Y! picks: Ford EcoBoost 400

Yahoo Sports Staff
November 15, 2012
Track Facts
Track Facts
Venue: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Race length: 401 miles
No. of laps: 267
Qualifying: Fri., 6 p.m. ET
Race: Sun., 3:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)

STAT OF THE WEEK

Clinch scenario: If Brad Keselowski finishes 15th or better, he automatically clinches the 2012 Sprint Cup title.

LAST YEAR'S RACE

Top 5
1. Tony Stewart
2. Carl Edwards
3. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Matt Kenseth
5. Jeff Gordon

RECENT FALL WINNERS

2011: Tony Stewart
2010: Carl Edwards
2009: Denny Hamlin
2008: Carl Edwards
2007: Matt Kenseth
2006: Greg Biffle
2005: Greg Biffle
2004: Greg Biffle
2003: Bobby Labonte
2002: Kurt Busch

ALSO THIS WEEKEND:

Nationwide Series
Ford EcoBoost 300, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sat., 4:45 p.m.

Camping World Series
Ford EcoBoost 200, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Fri., 8:18 p.m.


EXPERT STANDINGS

NOTE: Jay Hart ended the regular season with 816 points, followed by Jay Busbee with 775 and Nick Bromberg with 755.

Hart:  2,306 points (5 wins)
Busbee:  2,282 points (4 wins)
Bromberg:  2,280 points (1 win)

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Homestead-Miami preview (PDF)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400.

Kasey Kahne is the defending race winner.



Who Will Win?
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Who Will Win?

Brad Keselowski: Tony Stewart did it last year, and Keselowski will do it this year – winning the title with an exclamation point. Jimmie Johnson tried to get into Keselowski's head, but that's not happening. Bad Brad is too mentally strong and too good on 1.5-mile tracks. He gets the win and the title. – Jay Hart

Matt Kenseth: It makes perfect, symmetrical sense: Kenseth winning his last race in a Ford at a Ford-branded event. Kenseth has been money throughout the year, except when he's had pieces falling off his car. He, or whoever wins, will be a sidelight to the main show, but he'll get himself rolling into 2013 and Joe Gibbs Racing on a high note. – Jay Busbee

Carl Edwards: Why not, right? He's got the best average finish of any driver at Homestead, and that includes two wins, and the only time he's ever finished outside the top 10 in South Florida was in his first race in 2004. Plus, it'd be a fitting end to Edwards' 2012 if he won and was immediately overshadowed by the championship. – Nick Bromberg

Top Storyline
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Top Storyline


Goodbye 2012 car, we hardly knew you. This is the final race for this current Sprint Cup car iteration, so if you're in the Charlotte area, you may want to start checking Craigslist. You could have yourself a race car for pennies on the dollar. – Nick Bromberg

The furious battle for 20th! Can Jamie McMurray hold off Aric Almirola? No, of course the big story is Keselowski vs. Johnson, and there will be guessing and second-guessing about Keselowski's strategy no matter what he does. Run up front? Prevent defense? Stick to the 48's bumper? All have merit, and all have pitfalls. Going to be fun to see how Keselowski handles playing with a lead. – Jay Busbee

Keep an eye on Roger Penske. The Captain has never won a Cup title, and Sunday could be his first. Brad Keselowski figures to be the man of the hour – unbelievable, right? – but Penske deserves a ton of credit for taking a chance on him three years ago. – Jay Hart

FROM THE SOURCE
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FROM THE SOURCE

"Somebody asked me how I felt when [I] blew a tire out at Phoenix. … I was really disappointed, because I want the pressure. I want the pressure of – I wanted the pressure. I don't have a choice in the matter. I wanted the pressure of coming down here and having to win the race to win the championship, because that's the type of person I am. I want the ball. I want to be on the field on the last play with the ball thrown to me, and that's what that moment is." – Jimmie Johnson


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