Carl Edwards is the man to beat at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Carl Edwards looked like he had the race in hand last week at Phoenix International Raceway. Edwards came up short, short on fuel that is ruining a great run. This week NASCAR and Carl Edwards are at a much different track. This week is the Ford EcoBoost 400, the last race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Homestead-Miami Speedway is a 1.5 mile oval. The main difference between this 1.5 mile speedway and all of the others is the banking and it is a true oval, not a D shaped oval.  The turns are not just banked they have variable banking in order to promote side by side racing and there will be plenty of that.  This is another track where the driver can choose different lanes to run in depending on how his car is handling. The race is 267 laps or 400.5 miles.

Carl Edwards leads all active drivers at Homestead-Miami with a driver rating of 119.0. The next closest driver is Martin Truex Jr. at 110.8. Edwards rating is almost to the magical 120 number which is about as good as you can have at any one particular track.

Even though Edwards’s driver rating is sky high, it’s his average finish that sets him apart from the rest. He has an astounding average finish of 6.0. The only driver who comes close to that is Kevin Harvick at 7.9. Harvick has a driver rating of 100.1. The combination of high driver rating and low average finish makes Carl Edwards the man to beat at Homestead-Miami.

Roush Fenway Racing leads all race teams with wins at Homestead-Miami. They have won six of the ten races since the speedway was reconfigured for variable banking. Carl Edwards would like nothing more than to continue that trend and take some momentum into the 2014 season.

This is the last race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Jimmie Johnson would appear to have the championship wrapped up but Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick are still alive. It will take a major catastrophe for Johnson to lose the title.

If you can’t get to Homestead-Miami Speedway the race will be broadcast on ESPN starting at 2 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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Top 13 Driver Ratings at Homestead
Carl Edwards…………………. 119.0
Martin Truex Jr………………. 110.8
Matt Kenseth…………………. 106.0
Kevin Harvick………………… 100.1
Jeff Gordon…………………….. 95.8
Jimmie Johnson………………. 95.1
Clint Bowyer……………………. 92.2
Kyle Busch……………………… 91.5
Greg Biffle……………………… 91.0
Kasey Kahne…………………… 90.2
Tony Stewart…………………… 89.7
Denny Hamlin………………….. 88.8
Ryan Newman…………………. 85.7
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (eight total) among active drivers at Homestead-Miami Speedway.


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