THE RACE: Ford EcoBoost 400
TRACK: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #36 of 36
THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
Date: Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Homestead, FL
Title Sponsor: Ford
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:46 pm/et
NASCAR America Pre-Race Show: 1:30pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: 2:00pm/et on NBC
Television Race Coverage: NBC, 2:30pm/et
Friday, November 17, 12:30 pm - 1:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, November 18, 10:00 am - 10:55 am/et, TV-CNBC;
Saturday, November 18, 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm/et, TV-NBCSN
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, November 17 at 6:15 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: None
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Friday, November 17
10:00 AM-7:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
12:30 PM-1:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
6:15 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
Saturday, November 18
8:30 AM-5:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM-10:55 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
1:00 PM-1:50 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, November 19
9:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
1:50 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM MENCS RACE (267 LAPS, 400.5 MILES)
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
November 2016: see the Homestead Race Info page
Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
Degree of Banking: Turns: Variable 18-19-20 degrees
Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 50 feet, Banking: 4 degrees
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Pace Car / Caution Speed: 55mph
OLD LAYOUT 1995-2002
Degree of Banking: Turns: 6 degrees
Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 60 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 46,000 [down from 56,000 and 65,000]
Stages: 1 ends lap 80, 2 at lap 160, race finish is lap 267 (OT possible)
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: TBA
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Gabby Douglas
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: TBA
National Anthem: Actress Jacqie Campos
Flyover: Four F-16's, Homestead Air Reserve Base
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Homestead, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Homestead page
Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway News & Notes An in-depth look at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4; Championship 4 Bios for Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. After winning the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in dramatic come-from-behind fashion, Kyle Busch is looking to become just the 16th driver in series history to win two or more championships. Kevin Harvick will attempt to capture his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title. If Keselowski can take home the title, he'd become the 16th driver to win multiple championships in the 69-year history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, joining Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Lee Petty, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Tony Stewart, Herb Thomas, Tim Flock, Buck Baker, Joe Weatherly, Ned Jarret and Terry Labonte. Not only is Martin Truex Jr. racing for his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title, so is Furniture Row Racing. Their Championship 4 contemporaries all have titles under their belts with their respective drivers (Team Penske with Brad Keselowski - 2012, Stewart-Haas Racing with Kevin Harvick - 2014, Joe Gibbs Racing with Kyle Busch - 2015). (NASCAR)[Read Much More Here](11-14-2017)
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light pole for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway with speed of 173.920mph for his 2nd pole of 2017, 2nd at Homestead and 26th of his career. Hamlin has won 4 times from the 25 previous poles.
#78-Truex Jr. will start 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #2-Keselowski, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #42-Larson, #41-Busch, #4-Harvick, #19-Suarez, #21-Blaney and #6-Bayne.
#78-Truex Jr. was fastest in the second round with a speed of 174.820mph, will start 2nd.
#78-Truex Jr. was quickest in the first round with a speed of 175.650mph, will start 2nd.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 39 were entered for 40 spots
Championship 4 Drivers starting spots
#78-Truex Jr. 2nd
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(11-17-2017)
Homestead-Miami Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 19th Annual Ford EcoBoost 400 with a lap of 31.038 seconds, 173.980 mph.
This is his 26th pole in 434 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and 24th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his second pole in 13 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. (P) (second) posted his 29th top-10 start of 2017 and his seventh in 13 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Kyle Busch (P) (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 30th in 36 races this season.
Daniel Suarez (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Championship 4 Starting Positions: Martin Truex Jr. (second), Kyle Busch (third), Brad Keselowski (fifth) and Kevin Harvick (ninth).
Second Round of Qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex Jr.(P) 174.820
the rest of the top 12: 17 42 41 21 19 6 2
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 1 77 27 14 3 24 22 43 31 48 95 88
First Round of Qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex Jr.(P) 175.650
#17-Stenhouse Jr. 173.606
the rest of the top 24: 41 42 14 2 24 95 77 19 21 88 27 3 48 22 20 1 43 31 6
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 10 47 5 34 37 38 32 13 72 23 83 33 15 66 51
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 39 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 17, 2017 at 6:15pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 6:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.
Qualifying Order for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #95-McDowell.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #15-Sorenson.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(11-17-2017)
Friday practice for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex Jr.(P) 172.529
most laps run: #24-Elliott 34
best 10 consecutive lap ave: #42-Larson 165.012 (7 drivers)
slowest: #51-Black 155.952 & #66-Starr 157.467
Four Championship Drivers practice rank:
#78-Truex Jr 2nd
notes: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have to start at the rear of the race due to an engine change during practice Friday at Homestead when a pistion head got burned
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Friday Practice speeds (pdf) (11-17-2017)
Entry List for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Sorenson, #23-LaJoie, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-Black*, #66-Starr*, #83-Gase*
Since only 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
#7-Chastain* was withdrawn.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Leaderboard:
[after Phoenix, race 35 of 36 for the season, 9 of 10 in Playoffs]
1) #4-Kevin Harvick, (A) 5000
2) #18-Kyle Busch, (A) 5000
3) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 5000
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 5000
These drivers did not advance to the Championship Round
5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4113
6) #21-Ryan Blaney, 4109
7) #24-Chase Elliott, 4107
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4062
(A) automatically advanced to Championship Race with a win in the Round of 8
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Martinsville(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 9 sets for the race;
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4650; Right-side -- D-4746
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm); Right-side -- 88.62 in. (2,251 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Storyline - High Wear, High Drama on Tap at Homestead: As NASCAR crowns champions in its three national series this weekend, teams will be competing at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which has become one of the more high tire wear tracks on the circuit. High wear results in a greater amount of fall-off in lap times as a run goes on. That, in turn, brings in a driver's ability to manage his tires and creates a climate for more comers and goers - drivers that work their tires harder early in a run vs. drivers that are easier on their tires and have more long run speed. That situation leads to more passing throughout the field and, coupled with Homestead's layout and progressive banking, creates a great environment for competitive racing.
"Homestead has quietly become one of the highest wear tracks that we race on in NASCAR," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "We have a new tire set-up compared to last year that not only takes that into account, but also balances the lower downforce world in which we operate. This is the same set-up we ran at Chicagoland to start to Cup playoffs, as Homestead and Chicagoland have traditionally been aligned in our tire lineup. What we've done with this 2017 tire package is give the cars more grip with the compounds on both sides of the car, while staying with a multi-zone right-side to handle to loads and speeds we see at Homestead. One other thing of note about this weekend, is the reduction of race sets for Cup teams compared to last year at Homestead. Cup teams will have nine race sets in addition to the qualifying set they start the race on, as compared to 12 race sets plus one transferred practice set last year. That will bring tire management into play on race day."
Notes: While teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Homestead this weekend will run the same right-side tire code, teams in the Cup and Xfinity Series will run a different left-side code than those in the Truck Series . . . for Cup and Xfinity, this is a different tire set-up than they ran at Homestead last year, though they did run this exact combination of left- and right-side tires at Chicagoland in September . . . they also ran this left-side tire code at Fontana earlier this season . . . compared to Homestead last year, this left-side tire code (D-4650) features a compound change to give the cars more grip . . . this right-side tire code (D-4746) is like last year's in that it is a multi-zone tread tire, though this version features an updated construction (to align with other speedways) and new compounds in both the two-inch inboard Endurance Zone and the 10-inch outboard Traction Zone (to enhance grip) . . . the tire set-up was confirmed at a NASCAR organizational test at Homestead on October 25-26. . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Homestead . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
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