NASCAR Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Prerace Notes

By Brian Berg Jr.
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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400. Here is some news and notes since qualifying on Friday.

NASCAR Sprint Cup points runner up #20-Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Ford EcoBoost 400. He will start the race from the front and get the best pit stall and is generally doing everything necessary to stay in the game and have a chance at the Championship.

Jimmie Johnson has the Championship all but locked up. The only thing that would keep it from him would be a catastrophic failure leading to either not finishing the race of finishing many laps down.

While Johnson is trying to win the Championship there are other drivers in the race, wanting to win. Carl Edwards is one of them who is very good at Homestead-Miami. He is a driver to beat.

The Camping World Truck Series ran on Friday night. It was a great race with many passes for the lead. Kyle Busch eventually won. Will we have that kind of passing on Sunday? Matt Crafton won the Championship.

The Nationwide Series race was Saturday afternoon. Brad Keselowski won the race in yet another show that included lots of green flag passes. Unlike the Truck Series, the Nationwide Series title battle went right down to the last lap. Austin Dillon won the championship over Sam Hornish Jr.

Matt Kenseth was fastest in final practice with Jimmie Johnson second fast.  Johnson had the fastest 10 lap average and will start the race seventh. Kevin Harvick was fifth fastest and will start the race right in front of Johnson sixth.

As of this writing no team has made unapproved changes to their car and will have to start the race from the back.

It is forecast to be in the mid 80’s at Homestead-Miami with a slight chance of rain in the afternoon but it is expected that they will get the race in.

If you can’t get to Homestead-Miami Speedway the race will be broadcast on ESPN starting at 3 PM ET.

There is an expanded two hour prerace show on ESPN starting at 1 PM ET. As part of that prerace expect that they will cover some of the veteran drivers who this may just well be their last Cup race of their careers. Drivers like Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte and Juan Pablo Montoya.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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