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Hamlin spins Keselowski on Lap 35

Hamlin tapped Keselowski from behind and spun him out on Lap 35, though not serious enough damage to end his day in the No. 88 Chevrolet (photo courtesy: Todd Warshaw, Getty Images Sport)

Kyle Busch Makes it Official with Race Win and Nationwide Series Championship - Saturday, Nov. 21
 
Kyle Busch’s incredible season finally received its proper recognition Saturday when he was crowned the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion following the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Saturday night. Busch made it a double dose of celebration, winning the Nationwide Series championship before completing a lap and capping his night at Homestead-Miami Speedway with his ninth trip to Victory Lane.

“I feel like any championship in NASCAR is something to be proud of,” said Busch.

He led the Nationwide Series Championship standings for the last 28 weeks. His nine wins this season led the series in victories.  17 times Busch has led the most laps and seven of those races ended with victory.  He’s secured the first Nationwide Series drivers title for Joe Gibbs Racing and for the first time in two years the drivers and owner championship was unified within the same team. This is JGR’s second consecutive owner title.

"Through my whole racing career, once I started, it was all about winning. That's the way I was brought up," said Busch. "It was all about going out there and getting the checkered flag and bringing home the trophy and kissing the pretty girl. That's pretty much how Kurt [Busch] and I were both raised, and when we finished second or third in our local short track days, we went home mad. We weren't happy that we were there because we weren't there to finish second or third."

Busch held off a hard-charging Carl Edwards to win the Ford 300 Saturday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  It was a fitting end because two of NASCAR’s brightest young stars finished 1-2 in the final standings.  Busch finished with a 210-point lead over polesitter Edwards.

"It's not easy to win in any division in this sport when you're racing against the best," Busch said.

Busch finished the season with 20 wins in the Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series.

"It was fun to watch and fun to be a part of it at the end," Busch said. "I felt like I wasn't the best driver here tonight, but the guys gave me a car capable of winning."

Busch was not the only one that set off fireworks.  Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin added another chapter to their simmering feud.  Both drivers are in the field for tomorrow’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway where a Sprint Cup Series Champion will be crowned.  The latest run-in came Saturday night during the Ford 300.  Hamlin made good on his promise to go after Keselowski after several on-track skirmishes between the two drivers.  Hamlin tapped Keselowski from behind and spun him out on Lap 35, though not serious enough damage to end his day in the No. 88 Chevrolet.  NASCAR parked Hamlin for a lap for rough driving. 

"I don't really hold any grudges. I'm ready to move on," Keselowski said. "Hell, I've already moved on. Hopefully, he feels the same way."

Contact between the two has led to five Hamlin wrecks dating back to last season, and Hamlin vowed revenge.

"It's tough to have a rivalry with a mid-pack driver," Hamlin said. "I shouldn't be racing him, anyway. ... I just wanted to send a message that I am a man of my word, and my father once told me, if you say you are going to do something, you've got to do it. And he told me I had to do it, so I had to do it."

Jeff Burton, Joey Logano and Hamlin rounded out the Top 5. Busch became the first Nationwide Series Champion to win the season finale since Sam Ard in 1983.

"It hasn't been done in a long time, so I guess you know how hard it is to do for someone to come out here and win the final race of the year," Busch said.  "It's cool.  This win here means a lot for Joe Gibbs Racing.”

Great seats are still available for tomorrow’s Sprint Cup Series Championship finale.  It all comes down to Miami, where you can see them drive for just $55. Parking is FREE at Homestead-Miami, and guests are welcome to “bring their own” food and beverage in a cooler measuring 6x6x12—with unlimited re-entry to allow for restocking in the parking lot. Tickets for the Sprint Cup Championship start at just $55 and are available by clicking here or by calling (866) 409-RACE.

Mark Martin Paces the Field in the Saturday's first Sprint Cup Series Practice - Saturday, Nov. 21

Hendrick Motorsports driver Mark Martin led Saturday's first practice session in preparation for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford 400 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Fan favorite Martin and his No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet were fastest with a lap of 168.177 mph.

"I really like this racetrack," said Martin.  "I love this championship weekend that they've built here through the years.  It's a real exciting weekend.  I can't wait to get to work with my guys.  It feels really good to be here at the track with my team.  I like the racetrack.  It's a fun racetrack.  I can't wait for the challenge."

Denny Hamlin was second quick with a lap of 167.884 mph. Hamlin was just .056 behind Martin's fastest lap.  Hamlin is eighth in the 12-driver Chase For The Sprint Cup Championship standings which will culminate at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 22.

