Driver Handicaps: Homestead-Miami

Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards

Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards have the best average finishes with the COT at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

Driver Averages | Driver Ratings | COT Stats | Pre-Race Loop Data eBook

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday's Ford 400. To help you make your fantasy racing picks, Motor Racing Network brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for the 267-lap event.

Who's HOT at Homestead-Miami
• Kevin Harvick has the best average finish (2.5) in the two races with the COT.
• Series points leader Denny Hamlin is the defending race winner.
• Greg Biffle leads all drivers with three victories.
• Carl Edwards leads all drivers with a 6.5 average finish.
• Matt Kenseth has led the most laps (287) on the variable banking.
• Jeff Gordon has finished sixth or better in his last three starts.

Keep an Eye on at Homestead-Miami
• Jimmie Johnson has a 12.7 average finish in nine starts at Homestead-Miami.
• Joey Logano has scored five straight top 10s in last five races this season.
• Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch have led over 300 laps on 1.5-mile tracks this season.
• Mark Martin and Kyle Busch each rank in the top five in average finish on 1.5-mile tracks this season.
• Jamie McMurray will be racing the same car that he won with at Charlotte.
• Martin Truex Jr. has a top-five driver rating at Homestead-Miami.
• Jeff Burton finished second in this event at Homestead-Miami last season.
• AJ Allmendinger has a 10.5 average finish in two starts at Homestead-Miami.

Track Performers
Matt Kenseth leads all drivers with a 10.2 average finish on 1.5-mile tracks this season. Jimmie Johnson, who won at Las Vegas in February, is second in average finish at 10.4. Mark Martin (12.7), Kevin Harvick (12.9) and Kyle Busch (13.7) round out the top five in finishing average in the nine races. Denny Hamlin (both Texas races) and Kurt Busch (Atlanta, Charlotte) are the only drivers with multiple wins. David Reutimann (Chicago), Tony Stewart (Atlanta), Greg Biffle (Kansas) and Jamie McMurray (Charlotte) are the other winners. Jeff Gordon tops all drivers with 429 laps led. Kurt Busch (393), Stewart (334), Biffle (302), Kyle Busch (276) and Johnson (209) are the only other drivers to lead more than 200 laps.

Stats to "Bank" On
Carl Edwards, who has competed in six of the seven races on Homestead-Miami's varible banking, leads all drivers with a 6.5 average finish since the track switched configurations. Kevin Harvick, who has a 2.5 average finish with the COT in two races at HMS, is right behind with an average finish of 7.0. Jeff Gordon is the only other driver with an average finish of 10.0 or better at 7.9. Matt Kenseth, who won the 2007 race, leads all drivers with 287 laps led. Along with Harvick, the other championship contenders Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson have respective average finishes of 10.6 (five races) and 11.6 (seven races). Hamlin is the defending race winner.

Chase for the Cup Driver Outlook at Homestead-Miami
Rank
Driver
Races
Wins
Top 5s
Top 10s
Avg. Fin.
*Driver Rtg.
1.
Denny Hamlin
5
1
3
3
10.6
94.7
2.
Jimmie Johnson
9
0
3
6
12.7
92.9
3.
Kevin Harvick
9
0
4
7
8.4
101.1
4.
Carl Edwards
6
1
3
5
6.5
111.0
5.
Matt Kenseth
10
1
2
3
19.8
105.3
6.
Jeff Gordon
11
0
5
9
9.5
95.1
7.
Kyle Busch
5
0
0
1
25.2
84.2
8.
Greg Biffle
8
3
3
3
13.5
99.0
9.
Tony Stewart
11
2
3
5
12.8
88.2
10.
Kurt Busch
9
1
4
4
19.6
78.3
11.
Clint Bowyer
4
0
1
2
16.3
88.5
12.
Jeff Burton
11
0
4
5
14.5
88.7
*Driver Rating based on last five Homestead-Miami races.

