Driver Handicaps: Homestead-Miami

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr. have the top two respective Driver Ratings in the last seven races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Motor Racing Network brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Who's HOT at Homestead-Miami
• Carl Edwards has finished eighth or better in the last seven races, including two wins.
• Kevin Harvick has posted a 4.0 average finish in the last four races. 
• Greg Biffle leads all drivers with three victories on the current track configuration.
• Tony Stewart has finished in the top 10 in three of the last four races, including a win last year. 
• Matt Kenseth, winner of the 2007 race, is second in laps led (303) on the current track configuration.
• Martin Truex Jr. has posted a 6.8 average finish in his last six starts.
• Denny Hamlin has one win and a 7.2 average finish in his last six starts.
• Jeff Gordon (10.2) and Jimmie Johnson (12.3) are second and third, respectively, in average finish among drivers that have competed in all of the last 10 races.

Keep an Eye On at Homestead-Miami
• Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has yet to post a top 10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, has recorded an average finish of 7.4 in eight starts on 1.5-mile tracks this season. 
• Kasey Kahne (10.0), Kyle Busch (10.6) and Brad Keselowski (11.0) each rank in the top 10 in average finish among drivers that have raced in all 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season.
• Clint Bowyer leads all drivers with an average finish of 4.3 in the last three races this season on 1.5-mile tracks.
• Kurt Busch has finished in the top 10 in his last two races of the season with Furniture Row Racing.
• Mark Martin will be driving the same chassis he finished sixth with at Charlotte Motor Speedway last month.
• Ryan Newman has posted an average finish of 9.3 since being reunited with crew chief Matt Borland, three races ago.

Homestead-Miami Qualifying Facts

*Active Pole Leaders
*Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Kurt Busch - 2
1. Kasey Kahne - 7.2
Pole - two times
Kasey Kahne - 2
2. Ryan Newman - 11.5
Top Five - seven times
Jimmie Johnson - 2
3. Carl Edwards - 11.9
Top 10 - nine times
Carl Edwards - 2 4. Kevin Harvick - 13.9
Top 15 -  11 times
5. Tony Stewart - 14.5
Worst - 38th, one time

* - Must be entered in the Ford EcoBoost 400.

*Best Average Finish at Homestead-Miami

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Carl Edwards
1.5
Four Races
Carl Edwards
2.8
Six Races
Carl Edwards
4.0
Eight Races
Carl Edwards
5.2
10 Races
Kevin Harvick
8.0

* - 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 (2005-2011)

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Carl Edwards
1. Martin Truex Jr.
1. Carl Edwards - 6.9
2. Kevin Harvick
2. Carl Edwards
2. Martin Truex Jr. - 8.7
3. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Matt Kenseth
3. Matt Kenseth - 9.6
4. Matt Kenseth
4. Trevor Bayne
4. Kevin Harvick - 9.7
5. Jimmie Johnson
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5. Kasey Kahne - 12.9
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Carl Edwards - 1646
1. Martin Truex Jr. - 382
1. Carl Edwards - 120.9
2. Kevin Harvick - 1499
2. Jeff Gordon - 333
2. Martin Truex Jr. - 109.7
3. Matt Kenseth - 1488
3. Denny Hamlin - 314
3. Matt Kenseth - 107.0
4. Martin Truex Jr. - 1334
4. Clint Bowyer - 308
4. Kevin Harvick - 102.5
5. Jimmie Johnson - 1321
5. Kevin Harvick - 307
5. Jimmie Johnson - 95.2

*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.


For a look at all the pre-race Loop Data for Homestead-Miami, view the Ford EcoBoost 400 Pre-Race eBook (pdf).

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 - 9.1
2. Kyle Busch
2. Kasey Kahne
2. Greg Biffle - 10.1
3. Denny Hamlin
3. Jeff Gordon
3. Denny Hamlin - 10.4
4. Jeff Gordon
4. Matt Kenseth
4. Matt Kenseth - 10.5
5. Mark Martin
5. Denny Hamlin
5. Brad Keselowski - 11.2
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson - 8601
1. Brad Keselowski - 2136
1. Jimmie Johnson - 110.0
2. Brad Keselowski - 7820
2. Kyle Busch - 1933
2. Denny Hamlin - 102.0
3. Clint Bowyer - 7752
3. Jeff Gordon - 1929
3. Kyle Busch - 100.3
4. Jeff Gordon - 7752
4. Greg Biffle - 1885
4. Greg Biffle - 100.0
5. Martin Truex Jr. - 7747
5. Matt Kenseth - 1877
5. Matt Kenseth - 99.9

*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.


MotorRacingNetwork.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Martin Truex Jr. 
Pete Pistone: Greg Biffle
Ricky Hamber: Jimmie Johnson 
John Singler: Ryan Newman

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

Brad Keselowski: Has yet to finish in the top 10 in four starts; 20.2 average finish; Ninth in average finish (11.0) and third in laps led (362) among all drivers that have competed in all 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 830) that he last finished 11th with at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October.

Jimmie Johnson: Has finished in the top five in two of his last three starts; Seventh in average finish (12.8) in the nine races on the current track configuration; Leads all drivers in average finish (7.3) and laps led (651) in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 728) that he last finished ninth with at Kansas Speedway last month.

Kasey Kahne: Has finished seventh or better in four of his eight starts; 6.5 average finish in last two starts; Sixth among all drivers in average finish (10.0) that have competed in all 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season; Will make first track start with Hendrick Motorsports in the same car (chassis No. 729) that he last finished eighth with at Charlotte Motor Speedway last month.

Clint Bowyer: Coming off third top 10 (sixth) in six starts; 13.8 average finish; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 738) that he last finished sixth with at Kansas Speedway.

Denny Hamlin: Winner of the 2009 race after leading 71 laps; Coming off fourth top 10 (ninth) in seven starts; Fifth in average finish (10.9 - seven starts) in the nine races on the current track configuration; Third among all drivers in average finish (9.0) that have competed in all 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season.

Matt Kenseth: Winner of the 2007 race; Has finished ninth or better in five of his last seven starts; Eighth in average finish (13.7) in the nine races on the current track configuration; Fourth among all drivers in average finish (9.4) that have competed in all 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 826) that he scored the win with at Kansas Speedway last month.

Greg Biffle: Winner of the 2004 - 2006 races; Only top 10 since scoring three-straight wins came in 2010 in 10th; 14.2 average finish in the nine races on the current track configuration; Seventh in average finish (10.3) and second in laps led (368) among all drivers that have competed in all 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 817) that he last finished fourth with at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kevin Harvick: Second in average finish (6.7) in the nine races on the current track configuration; Eighth-place finish last season was fourth consecutive top 10; Fifth among all drivers in average finish (9.8) that have competed in all 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 378) that he posted an average finish of 8.0 in four starts this season; He most recently finished 11th in it at Kansas Speedway.

Tony Stewart: Defending race winner; Win was third top 10 in last four starts; Sixth in average finish (12.3) in the nine races on the current track configuration; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 735) that he last finished fifth with at Kansas Speedway last month.

Martin Truex Jr: Third in average finish (5.2 - seven starts) in the nine races on the current track configuration; Finished third last season for fifth top 10 in seven starts; Second among all drivers in average finish (8.3) that have competed in all 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season.

Jeff Gordon: Fourth in average finish (10.8) in the nine races on the current track configuration; Has finished ninth or better in eight of his last 10 starts; 10th among all drivers in average finish (12.8) that have competed in all 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season.

Dale Earnhardt Jr: Homestead-Miami is the only oval track on the schedule that he's yet to record a top 10 at; Coming off best finish in 12 starts in 11th; 7.4 average finish in eight starts on 1.5-mile tracks this season; Will pilot the same car (chassis No. 716) that Regan Smith drove to a seventh-place finish at Kansas Speedway last month.

Kyle Busch: Only top 10 (eighth) in seven starts came in 2009; 25.9 average finish; Eighth in average finish (10.6) and fourth in laps led (319) among all drivers that have competed in all 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season.

Ryan Newman: Only top 10 (seventh) in three starts with Stewart-Haas Racing came in 2010; 19.8 average finish in the nine races on the current track configuration; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 727) that he last finished 15th with at Michigan International Speedway in June.

Carl Edwards: Leads all drivers with a 5.2 average finish; Leads all drivers in laps led (560) on the current track configuration; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 827) that he last finished 14th with at Kansas Speedway.

Paul Menard: Has yet to finish in the top 10 in six starts; Coming off best finish in 16th, which marked his first track start with Richard Childress Racing; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 379) that he last finished 22nd with at Dover International Speedway in September.

Joey Logano: 27.3 average finish in three starts; Will make final start with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Marcos Ambrose: Has yet to finish in the top 20 in four starts; 35.5 average finish; Will pilot a car (chassis No. 703) that he tested at Nashville Superspeedway last month.

