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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 Oral-B USA 500
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 -- Jeff Gordon 872 0
2 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. 851 -21
3 +2 Matt Kenseth 794 -78
4 -- Joey Logano 791 -81
5 -2 Brad Keselowski 782 -90
6 -- Jimmie Johnson 766 -106
7 +1 Carl Edwards 755 -117
8 -1 Kevin Harvick 748 -124
9 -- Ryan Newman 747 -125
10 +1 Greg Biffle 728 -144
11 +2 Kasey Kahne 708 -164
12 -2 Clint Bowyer 705 -167
Full Standings