Qualifying Tidbits
Active Pole Leaders Best Starting Avg. Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Kurt Busch - 2 poles 1. Scott Speed - 2.0 Pole - Two Times
1. Jimmie Johnson - 2 poles 2. Kasey Kahne - 9.0 Top Five - Six Times
3. Five Drivers - 1 pole 3. Ryan Newman - 9.8 Top 10 - Eight Times
  4. Kevin Harvick - 11.6 Top 15 - Nine Times
  5. Kyle Busch - 12.6 Worst - 38th, One Time
Past Pole Winners Driver Stats Starting Pos. of Winners

*Best Average Finish at Homestead-Miami
Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Kevin Harvick
2.5
Four Races
Denny Hamlin
5.0
Six Races
Carl Edwards
6.5
Eight Races
Jeff Gordon
7.5
10 Races
Jeff Gordon
9.5
* - The best average finish is based off a driver who has competed in every race during that time span.

Homestead-Miami Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2009)
*Fastest Early in a Run *Fastest Late in a Run Avg. Running Position
1. Kevin Harvick 1. Martin Truex Jr. 1. Carl Edwards - 8.9
2. Carl Edwards 2. Carl Edwards 2. Martin Truex Jr. - 9.6
3. Greg Biffle 3. Kurt Busch 3. Kevin Harvick - 10.0
4. Matt Kenseth 4. Matt Kenseth 4. Matt Kenseth - 10.8
5. Jimmie Johnson 5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5. Mark Martin - 12.4
Laps in Top 15 *Quality Passes *Driver Rating
1. Carl Edwards - 1112 1. Martin Truex Jr. - 267 1. Carl Edwards - 111.0
2. Kevin Harvick - 1029 2. Jeff Gordon - 233 2. Matt Kenseth - 105.3
3. Matt Kenseth - 965 3. Casey Mears - 214 3. Martin Truex Jr. - 103.8
4. Jimmie Johnson - 956 4. Carl Edwards - 210 4. Kevin Harvick - 101.1
5. Jeff Gordon - 924 5. Kevin Harvick - 197 5. Greg Biffle - 99.0

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating: Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.

Season Loop Data Leaders
*Fastest Early in a Run *Fastest Late in a Run Avg. Running Position
1. Jimmie Johnson 1. Jimmie Johnson 1. Jimmie Johnson - 9.3
2. Jeff Gordon 2. Kevin Harvick 2. Jeff Gordon - 9.4
3. Kyle Busch 3. Jeff Gordon 3. Jeff Burton - 11.2
4. Jeff Burton 4. Clint Bowyer 4. Kyle Busch - 11.6
5. Juan Pablo Montoya 5. Kyle Busch 5. Tony Stewart - 12.3
Laps in Top 15 *Quality Passes *Driver Rating
1. Jeff Gordon - 7538 1. Jeff Burton - 2002 1. Jimmie Johnson - 108.5
2. Jimmie Johnson - 7425 2. Jimmie Johnson - 1869 2. Jeff Gordon - 102.4
3. Jeff Burton - 6976 3. Jeff Gordon - 1766 3. Kyle Busch - 99.0
4. Kyle Busch - 6899 4. Kyle Busch - 1737 4. Jeff Burton - 97.2
5. Juan Pablo Montoya - 6341 5. Juan Pablo Montoya - 1607 5. Kevin Harvick - 96.1

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating: Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.

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Top 20 Driver Notes - Ordered by current standings
(All stats/notes are in regards to Homestead-Miami Speedway unless noted)

1. Denny Hamlin:Defending race winner; Fourth-best average finish (7.0) in the two races with the COT; Finished third in 2006 and 2007; Two-time winner on 1.5-mile speedways in 2010; Seventh-best average finish (14.1) in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 291) that he won with at Texas two weeks ago.

2. Jimmie Johnson: Started from the pole and finished fifth last year; Finish was sixth top 10 in nine starts; Best finish, of second, came in 2004; Second-best average finish (10.4) in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Will pilot the same car (chassis No. 580) that he finished third with at Auto Club last month.

