Crew members from every team salute Jeff Gordon as he leaves pit road for the final time at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In this From The Road episode, Matthew Dillner explores the history behind Robert is here, a fruit stand and farm in Homestead, Florida.
Jeff Gordon is at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the chance to do something remarkable; win his fifth Cup title in his final full-time season. In the days leading up to the coveted finale, get caught up on everything No. 24 here -- and check back every day, as NASCAR.com will continue to add content regularly about the four-time champion's last ride. -- Gordon: 'We're still going to celebrate' -- Gordon finishes sixth in final race -- Gordon on McMurray: 'I'm punting his ass' -- Gordon takes the lead on restart -- Crew members salute Gordon as he leaves pit road -- Fans salute Gordon with card trick -- Gordon honored in eventful final 2015 drivers' meeting -- Watch: Final introduction of Gordon -- Watch: Gordon walks to car for one last time -- Watch: Gordon greets family and friends at car -- Chronicling Gordon's final race -- Gordon's iconic career coming to a glorious close -- Photo gallery: Gordon through the years -- Tale of the Tape: 1995 Gordon vs. 2015 Gordon -- Gordon's top-24 moments during his NASCAR career -- Gordon's best paint schemes of all-time -- Gordon honored at drivers' meeting -- Cain: My dinner with Gordon -- Capsule look at Gordon's four championships -- Homestead could be 'fairy-tale ending for Gordon -- Teammates pay tribute with paint schemes -- Drivers offer favorite Gordon memories -- Gustafson remains focused for Gordon's final race -- Inside Access with MSC: Crew chiefs on Gordon's farewell -- Gordon flips the script, gives gift -- 'Dirty Air' crew talks Gordon's drive for five -- Comparing Gordon, other NASCAR greats in final year -- Hendrick: Tried to keep Jeff a few more years -- Kraft's Korner: Going out on top rare but ideal -- Send your personal message to Gordon -- Title would be 'poetic justice' for Gordon -- NASCAR nation honors Gordon with #24Ever -- Larson's touching tribute to Gordon -- Evernham expects Gordon to capture title
NASCAR drivers joined people across the nation on Wednesday in sharing thanks on social media to U.S. military service members on Veterans Day. Thanks to all those who have served this great country. #VeteransDay . — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) November 11, 2015 Thank you to our Veterans for your sacrifices and for fighting for our freedoms. #VeteransDay — Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) November 11, 2015 Veterans, thank you. — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 11, 2015 Thank you to every man and woman who has ever served our country. What you do is inspiring & humbling and I'm grateful beyond words. — Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) November 11, 2015 Happy Veterans Day! This day marked the end of hostilities of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month — Matthew DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) November 11, 2015 Thank you to all of the courageous men and women who have served and continue to serve our great country. #VeteransDay — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) November 11, 2015 Land of the free, because of the brave. #VeteransDay #TeamMA pic.twitter.com/dYgZGEw71K — Michael Annett (@MichaelAnnett) November 11, 2015 Thank you to all the brave women and men that have served to give us our freedom! #VeteransDay — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) November 11, 2015 Thank you Veterans. — Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) November 11, 2015 Thank you, Veterans — Josh Wise (@Josh_Wise) November 11, 2015 Thank you to all of the Veterans out there. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) November 11, 2015 Today and every day, thank you Veterans! — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) November 11, 2015 Great picture! Thank you to all the veterans for their service . https://t.co/jID1Be2xYC — Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) November 11, 2015 Thanks to all our men and women who fight for our freedom every day! — Ty Dillon (@tydillon) November 11, 2015 Happy Veterans Day and Thank You to all those who have served and are currently serving! — Ryan Newman (@RyanJNewman) November 11, 2015 Want to thank all of our military for keeping this country free, and allowing all of us to do what we… https://t.co/rr4b0mDYNK — Austin Dillon (@austindillon3) November 11, 2015
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RELATED: Race results " Final standings " Race recap HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Martin Truex Jr . and his Furniture Row Racing bunch didn't mind the perception as the clear underdogs among the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship contenders. It didn't mean they were content just to be among the elite final four. Despite his team trying alternate strategies and working to find finesse on a finicky track, Truex's bid for his first premier-series crown fell short Sunday with a 12th-place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway , leaving him fourth in the final Sprint Cup standings. "The odds were against us, for sure," said Truex, who led just three of the 267 laps. "You know, obviously really proud of everybody, like I said, and you know, we didn't come here saying we were going to be OK finishing fourth. We came here and really tried everything in our power, everything we knew how to do, to put together our best performance. It just wasn't in the cards for us." Truex's best season in NASCAR's top division came to an unsatisfying end, fraught with handling woes as the race transferred from daytime to nightfall. "This is frustrating, man. We're terrible," Truex told crew chief Cole Pearn after the No. 78 Chevrolet failed to break back into the top 10 after the team's next-to-last pit stop. It was the theme of the night for several teams battling their car's temperament, but few had as much at stake as the Colorado-based single-car team. "For whatever reason, we just didn't have a good handle on it from the time we started race practice yesterday," Pearn said. "I don't know. Something about this car or what for this track, I don't know. Mile-and-a-halfs have definitely been our strong suit and for whatever reason, we could not move the needle all weekend. "The race was what it was. We tried to make the best of it and threw everything we could at it, but it just wasn't our weekend by any means." An omen might've come during a Lap 137 pit stop, when a fluke spark from a lug nut on the left-rear tire change triggered a flash fire, keeping the fueler from filling the tank. The team recovered, thanks to a quick yellow flag that followed, but the handling issues persisted. WATCH: Truex's car catches on fire during pit stop With the team struggling to gain ground, Pearn gambled on a two-tire stop during the next-to-last yellow flag when the rest of the title contenders took four. The call for track position vaulted the No. 78 to the lead on Lap 169, but the strategy backfired as Truex dropped through the running order on the ensuing long green-flag stretch. "We were just trying -- we had to try something," Truex said. "We weren't getting anywhere. We made just about every adjustment we could possibly make on our race car and never really seemed like we could find that speed, so we were just taking some gambles. We did two early and it worked out for us pretty well. We did two later on and the race went green longer than we had hoped and we probably lost two spots because of it. "But I think all in all at the end of the day, net‑net, we kind of ended up where we should have. We just didn't have the speed, so we were trying to gamble on some things and trying to get some track position any way we could, just couldn't hang onto it." Despite any possible letdown in the finale, the team celebrated plenty of firsts. Truex and Furniture Row each savored their highest season-long finish in NASCAR's premier series, with Truex setting career-bests in top-five finishes, top-10 finishes and laps led -- all under the guidance of a rookie crew chief. "I'm extremely proud," Pearn said. "I mean, we won a race, had 22 top 10s, we finished fourth in points. If you'd told me that at the start of the year, I would've been very, very, very pleased. The good thing is, I'm really excited about our future. We're heading into a really good place with some good partners down the road and put this team in a spot that they've never been in before. Tremendous amount of things to be pleased for and really looking forward to the future." The future for the Barney Visser-owned team may keep the upward trend going. The team will likely return all key personnel and will shift from longtime manufacturer Chevrolet to Toyota in the offseason, aligning itself with Joe Gibbs Racing , this year's title-winning organization with driver Kyle Busch . Momentum from this season may also help as the team tries to do one better in 2016. RELATED: Furniture Row's Toyota move among several changes in Cup for '16 "I think this is great motivation for us for next year," Truex said. "I think that with the things we have coming and going to Toyota and teaming up with JGR and all that stuff, I think the future is bright for this team, and we're keeping all our guys together, and hopefully this is our first season battling for a championship but not our last. I really feel strong that this is a special group of guys, and if we can keep that together for hopefully the rest of my career, I'd love to drive for them. "We'll just have to wait and see what happens. You never know what the future holds, but excited already about next year, and I think we'll be back here in mid‑December testing already for next year. Not a whole lot of rest, and (I'm) looking forward to spending a week or so down here relaxing and having a few beers, catching a few fish and really just let it all soak in what we've been able to accomplish, and really proud of everybody on our team."
Race day info What: 17th annual Ford EcoBoost 400 . When: Sunday, Nov. 22 Where: Homestead-Miami Speedway , 1.5-mile oval in Homestead, Florida " Learn more about the track Green flag time: 3:15 p.m. ET (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) Forecast: Cloudy, high of 82 degrees, 80 percent chance of rain and possible thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service National anthem: Zachary Levi, actor ("Chuck," "Heroes Reborn") Grand marshal: Hoda Kotb, co-host of NBC's "Today." Distance: 400.5 miles, 267 laps. Pit road speed: 45 mph. Caution car speed: 55 mph. Competition caution: At or around Lap 25 On the front row 1. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (176.655 mph) 2. Joey Logano , No. 22 Team Penske Ford (176.263 mph) RELATED: See the full lineup " See all 43 cars Fastest in practice First practice: Carl Edwards , No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (175.143 mph). " Results Second practice: Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet (176.010 mph). " Results Final practice: Joey Logano , No. 22 Team Penske Ford (175.404 mph). " Results Key story lines 1. Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex already winners " Read more 2. Homestead could be 'fairy-tale' ending for Gordon " Read more 3. Harvick focused on title -- not verbal jabs " Read more 4. Kyle Busch signs contract extension with JGR " Read more Former winners in the field Greg Biffle (3), Tony Stewart (3), Carl Edwards (2), Denny Hamlin (2), Kurt Busch (1), Jeff Gordon (1), Kevin Harvick (1), Matt Kenseth (1). RELATED: How NASCAR crowns its champion " Title-clinching scenarios They said it: Championship 4 final practice edition Kyle Busch : "Really pleased with it -- it's definitely one of the best race cars I've had here for sure. It does the things that I think that it needs to do so hopefully I’m right and hopefully we’ve got a good race car for tomorrow." Jeff Gordon : "The very first run that final practice was great. I felt really good about it. We've got a few things on the longer run that I felt like we can work on. The second run was so-so. The track definitely lost some grip. I think we have a good indication what the track conditions are going to be like in the race, so that is all really valuable information that we can put into our database and make adjustments and hopefully good decisions for (Sunday)." Rodney Childers , crew chief for Kevin Harvick : "The car seems to have had pretty good speed. Definitely a lot better than what we were here last year. The guys did a good job. Kevin learned a lot running the top up against the wall. I feel like we got a lot of good information with those long runs. We will make a few adjustments for the race to try to keep the car tightened up and hopefully be good ." Martin Truex Jr .: "We haven't made any gains on it. It's been a frustrating day. We have been struggling with the car and we really haven't hit on anything that helped it. So we are going to go in there and work on it right now and hopefully come up with something for (Sunday)."
Brian Vickers wins the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.