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Race Capsule

Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • What:

    Race 35 of 35 on Nationwide circuit

  • Where:

    Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL

  • When:

    November 20, 2010 4:45 pm EST

  • Laps:

    200

  • Track Length:

    1.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    300.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $1,454,827

Drivers to Watch

Joey Logano Logano has never finished better than 19th in four Cup starts at Texas. Logano will be seeking his fourth straight top 10 this weekend after finishes of seventh, sixth and fifth the last three weeks. "Things are really going well for us right now," said Logano. "We've been consistent and continue to build momentum going into next season."
Kyle Busch Busch dropped one position in points to fifth and is 230 behind leader Jimmie Johnson. Busch is looking for his first Texas win in a Cup race but has four top-five and five top-10 finishes in 11 starts. He was 11th in this race last year and third in April -- his only top-10 finish in the last three Texas starts.
Brad Keselowski Keselowski has not finished either of his two Sprint Cup starts at Texas. As a result, his best finish has been 36th. "Texas really is a unique race track, a unique layout," said Keselowski. "The transitions into and off the corners are quite a bit different than Charlotte, Las Vegas or any of the other mile-and-a-half's."
Martin Truex Jr. Truex finished ninth in the spring race at Texas for his fifth top-10 finish in 10 starts at the track. "We had a good car there in the spring, so I am looking forward to this weekend," said Truex. "We are finally back in the top 20 in the points, and we want to finish a little higher if we can."
Kevin Harvick Harvick was the big gainer in points and is just 38 out of the lead. Harvick has never won at Texas in a Cup race but has three top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 15 starts. He was fifth in this race last year and seventh in April. He has three top-10 finishes in his last four Texas starts. "Based upon how we ran (at Texas) the first time, with the progression that we've made with all the cars and power and the difference in the way we understand some of the engineering things we work with now, I just think we're better than we were the first time there," Harvick said. "You never know until we get back, and a lot of it is dictated by the tire and using those notes, and so you just never know until you get there that weekend and do those first few laps on the race track. The key is just getting off the exits of the corners and being able to hold it wide open finding that balance between being too loose and too tight up off the corners. ... At Texas it's much different than a lot of the other 1.5-mile race tracks because the banking flattens out so fast. We ran pretty solid there the first time this year and feel like we have a good baseline to start with our setup. I feel like we have good notes and way better race cars than we had at the beginning of the year. They were great at the beginning of the year, but I feel like we have better cars now and feel like we've fixed some issues on pit road. So I feel like we're a better race team than we were six weeks ago. So we just have to keep doing the things that we're doing."
Paul Menard Menard is still seeking his first top-10 finish at Texas. His best finish in eight starts at the track is 13th. "I feel like we have the capability of putting together a really good run this weekend," said Menard.
Kasey Kahne Kahne finished fifth in the spring race at Texas, but he will be racing for a new team this weekend. "We had a really good run in the spring, and I think the Red Bull team can duplicate that effort this weekend," said Kahne. "I have a lot of confidence in them."
David Reutimann Reutimann has one top-10 finish in six starts at Texas. "I'm hoping for big things this weekend," said Reutimann. "In the spring we had a great car and worked our way into the top five before (mechanical) problems took us out of the race. I like our chances this weekend."