Carl's Message to Jimmie: This Chase Doesn't End Until Miami

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Great seats are still available for Ford Championship Weekend, Nov. 14-16, on Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval. The NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series all will crown champions under the lights. To secure individual or group tickets for NASCAR's finale, call (866) 409-RACE 
 
Many said it would take a self-implosion for Jimmie Johnson to allow any Sprint Cup competitor back into the 2008 Chase for the Championship—a wreck, engine trouble, failed inspection.
 
But in reality, all it took was a phenomenal run at Texas by Carl Edwards, who sliced Johnson’s Sprint Cup points lead by nearly half and heads into Phoenix this weekend trailing the two-time reigning champ by just106 points. The maximum amount of points a Sprint Cup driver can make up in one race is 161. So, yes, the race is on….
 
“There's been a race the whole time,” Johnson told reporters last Sunday after the Texas race. “You just never know what's going to happen. There are still 400 miles at Homestead-Miami and 300 at Phoenix. A lot can happen. Even at 183 points over Carl, I wasn't comfortable. I mean…If I stuffed it in the fence the first run, I finish 43rd, they're right there. It's a race of 20 or 30 points at that point.”
 
While Johnson has won the last two races at Phoenix, Edwards last eight starts in the desert have resulted in three Top 5s, five Top 10s, an 11th and only one DNF. So though he has yet to take the checkered flag there, Edwards has an impressive resume in Phoenix. And he doesn’t even need to gain an additional 77 points in Phoenix to make Homestead-Miami one phenomenal finish to the 2008 NASCAR campaign. It’s also worth noting that a Roush-Fenway driver has won in Miami five of the last six years. 
 
Now, if Jimmie Johnson does win the title, we’re talking some pretty unique NASCAR history, as only one driver previous has ever won the Cup three straight years (Cale Yarborough, 1976-78).
 
So will it be comeback drama or NASCAR history at Homestead-Miami next weekend? Either way, that’s a ticket worth having….
 
Other notes on Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Nov. 14-16…
 
Carl Edwards—there’s that name again—steadily has gained on Nationwide Series leader Clint Bowyer and enters Phoenix this weekend just 91 points behind that series leader.
 
Miami’s own Juan Pablo Montoya will run both the Sprint Cup finale on Sunday and the Nationwide race on Saturday—one of only two Nationwide races the Coral Gables resident will run in 2008.
 
With two races left, at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami, the race for the Craftsman Truck Series championship is closer than it's ever been heading to the final two

 

events—only six points separate Johnny Benson and Ron Hornaday. “No matter what I do, Benson's right there,” Hornaday said after the race. “So it's going to come down to the end of it [at Homestead-Miami]. This is pretty cool. Two more races and we'll see.” The Craftsman Truck finale race takes place Friday night, Nov. 14th, at Homestead-Miami and is FREE to kids.
 
Ford RaceFest, South Florida’s largest NASCAR-themed festival marks the official kick-off to Ford Championship Weekend on Thursday, Nov. 13. This FREE outdoor event will be hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood for the first time ever, and features autograph and Q&A sessions with NASCAR drivers, photo ops with the Sprint Cup Trophy, interactive displays, show cars, official souvenirs, merchandise, food/drink and live entertainment for all ages. Fans can mingle with some of the best drivers in the world just days before they do battle for the championship titles in all three of NASCAR’s top circuits: the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series.
 
Great seats are still available for Ford Championship Weekend, Nov. 14-16, on Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval. The NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series all will crown champions under the lights. To secure individual or group tickets for NASCAR's finale, call (866) 409-RACE 
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