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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."
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 .
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.
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.
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 .
Kenseth, Logano meet at Homestead-Miami
RELATED: Watch video of the Martinsville incident HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Rivals Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano met with NASCAR officials Friday morning before opening Sprint Cup Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Kenseth, returning from a two-race suspension for NASCAR's season-ending weekend, told a small group of reporters that the two drivers met in the hopes of moving past their escalated feud during this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. NASCAR.com independently confirmed that such a meeting took place. "Everything will be fine there," Kenseth told reporters, making his first remarks since two penalties appeals were denied Nov. 5. "I wish none of it would have happened obviously. There's probably certain things we'll never totally agree on, but I think long term it probably will be fine, and I think we will work it all out." Logano, who landed the second starting spot for the season finale in Friday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying, was brief in his comments about the meeting, joking, "We haven't had enough of this yet?" "It was good," Logano added. "NASCAR had us sit down and talk it out a little bit and I thought that was good for us to do." Friday's practice session marked the first time that Kenseth and Logano shared the same race track since their Nov. 1 altercation at Martinsville Speedway . During that event, a laps-down Kenseth intentionally wrecked race leader Logano in the late stages, a run-in that ended his three-race win streak and dealt a serious blow to Logano's bid for his first premier-series championship. Logano was eliminated from title contention two weeks later at Phoenix International Raceway . Kenseth was unapologetic for his actions during a phone interview with the Associated Press last weekend, saying he couldn't recall a heightened rivalry in the sport where NASCAR officials did not intervene before it reached a tipping point. NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France touched on the topic during Friday's State of the Sport address, just four days after meeting with Kenseth and car owner Joe Gibbs at the team's Huntersville, North Carolina, race shop. "What we were coming down here to a championship weekend, and I wanted to make sure that that matter was behind us with Matt, with Joe Gibbs and so on," France said. "I'm assured that it is. We had a good conversation about what had happened and what the thinking was or whatever you want to call Matt's actions, and we talked about that. And it was a good conversation." Gibbs, speaking Thursday during media availabilities ahead of Sunday's season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM), said that he also found the conversations productive. "I think going forward, we had good meetings," Gibbs said. "I think we're all in a good place right now. I think Matt is, too, and I appreciated getting a chance to meet with Brian, and I think Matt did, too, and I think we're going to put all that behind us, and we're going to go racing."
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.
Austin Theriault cleared to race at Homestead-Miami
Brad Keselowski Racing announced on Thursday that Austin Theriault has been medically cleared to return to racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway . The 21-year-old suffered a 10 percent compression fracture of the lower back in a crash while wheeling the No. 29 BKR Ford during the Rhino Linings 350 on Oct. 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . "I'm looking forward to getting back in the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 and being fast at Homestead," Theriault said in a team press release. Due to the incident, Theriault has been rehabilitating and staying out of competition for the last four races -- Brian Keselowski , Austin Cindric and Ryan Blaney have each taken turns driving the No. 29 during his absence. Despite the difficulties he has faced, Theriault's 2015 season includes two top fives and four top-10 results in eight NCWTS starts, which he will look to add to during Friday's Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM). Been a long time a coming. Glad he is now cleared and feeling great after Vegas. https://t.co/nAWsmzkeDE — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) November 19, 2015
End of a Rainbow: Gordon's road to Homestead-Miami
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