2013 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 400
- by Jeff Gutowski
- November 11, 2013
Jimmie Will Play It Safe
Jimmie Johnson extended his lead over Matt Kenseth to twenty-eight points and still leads Kevin Harvick by thirty-four points as we head into the final race of the season next Sunday afternoon. All of the other drivers have been eliminated from contention and all Jimmie has to do is finish in the top-twenty to secure his sixth championship. However, an accident, blown engine or some other catastrophic mishap could open the door for Matt or Kevin.
For the final week the series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the running of the Ford EcoBoost 400. This track is another mile-and-a-half track that has progressive banking in the corners. I think that we will see Matt and Kevin let it all hang out, while Jimmie might just play it safe to ensure himself the championship.
Ford EcoBoost 400
Kevin Harvick: While Kevin has never won a race at this track, he has been one of the most consistent drivers here. He has finished in the top ten in ten of twelve races that he has run at this track and that includes five top five finishes also.
Matt Kenseth: Matt has won a race at this track during his career and we all know how good he has been on this type of track all season. He has nothing to lose by trying to win this race and I am sure that he is going to give it everything he has to give himself a shot at his second championship.
Jimmie Johnson: Like I said, Jimmie only needs to finish in the top twenty to win his sixth championship, but he has been very good at Homestead throughout his career. However, he hasn't done that well the past two seasons finishing worse than thirtieth in both of those races and losing the rear housing of his car last year. Anything can still happen.
Carl Edwards: Carl has been the class of the field here during the nine races he has run at this track. He has won two of the past five races here and has finished in the top five in five of those nine starts he has had here. However, this team hasn't been the greatest at this type of track this season.
Greg Biffle: Greg won three races in a row at Homestead from 2004-2006. He likes to race at this track and knows how to get around it in a hurry. However, like Carl Edwards this season, Greg hasn't been very consistent, so I'm thinking that the Roush/Fenway drivers don't quite have the new Gen 6 car figured out when it comes to these types of tracks.
Jeff Gordon: Jeff won this race last season and has really been good during the Chase this year. This team looks like they might be ready to compete for a championship once again next season and would love to win the last race of the year to keep their confidence up heading into next season.
Kasey Kahne: Kasey has never won a race at Homestead yet, but he has been very good almost every week early in the races. This team just needs to make the right adjustments towards the end of the race to give themselves a shot at visiting victory lane.
Martin Truex Jr.: Martin has had a disappointing season, but this is the type of track that he excels at and he has been very good here during his career with six top ten finishes in eight starts. This will be the last race he runs for MWR and I'm sure he would like to go out a winner.
Clint Bowyer: Clint started out having a great year, but that all went south for him during the Chase. He finished second in this race last season and is another driver in the MWR stable that should have a great car once again this weekend.
Kurt Busch: Kurt has fallen off a bit lately after having a superb year running on a one car team. He proved that he is still an elite driver and that he can get it done no matter how much backing his team has. I think that he could be a serious contender once again next season when he moves to Stewart/Haas Racing. He has finished in the top five in four of his twelve career starts at Homestead.
Yahoo Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Homestead-Miami Speedway
Yahoo Driver Group A
- Kevin Harvick
- Matt Kenseth
Yahoo Driver Group B
- Carl Edwards
- Greg Biffle
- Joey Logano
- Martin Truex Jr.
Yahoo Driver Group C
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
- Elliott Sadler
My Top-5 Overall at Phoenix International Raceway
- Kevin Harvick
- Matt Kenseth
- Jeff Gordon
- Kasey Kahne
- Jimmie Johnson
Dark Horse: Joey Logano
Stay Away From: Brad Keselowski