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« on: November 13, 2007, 11:10:23 am »

Homestead-Miami NASCAR Weekend Schedule of Events
Homestead-Miami Speedway
All Times are Eastern  Posted Thursday, November 8, 2007

Date   Time Broadcast
FRI 11/16    
   Craftsman Truck Series Practice  8:30 - 9:30 a.m.   
  Craftsman Truck Series Final Practice  10:25 - 11:25 a.m.  SPEED
   NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying Order  10:30 a.m.   
  NEXTEL Cup Series Practice  11:30 am - 1:00 pm  SPEED
  Busch Series Practice  1:10 - 2:20 p.m.  SPEED
  NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying 3:10 p.m.  espn2
  Craftsman Truck Series Qualifying  5:00 p.m.  SPEED
  Busch Series Final Practice  6:35 - 7:25 p.m.   
  Pre-Race 7:30 p.m.  SPEED/MRN/SIRIUS
  Ford 200  8:00 p.m.  SPEED/MRN/SIRIUS
SAT 11/17   
  NEXTEL Cup Series Practice  11:00 - 11:50 a.m.  SPEED
  Busch Series Qualifying  12:05 p.m.  SPEED
  NEXTEL Cup Series Final Practice  2:50 - 3:50 p.m.  espn2
  Pre-Race 4:00 p.m.  espn2/MRN/SIRIUS
  Ford 300  4:30 p.m.  espn2/MRN/SIRIUS
SUN 11/18    
  Pre-Race 3:00 p.m.  ABC/MRN/SIRIUS
  Ford 400  3:30 p.m.  ABC/MRN/SIRIUS
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Ford 300 - Entry List

Car  Driver  Hometown Team  Owner 
00  Michael McDowell  Phoenix, AZ  TBA Toyota  Michael Waltrip 
0  Eric McClure  Chilhowie, VA  Hefty Chevrolet  Keith Duesenberg 
1  J.J. Yeley  Phoenix, AZ  Miccosukee Resort Chevrolet  James Finch 
01  Kertus Davis  Gaffney, SC  TBA Chevrolet  Johnny Davis 
2  Clint Bowyer  Emporia, KS  BB&T Chevrolet  Richard Childress 
03  Todd Bodine  Chemung, NY  TBA Toyota  Steven Germain 
5  Mark Martin  Batesville, AR  Sta-Green/Lowe's Chevrolet  Rick Hendrick 
David Ragan   Unadilla, GA  Discount Tire Ford  Jack Roush 
7  Mike Wallace  St. Louis, MO  GEICO Chevrolet  James Finch 
9  Kasey Kahne  Enumclaw, WA  Hellmann's Dodge  Ray Evernham 
10  Dave Blaney  Hartford, OH  Hass Avocados from Mexico Toyota  Greg Pollex 
11  Jason Keller  Greenville, SC  TBA Chevrolet  Bryan Mullet 
12  Sam Hornish Jr  Defiance, OH  Kodak Dodge  Roger Penske 
14  Kyle Krisiloff  Carmel, IN  Lilly/Walgreens Ford  Greg Pollex 
16  Greg Biffle   Vancouver, WA  3M Ford  Jack Roush 
17  Matt Kenseth  Cambridge, WI  Dish Network Ford  Jack Roush 
18  Aric Almirola  Tampa, FL  Banquet Foods Chevrolet  Joe Gibbs 
19  Patrick Carpentier  Villa Lasalle, CA  TBA Dodge  Ray Evernham 
20  Denny Hamlin  Chesterfield, VA  Rockwell Automation Chevrolet  Joe Gibbs 
21  Kevin Harvick  Bakersfield, CA  Auto Zone Chevrolet  Richard Childress 
22  Mike Bliss  Milwaukie, OR  Supercuts Dodge  Armando Fitz 
24  Casey Mears  Bakersfield, CA  National Guard Chevrolet  Rick Hendrick 
25  Richard Johns   Lawrenceville, GA Ford  Ed Rensi 
26  Jamie McMurray  Joplin, MO  World Financial Group Ford  Jack Roush 
27  Bobby East   Brownsburg, IN  Kleenex Ford  Tammy Brewer 
28  Robert Richardson  McKinney, TX  Checkers/Rally's Chevrolet  Joe Custer 
29  Jeff Burton  South Boston, VA  Holiday Inn Chevrolet  Richard Childress 
33  Tony Raines  LaPorte, IN  RoadLoans Chevrolet  Delana Harvick 
35  Bobby Hamilton Jr  Nashville, TN  McDonald's Ford  Gary Weisbaum 
36  Jeremy Clements  Spartanburg, SC  TBA Chevrolet  John McGill 
37  John Graham  Toronto, CA  Kick Butt Amped Energy Ballz Ford  Clarence Brewer 
38  Jason Leffler  Long Beach, CA  Great Clips Toyota  Todd Braun 
41  AJ Allmendinger  Los Gatos, CA  Imation Dodge  Chip Ganassi 
42  Dario Franchitti  Edinburg, UK  Target Dodge  Floyd Ganassi 
44  Jennifer Jo Cobb  Kansas City, KS  TBA Chevrolet  Donnie Richardson 
47  Kelly Bires  Mauston, WI  Clorox / American Red Cross Ford  Jodi Geschickter 
49  Brian Keselowski  Rochester Hills, MI  Holloway/Dusty's Collision Dodge  Dusty Whitney 
59  Marcos Ambrose  Launceston, AU  Kingsford Ford  Tad Geschickter 
60  Carl Edwards   Columbia, MO  Scotts Ford  Jack Roush 
66  Steve Wallace  Charlotte, NC  Atreus Homes & Communities Dodge  Rusty Wallace 
70  Mark Green  Owensboro, KY  Foretravel Motorcoach Chevrolet  Mary Louise Miller 
72  D.J. Kennington  St. Thomas, CA  TBA Dodge  Pat MacDonald 
77  Bobby Labonte  Corpus Christi, TX  Dollar General Chevrolet  Delana Harvick 
88  Brad Keselowski  Rochester Hills, MI  U.S. Navy Chevrolet  Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
90  Stephen Leicht  Asheville, NC  Citifinancial Ford  Robert Yates 
99  David Reutimann  Zephyrhills, FL  Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota  Michael Waltrip 