Pole sitter and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader, Jimmie Johnson was third fastest in the session with a quick lap  of 167.863 mph. Ryan Newman was fourth with Kyle Busch running well enough for fifth quick.

All 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup cars turned laps during the second practice session. The final practice session will be completed before today's NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford 300.

Championship Chase contenders took four of the Top 5 positions on the speed chart.  Kyle Busch, who was fifth fastest in practice, is not in the Chase For The Sprint Cup to culminate at Homestead-Miami Speedway following tomorrow’s Ford 400.

Great seats are still available for tomorrow’s Sprint Cup Series Championship finale.  It all comes down to Miami, where you can see them drive for just $55. Parking is FREE at Homestead-Miami, and guests are welcome to “bring their own” food and beverage in a cooler measuring 6x6x12—with unlimited re-entry to allow for restocking in the parking lot. Tickets for the Sprint Cup Championship start at just $55 and are available by clicking here or by calling (866) 409-RACE.

Stage is Set for the "Brawl for it All" in the Nationwide Series Ford 300 - Saturday, Nov. 21

Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards claimed the pole for today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race - the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Edwards, who is mathematically eligible for the Nationwide Championship standings, turned a lap of 168.366 mph in the No. 60 Ford. He edged Ryan Newman, who ran 167.978 in the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet.

“Boy, I’m looking forward to a good race," Edwards said. "That’s a fast race car that Ortho Ford Fusion is good and I’m glad to be driving a Ford for a lot of reasons but here at Homestead, they just seem to run so well. I don’t know what it is."

Jeff Burton was third, with Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Joey Logano and Kyle Busch rounding out the Top 5. Busch may clinch the Nationwide championship when he starts today’s race.

"I don’t know why we’re able to go so fast here but that’s the best we’ve run at a mile-and-a-half in a long time. I’m really excited about the race.”

Great seats are still available for today’s Ford 300 – the Nationwide Series Championship race – and tomorrow’s Sprint Cup Series Championship finale.  It all comes down to Miami, where you can see them drive for just $55. Parking is FREE at Homestead-Miami, and guests are welcome to “bring their own” food and beverage in a cooler measuring 6x6x12—with unlimited re-entry to allow for restocking in the parking lot. Tickets for the Sprint Cup Championship start at just $55 and are available by clicking here or by calling (866) 409-RACE.
 

Kevin Harvick Caps off Season with Victory at Homestead; Ron Hornaday, Jr. is 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion - Friday, Nov. 20

It is official, Ron Hornaday, Jr. has won the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship to become the series' first four-time Champion.  Hornaday wrapped up the title in Phoenix so for the other 35 entries in the Ford 200, it was all about winning on Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

With his eighth place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Hornaday delivered the 2009 NCWTS owners championship for the second time to Kevin and DeLana Harvick, co-owners of Kevin Harvick, Inc.(KHI).

To make the Championship celebration even sweeter, Harvick claimed his third Camping World Truck Series win of the season. He led four times for 108 of 136 laps.

Hornaday’s first title came in 1996. He claimed his second in 1998 and third, also behind the wheel of a KHI Silverado, in 2007. He holds the top spot in number of race wins in the Series with 45 to date. Rick Ren is also the winningest Camping World Truck Series crew chief with a total of 27 trips to victory lane. 
 
Busch tried to lead the South Florida based Miccosukee Gaming and Resort-sponsored No. 51 truck to the owners’ title, but he needed to gain 60 points on Hornaday. To further complicate Busch’s quest, an engine change following qualifying forced Busch to start from the rear of the field.  No problem for Kyle who came into the race with 11 Top 5 finishes in 14 Camping World Trucks Series starts this season.

Busch passed 10 trucks on the first lap alone, 18 — half the field — in the first three laps and was 11th by the time the drivers crossed the finish line for the seventh time. By the 25-lap mark, he was fourth, and when the first caution flag came out 18 minutes into the race, Busch was in second place, trailing only Kevin Harvick.

Kevin Harvick made a late pass to cap a dominating show to win the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and wife Delana clinched the owners' championship when Ron Hornaday Jr. finished eighth.

"That's the way to put an end to a year, right there!" said Harvick as he crossed the line.

Kevin Harvick went into the pit after Ryan Sieg went into the wall and brought out a caution flag with seven laps left. Harvick took four tires, exited pit road first and lined up just behind Timothy Peters for a green-white-checkered finish.

