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Ford EcoBoost 400 sold out at Homestead-Miami
MIAMI -- Homestead-Miami Speedway today announced a grandstand sellout for the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship race on Sunday. The event, which starts at 2:30 p.m. ET and airs on NBC and MRN Radio/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, has sold out each of the last three years. " Ford Championship Weekend continues to grow in stature each year, and having sold out the Ford EcoBoost 400 three years in-a-row is a testament to that," said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. "Not only do we have world class racing with Joey Logano , Kyle Busch , Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards competing for a championship amongst a full field of drivers, but we also offer outstanding entertainment as well, including the pre-race concert by The Band Perry. Championship weekend should provide tremendous excitement for the entire family as we celebrate the final race in the Chase for all three NASCAR national series, beginning with the Camping World Truck Series Championship race tonight followed by the XFINITY Series Championship race on Saturday." A limited number of Sunday tickets still remain for seats in the infield Pit Road Cabanas, in addition to spots in the FanVision Fan Zone, where four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will be holding a Q & A on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series Championship race tonight at 8:00 p.m. as well as the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series Championship race on Saturday 3:30 p.m. are still available and can be purchased by calling (305) 230-5255, or online at www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com .
Ford EcoBoost 200 entry list
See who will be in the 22nd and final NCWTS race of the 2014 season Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 0 Caleb Roark Kenneth Grimes Michael Stewart 14 Chevrolet Grimes Irrigation & Construction 2 02 Tyler Young Randy Young Bryan Berry 14 Chevrolet Randco/Young's Building Systems 3 05 John Wes Townley Tony Townley Michael Shelton 14 Toyota Zaxby's 4 6 Norm Benning Norm Benning Kevin Dargie 14 Chevrolet TBA 5 07 Todd Peck Ken Smith Doug Weddle 14 Chevrolet TBA 6 8 Joe Nemechek Sidney Mauldin Jerry Babb 14 Toyota swmtx.com 7 08 Ray Black Jr Bobby Dotter Jason Miller 14 Chevrolet ScubaLife / NASE WorldWide 8 9 Brennan Newberry Joe Denette Ryan McKinney 14 Chevrolet Qore-24 9 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Jennifer Jo Cobb Steve Kuykendall 14 Chevrolet Oohrah! Hydration Drink 10 13 Jeb Burton Duke Thorson Jeriod Prince 14 Toyota Estes-Carolina Nut Company 11 115 Mason Mingus Billy Boat Ben Leslie 14 Chevrolet Call 811 Before You Dig 12 17 Timothy Peters Tom Deloach Marcus Richmond II 14 Toyota Red Horse Racing 13 19 Tyler Reddick Brad Keselowski Doug Randolph 14 Ford DrawTite 14 20 TBA Bob Newberry Chris Rice 14 Chevrolet Qore-24 15 21 Joey Coulter Maurice Gallagher Jr Jeff Stankiewicz 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 16 23 Spencer Gallagher Maurice Gallagher Jr Harold Holly 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 17 29 Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski Chad Kendrick 14 Ford Cooper Standard 18 31 Ben Kennedy Steve Turner Doug George 14 Chevrolet Heater.com 19 32 Tayler Malsam Harry Scott Jr Shannon Rursch 14 Chevrolet Outerwall 20 35 Ross Chastain Kevin Cywinski Mark Rette 14 Toyota TBA 21 136 Blake Koch(i) Beverly Mittler Michael Mittler 14 RAM Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda 22 40 Todd Peck Michael Peck Keith Wolfe 14 Chevrolet Horizon Pharma/Arthritis Foundation 23 242 Kyle Larson(i) Steve Turner Mike Hillman Jr 14 Chevrolet ParkerStore 24 245 Matt Tifft B J McLeod Trip Bruce III 14 Chevrolet TBA 25 50 T J Bell Mark Beaver Tim Sliva 14 Chevrolet Dedicated to the Electrical Lineman 26 51 Kyle Busch(i) Kyle Busch Eric Phillips 14 Toyota ToyotaCare 27 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Kyle Busch Jerry Baxter 14 Toyota ToyotaCare 28 159 Kyle Martel William Martel William Martel 13 Chevrolet TBA 29 63 Justin Jennings Michael Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda 30 77 German Quiroga Tom Deloach Butch Hylton 14 Toyota OtterBox 31 88 Matt Crafton Rhonda Thorson Carl Joiner 14 Toyota Jeld-Wen/Menards 32 92 Austin Hill Ricky Benton Michael Hester 14 Ford Goodyear Fleet HQ / Wynns / ARCO / A&D Welders 33 98 Johnny Sauter Mike Curb Jeff Hensley 14 Toyota Nextant/Curb Records 34 99 Bryan Silas Chris Baluch Cal Boprey 14 Chevrolet TBA MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Podcast: Hear from Blaney first hand on his move to Team Penske
Ryan Blaney broke news on his weekly podcast 'Glass Case of Emotion', that he would be driving the No. 12 car for Team Penske in 2018 and that Paul Menard would take over the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford .
BREAKING: Blaney to drive the No. 12 in 2018, Paul Menard to the No. 21
It was announced Wednesday morning that Ryan Blaney would move to the No. 12 Team Penske car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018, and Paul Menard would take over the wheel for the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford .
Post-Race Reactions: Ford 200
James Buescher and rookie of the year Joey Coulter comment on the race in Homestead and the 2011 season.
Post-Race Reactions: Ford EcoBoost 200
Kyle Busch on the tight finish, plus Ty Dillon and Timothy Peters react after nearly winning the championship.
Bubba Wallace takes lessons from emotional Phoenix for '17 season
If Darrell Wallace Jr . had one chance to press the rewind button in 2016, he knows exactly where and when he'd go back. "Phoenix really showed in that fall race that we were one of the fastest cars," Wallace recalled last month during the NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway , referring to the Nov. 12, 2016 XFINITY Series event that closed out the Round of 8 in the series' playoffs. "The race is probably the highlight one that I want to take back and do over again, but no different mindset." Wallace qualified his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford fifth for the 200 -mile playoff cut-off race. His grandmother had passed a few days prior, so he carried "Granny Jan" above the door. Filled with raw emotion before the race and motivated to win for her, Bubba saw one of the best runs he had all year -- until contact from Blake Koch ’s No. 11 ride sent him into the wall, removing him from the 2016 playoffs. RELATED: See how Wallace's playoff run came to an end
Ford Championship Weekend sponsorship extended
Homestead races crown champions in NASCAR's three national series
Logano's win brings milestones for Penske, Ford , Roush Yates
RELATED: Results " Post-Michigan standings " Chase Grid " Day in photos With each race it hosts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Michigan International Speedway offers extra incentives to the three manufacturers, given the track's proximity to the automaker hub of Detroit. With Joey Logano 's victory Sunday, Ford earned bragging rights and savored multiple historic milestones as a bonus. Ford took home the track's Heritage Trophy thanks to Logano's first Sprint Cup victory of the season in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford . His triumph in the FireKeepers Casino 400 marked the 50th win for team owner Roger Penske during his association with Ford . In fact, 23 of Penske's 50 wins have come since 2013 -- a nod to the dynamic duo that is Logano and teammate Brad Keselowski . Walt Czarnecki -- vice chairman of Team Penske , which is celebrating its 50th year in motorsports -- said he spoke by phone in Victory Lane with the organization's founder, who was watching his IndyCar operation participate in a rain-delayed event at Texas Motor Speedway . "MIS has such a special meaning and such a special place in the history of our company," Czarnecki said, "so to win here, it means a lot, and (Penske) was pretty excited, and in fact I told him, I really think the performance today was flawless by the team, and he absolutely agreed." The race also resulted in the 100th premier-series win for Roush Yates Engines, the engine-building powerhouse formed after the 2003 season with deep-rooted ties to Ford . "The win here in Michigan, to make these guys proud of what we do, is something that really means a lot to us," said Doug Yates, the chief engine builder and son of NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Robert Yates. "We take a lot of pride in that, and it's something that is really, really special. As you can tell, I'm pretty emotional and pretty excited about it, and I'm sure my dad and I will go over it. But Ford Motor Company has been a huge part of his career and my career, and we want to keep it going for a long time for now." Logano led 138 of the 200 laps in Sunday's 400-mile race. Of his 15 career victories in the Sprint Cup Series, 13 have come in Team Penske Fords with Roush Yates Engines since the 2013 season. "This is where I got -- (crew chief) Todd (Gordon) and I got our first Cup win together with Team Penske , so it's been a special place for us," Logano said. "It's been a good race track for us ever since then, but it's nice to be able to break through once again." Ford has registered 642 victories all-time in NASCAR's premier series. Of those wins, 74 have come with the Fusion, which became the manufacturer's model of choice for NASCAR in 2006.
Sauter's a veteran, but doesn't believe he's a favorite
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Johnny Sauter won two of the three Chase races in the Round of 6 for the Camping World Truck Series, but the veteran racer says it would be wrong to call him and his GMS Racing team the favorite in Friday night's championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway . "I don't ever consider myself the favorite," Sauter said Thursday at the Loew's Hotel here. "Anything can happen. We've seen it time and time again. I feel really comfortable with where we are as an organization and a team going into this race, but to say that I'm a favorite, that would not be doing ourselves a service." Sauter, Timothy Peters , Christopher Bell and Matt Crafton make up the Chase drivers who will be competing for the series' title in Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Crafton's a two-time series champion (2013-14) and drives for ThorSport Racing; Peters doesn't have a win this season, but has managed to survive through the inaugural Chase for the series to put his Red Horse Racing team in title contention; Bell's the only youngster in the group, a winner at Gateway earlier this year in the No. 4 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Sauter is the only one of the four finalists to bag a win in the Chase -- he went back to back with victories at Martinsville and Texas to advance to the finals. Crafton's had three top five finishes; Peters has four while Bell has posted a pair. That the title group is heavy on veterans isn't a surprise to Sauter, who said the more experienced drivers "just probably through the course of the year raced a little differently than some of the younger guys ... maybe a little bit smarter, and that just comes with experience, taking care of your equipment, things like that." Having spent time in the Sprint Cup , XFINITY and Truck Series, Sauter has seen just about every type of situation arise; for that reason, he said it's unlikely anything can happen that will catch himself or his GMS team off guard. "For me personally, I feel like I've seen and heard and have done it all so nothing would surprise me in the least," he said. "Having said that, I'm going to do everything I can to make sure nothing crazy happens, nothing foolish. "But this sport is very humbling; you can have all the momentum in the world, everything going your way, win two of the last three races in the final round and tomorrow night anything can happen." Sauter has 13 career wins in the Truck Series and he won three times in the XFINITY Series. His Sprint Cup career consisted of 85 starts for a handful of teams, including Haas CNC before it became Stewart-Haas Racing . He finished second in points in the Camping World Truck Series in 2011 and fourth the past three seasons. But he's never won the title. It's something he's considered, especially now that he has another opportunity. What it would feel like to win it and what it might feel like if he doesn't. "I've definitely done that," he said. "What a championship would mean for GMS as an organization for all the guys; this is a long season ... I can make a case for both sides. It's means nothing until we run that race tomorrow night. "You have to make sure you don't get caught up in it from a mental standpoint. Just keep doing what we've been doing." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;