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Race Capsule

Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • What:

    Race 41 of 41 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL

  • When:

    November 18, 2007 3:45 pm EST

  • Laps:

    267

  • Track Length:

    1.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    401.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,310,336

Drivers to Watch

Jimmie Johnson Chase Points: 6,572 (1st) Four straight wins at Phoenix, Texas, Atlanta and Martinsville moved him to the top of the standings, 86 points ahead of Gordon; needs to finish 18th or better to clinch second consecutive title and become first driver to repeat since Gordon won back-to-back championships in 1997-98; became the first driver since Gordon in 1998 to win four consecutive races, and this weekend could be only the third driver ever to win five consecutive races, joining Richard Petty in 1967 and 1971 as well as Bobby Allison in 1971; had dropped out of the top spot in the Chase after finishing second to Gordon at Talladega; was 14th at Lowe's and ran third at Kansas prior to Talladega; opened the Chase with a 14th at Dover following a sixth at New Hampshire; earned top seed with consecutive wins at Richmond and California; defending series champion suffered through an up-and-down season before the Chase, finishing 39th at the Brickyard after a fiery crash on the heels of a 37th at Chicago; has also posted victories this season at Las Vegas, and the first races at Atlanta, Martinsville and Richmond; was ninth at this race last year.
Matt Kenseth Chase Points: 6,103 (6th) Continued late-Chase surge with a third at Phoenix after finishing second to Johnson at Texas; ran fourth at Atlanta and fifth at Martinsville to halt early 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 12 top-five finishes and 21 top-10s this season; ran sixth here last season.
Jeff Gordon Chase Points: 6,486 (2nd) All but conceded title to Jimmie Johnson after his teammate's fourth consecutive win last week at Phoenix; sits 86 points out of the lead and needs to win the race and hope Johnson finishes 19th or worse without leading a lap; four times this year Gordon has out-pointed Johnson by more than 86 points in a race; has seven consecutive top-10 finishes, but has been unable to keep up with Johnson's torrid pace; dropped to second in the standings by 30 points behind Johnson with a seventh at Texas; also ran seventh the week before at Atlanta; finished third at Martinsville after consecutive wins at Charlotte and Talladega; ran fifth at Kansas; rebounded from rough stretch leading up to the Chase by finishing 11th at Dover and second to Bowyer at New Hampshire; spun with less than two laps remaining at Watkins Glen while leading, costing him a potential win - still managed to finish ninth; has six checkered flags this season and 81 career, just two shy of tying Cale Yarborough for fifth place all-time; reached a landmark milestone at the first Talladega race, recording his 77th career victory to pass the late Dale Earnhardt for sixth all-time; has 10 poles this season - double that of Ryan Newman who has five; ran 24th here last November.
Tony Stewart Chase Points: 6,169 (5th) Titles hopes officially dashed despite finishing fourth at Phoenix, following an 11th at Texas; dropped to fifth in the standings by running 30th at Atlanta after a 13th at Martinsville, following a seventh at Lowe's; finished 39th at Kansas after placing eighth at Talladega; had moved within two points of the lead with a ninth at Dover after placing third at New Hampshire; finished second at Richmond to enter the Chase on a hot streak; pre-Chase surge included fourth at Bristol as well as running 10th at Michigan on the heels of winning at Watkins Glen - his third win; captured back-to-back victories at Chicagoland and at the Brickyard while placing sixth at Pocono; finished 38th at Daytona prior to his win at Chicago after an early-race crash with teammate Denny Hamlin; finished 15th at this race last year.
Kyle Busch Chase Points: 6,185 (4th) Remained fourth in the standings after finishing eighth at Phoenix, following a fourth at Texas; ran 20th at Atlanta and placed fourth at Martinsville after a third at Lowe's; was 36th at Talladega and was run over by Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Kansas and finished 41st; started Chase with fourth at New Hampshire and fifth at Dover; ran 20th at Richmond following a third-place showing at California and a ninth at Bristol; has 20 top-10 finishes in 35 races this season, including 11 top-fives; lone win of the season came during the first Bristol race - the inaugural Car of Tomorrow event; will leave Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing; ran 38th here last November.
Clint Bowyer Chase Points: 6,331 (3rd) Remained third in the standings after running 11th at Phoenix, but was eliminated from title contention; finished 19th the week prior at Texas; finished sixth at Atlanta after placing ninth at Martinsville, continuing surprising Chase run; was runner-up at Charlotte after an 11th at Talladega; 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 35 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; finished 10th at this race last year.
Greg Biffle Points: 3,867 (15th) Has won the season-ending race here at Homestead the last three campaigns; he is the only back-to-back winner here since Tony Stewart won the first two Homestead races; the last driver to win four consecutive races at a track was Jimmie Johnson who swept the 2004 and 2005 events at Lowe's Motor Speedway; struggled through an inconsistent season and missed the Chase for the second straight season; has posted five top-fives and 11 top-10s, but also has eight finishes of 30th or worse; lone win of the season came at Kansas in the third race of the Chase; also finished second to Roush Fenway teammate Carl Edwards at Dover the week before Kansas; also finished second last week at Phoenix.