Harvick passed Peters in the very first turn after the restart and cruised to the win. And then Harvick and Hornaday thrilled the crowd with side-by-side burnouts after the checkered flag waved.

NASCAR Nationwide Series Final Practice – Friday, Nov. 20

Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards bounced back from a spin to lead the final NASCAR Nationwide Series practice Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  The Nationwide Series will crown a Champion following tomorrow’s Ford 300.
 
Edwards spun off Turn 4 early in the session but didn’t make contact with the SAFER barrier. Later in the 40-minute practice, Edwards turned a lap of 168.613 mph to move to the top of the speed chart. 
 
Ryan Newman was second at 167.984 mph, with Denny Hamlin third at 167.764.  Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch, who leads the Nationwide Series Championship standings will start from fourth in the Ford 300 on Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Michael Waltrip Racing’s Scott Speed was fifth after securing a second-place starting position for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series Championship finale – the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 

Edwards, the 2007 Nationwide champion is the defending race winner at Homestead-Miami Speedway in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series.

"Last year's win at Homestead was one of the highlights of my season," Edwards said. "There's still a chance that something could happen and we could win the championship. Even though it's one in a million, there's still a chance."

While Busch looks to wrap up the title, Denny Hamlin and Keselowski should make things interesting at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 21. The latest on-going feud between the two drivers occurred in Phoenix, where Keselowski spun Hamlin while they were battling for position late in the race. Hamlin has promised retaliation at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Hamlin will drive the No.11 Toyota in Saturday’s Ford 300. Mike Bliss has driven the car in the last four races, but takes over the wheel of the No.1 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing - owned by Panama City native James Finch - at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

See them drive for just $55.  Parking is FREE at Homestead-Miami, and guests are welcome to “bring their own” food and beverage in a cooler measuring 6x6x12—with unlimited re-entry to allow for restocking in the parking lot. Tickets for the Sprint Cup Championship start at just $55 and are available by clicking here or by calling (866) 409-RACE.

Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Friday Nov. 20

Jimmie Johnson will start the Ford 400 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday – from the best seat in the house… the pole.  Johnson is seeking an unprecedented fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title.

Johnson turned a lap of 173.919 mph to win the pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He qualified first Friday hours after it was announced he signed a contract extension to drive for Hendrick Motorsports through the 2015 season.  This marks the second pole position start for Johnson at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  In 2007, Johnson started from the pole and finished seventh in that race.

"Yeah I'm definitely excited for the track position and having that first pit stall," said Johnson.  "Everybody needs to race well here for a reason. Everybody is trying to finish as strong as they can."

Red Bull Racing’s Scott Speed was second. Marcos Ambrose was third. Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, and closest pursuer in the NASCAR Championship standings, Mark Martin will start fourth.  Tony Stewart rounded out the Top 5 with a solid 172.243 mph lap.  South Florida resident Juan Pablo Montoya qualified 23rd.

Fan favorite Martin is chasing history as well.  The 50-year old is seeking his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship after 27 years of trying.

Johnson goes into Sunday's finale with a 108-point lead over Martin and needs only to finish 25th or better to win the title.  Martin has made up more than 108 points on his Hendricks Motorsports teammate—in one race alone—on nine separate occasions in his NASCAR Sprint Cup career. Ironically enough, one year (2005) it happened at Homestead-Miami Speedway, site of this Sunday’s Sprint Cup Championship finale; great seats are STILL available by calling (866) 409-RACE or by clicking here.

Busch and Montoya Fastest in Friday's Lone Sprint Cup Series Practice

South Florida resident Juan Pablo Montoya moved one step closer to securing his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series superspeedway victory - on his “home town” track Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kurt Busch and Montoya were the quickest in Friday’s first Sprint Cup Series practice session.  Busch ran 24 laps and set his fast lap on his final lap – 173.433.  Montoya took a conservative approach running only 15 laps in the session.  Montoya’s top speed was 173.138. 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship contenders Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson recorded the 14th and 21st fastest speeds respectively.  Johnson only ran 14 laps while Martin logged 13. 

Heading into Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series Championship finale, Jimmie Johnson leads Mark Martin by 108 points in the NASCAR Championship standings.

It all comes down to Miami, where you can see them drive for just $55. Parking is FREE at Homestead-Miami, and guests are welcome to “bring their own” food and beverage in a cooler measuring 6x6x12—with unlimited re-entry to allow for restocking in the parking lot. Tickets for the Sprint Cup Championship start at just $55 and are available by clicking here or by calling (866) 409-RACE.

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