stick Gear
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Richmond
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Ford/LeafFilter.com
33Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/TBA
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/The Pete Store
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Harvey Gulf
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield Foods
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Hungry Jack
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Brett Moffitt (Grimes, IA)Toyota/TBA
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/Dip Your Car
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
95Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/KLove Radio/Thrivent Fin.
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Denny Hamlin333313Won141124Won
Matt Kenseth36Won251394182
Dale Earnhardt Jr19193641282712103
Clint Bowyer---103951112625
Brad Keselowski---------------1320156
Kyle Busch413820198322347
Joey Logano------------243919148
Jimmie Johnson4097155232369
Kevin Harvick85192338810
Jeff Gordon924446375Won11
Carl Edwards485Won7Won21212
Kasey Kahne16424617672113
Kyle Larson------------------------15
Ryan Newman723182123713317
Kurt Busch---4324341834921
Greg BiffleWonWon1318141035524
Tony Stewart1515309228Won17---
 
Mover of the Week
Greg Biffle - started 28 and finished 9
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Joey Logano
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kevin Harvick) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is the 36th and final race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

This race will decide the Sprint Cup title. Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman advanced into the championship round of the Chase. The highest finisher among the Chase final four at Homestead will win the title. Each of these four drivers had his points reset to 5,000 following Phoenix International Raceway -- the elimination race in the Eliminator Round.

Originally named Homestead-Miami Dade Motorsports Complex, groundbreaking for this racetrack, which is located roughly 40 miles southwest of downtown Miami, began on Aug. 24, 1993. The first race held there was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Nov. 5, 1995, won by Dale Jarrett. The original configuration was a four-turn, rectangular oval based on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's layout.

This 1.5-mile racetrack was reconfigured in 2003. All four of its turns were changed from 6 degrees of banking to 18-20 degrees of variable banking. The banking on the straights are 4 degrees. The lengths of the frontstretch and backstretch are 1,760 feet.

Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon are those drivers who have competed in each of the previous 15 Sprint Cup races at Homestead. Burton is not entered in this year's race.

Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart share the record for most victories at Homestead with three each. Stewart won the inaugural race there on Nov. 14, 1999, which was his rookie season in NASCAR's top series. His other wins at this track occurred in 2000 and 2011. Biffle scored three consecutive victories there from 2004-06.

Carl Edwards and Hamlin have two victories each at this track. Hamlin won last year's race there.

Jack Roush has the most car owner wins at Homestead with seven. Joe Gibbs is next in line with five.

Gordon leads all drivers with seven top-five finishes at this track. Harvick and Gordon share the record for most top-10s there with 11 each.

Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Edwards have won two poles each at Homestead. No driver has yet to win more than two poles at this track.

The race winner at this track has started from the pole position just two times: Bill Elliott (2001) and Busch (2002).

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Sprint Cup race at Homestead is 38th, accomplished by Hamlin in 2009.

Biffle beat Mark Martin to the finish line by only 0.017 seconds in the 2005 race at this track, which is the closest margin of victory there.

No driver has scored his or her first win in the series at Homestead.

Jamie McMurray (2008) is the only driver on the entry list that claimed his maiden pole in the series at this track.

Kurt Busch is the youngest driver to win a Sprint Cup race at Homestead. He won there on Nov. 17, 2002 when he was 24 years, 3 months and 13 days old. When Bill Elliott was 46 years, 1 month and 3 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on Nov. 11, 2001.

The 2015 Sprint Cup Series season begins with the Feb. 22 Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the defending race winner. The Sprint Unlimited pre-season, non-points event at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Feb. 14.

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