THE RACE: Ford EcoBoost 400
TRACK: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #36 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #10 of 10
THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Homestead, FL
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:20 pm/et
NASCAR America: 1:00pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green: 2:00pm/et on NBC
Television Race Coverage: NBC, 2:30pm/et
Friday, November 16, 1:00-2:20pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, November 17, 11:30am-12:25pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, November 17, 2:00-2:50pm/et, TV-NBCSN.
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, November 16 at 6:10 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: None
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Friday, November 16
7:00 AM-9:30 AM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
10:30 AM-8:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
12:30 PM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 PM-2:20 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
6:10 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
Saturday, November 17
10:00 AM-5:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:35 AM-12:25 PM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
2:00 PM-2:50 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, November 18
9:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:50 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM MENCS RACE (267 LAPS, 400.5 MILES)
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
November 2017: see the Homestead Race Info page
Grand Marshal: Actor Josh Dallas
Command to start engines: Josh Dallas
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Hunter Hayes
Honorary Pace Car Driver: NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen
Color Guard: Homestead Air Reserve Base Honor Guard
Invocation: Sammy Flores
National Anthem: Senior Master Sergeant Ryan Carson
Flyover: 4 F-16's from the 93rd Fighter Squadron, Homestead Air Reserve Base
Sunday Homestead Notebook: Martin Truex Jr. falls just short in title defense at Homestead; Sunset turns out the lights on Kevin Harvick's championship run; Kyle Busch fights ill-handling car to fourth-place finish.[More](11-18-2018)
Saturday Homestead Notebook: Manufacturers' execs optimistic with what's to come in 2019; Noah Gragson sees silver lining in last race with KBM; Short strokes.[More](11-17-2018)
Friday Homestead Notebook: Team owners extol NASCAR's virtues as a strong medium for partners; Elliott Sadler faces last race with mixed emotions; Cole Custer optimistic about title run-but cautiously so.[More](11-16-2018)
What to Watch for: Homestead-Miami Speedway: After 35 races and 3 rounds of the playoffs, it all comes down to 4 drivers, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano. The XFINITY and Truck Series' will also crown champions.[More](11-15-2018)
Championship 4 News and Notes: By The Numbers: Homestead-Miami Speedway; Recent Title-Clinching Performances; Familiar Faces; Streaks on the Line.[More](11-14-2018)
Championship 4 News and Notes: An in-depth look at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 drivers.[More](11-13-2018)
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Homestead, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Homestead-Miami Speedway page
Late charge gives Joey Logano Homestead victory and first Cup championship: On Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, it was "The Big Three and Me" - with the "Me" being Joey Logano waging vehicular war against the three most prolific winners in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Now "Me" is a champion.[More](11-18-2018)
Joey Logano won the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship. The win is his 3rd win of 2018, 1st win at Homestead and 21st career win. It is his first Championship.
#78-Truex, Jr. finished 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #18-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #6-Kenseth, #9-Elliott, #14-Bowyer, #10-Almirola, and #41-Busch.
There was a caution with 20 laps remaining when #19-Suarez hit the wall. The race restarted with 15 laps to go with #18-Busch leading #78-Truex, Jr., #4-Harvick and #22-Logano. Logano moved quickly to the front, taking the lead with 12 laps to go and pulled away for a 1.725 second margin of victory.
Pole winner, #11-Hamlin finished 12th.
Stage 1 was won by #4-Harvick, finished 3rd
Stage 2 was won by #42-Larson, finished 13th after hitting the wall and bringing out a caution while running second in the final stage.
There were 22 lead changes among 7 drivers and 5 cautions for 26 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 133.056mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Where the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoff drivers finished at Homestead:
#22-Joey Logano, 1st
#78-Martin Truex, Jr., 2nd
#4-Kevin Harvick, 3rd
#18-Kyle Busch, 4th
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Fast Facts
Driver Champion: Joey Logano
• Joey Logano has won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, becoming the 33rd different series champion.
• Logano is the fifth different driver to win the series championship in the elimination-style Playoff format joining Kevin Harvick, 2014; Kyle Busch, 2015; Jimmie Johnson, 2016 and Martin Truex Jr., 2017.
• Logano won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season finale to claim the 2018 title.
• Logano finished the 2018 season with three wins, 13 top fives, 22 top 10s and a pole.
• During the Playoffs this season, Logano has produced two wins, six top fives, eight top 10s a pole.
• Joey Logano (Middletown) is the first driver from the state of Connecticut to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.
Owner Champion: Roger Penske, Team Penske
• This is Team Penske's second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver and owner championship - previoustitle: 2012 with driver Brad Keselowski.