Jeff Burton: 20.0 average finish in the nine races on the current track configuration; Coming off sixth top 10 (10th) in 13 overall starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 359) that he finished 32nd with at Charlotte Motor Speedway last month due to a broken brake rotor.

Jamie McMurray: 15.4 average finish in the nine races on the current track configuration; Last top 10 (third) came in 2008 with Roush Racing; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 1104) that he ran at Kansas Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway this season.

Pay the Fan
Homestead-Miami Driver Stats

Driver Races Avg Start Avg Finish Driver Rating
Aric Almirola 2 32.0 19.5 72.1
Bobby Labonte 13 22.2 20.5 43.3
Brad Keselowski 4 20.3 20.3 68.9
Carl Edwards 8 11.9 5.3 120.9
Casey Mears 9 24.7 21.3 74.8
Clint Bowyer 6 16.7 13.8 87.8
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12 19.9 23.1 69.6
Dave Blaney 11 22.0 21.7 65.2
David Gilliland 6 24.7 29.8 56.9
David Ragan 5 15.2 25.2 76.2
David Reutimann 5 18.6 23.2 68.0
David Stremme 4 27.8 26.5 55.9
Denny Hamlin 7 31.0 10.9 92.5
Greg Biffle 10 16.4 15.3 92.2
J.J. Yeley 4 20.8 36.0 44.6
Jamie McMurray 10 15.5 16.1 79.1
Jason Leffler 2 18.0 22.5 -
Jeff Burton 13 20.9 15.5 86.5
Jeff Gordon 13 15.8 11.3 92.9
Jimmie Johnson 11 17.2 13.5 95.2
Joe Nemechek 11 16.5 24.5 49.4
Joey Logano 3 28.7 27.3 60.1
Juan Montoya 6 27.2 28.3 68.2
Kasey Kahne 8 7.3 14.8 90.1
Ken Schrader 7 33.1 29.4 49.8
Kevin Harvick 11 13.9 7.9 102.5
Kurt Busch 11 14.6 20.7 68.7
Kyle Busch 7 16.4 25.9 84.2
Landon Cassill 2 32.5 38.0 39.7
Marcos Ambrose 4 20.5 35.5 46.0
Mark Martin 12 16.3 13.3 86.1
Martin Truex Jr. 7 17.3 10.4 109.7
Matt Kenseth 12 19.6 17.6 107.0
Michael McDowell 2 25.5 43.0 28.3
Mike Bliss 6 26.0 32.5 54.2
Paul Menard 6 29.7 23.8 57.9
Reed Sorenson 5 20.8 27.4 54.1
Regan Smith 4 17.0 24.0 56.6
Ryan Newman 10 11.5 18.4 83.9
Sam Hornish Jr. 3 28.0 27.3 51.4
Scott Riggs 4 24.3 18.5 69.9
Tony Stewart 13 14.5 11.5 93.1
Travis Kvapil 7 30.9 28.3 47.3
Trevor Bayne 1 20.0 25.0 62.5
Homestead-Miami Green Flag Passes

Number of passes a driver had under green conditions in the last seven races at Homestead-Miami.

Driver Green Flag Passes
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 635
Denny Hamlin 626
Casey Mears 575
Greg Biffle 572
Kasey Kahne 544
Tony Stewart 533
Clint Bowyer 526
Jamie McMurray 523
Martin Truex Jr. 510
Jeff Gordon 493
Jeff Burton 476
Ryan Newman 474
Kevin Harvick 473
Kyle Busch 461
Juan Pablo Montoya 460
Mark Martin 451
Matt Kenseth 449
Paul Menard 446
David Gilliland 433
Jimmie Johnson 425
A J Allmendinger 412
Bobby Labonte 392
Carl Edwards 373
Brad Keselowski 372
Dave Blaney 368
Travis Kvapil 365
David Ragan 352
David Reutimann 335
Bill Elliott 326
Robby Gordon 320
Regan Smith 319
Brian Vickers 315
Elliott Sadler 314
Reed Sorenson 304
Kurt Busch 296
Joey Logano 286
Scott Speed 228
Sam Hornish Jr. 227
Aric Almirola 210
Joe Nemechek 197
Mike Bliss 186
Tony Raines 176
David Stremme 164
Marcos Ambrose 155
Scott Riggs 154
Trevor Bayne 149
Michael Waltrip 110
J.J. Yeley 103
Landon Cassill 85
Jeff Green 84
Ken Schrader 82
Cole Whitt 71
T.J. Bell 70
Kenny Wallace 56
Mike Skinner 31
Terry Labonte 25
Michael McDowell 19

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