Homestead - 11/18/2018


The 2018 Cup Series season ends this Sunday at Homestead. The Ford EcoBoost 400 gets under way with the green flag at 2:03 pm and will be seen on NBC. Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex, Jr. will be racing for the championship.

Last year's winner was Martin Truex, Jr. who started 2nd. The win gave Truex the 2017 Championship. Denny Hamlin was the pole sitter with a speed of 173.98 mph. Hamlin finished 9th. Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart have the most wins at Homestead with three each.

The track is a 1.5 mile oval with variable banking in the turns. The race is 267 laps for a total of 400.5 miles. The first segment ends on Lap 80 while Segment Two is done on Lap 160. Denny Hamlin won here in 2009 after starting 38th. That is the worst starting position that a driver has won from at Homestead.

There will be three practices this weekend. Friday has one practice at 12:00 noon while Saturday's practices are at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. Qualifying will be Friday at 5:10 pm. All of pre-race action will be seen on NBCSN. There have been nineteen Cup races at Homestead. The winner has come from the pole only two times, from a Top Five spot eleven times and a Top Ten thirteen times. Only two races have been won from 20th or back. As mentioned above, the worst spot to win from was 38th by Denny Hamlin.


Phoenix Race Goes To Mike Wilcox

  A 259 by Mike Wilcox was seven points better than runner-up Rhinelander Racing's 252. Miller Man (243 pts.) and Terry Williams (230 pts.) rounded out the money winners at Phoenix. This was the first time cashing in S3 for Mike Wilcox. The other teams had already cashed a couple times this session.

  Erik Jones is the most popular drivers in Session Three. He is on eighteen lineups. Next are Joey Logano and Ty Dillon (both on 15 lineups) followed by Kyle Busch and Joey Logano (both on 14 lineups). All of the active drivers in the first seven groups were on at least one lineup except for Jamie McMurray. Two Group One drivers, Martin Truex,Jr. and Kurt Busch, are on just one roster as are Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon and Michael McDowell. They are the only drivers in the top seven groups that are on only one lineup. All of the other drivers were on two or more rosters.

  The race average was 193.4 and there were three scores of 235 points or better.

  A team made up of the most popular driver in each group would have scored 158 points this week. There was one tie in the race standings which involved two teams. None of the ties were due to identical rosters. That gave us twenty-eight unique lineups for Race #35.

  Check out the results from Phoenix.

Can Am 500 (k)

Session Two Standings

  The top three teams held on to their spots going into the season finale at Homestead. Team Intl. is in first place with a twenty-nine point lead over Ised Jade while DDT is another seventeen points back in third place. Sunshine Racing and Smoke are tied for fourth. They are fifty-three points behind. Oliver James Racing (-76 pts.), Russ McElrone (-112 pts.), The Cups (-116 pts.) and White Lightning Racing (-124 pts.) are the other teams in the top nine spots.

  Four teams got the "Move Of The Week" when they dropped Clint Bowyer for Chase Elliott. Steve Schoshinski, Ised Jade, Stocks and White Lightning Racing gained twenty-six points with that driver change. Duane E. J. Quick switched from Brad Keselowski to Joey Logano. That move cost Duane a record forty-nine points and certainly was the "Goof Of The Week".

  The maximum score for this race was 302 points which was the high for the session. The minimum score for the race would have been 51 points. Race #1 of 2018 had a minimum of 41 points which was a league record low.

  The average for Session Three moved up slightly to 192.5 and there were three scores of 235 or better so the session total is up to twenty-seven. Session Two ended up with a 207.1 average.

  Stage Racing is here to stay. See who's taking advantage of Stage Racing in 2018. Check out the link below to find out.

2018 Stage Points

  There are twenty-eight teams for Session Three of 2018. We pay one spot for every three entries so this session the payouts will go down to 9th place.

Session Three Standings

All Events Standings

  The top six teams in the season long All Events Contest maintained their positions going in to Homestead. First place Ised Jade has a seventy point lead on Smoke. White Lightning Racing (3rd / -121 pts.), Oliver James Racing (4th / -139 pts.), M J Racing (5th / -219 points) and S L Racing (6th / -229 pts.) round out the top six.

  Sunshine Racing and DDT have moved up four spots in the AE standings since the start of S3. Sunshine Racing has used a 202.1 average to move from 16th to 12th while DDT has moved u to 19th with a 202.7 average score. Neil Rechsteiner has slipped four spots this session. Neil is averaging 181.4 a race to slip to 15th place. Those are the biggest gain and loss in the standings after the First Data 500.

  The average score for 2018 is 201.4 points a race and there have been 157 scores of 235 or better. The top fifteen teams are averaging 200 points or better. Neil Rechsteiner is in 15th with a 200.2 average.

  In the All Events contest we pay out one out of every four teams entered. With twenty-six teams entered we will pay down to sixth place in 2018. Everyone in the league has cashed in 2018.

  2018 All Events Standings

Standings After Race #35