• This is Team Penske's sixth NASCAR national series owner championship (two in the MENCS; four in the NXS).
• Team Penske has won 111 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races.
Crew Chief Champion: Todd Gordon
• Todd Gordon has won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. Gordon's previous best standings finish was runner-up in 2016 with Joey Logano.
• Gordon is the 42nd different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series crew chief to win a championship.
• Gordon has 19 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins, all with Joey Logano.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(11-18-2018)
MENCS at Homestead
- Joey Logano (Penske): 1st career Cup Series championship; was only one of Championship 4 drivers who had never previously won a championship
- Logano: 2nd win of 2018 playoffs (last came in opening race of Round of 8); won once during 2018 regular season
- Logano: 28 years old, 4th driver since 1990 to win a Cup Series championship before turning 30 (Brad Keselowski, 28 in 2012; Kurt Busch: 26 in 2004; Jeff Gordon, 3 times at ages 24-27 from 1995-98)
- Logano: 3 wins this season is tied for fewest by a champion in the Playoff Era (since 2004; Kurt Busch had 3 in 2004)
- Logano: entered Homestead with worst odds to win title among Championship 4 drivers (7-2)
- Logano: 2009 Cup Series Rookie of the Year; 1st former Rookie of the Year to win championship since Kyle Busch (2005 ROY, won title in 2015)
- Logano: missed playoffs and finished 17th in points last year; worst finish in previous season's points for driver to win championship
- Logano: 33rd different driver to win Cup Series championship
- Team Penske: 2nd driver to win Cup Series championship (Brad Keselowski: 2012, clinched title exactly 6 years ago today)
- Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row): finished 2nd; was seeking to become 1st driver from a single-car team to win championship since Dale Earnhardt in 1994
- Truex Jr.: final race for Furniture Row Racing; team is shutting down at the end of season (Truex will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in No. 19 next season)
- Kevin Harvick: finished 3rd; career highs of 8 wins, 29 top 10s this season
- Harvick: was seeking to give Stewart-Haas Racing 3rd championship in the last 8 years
- Kyle Busch (Gibbs): finished 4th; was seeking 2nd championship in last 4 years
- Busch: 8.3 Avg finish this year was best by a driver in a full season since Jeff Gordon's 7.3 in 2007 (also didn't win championship)
(ESPN Stats & Info)(11-18-2018)
Race Fast Facts - Homestead
Joey Logano (P) won the 20th Annual Ford EcoBoost 400, his 21st victory in 363 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his third victory and 26th top-10 finish in 2018.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in ten races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. (P) (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 14 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 21st top-10 finish in 2018.
Kevin Harvick (P) (third) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 18 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Joey Logano has won the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver championship.
Team Penske has won the 2018 Monster Energy NASCR Cup Series owners championship.
William Byron has won the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.
Ford has won the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series manufacturers championship.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(11-18-2018)
2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Final Standings:
1) #22-Joey Logano, 5040
2) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 5035, -1
3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 5034, -6
4) #18-Kyle Busch, 5033, -7
5) #10-Aric Almirola, 2354, -2686
6) #9-Chase Elliott, 2350, -2690
7) #41-Kurt Busch, 2350, -2690
8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2343, -2697
9) #42-Kyle Larson, 2299, -2741
10) #12-Ryan Blaney, 2298, -2742
11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2285, -2755
12) #14-Clint Bowyer, 2272, -2768
13) #3-Austin Dillon, 2245, -2795
14) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2242, -2798
15) #20-Erik Jones, 2220, -2820
16) #88-Alex Bowman, 2204, -2836
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 160) of the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (lap 160/267):
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 80) of the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (lap 80/367):
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap back during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #3-DIllon, 11th
Caution 2: #20-Jones, 27th
Caution 3: #1-McMurray, 18th
Caution 4: #88-Bowman, 29th
Caution 5: #1-McMurray (2), 18th
Sunday pre-race schedule:
3:02pm: "God Bless America" by Emily Taylor Kaufman
3:03pm: Moment of Silence for David Pearson
3:03pm: Invocation: Sammy Flores
3:04pm: Presentation of Colors: Homestead Air Reserve Base Honor Guard
3:04pm: Pledge of Allegiance: Sylvia Acevedo & Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida
3:05pm: National Anthem: Senior Master Sergeant Ryan Carson
3:05pm: Fly-By: 4 F-16's from the 93rd Fighter Squadron, Homestead Air Reserve Base
3:11pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by star of NBC drama "Manifest" Josh Dallas
3:20pm: Green Flag for the Ford EcoBoost 400 (267 laps, 400.5 miles), NBC/NBC Sports App
See the starting lineup for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the rear: none reported
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been made.
