Racingone Rewind: Homestead

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. - A look back at Carl Edwards' 16th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win and Jimmie Johnson's third consecutive championship in Sunday's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway including news, notes and observations by the RacingOne staff.

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Inside Line
Carl Edwards won for the ninth time this season taking the checkered flag in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway but Jimmie Johnson's 15th-place finish gave him his third straight Sprint Cup Series title. Photos

Keys to Victory Lane
Edwards passed Roush Fenway Racing teammate Matt Kenseth with three laps to go and then nursed his fuel load to the checkered flag to score his series-leading victory. Complete Results

Hero to Zero
Kenseth was in position to score back-to-back Homestead wins but ran out of fuel and was forced to settle for a 25th-place finish.

Zero to Hero
Jeff Gordon started 37th and although ended the year winless for the first time since 1993, scored a fourth-place finish.

Rookie of the Race/Year
Regan Smith gave DEI its first Rookie-of-the-Year and locked up the honor with a 34th-place run Sunday.

Ford 400 Loop Data Leaders
• Average Running Position: Carl Edwards - 2.1
• Fastest Early In a Run: Carl Edwards - 162.907 mph
• Fastest Late In a Run: Tony Stewart - 157.935 mph
• Fastest Laps Run: Carl Edwards - 66
• Fastest on Restarts: Carl Edwards - 162.239 mph
• Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Travis Kvapil - 98
• Laps In Top 15: Carl Edwards - 267
• Quality Passes: Tony Stewart - 63
• Speed in Traffic: Tony Stewart - 161.128 mph

Pit Stops
• Edwards captured his 16th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in his 157th career start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
• Edwards won the 113th race for car owner Jack Roush. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
• Edwards became the second driver to win at Homestead-Miami from the fourth position. He was the 184th driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
• Edwards won the sixth race for Ford at Homestead-Miami. It was the fifth straight win for the manufacturer at the track. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
• Edwards became the first driver to sweep the Cup and Nationwide events at HMS.
• Edwards' victory still wasn't enough for the title and he finished 69 points behind Jimmie Johnson.
• Johnson captured his third-straight Cup championship title with a 15th-place finish.
• Kevin Harvick (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in eight races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 19th top-10 finish in 2008.
• Jamie McMurray (third) posted his third top-10 finish in seven races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was his third consecutive third-place finish this season.
• Jeff Gordon (fourth) posted his 13th top five of the season and fifth top five at HMS in 10 starts.
• Clint Bowyer (fifth) posted his first top five at HMS in three starts.
• Kasey Kahne (sixth) posted his first top-10 in five races and second at the track in five starts.
• Travis Kvapil (seventh) posted his fourth top-10 finish of the season and first at Homestead-Miami.
• Casey Mears (eighth) finished out his career with Rick Hendrick by posting his sixth top-10 finish of the season.
• Tony Stewart (ninth) posted his fifth top-10 finish in five starts at HMS.
• Martin Truex Jr. (10th) posted his 11th top-10 finish of 2008 and third straight top-10 finish in four starts at HMS.
• The 267-lap race saw 15 lead changes among eight drivers and an average speed of 129.472 mph.
• Seven caution flags were thrown for 31 laps.
• The Ford 400 lasted 3 hours, 05 minutes, 36 seconds.

Lug Nuts
• Let the debate begin - which three-peat was tougher, JJ's or Cale's?
• Debate number two - who is the Driver of the Year - JJ, Edwards or Kyle Busch? Discuss.
• Once again fuel mileage played into the outcome of the race. Apparently the price of lower gas prices hasn't reached the NASCAR garage.
• Bitterweet end for Regan Smith, to say the least, with a Rookie-of-the-Year Award and no ride for 2009.
• Kudos to Travis Kvapil for ending the season for Yates Racing with a top 10.
• The 2008 elevator ended going up for Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray and Jeff Gordon.
• For Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Burton however the elevator basement button was pushed in hard.
• The year also looked to end on an upswing attendance-wise, with a good crowd on hand for the finale.
• Our thoughts are with those within the NASCAR community who will feel the economic pinch in the coming days and here's hoping whatever cutbacks will be few.
• That goes double to a few of our colleagues in the media center with some very good people looking for new press and reporting opportunities next season. It's a tough pill to swallow when credible and talented people will be out of work, but any dope wearing overalls with a computer and an internet connection can "cover" the sport.

Garage Talk
• "I know they'll enjoy this championship, but they knew we were here." - Carl Edwards

• "I could go race again next week and start the season and go for four." - Jimmie Johnson

• "The real risk is race teams folding." - Jack Roush

• "Let Teresa (Earnhardt) put it in the trophy room." - Regan Smith on his Rookie-of-the-Year trophy.

RacingOne Rating
On a scale of one to 10 new Ford Hybrid Fusions, which were unveiled this weekend, we'll give the season-ending Ford 400 a six. First time out for the new Cup car at Homestead delivered about what was expected and although Johnson had the championship in hand throughout most of the afternoon, there was a little drama around the title and some down the stretch with another round of fuel mileage bingo playing out. So the final checkered flag of the year has flown and it's time for a well-deserved rest. The off-season will, as it always does, fly by and "Speedweeks" at Daytona is closer than you might think.

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