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Last hurrah: Homestead will be the 803rd, and final race in the Busch Series, since the series inception in 1982. This concludes a Series sponsorship that has lasted 26 years. Carl Edwards is the 19th driver to win a championship in the 26th season of the NASCAR Busch Series. This is only the second NBS title for a Ford driver. (Greg Biffle, 2002). Owner's title goes to RCR: The #29 car of RCR will clinch the 2007 owner’s championship if the #29 car starts the race at Homestead. It will be his fourth NBS owner title; he won in 2001, 2003, and 2006. This title will be the 11th NASCAR Owner championship for Childress (six Cup, four NBS, one NCTS) In 2003, Richard Childress’ #21 car with drivers Kevin Harvick and Johnny Sauter won the owners championship while Brian Vickers won the driver’s championship. This is the only other time in Busch Series history that the champion owner and driver had come from different teams. (NASCAR PR) (11-13-07)
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2007, 11:46:35 am »

NASCAR fans, start your engines: Ford RaceFest—the official kick-off event to Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway and South Florida’s largest NASCAR-themed festival—takes to the Las Olas Riverfront Thursday, Nov. 15. Free to the public, this all-things-NASCAR extravaganza runs from noon to 10 p.m. and features autograph, photograph and question-and-answer sessions with drivers; photo ops with the NEXTEL Cup Series championship trophy; show cars; interactive displays; a “Kids Zone”; live music; and food, beverage, souvenirs and merchandise galore available. Tickets for Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway also will be on sale. mong those scheduled to appear: NEXTEL Cup drivers Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, David Gilliland, David Ragan and three-time Ford 400 winner Greg Biffle; Busch Series drivers Marcos Ambrose, Kelly Bires and Richard Johns; Craftsman Truck Series drivers Travis Kvapil, Rick Crawford, David Starr, Joey Clanton, Erik Darnell and TJ Bell; and Chip Foose, designer of the Foose Ford F-150 pace truck. This marks the sixth consecutive year Ford RaceFest will help launch Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 16-18)—the culmination of NASCAR’s Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, as well as the season finales for the Busch and Truck series. (HMS PR) (11-12-07)
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2007, 06:07:46 pm »

Raybestos Rookie News and Notes: Ford 300
Camp & Associates Press Release


· Marcos Ambrose was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the November 10 ARIZONA.TRAVEL 200 at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway. Ambrose scored a 15th-place finish and took top rookie honors for the sixth time this season.