With 39 cars running, pit stalls 22, 34, 42, and 43 are not in use.
Pole winner #11-Hamlin chose pit stall 4, with an opening in front of it.
He did not choose the first pit stall, so that his teammate #18-Busch, who starts 2nd, could have it. Busch will have #66-Hill pitting behind him.
#78-Truex, Jr., who starts 3rd, took the 7th stall. He will be behind #15-Chastain and ahead of #97-Berryhill.
#22-Logano, starting 5th, chose the 3rd stall. He will have #66-Hill in front of him and an opening behind him.
#4-Harvick will start 12th and have the 39th stall. #23-Yeley will be in front of him and #38-Ragan behind him.
The final pit stall was taken by #2-Keselowski, who starts 4th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-17-2018)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Second Practice Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr. 170.584
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 33 drivers): #22-Logano 165.018
slowest: #97-Berryhill 156.124 & #51-McLeod 155.907.
notes: #18-Busch was 12th fastest, #4-Harvick 14th. Busch made slight contact with the wall right at the end of the session, but there was only cosmetic damage.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (11-17-2018)
First Saturday practice for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
slowest: #15-Chastain, 157.242 & #66-Hill 153.440.
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 26 drivers): #22-Logano 163.995.
notes: #78-Truex, Jr. was 9th fastest, #18-Busch 23rd, and #4-Harvick 28th.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Second Practice speeds page (pdf) (11-17-2018)
Denny Hamlin steals Homestead pole from Championship 4 drivers: Three of the four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 drivers qualified near the top of the board in Friday's knockout time trials at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but Denny Hamlin, who has his own agenda, stole the pole for Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400. Trying to extend his streak of winning at least one race per season to 13 consecutive years, Hamlin streaked around the 1.5-mile track in 31.059 seconds (173.863 mph) to secure the top starting spot in the race that will determine the series champion. [More](11-16-2018)
#11-Denny Hamlin won the Busch pole for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway with speed of 173.863mph for his 4th pole of 2018, 3rd at Homestead and 30th of his career. Hamlin has won 3 times from the 29 previous poles.
#18-Busch will start 2nd followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #41-Busch, #20-Jones, #31-Newman, #17-Stenhouse, jr., #10-Almirola, #42-Larson, and #4-Harvick.
#20-Jones was fastest in the second round with a speed of 174.036mph, will start 7th.
#18-Busch was quickest in the first round with a speed of 174.644mph, will start 2nd.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 39 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(11-16-2018)
Where the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoff drivers will start at Homestead:
#18-Kyle Busch, 2nd
#78-Martin Truex, Jr., 3rd
#22-Joey Logano, 5th
#4-Kevin Harvick, 12th
Homestead-Miami Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Denny Hamlin won the Pole Award for the 20th Annual Ford EcoBoost 400 with a lap of 31.059 seconds, 173.863 mph.
This is his 30th pole in 470 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his fourth pole and 26th top-10 start in 2018.
This is his third pole in 14 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Kyle Busch (P) (second) posted his 27th top-10 start of 2018 and his ninth in 14 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. (P) (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 22nd in 36 races this season.
Bubba Wallace (23rd) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Championship 4 starting spots - Kyle Busch (second), Martin Truex Jr. (third), Joey Logano (fifth) and Kevin Harvick (12th).
Second Round of Qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex, Jr. 173.941
the rest of the top 12: 17 41 4 10 11 31 42
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 88 9 12 3 6 19 48 43 1 21 43 34
First Round of Qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 15 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex, Jr. 174.121
the rest of the top 24: 41 11 31 19 88 17 21 9 3 10 4 42 1 48 6 20 34 47 43
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 38 14 37 24 32 95 13 00 23 72 99 51 97 66 15
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 39 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 16, 2018 at 6:10pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 6:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 15 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.Truex
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.
Qualifying Order for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #72-LaJoie.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #22-Logano.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(11-16-2018)
First practice for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr. 173.997
#22-Logano was 16th fastest at172.194.
most laps run: #13-Dillon, 26 laps.
No driver ran 10 or more consecutive laps.
slowest: #15-Chastain 161.711 & #66-Hill 159.829.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf) (11-16-2018)
Entry List for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #23-Yeley, #51-McLeod, #66-Hill, #72-LaJoie, #97-Berryhill, #99-Weatherman.
Since only 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
Homestead Goodyear Tire Notes See complete tire information for the race weekend across all series on the [Goodyear Tire Notes - Homestead-Miami Speedway page.(11-13-2018)
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship