Odds & Ends - Homestead
November 13, 2012
By VI News
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-- Groundbreaking for Homestead-Miami Dade Motorsports Complex - as the track was originally named - began Aug. 24, 1993. The first race was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Nov. 5, 1995.
-- The original configuration was a four-turn, rectangular oval based on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's layout.
-- The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead was held on Nov. 14, 1999.
-- 2002 was the first season of the Championship Weekend at Homestead, with all three of NASCAR's national series holding their season finale at the same track.
-- Since the inception of the position-based points system in 1975, only four drivers have made up a points deficit in the season finale: Richard Petty in 1979 (made up two points on Darrell Waltrip), Alan Kulwicki in 1992 (made up 30 points on Davey Allison), Jimmie Johnson in 2010 (made up 15 points on Denny Hamlin) and last season Tony Stewart (made up three* points on Carl Edwards). o * - Stewart's comeback was under the one-point-per-position format implemented in 2011.
-- There have been 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Homestead, one per season since 1999.
-- Four drivers have competed in all 13 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, and Tony Stewart.
-- David Green won the first pole, in 1999 with a speed of 155.759 mph.
-- Tony Stewart won the inaugural race, in 1999 driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.
-- There have been nine different pole winners. Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson lead all drivers, with two.
-- There have been eight different race winners, led by Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart, with three each.
-- Jack Roush has won seven races, most among owners. Joe Gibbs has the second most wins with four.
-- The race has been won from the pole twice: Bill Elliott (2001) and Kurt Busch (2002).
-- The race has been won from a top-10 starting position in nine of 13 races.
-- Denny Hamlin won in 2009 from the 38th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
-- Two active drivers have averaged a top-10 finish: Carl Edwards (5.3) and Kevin Harvick (7.9).
-- Kasey Kahne (7.2) is the only driver to average a starting position in the top-10.
-- Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Homestead-Miami Speedway winner: Kurt Busch (11/17/2002 - 24 years, 3 months, 13 days). Oldest NSCS Homestead-Miami Speedway winner: Bill Elliott (11/11/2001 - 46 years, 1 months, 3 days).
-- Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Homestead-Miami Speedway pole winner: Kurt Busch (11/17/2002 - 24 years, 3 months, 13 days). Oldest NSCS Homestead-Miami Speedway pole winner: Bill Elliott (11/11/2001 - 46 years, 1 months, 3 days).
Homestead-Miami Speedway Data
Chase Race #: 10 of 10
Season Race #: 36 of 36 (11-18-12)
Track Size: 1.5-mile
Banking/Turns: 18 - 20 degrees
Banking/Straights: 4 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 1,760 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,760 feet
Race Length: 267 laps / 400.5 miles
Top 12 Driver Rating at Homestead
Carl Edwards 120.9
Martin Truex Jr. 109.7
Matt Kenseth 107.0
Kevin Harvick 102.5
Jimmie Johnson 95.2
Tony Stewart 93.1
Jeff Gordon 92.9
Denny Hamlin 92.5
Greg Biffle 92.2
Kasey Kahne 90.1
Clint Bowyer 87.8
Jeff Burton 86.5
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (seven total) among active drivers at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
2011 pole winner: Carl Edwards, Ford, 175.467 mph, 30.775 secs., 11-18-11
2011 race winner: Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 114.976 mph, (3:29:00), 11-20-11
Track qualifying record: Jamie McMurray,Dodge, 181.111 mph, 29.816 sec., 11-16-03
Track race record: Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 140.335 mph, (2:51:14), 11-14-99
NASCAR in Florida
-- There have been 170 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Florida.
-- 166 drivers in NASCAR's three national series have their home state recorded as Florida.
-- There have been 10 race winners from Florida in NASCAR's three national series: