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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 Brickyard 400
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 -- Jeff Gordon 717 0
2 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. 693 -24
3 -- Brad Keselowski 666 -51
4 -- Matt Kenseth 661 -56
5 -- Jimmie Johnson 628 -89
6 +2 Kyle Busch 609 -108
7 -- Ryan Newman 606 -111
8 -2 Carl Edwards 603 -114
9 -- Joey Logano 591 -126
10 -- Clint Bowyer 577 -140
11 +1 Denny Hamlin 572 -145
12 +1 Kevin Harvick 565 -152
Full Standings