Driver Handicaps: Homestead-Miami

NASCAR

Carl Edwards (6.0) and Kevin Harvick (6.8) are the top two drivers in average finish in the 10 races on Homestead-Miami Speedway's progressive banking. (Photo: Getty Images)

Driver Averages Loop Data eBook (pdf)Driver Ratings Past Winners

MRN.com's detailed notes and statistics to help you set your fantasy racing lineup for Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Who's HOT at Homestead-Miami
• Carl Edwards has finished eighth or better in seven of the last eight races, including two wins.
Kevin Harvick has posted a 4.8 average finish in the last five races.
Greg Biffle leads all drivers with three victories on the current track - progressive banking - configuration.
Matt Kenseth, a four-time winner on 1.5-mile tracks with Joe Gibbs Racing this season, is second in laps led (305 - all with Roush Fenway Racing) on the current track configuration.
• Martin Truex Jr. has posted a 6.7 average finish in his last six starts.
• Defending race winner Jeff Gordon has finished sixth or better in five of the last six races.

Who to Keep an Eye On at Homestead-Miami
• Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and Wood Brothers Racing each tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway two weeks ago.
Kyle Busch, who led 191 laps in this event last year, has posted two wins and has led 373 laps in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season.
Kasey Kahne (9.8), Kurt Busch (12.2) and Joey Logano (12.9) each rank in the top seven in average finish on 1.5-mile tracks this season.
Jimmie Johnson, who can win the championship with a finish of 23rd or better, will return in the same car that he led 255 laps in en route to the win at Texas Motor Speedway two weeks ago.
Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman have posted respective average finishes of 6.7 and 7.3 in their last three starts at Homestead-Miami.
• AJ Allmendinger, who will be back behind the wheel of the No. 47 Toyota, has posted a 10.2 average finish in four starts at Homestead-Miami.
• Brad Keselowski has led 95 laps and posted an average finish of 7.8 in the four Chase races held on 1.5-mile tracks.

Chase drivers in bold.

Note: Sprint Cup teams will run the same Goodyear tire setup that they have run at Homestead-Miami Speedway since 2010.  Edwards leads all drivers in average finish (5.0) and laps led (309).  Harvick (6.3), Truex (6.7), Bowyer (6.7) and Newman (7.3) round out the top five in average finish among all drivers that have starts in every race in that span.

Be sure to check back with MRN.com for practice speeds on Friday and Saturday.

Homestead-Miami Qualifying Facts

*Active Pole Leaders
*Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
Kurt Busch - 2
1. Kasey Kahne - 7.8
Pole - 2 times
Carl Edwards - 2
2. Carl Edwards - 11.0
Top Five - 7 times
Jimmie Johnson - 2
3. Ryan Newman - 12.2
Top 10 - 9 times
Kasey Kahne - 2 4. Kevin Harvick - 14.7
Top 15 - 12 times
Three drivers with one 5. Clint Bowyer -15.1
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
Jeff Gordon
3.0
Four Races
Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick
5.5
Six Races
Carl Edwards
4.7
Eight Races
Carl Edwards
5.0
10 Races
Kevin Harvick
6.8

* - The best average finish is based off a driver who has competed in every race during that time span.

2013 1.5-Mile Track Performers (10 Races)

Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
Matt Kenseth - 4
Kyle Busch - 6
Kevin Harvick - 8
Kevin Harvick - 2
Joey Logano - 6
Jimmie Johnson - 8
Kyle Busch - 2
Matt Kenseth - 6
Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson - 1
Kasey Kahne - 5
Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth
Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson - 4
Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano - 6
Laps Led
Average Finish
Poles
Jimmie Johnson - 688 
Matt Kenseth - 6.1
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin
Matt Kenseth - 469
Kevin Harvick - 7.2
Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick
Kasey Kahne - 413
Jimmie Johnson - 9.0
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch - 373
Kasey Kahne - 9.8
Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth
Martin Truex Jr. - 188
Martin Truex Jr. - 10.6
Joey Logano - 1

Chase Drivers at Homestead-Miami (by standings)

Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Avg Fin *Driver Rating
Jimmie Johnson 12 2 0 4 7 2 15.3 95.1
Matt Kenseth 13 0 1 3 5 2 17.6 106.0
Kevin Harvick 12 0 0 5 10 0 7.9 100.1
Kyle Busch 8 0 0 1 2 2 23.1 91.5
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 13 0 0 0 1 1 22.1 71.2
Jeff Gordon 14 0 1 7 11 1 10.6 95.8
Greg Biffle 11 0 3 4 5 2 14.4 91.0
Clint Bowyer 7 0 0 2 4 0 12.1 92.2
Joey Logano 4 1 0 0 0 1 24.0 64.3
Kurt Busch 12 2 1 4 5 2 19.8 71.7
Ryan Newman 11 0 0 1 4 2 17.0 85.7
Kasey Kahne 9 2 0 1 4 1 15.4 90.2
Carl Edwards 9 2 2 5 7 0 6.0 119.0

*Based off last eight races.

Homestead-Miami Speedway Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2012, 8 Races)*

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Carl Edwards
1. Martin Truex Jr.
1. Carl Edwards - 7.1
2. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Carl Edwards
2. Martin Truex Jr. - 8.2
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Matt Kenseth
3. Matt Kenseth - 9.3
4. Kevin Harvick
4. Trevor Bayne
4. Kevin Harvick - 10.6
5. Matt Kenseth
5. Aric Almirola
5. Clint Bowyer - 12.0
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Carl Edwards - 1881
1. Martin Truex Jr. - 449
1. Carl Edwards - 119.0
2. Matt Kenseth - 1717
2. Jeff Gordon - 390
2. Martin Truex Jr. - 110.8
3. Kevin Harvick - 1607
3. Ryan Newman - 373
3. Matt Kenseth - 106.0
4. Martin Truex Jr. - 1588 
4. Clint Bowyer - 365
4. Kevin Harvick - 100.1
5. Jimmie Johnson - 1533
5. Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson - 339
5. Jeff Gordon - 95.8

*Must be entered in the Ford EcoBoost 400.
*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during 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 Loop Data eBook (pdf)

Season Loop Data Leaders

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Matt Kenseth
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Matt Kenseth - 8.6
2. Jimmie Johnson
2. Matt Kenseth
2. Jimmie Johnson - 9.4
3. Kyle Busch
3. Brad Keselowski
3. Kyle Busch - 11.3
4. Kasey Kahne
4. Kyle Busch
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 11.6
5. Brad Keselowski
5. Kevin Harvick
5. Kevin Harvick - 12.7
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Matt Kenseth - 8841
1. Martin Truex Jr. - 1964
1. Jimmie Johnson - 110.3
2. Kevin Harvick - 8224
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 1896
2. Matt Kenseth - 110.0
3. Jimmie Johnson - 8126
3. Kurt Busch - 1887
3. Kyle Busch - 101.7
4. Kyle Busch - 8011
4. Jimmie Johnson - 1851
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 97.8
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 7849
5. Matt Kenseth - 1785
5. Kasey Kahne - 96.7

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Early In a Run: *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.


MRN.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Martin Truex Jr.
Pete Pistone: Jeff Gordon
Dustin Long: Kevin Harvick
John Singler: Jimmie Johnson

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

Jimmie Johnson: Leads all drivers in laps led (688) and is third in average finish (9.0) in the 10 races at 1.5-mile tracks this season; Tested at Homestead-Miami two weeks ago; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 797) that he led 255 laps with en route to the win at Texas two weeks ago.

Matt Kenseth: Second in laps led (305) in the 10 races on the track's current configuration; Leads all drivers in wins (4) and average finish (6.1) in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season; Tested at Homestead-Miami two weeks ago; Will make first track start with Joe Gibbs Racing in the same car that he won with at Chicagoland Speedway and last finished fourth in at Texas.

Kevin Harvick: Second among all drivers entered in the race in average finish (6.8) in the 10 races on the track's current configuration; Second among all drivers in average finish (7.2) in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 438) in the Ford EcoBoost 400.

