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Earnhardt Qualifies 16th at Homestead

By Tyler Overstreet, JR Motorsports | Article Published 11/16/2012
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will roll off 16th for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Earnhardt, driving a preview paint scheme of his 2013 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, recorded a lap of 173.472 mph (31.13 sec.) in Friday night’s qualifying session. Joey Logano nabbed the pole in his No. 20 Toyota with a lap of 176.056 mph (30.67 sec.).

Marcos Ambrose joins Logano followed by series’ points leader Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Aric Almirola in the top five. Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson make up the top 10.

Two practice sessions are scheduled for Saturday at the 1.5-mile oval located just outside Miami, Florida. Final practice will be televised at 3 p.m. ET on Speed.

Coverage of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 begins at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Standings
After GEICO 500
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 -- Joey Logano 3121 0
2 +1 Kevin Harvick 3117 -4
3 +1 Ryan Newman 3117 -4
4 +3 Denny Hamlin 3100 -21
5 +4 Matt Kenseth 3099 -22
6 -1 Carl Edwards 3099 -22
7 -1 Jeff Gordon 3093 -28
8 -- Kasey Kahne 3090 -31
9 -7 Kyle Busch 3086 -35
10 -- Brad Keselowski 3085 -36
11 -- Jimmie Johnson 3053 -68
12 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3045 -76
Full Standings