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Pre-Race Notes and Quotes: Homestead

Hendrick Motorsports | Race Preview Published 11/14/2013

EVENT: Ford EcoBoost 400
TRACK: Homestead-Miami Speedway
LENGTH: 1.5-mile oval
TV: ESPN (Coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET)
RADIO: MRN (Coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET)

News & Notes

POINTS WITH ONE TO GO: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS, ranks fifth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings on the strength of two pole positions, nine top-five finishes and 21 top-10s. With one race remaining in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Earnhardt trails leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson by 63 points.

AT HOMESTEAD: In 13 Sprint Cup starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Earnhardt has led 93 laps and recorded one top-10 finish and four top-15 results. He scored his best finish -- 10th -- at Homestead in the 2012 season finale.

CHASSIS CHOICE: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-822. Earnhardt first raced this chassis to an eighth-place finish at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway in October. Earnhardt tested this chassis at Homestead in October.

INTERMEDIATE TRACK STATS: In 243 Cup starts on intermediate (one- to two-mile) tracks, Earnhardt has recorded six wins, eight pole positions, 47 top-five finishes and 98 top-10s. On 1.5-mile tracks, such as Homestead, he ranks seventh among active drivers in top 10s (45) and 10th in the laps led category (1,341 laps).

HENDRICK AT HOMESTEAD: Jeff Gordon led 14 laps during the 2012 season finale to score Hendrick Motorsports’ first Homestead win. The organization has won at every Cup track except Kentucky Speedway, which was added to the Cup schedule in 2011. In 14 races (55 starts) at Homestead, Hendrick Motorsports has two pole positions, 12 top-five finishes and 22 top-10s.

2013 CHAMPIONSHIP RUN: Johnson has built a 28-point lead thanks to an average finish of 4.7 through the first nine races in the Chase. He can win his sixth Cup title through one of the following performances on Sunday: finish 23rd or better; finish 24th or better and lead one lap; finish 25th or better and lead the most laps.

HORSEPOWER MILESTONE: Hendrick Motorsports is one win away from reaching its 300th victory for its engine department. The organization builds engines for teams in NASCAR’s three elite series as well as NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series and the ARCA Racing Series.


DALE EARNHARDT JR. (ON HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY.): “We tested Homestead last month, and we are hoping that it will pay off. I thought the test went a little better than our Texas one, and we finished good at Texas. We’ve had a lot of momentum these last races. We’re going to carry that to Homestead and hope to finish strong there.”

After Ford EcoBoost 400
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 +3 Kevin Harvick 5043 0
2 +1 Ryan Newman 5042 -1
3 -2 Denny Hamlin 5037 -6
4 -2 Joey Logano 5028 -15
5 -- Brad Keselowski 2361 -2682
6 -- Jeff Gordon 2348 -2695
7 -- Matt Kenseth 2334 -2709
8 +2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2301 -2742
9 -- Carl Edwards 2288 -2755
10 -2 Kyle Busch 2285 -2758
11 +2 Jimmie Johnson 2274 -2769
12 +2 Kurt Busch 2263 -2780
Full Standings