Kyle Busch: Led 191 laps and finished fourth last year; Third in laps led (237) in the 10 races on the track's current configuration; 14.1 average finish and 373 laps led in the 10 races at 1.5-mile tracks this season; Tested at Homestead-Miami two weeks ago.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Coming off first top 10 (10th) in five track starts with Hendrick Motorsports; 23.4 average finish with HMS; Tested at Homestead-Miami two weeks ago; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 822) that he finished eighth with at Kansas Speedway.

Jeff Gordon: Defending race winner; Win was second consecutive top five; Third among all drivers entered in the race in average finish (9.8) in the 10 races on the track's current configuration; Also tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway two weeks ago.

Greg Biffle: Leads all drivers with three wins in the 10 races on the track's current configuration; Finished fifth in this event last year for second top 10 in the last three races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 862) that he last finished 16th with at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Clint Bowyer: 12.1 average finish in seven starts; Finished second last year for second consecutive top 10; Ninth among all drivers in average finish (14.4) in the 10 races at 1.5-mile tracks this season; Tested at Homestead-Miami two weeks ago; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 738) that he last finished third with at Kentucky Speedway.

Joey Logano: 24.0 average finish in four starts; Seventh among all drivers in average finish (12.9) in the 10 races at 1.5-mile tracks this season; Will make first track start with Penske Racing in the same car (chassis No. 865) that he last finished third with at Dover International Speedway.

Kurt Busch: Finished ninth last season in first track start with Furniture Row Racing; 21.6 average finish on the track's current configuration; Sixth among all drivers in average finish (12.2) in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season.

Ryan Newman: 18.1 average finish on the track's current configuration; Finished third last season for second top 10 in four track starts with Stewart-Haas Racing; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 733) that he's raced eight times this season, most recently finishing 10th with at Chicagoland Speedway.

Kasey Kahne: 15.4 average finish in nine starts; Led seven laps and finished 21st last season in first track start with Hendrick Motorsports; Fourth among all drivers in average finish (9.8) and third in laps led (413) in the 10 races at 1.5-mile tracks this season; Tested at Homestead-Miami two weeks ago; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 820) that he finished 15th with at Kansas Speedway.

Carl Edwards: Leads all drivers in average finish (6.0) and laps led (560) in the 10 races on the track's current configuration; Finished 12th last season, snapping a streak of seven consecutive finishes of eighth or better; Eighth among all drivers in average finish (13.8) in the 10 races at 1.5-mile tracks this season; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 854) that he last finished 10th with at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Brad Keselowski: 19.2. average finish in five starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 866) that he last finished 37th with at Dover International Speedway.

Jamie McMurray: 15.9 average finish in the 10 races on the track's current configuration; Tested at Homestead-Miami two weeks ago; Has yet to finish in the top 10 in his three starts driving an Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

Martin Truex Jr.: Fourth among all drivers entered in the race in average finish (9.9) on the track's current configuration; Finished sixth last season for second consecutive top 10; 6.7 average finish in three starts with Michael Waltrip Racing; Fifth among all drivers in average finish (10.6) and laps led (188) in the 10 races at 1.5-mile tracks this season; Tested at Homestead-Miami two weeks ago.

Paul Menard: 22.0 average finish in seven starts; Best finish came last season in 11th; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 428) that he last finished 24th with at Charlotte.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Finished 39th in first track Cup start last season; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 820) that he led 26 laps with at Kansas Speedway in the spring, finishing 11th after getting debris on the grille.

Jeff Burton: 19.9 average finish in 10 starts on the track's current configuration; Has finished in the top 10 in three of his last six starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 426) that he last finished 21st with at Charlotte.

Aric Almirola: 15.3 average finish in three starts; Coming off second consecutive top 10; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 864) that he last finished 23rd with at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Photos

  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • SYLVANIA 300
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Chase Opener at Chicago
  • Federated Auto Parts 400
  • Federated Auto Parts 400
  • Federated Auto Parts 400
  • Federated Auto Parts 400
  • Federated Auto Parts 400
Untitled Document Homestead-Miami Driver Stats