3. Kevin Harvick: Leads all drivers with a 2.5 average finish in the two races with the COT;  Led 56 laps and finished third last year; Finish was seventh top 10 in nine starts; Fourth-best average finish (12.9) in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 325) in the Ford 400.

4. Carl Edwards: Second-best average finish (4.0) in the two races with the COT; Finished seventh last year for fifth consecutive top 10; Won this event in 2008 after leading 157 laps; Eighth-best average finish (14.3) in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 709) that he finished 16th with at Charlotte last month.

5. Matt Kenseth: Won the 2007 event after leading 214 laps; Win is one of three top 10s in 10 starts; 19.0 average finish in the two races with the COT; Leads all drivers with a 14.1 average finish (14.1) in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 704) that he finished 15th with at Martinsville.

6. Jeff Gordon: Homestead is only active track he's yet to win at; Has finished sixth or better in last three races; Leads all drivers with nine top 10s; First in laps led (429) in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season.

7. Kyle Busch: Homestead is his worst track based on his 25.2 average finish; Coming off first top 10 in five starts in eighth; Fifth in average finish (13.7) and laps led (276) in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 283) that he most recently finished 32nd with in a tough outing at Texas.

8. Greg Biffle: Leads all drivers with three wins; 16.0 average finish in the two races with the COT; Fourth in laps led (302) in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Will return in the same car that he led 224 laps with at Texas.

9. Tony Stewart: Led 43 laps and finished 22nd last year in first track start with Stewart-Haas; Finished ninth in 2008 with Joe Gibbs Racing for fifth top 10; Won the first two events on the old configuartion; Third in laps led (334) in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Will pilot the same car (chassis No. 583) that he posted top 10s with at Las Vegas and Chicagoland.

10. Kurt Busch: Led 43 laps and finished fourth last year; Finish was second top five in four starts with Penske Racing; Won the 2002 race from the pole with Roush Racing; 15.6 average finish and 393 laps led in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 739) in the Ford 400.

11. Clint Bowyer: Fifth-place finish in 2008 lowered average finish to 16.2 in four starts; Led first lap last year en route to an 11th-place finish; Sixth-best average finish (13.8) in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 328) in the Ford 400.

12. Jeff Burton: Coming off best finish (second) in 11 starts; 11th-best average finish (15.5) in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Will return in the same car that he posted top-five finishes with at both Atlanta and Dover.

13. Mark Martin: Finished 12th in first track start with Hendrick Motorsports last season; Best finish, of second, came in 2005 with Roush Racing; Third-best average finish (12.7) in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 595) that he led 41 laps and finished sixth with at Auto Club.

14. Jamie McMurray: Will make first track start in an Earnhardt-Ganassi Chevrolet; Three top 10s in eight starts; Ninth-best average finish (15.0) and 183 laps led in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 1006) that he most recently won with at Charlotte.

15. Ryan Newman: Finished 23rd last year in first track start with Stewart-Haas; Posted two top 10s and an average finish of 20.3 in seven starts with Penske Racing; 16.7 average finish in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season.

16. Joey Logano: Finished 24th in first start last year; 17.3 average finish and 32 laps led in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Has scored five straight top 10s in last five races this season; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 290) in the Ford 400.

17. Juan Pablo Montoya: Has yet to post a top 10 in four starts; 22.8 average finish in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 1015) that he most recently finished 11th with at Charlotte.

18. David Reutimann: Coming off best finish (15th) in three starts; Won the pole for the 2008 race; 19.0 average finish and 55 laps led in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season.

19. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Homestead is his worst track on the schedule based on his 23.9 average finish; Finished 41st and 28th, respectively, in two starts with Hendrick Motorsports; 20.2 average finish and 56 laps led in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 599) that he finished 22nd with at Kansas.

20. AJ Allmendinger: 10.5 average finish in two starts; 10th-best average finish (15.4) in the nine races on 1.5-mile speedways this season.

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