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Pre-Race Notes and Quotes: Homestead

Hendrick Motorsports | Race Preview Published 11/14/2013
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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.

Quotes

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.”

Standings
After Camping World RV Sales 301
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 -- Jeff Gordon 670 0
2 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. 658 -12
3 +1 Brad Keselowski 634 -36
4 +1 Matt Kenseth 621 -49
5 -2 Jimmie Johnson 598 -72
6 +1 Carl Edwards 574 -96
7 +1 Ryan Newman 573 -97
8 +1 Kyle Busch 567 -103
9 -3 Joey Logano 551 -119
10 +2 Clint Bowyer 548 -122
11 -1 Paul Menard 541 -129
12 +2 Denny Hamlin 530 -140
Full Standings