Driver Races Avg Start Avg Fin *Driver Rating
Carl Edwards 9 11.0 6.0 119.0
Martin Truex Jr. 8 16.0 9.9 110.8
Matt Kenseth 13 18.9 17.6 106.0
Kevin Harvick 12 14.7 7.9 100.1
Jeff Gordon 14 15.8 10.6 95.8
Jimmie Johnson 12 16.6 15.3 95.1
Clint Bowyer 7 15.1 12.1 92.2
Kyle Busch 8 15.4 23.1 91.5
Greg Biffle 11 16.1 14.4 91.0
Kasey Kahne 9 7.8 15.4 90.2
Denny Hamlin 8 32.3 12.5 88.8
Ryan Newman 11 12.2 17.0 85.7
Mark Martin 13 15.7 13.5 85.0
A J Allmendinger 4 18.3 10.3 84.7
Jeff Burton 14 21.8 15.7 83.8
Aric Almirola 3 23.0 15.3 81.2
Jamie McMurray 11 15.4 16.5 77.8
Brad Keselowski 5 16.8 19.2 74.3
Casey Mears 10 25.0 22.1 72.0
Kurt Busch 12 15.6 19.8 71.7
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 13 19.6 22.1 71.2
David Ragan 6 18.3 26.2 70.7
Trevor Bayne 2 20.0 24.0 67.6
Juan Pablo Montoya 7 26.3 28.3 66.1
Joey Logano 4 21.8 24.0 64.3
Dave Blaney 12 22.8 22.6 62.4
David Reutimann 6 21.7 25.0 62.4
Paul Menard 7 28.0 22.0 61.7
Elliott Sadler 12 23.9 28.3 55.5
Marcos Ambrose 5 16.8 31.0 54.1
David Gilliland 7 26.9 30.3 53.8
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1 27.0 39.0 51.9
Joe Nemechek 11 16.5 24.5 49.4
Travis Kvapil 8 31.8 28.0 47.4
Ken Schrader 8 34.3 30.4 43.1
Landon Cassill 3 31.7 34.3 42.7
J.J. Yeley 5 24.4 35.8 42.3
Tony Raines 4 33.3 24.8 38.9
Michael McDowell 3 25.3 42.3 31.0
Josh Wise 1 36.0 40.0 28.3
Parker Kligerman 0 - - -
Kyle Larson 0 - - -
Danica Patrick 0 - - -

*Based off last eight races

Coast to Coast
Phoenix Green Flag Passes

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

Rank Driver Green Flag Passes
1 Denny Hamlin 751
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 742
3 Greg Biffle 680
4 Casey Mears 674
5 Kasey Kahne 662
6 Tony Stewart 635
7 Martin Truex Jr. 613
8 Clint Bowyer 605
8 Jamie McMurray 605
10 Ryan Newman 581
11 Jeff Burton 574
12 Jeff Gordon 573
13 Kevin Harvick 561
14 Paul Menard 555
15 Mark Martin 548
16 Matt Kenseth 542
17 Kyle Busch 539
18 Juan Montoya 537
19 David Gilliland 502
20 Jimmie Johnson 500
20 Brad Keselowski 500
22 Carl Edwards 471
23 Bobby Labonte 467
24 Travis Kvapil 428
25 David Ragan 420
26 Dave Blaney 416
27 A J Allmendinger 412
28 Joey Logano 397
29 Regan Smith 394
30 Kurt Busch 391
31 David Reutimann 357
32 Sam Hornish Jr. 348
33 Aric Almirola 315
33 Brian Vickers 315
35 Elliott Sadler 314
36 Reed Sorenson 304
37 Trevor Bayne 288
38 Marcos Ambrose 250
39 Scott Speed 228
40 David Stremme 208
41 Joe Nemechek 197
42 Mike Bliss 188
43 Tony Raines 176
44 Scott Riggs 158
45 Landon Cassill 156
46 J.J. Yeley 145
47 Michael Waltrip 110
48 Ken Schrader 100
49 Cole Whitt 71
50 Kenny Wallace 56
51 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 53
52 Johnny Sauter 46
53 Terry Labonte 25
54 Michael McDowell 24
55 Josh Wise 4
  • © 2014 MRN. All Rights Reserved

    FacebookTwitterDiggDeliciousLinkedInGoogle BookmarksYahoo BookmarksLive (MSN)

    ISC Track Sites