Every Rose Has It's Thorns
Since when is 33 points considered a huge points lead in NASCAR? NASCAR would kill to have a points race of only 33 separating first and second all year long. Every headline in the country gloom and doomed Denny Hamlin for coming into Phoenix last week leading by 33 and leaving leading by 18. He's still leading, folks.
Denny Hamlin has one win and three top-5s in his five Homestead starts. Jimmie Johnson has no wins and six top-10s in his nine starts here. Kevin Harvick has seven top-10s in his nine starts and an average finish of 8.4. Reminder: JJ usually has the title locked up when racing at Homestead and hasn't really had to try for the win there
Nothin', But A Good Time
Wow, how many drivers are in their last event for their current teams? Marcos Ambrose says, G'day, to the #47 Toyota. Paul Menard spends his family's last dollar at RPM. Elliott Sadler also jumps ship from RPM. Sam Hornish suddenly leaves Penske, and Kurt Busch plays his last hand with the Blue Deuce. Brad Keselowski of Penske also makes off-season changes there. Scott Speed looks to be in his last Cup race for Red Bull this weekend. Bobby Labonte hopes for happier days next year with a mid-major ride.
Homestead is the only track on which Jeff Gordon has not won a race.
Greg Biffle is the all-time winner here with three.
Bobby Labonte led one lap, the last one, here in 2003. It was his last Cup win.
Bret Michaels is the Grand Marshall, the Honorary Starter, and performs the National Anthem at Homestead.
Never in the Chase, and only twice since 1975, has the points leader going into the final race not gone on to win the championship.