Drivers hopeful heading to Homestead -Miami Speedway
Several drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series offer up their thoughts on the type of racing that will be seen this weekend at Homestead - Miami Speedway .
Homestead -Miami Speedway hosting Goodyear tire test
RELATED: Buy tickets for Homestead It's a primetime test time for NASCAR teams this week as many head to Homestead - Miami Speedway , site of the Nov. 20-22 season finale Ford Championship Weekend. Four drivers will participate in a Goodyear tire test at the 1.5-mile South Florida track Monday and Tuesday with an open test scheduled for Wednesday -- NASCAR allowing each Sprint Cup Series team to be represented by one car. Trevor Bayne ( Roush Fenway Racing ), Clint Bowyer ( Michael Waltrip Racing), Ryan Newman ( Richard Childress Racing ) and Kyle Larson ( Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates) are scheduled for the Goodyear test. With the increased importance on Homestead in the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup elimination format, as the track's host the final race that determines the series champion, teams will be taking advantage of the open test as well. Joey Logano ( Team Penske ), a winner last Saturday night at Bristol, is among those scheduled to test on Wednesday along with other Chase-qualified drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr . ( Hendrick Motorsports ), defending Homestead winner and series champ Kevin Harvick ( Stewart-Haas Racing ), Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ) and Denny Hamlin ( Joe Gibbs Racing ). Ty Dillon ( Richard Childress Racing ) and Ryan Blaney ( Wood Brothers Racing ) will also participate. "It's an opportunity for the teams to really dial in the tire and the aero package for '15," NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Monday morning. "Certainly an important event for just about everybody in the series so they'll be going down there, working with Goodyear to make sure they've got the right package to be able to obviously share that data with the race teams and get ready for the final push that we see in November."
Clinch scenarios for Homestead -Miami Speedway
Editor's Note: Clinching scenarios courtesy of NASCAR statistical services RELATED: See the Chase Grid Below are the finishes each driver/owner/manufacturer needs in this weekend’s races at Homestead - Miami Speedway to clinch their respective championships, regardless of the finish of any other driver/car/manufacturer. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series • Driver : The first to the finish line among the Championship 4 -- Kevin Harvick , Jeff Gordon , Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr . -- will win the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship. • Owner: The same rule applies to the owner championship, which involves the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet. • Manufacturer: Chevrolet has officially clinched the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer's Championship. NASCAR XFINITY Series • Driver : Chris Buescher leads Chase Elliott by 18 points. He will clinch the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series driver championship with a finish of 13th or better; or 14th with at least one lap led; or 15th and the most laps led. • Owner : The No. 22 Team Penske Ford has officially clinched the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series owner championship. • Manufacturer: Ford leads Chevrolet by six points. Ford will clinch the Bill France Performance Award if its top-finishing car finishes second while leading at least one lap. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series • Driver : Erik Jones leads Tyler Reddick by 19 points. Jones will clinch the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship with a finish of 15th or better; or 16th with at least one lap led; or 17th and the most laps led. • Owner : The No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota leads the No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford by 19 points. The No. 4 will clinch the owner championship with a finish of 15th or better; 16th with at least one lap led; or 17th and the most laps led. • Manufacturer : Toyota has officially clinched the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series manufacturer championship.
Stewart earns back-to-back victories at Homestead -Miami Speedway
Tony Stewart goes back-to-back at Homestead - Miami Speedway winning the Pennzoil 400 in 1999 and 2000, a fitting start to an amazing career.
Best in-car audio from Homestead -Miami Speedway
Take a listen to all the action from Homestead - Miami Speedway , including Tony Stewart's farewell race, a wild restart that took Carl Edwards out of championship contention and Jimmie Johnson tying history.
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 .
Live chat: Homestead -Miami
Chat with fans this weekend during the NASCAR action at Homestead - Miami Speedway .
Weekend Preview: Homestead -Miami Speedway
Alan Cavanna previews the weekend racing schedule with Homestead - Miami Speedway hosting the Camping World Truck Series, Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series.
Preview Show: Homestead -Miami
Marty Snider and Chris Rice preview the final race of the season at Homestead - Miami Speedway and who they believe will take home the trophy in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Larson loves Miami , joins teams testing at Homestead
HOMESTEAD , Fla. -- Kyle Larson is hopeful his fast performance in Tuesday's rain-interrupted NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test at Homestead - Miami Speedway will be a harbinger of good things to come when the series returns to the track for the Nov. 20 season finale. The 24-year-old, who was eliminated after the opening round of this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs, would have preferred that his test session work contribute to deciding the Sprint Cup championship later at Homestead . But he will gladly go for the track trophy instead this year. " Homestead is probably my favorite track for racing the trucks and XFINITY series and for Cup, it's my second favorite to Bristol," said Larson, who has a win here in the XFINITY Series. "I always enjoy coming here and running really close to the wall. It's a real race track where I feel like driver can make up a lot. You always have to have a good car but I feel like the driver can have an impact here." Larson's No. 42 Target Chevrolet paced the field in the morning session at the 1.5-mile track, just ahead of fellow Chevy driver Chase Elliott , who sits 25 points back from the cutoff as the series heads to the Talladega eliminator this weekend. Ryan Blaney was third fastest in the opening session. Elliott led Larson in the afternoon session, which was extended two hours because of the rainy weather, lasting till 7 p.m. Larson, Kurt Busch , Carl Edwards and Austin Dillon rounded out the top five on the speed charts in the afternoon session. Many of the teams here were specifically non-specific in their goals for the two-day test, guarding their objectives and the pursuit of them. Ford driver Brad Keselowski was less circumspect and certainly less technical in explaining his team's intent this week. "It's always a little complicated to explain," he said smiling. "We're always working on them, always making them better and we've come up with a couple things and we try to validate them on track. "We put them through all these engineering tests with all these fancy computer simulations telling us if it's going to work or not work. And we get pretty confident it's going to work, but like to backstop check it. We're going through a lot of things we've been doing with the proper implementation of all these gizmos to check things you're allowed to use in testing. Just validating the parts and pieces." Veteran Carl Edwards said he just likes to get laps here in advance of the series crowning its champion and that his Joe Gibbs Racing Team welcomed the opportunity to try new things. "We're just working on a bunch of different things," Edwards said. "This sport is evolving so quickly and all of the teams are pushing. I talked to (crew chief) Dave (Rogers) this morning and all the Chase contenders are up there and fast. We're working on a bunch of different things." Some teams, most notably, Martin Truex Jr .'s Furniture Row Racing team opted not to use the Homestead test -- something Edwards said he understood as well. RELATED: Truex, No. 78 team to pass on Homestead test "One of the things that can happen is you can come test and be too confident in what you find out," Edwards said. "We're just kind of going through some things and really having fun.. …Even if we don't gain anything huge for the car, we're having a good time." The series is set to conduct another full-day test at Homestead on Wednesday. &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
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