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Race Capsule

Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • What:

    Race 36 of 36 on Nationwide circuit

  • Where:

    Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL

  • When:

    November 17, 2007 4:45 pm EST

  • Laps:

    200

  • Track Length:

    1.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    300.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $1,533,505

Drivers to Watch

Carl Edwards Chase Points: 5,940 (4th) Moved up to fourth in the standings after running second to Jimmie Johnson at Atlanta; finished 11th at Martinsville after running fifth at Lowe's; ran 14th at Talladega a week after wrecking at Kansas and finishing 37th; won at Dover after finishing 12th at New Hampshire, but failed post-race inspection and was docked 25 points and fined; penalty dropped him from third to sixth in the standings; ran 42nd at Richmond, but prior to that had four consecutive top-10 finishes, including a win at Bristol and a runner-up finish at California; also won at Michigan earlier this year; has 10 top-fives and 14 top-10s this year; has been consistent with only a trio of finishes lower than 30, including a 42nd at first Talladega race; ran 12th here in April.
Kevin Harvick Chase Points: 5,809 (7th) Ran 15th at Atlanta and 10th at Martinsville, but title hopes took serious hit with 33rd at Lowe's; ran 20th at Talladega following a sixth at Kansas; was the final driver to clinch a berth in the Chase and opened with a 17th at New Hampshire and a 20th at Dover despite suffering through tire issues in both races; prior to the Chase finished seventh at Richmond, ending struggles which included five straight finishes out of the top-10; has finished 33rd or worse four times this season; was 36th at Watkins Glen on the heels of a 17th at Pocono; won the season-opening Daytona 500 by nipping Mark Martin at the finish line; has four top-fives and 12 top 10s this season; finished second to Juan Pablo Montoya on the road course at Sonoma; was third in this race last year and 29th here in April.
Matt Kenseth Chase Points: 5,753 (11th) Ran fourth at Atlanta and fifth at Martinsville to halt surprising Chase struggles; was 34th at Lowe's which followed back-to-back 35th-place finishes at Dover and Kansas; ran 26th at Talladega to all but end title hopes; ran seventh at New Hampshire; did not close the regular season strong with a 14th at Richmond after a seventh at California - a week after crashing and finishing 39th at Bristol; ran fourth at Michigan in the rain delayed race; posted fourth straight top-10 finish by placing 10th at the Brickyard; ran 34th and 42nd, respectively, prior to the four straight top-10 results; captured his only victory of the season in the campaign's second race at California; has 10 top-five finishes and 19 top-10s this season; ran second here to Burton in April.
Denny Hamlin Chase Points: 5,777 (10th) Ran out of gas on the final restart while leading at Atlanta and finished 24th; finished sixth at Martinsville and 20th at Lowe's following a fourth at Talladega; title hopes were all but dashed after 29th at Kansas; ran 38th at Dover, dropping to last among Chase contenders; was involved in an altercation with Kyle Petty in the garage following wreck midway through the race at Dover; won his only race of the season at New Hampshire in July, but could manage only a 15th-place finish at Loudon to start the Chase; followed up the win at New Hampshire by finishing dead last at Daytona after wrecking early in the race with teammate Tony Stewart; avoided the sophomore slump by posting 11 top-five and 17 top-finishes this season; finished second at Darlington and Watkins Glen and has four third-place finishes at Las Vegas, Martinsville, Phoenix and Richmond; also finished last at Bristol; has consecutive top-10 finishes in last two races at Texas.
Clint Bowyer Chase Points: 6,090 (3rd) Kept his solid run in the Chase going by finishing sixth at Atlanta after placing ninth at Martinsville; was runner-up at Charlotte after an 11th at Talladega and remains third in the standings, 111 points behind leader Jeff Gordon; followed up his first career Nextel Cup win at New Hampshire by running 12th at Dover and second at Kansas; finished 12th at Richmond and ran 20th at California, following a third at Bristol in three races prior to the Chase; has 17 top-10 finishes in 33 races this season; has five top-five finishes, including a fourth on the road course at Sonoma to go along with his solid showing at Bristol and win at New Hampshire; has finished 30th or worse just three times - 36th at Las Vegas, 35th at Talladega and 37th at the first race in New Hampshire; ran 16th here in April and finished fifth at this race last year.
Chase Points: 5,801 (8th) Finished fifth at Atlanta following a 12th at Martinsville to move up to eighth in the Chase standings; had dropped to 12th after finishing last at Talladega, following a 36th at Kansas; started the Chase in seventh place, but dropped to 11th with his second straight 18th place finish at New Hampshire, following Richmond; ran fourth at California and 12th at Bristol prior to Richmond; finished out of the top-10 in four races before California; prior to that tough stretch had registered four top-10 finishes over a six-race span; ran seventh at first New Hampshire race and third at Sonoma to end a streak of four consecutive finishes outside the top 10; has nine top-five finishes and 16 top-10s and has only five finishes of 34th or worse this season; captured his only victory of the season at Texas; ran 38th at this race last season.