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2012 Homestead: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-Up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Nov 18, 2012 - 07:12 AM
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2012 Homestead: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-Up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

You won't watch this race sitting down! On tap today is NASCAR's championship deciding season finale. The contenders are NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Brad Keselowski and five-time champion Jimmie Johnson. But before we pick the race winner, let's take a quick look at some track history, and some interesting statistics.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup has been coming annually to Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida since 1999. The 1.5-mile oval has undergone two major re-construction projects since it opened in 1995. Today, the track boasts progressive banking of 18-20 degrees in the corners, while the straights are a mere three degrees.

Since the latest re-configuration in 2003, the Ford teams have dominated at Homestead. Ford power has won the last six of the last eight races, and seven of the last ten.

On top of the Ford contingent is Greg Biffle who has the most all-time wins (3 - 2004,2005,2006). Biffle will be starting 13th today, with his wins coming from the second, seventh, and 22nd starting positions. But, his last five visits to Homestead have resulted in just one top-ten.

Biffle won't be winning today.

Tony Stewart has three wins at Homestead. His first two wins go way back to the first two events in 1999, 2000. After a series of mid-pack finishes, Stewart broke through for victory in 2011.

Sorry Tony Stewart fans, he won't be winning today. He was phenomenal last year, not this year.

Some other interesting notes: Carl Edwards has won twice - 2008 & 2010 - and has finished in the top-ten seven times out of eight visits including a second place result in 2011.

Are you starting to see a trend ?

Over the last five races, Carl Edwards has the best results, bar none.

With that in mind, we are picking Carl Edwards - who also has the right power plant - as our best bet for the win.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series season finale will be dramatic.

As for our championship contenders, they are going to be mid-pack finishers. Jimmie Johnson has an average finish at Homestead of 13th with just four top-five finishes in 11 tries. Brad Keselowski has never finished in the top-ten here in four tries.

Joey Logano, Greg Biffle and Denny Hamlin will all start at the rear of the field after a practice crash sent them to back-up cars.

Enjoy today's NASCAR Sprint Cup season finale. It should be a great race, and a great fight for a championship right up until the final lap!

 

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Starting Line Up by Row
Homestead-Miami Speedway
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Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, November 16, 2012 @ 07:36 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Tony Stewart 11/14/99 02:51:14 140.335
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 20 Joey Logano Home Depot/redbeacon.com Toyota 30.672 176.056
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Black & Decker Ford 30.797 175.342
2 3 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 30.841 175.092
4 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 30.857 175.001
3 5 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 30.877 174.887
6 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 30.901 174.752
4 7 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 30.920 174.644
8 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 30.934 174.565
5 9 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 30.954 174.452
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 31.020 174.081
6 11 17 Matt Kenseth Best Buy Ford 31.038 173.980
12 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 31.040 173.969
7 13 16 Greg Biffle 3M/SP Richards Ford 31.047 173.930
14 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet 31.069 173.807
8 15 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont 20 Years Celebratory Chevrolet 31.081 173.740
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet 31.129 173.472
9 17 22 Sam Hornish Jr.(i) Shell Pennzoil Dodge 31.194 173.110
18 27 Paul Menard Menards/Duracell Chevrolet 31.200 173.077
10 19 39 Ryan Newman US ARMY Chevrolet 31.216 172.988
20 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 31.275 172.662
11 21 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 31.279 172.640
22 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 31.293 172.563
12 23 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 31.296 172.546
24 51 Regan Smith Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 31.303 172.507
13 25 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 31.309 172.474
26 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Chevrolet 31.347 172.265
14 27 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(i) Fifth Third Ford 31.376 172.106
28 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 31.385 172.057
15 29 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical Toyota 31.417 171.881
30 83 Landon Cassill Burger King Toyota 31.440 171.756
16 31 36 Dave Blaney Florida Lottery Chevrolet 31.442 171.745
32 47 Bobby Labonte Clorox Toyota 31.454 171.679
17 33 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 31.463 171.630
34 34 David Ragan Ford 31.472 171.581






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