NASCAR Nationwide Series
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DATE: Saturday, Nov. 15
SITE: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Florida
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 55,000 (grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 20th
TELEVISION: ESPN2
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 4:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: 1:15 p.m. ET (Saturday)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Larson
POLE WINNER: Sam Hornish Jr. (finished 8)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Casey Mears, 2004 (177.936 mph)
RACE RECORD: Joe Nemechek, 2001 (132.191 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Brad Keselowski36Joey Logano4
2Kyle Larson87Parker Kligerman16
3Kyle Busch68Sam Hornish Jr1
4Matt Kenseth59Cole Whitt13
5Trevor Bayne910Nelson Piquet Jr15
2013 Ford EcoBoost 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 109.035 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 45 mins., 6 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.126 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 49 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 19 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Sam Hornish Jr. (165.843 mph)
Past Ford EcoBoost 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Brad Keselowski (3) -- Ford -- 109.025 mph
2012 -- Regan Smith (10) -- Chevrolet -- 128.817 mph
2011 -- Brad Keselowski (1) -- Dodge -- 119.377 mph
2010 -- Kyle Busch (2) -- Toyota -- 110.747 mph
2009 -- Kyle Busch (5) -- Toyota -- 126.924 mph
2008 -- Carl Edwards (2) -- Ford -- 117.340 mph
2007 -- Jeff Burton (30) -- Chevrolet -- 112.512 mph
2006 -- Matt Kenseth (5) -- Ford -- 126.523 mph
2005 -- Ryan Newman (1) -- Dodge -- 124.410 mph
2004 -- Kevin Harvick (12) -- Chevrolet -- 110.482 mph
2003 -- Kasey Kahne (3) -- Ford -- 121.376 mph
2002 -- Scott Wimmer (26) -- Pontiac -- 123.542 mph
2001 -- Joe Nemechek (20) -- Chevrolet -- 132.191 mph
2000 -- Jeff Gordon (6) -- Chevrolet -- 125.450 mph
1999 -- Joe Nemechek (12) -- Chevrolet -- 124.596 mph
1998 -- Jeff Burton (23) -- Ford -- 129.605 mph
1997 -- Joe Nemechek (3) -- Chevrolet -- 112.900 mph
1996 -- Kevin Lepage (10) -- Chevrolet -- 119.158 mph
1995 -- Dale Jarrett (26) -- Ford -- 92.229 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called GNC Live Well 300 (2001), Miami 300 (2000),
HotWheels.com 300 (1999), Jiffy Lube Miami 300 (1995-98), Ford 300
(2002-11).
 
Past Ford EcoBoost 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Sam Hornish Jr. -- 8
2012 -- Kyle Busch -- 2
2011 -- Brad Keselowski -- 1
2010 -- Joey Logano -- 7
2009 -- Carl Edwards -- 2
2008 -- Joey Logano -- 10
2007 -- David Ragan -- 33
2006 -- Kevin Harvick -- 6
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 1
2004 -- Casey Mears -- 26
2003 -- Greg Biffle -- 13
2002 -- Jeff Green -- 10
2001 -- Jeff Green -- 9
2000 -- Bobby Hamilton Jr -- 22
1999 -- Hut Stricklin -- 21
1998 -- Casey Atwood -- 14
1997 -- Mike McLaughlin -- 22
1996 -- Bobby Labonte -- 2
1995 -- Joe Nemechek -- 7
Last Race Results
RACE: DAV 200 Honoring America's Veterans (Nov. 8)
SITE: Phoenix International Raceway -- Avondale, Arizona
MILES: 206
LAPS: 206
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Elliott Sadler
FOURTH: Ty Dillon
FIFTH: Chase Elliott
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 2)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 0 mins., 30 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 102.573 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.141 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 33 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Busch 1-84; J. Clements 85-85; R. Smith 86-94; K. Busch
95-167; B. Keselowski 168-175; K. Busch 176-205; B. Keselowski
206-206.
Ford EcoBoost 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Flex Seal
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Shore Lodge
3Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/WesCo
4Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/GCL/Polyglass
5Josh Berry (Hendersonville, TN)Chevrolet/Ragu
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/TaxSlayer.com
9Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts
10Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Toyota/watermelon.org
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/One Main Financial
12Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Ford/Discount Tire
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
16Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.
17Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK)Dodge/New Gulf Resources
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Tweaker Energy Shot
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Game Stop
22 *Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Hertz
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/TBA
25John Wes Townley (Watkinsville, GA)Toyota/Zaxby's
26Jake Crum (Statesville, NC)Chevrolet/MyFreedomSmokes.com
28J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Dodge/Texas 28 Spirits Stage
31Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/AccuDoc/Rockstar
33Scott Lagasse Jr. (St. Augustine, FL)Chevrolet/Grainger
36Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT)Chevrolet/Accell/East West
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/Huntinator
40Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Cartwheel by Target
43Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Ford/Winfield
44Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/Celsius Flo Fusion
46Ryan Ellis (Ashburn, VA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/allsouthelectric.com
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55David Starr (Houston, TX)Chevrolet/Niece Equipment
60Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX)Ford/Humalog
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point
70Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Youtheory/Charlie's Soap
72John Jackson (Ellenton, FL)Chevrolet/Crash Claims R US
74Kevin Lepage (Shelburne, VT)Dodge/Mike Harmon Racing
87Milka Duno (Caracas, Venezuela)Toyota/CAN TV
90Martin Roy (Napierville, Canada)Chevrolet/Gamache Truck Center
91Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/supportmilitary.org
93Kevin Swindell (Germantown, TN)Dodge/JGL Racing
98Corey Lajoie (Concord, FL)Ford/Medallion Financial/Smithfield
99James Buescher (Plano, TX)Toyota/Rheem
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Brad Keselowski---39173123Won---Won
Kyle Larson------------------------2
Kyle Busch---41---2WonWon---23
Matt Kenseth36Won3---10---------4
Trevor Bayne---------------511---5
Ty Dillon------------------------14
Elliott Sadler18---------------6916
Regan Smith---31---------------Won29
Brian Scott---------------189732
Ryan Blaney---------------------8---
Chase Elliott---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Jeremy Clements - started 24 and finished 11
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Brad Keselowski
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 2
 
NOTES:
The Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is the 33rd and final race on the 2014 Nationwide Series schedule.

Rookie Chase Elliott has already clinched this year's Nationwide Series championship, doing so with a fifth-place finish last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

There have been 19 Nationwide races held at Homestead. The series has competed there once each year since 1995. Dale Jarrett won the inaugural event at this track, the Jiffy Lube 300, in '95.

Joe Nemechek holds the record for most Nationwide victories at Homestead. Nemechek, who hails from nearby Lakeland, Florida, won at this track in 1997, '99 and 2001. Kyle Busch is the only driver who has won back-to-back Nationwide races there (2009-10).

The race winner at this track has started from the pole position just two times: Ryan Newman (2005) and Brad Keselowski (2011).

The closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Homestead occurred in 1998 when Jeff Burton beat Jimmy Spencer to the finish line by just 0.01 seconds.

Three drivers claimed their first Nationwide wins at this track: Kevin Lepage (1996), Kasey Kahne (2003) and Regan Smith (2012). Lepage and Smith are on the entry list for this race.

The 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule begins on Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway. Smith won this year's season-opener there.

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