· David Ragan leads Ambrose by 30 points (234-204) in the Raybestos® Rookie standings entering the November 17 Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.

· THE STREAK CONTINUES: At least two Raybestos® Rookies have been in the top-10 in the NASCAR Busch Series championship standings for 19 consecutive races, dating back to Kentucky (race No. 16).

· Ragan is fifth in the Busch Series championship standings, best of any Raybestos® Rookie. He is 198 points behind fourth-place Kevin Harvick and 145 ahead of sixth-place Bobby Hamilton Jr.

· Ambrose is eighth in the standings, 100 points behind seventh-place Stephen Leicht and 27 ahead of ninth-place Greg Biffle.

· Ambrose has captured WIX Filters Lap Leader of the Race honors twice this season: Montreal (race No. 23) and Las Vegas (race No. 4). Other Raybestos® Rookies to capture the honor: Brad Coleman (Talladega and Kentucky, race No. 16) and Juan Pablo Montoya (Mexico City, race No. 3).

· DID YOU KNOW? TWO Raybestos® Rookies have won pole positions this season: David Ragan at Texas (race No. Cool and Brad Coleman at Talladega.

Todd Kluever was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the 2006 Ford 300, grabbing a ninth-place finish.

DID YOU KNOW? The best finish by a Raybestos® Rookie in the Ford 300 is third by Kyle Busch (2004) and Greg Biffle (2001).

DID YOU KNOW? Casey Atwood is the only Raybestos® Rookie to win a pole position at Homestead. Atwood claimed the top starting spot for the 1998 Jiffy Lube 300.

DID YOU KNOW? Only once in 12 previous Busch Series races at Homestead have TWO Raybestos® Rookie finished in the top-five. In 2001, Greg Biffle place third just ahead of fellow Raybestos® Rookie Scott Wimmer, who grabbed a fourth place finish.

Top-five finishes by Raybestos® Rookies at Homestead:

1999: Hank Parker Jr., fourth

2001: Greg Biffle, third

2001: Scott Wimmer, fourth

2004: Kyle Busch, third

Top-10 finishes by Raybestos® Rookies at Homestead:

1995: Jeff Fuller, eighth

1995: Curtis Markham, 10th

1997: Matt Kenseth, sixth

1998: Dave Blaney, sixth

1999: Hank Parker Jr., fourth

2000: Jimmie Johnson, sixth

2001: Greg Biffle, third

2001: Scott Wimmer, fourth

2004: Kyle Busch, third

2005: Jon Wood, sixth

2006: Todd Kluever, ninth

Raybestos® Rookies to lead a lap at Homestead:

1997: Steve Park (once for nine laps)

1999: Hank Parker, Jr. (led 32 laps)

2001: Scott Wimmer (once for 11 laps)

2004: Kyle Busch (once for three laps)


A Raybestos® Rookie has won at least one race in each of the past FOUR consecutive seasons (2004-2007).

Danny O’Quinn Jr. narrowly edged John Andretti to win the 2006 Raybestos® Rookie of the Year title in the NASCAR Busch Series. O’Quinn Jr. finished one point higher than Andretti in the final standings, the closet margin in NASCAR national series history. He also became the second driver in series history to win the award without completing the full schedule. The 2006 Raybestos® Rookie of the Year title was the second consecutive and third overall for Roush Fenway Racing in the Busch Series.

Kyle Busch posted a record-setting year on his way to the 2004 Raybestos® Rookie of the Year title. In 34 starts, Busch won five times, captured five poles and scored 16 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes. His second-place finish in the Busch Series championship standings is a record for a Raybestos® Rookie. Other Raybestos® Rookie records Busch owns or shares: most starts (34), most wins (tied with Biffle), most top fives (tied with Biffle), most top 10s, most money won ($2,027,050), most championship points (4,943), most laps led (1,108) and most races led (21).

David Stremme holds the record for fewest starts by a driver to win Raybestos® Rookie of the Year. In 2003, he started just 18 of the 34 races and was the top rookie finisher in 16 of those starts. He was the only Raybestos® Rookie to score three top-three finishes and had more top-10 finishes (seven) than any other first-year driver. He led six races for a total of 86 laps.

David Green was the first Raybestos® Rookie to win a race, at Lanier, Ga., in 1991. Green captured the Nestle 200 by 1.58-seconds over Jeff Gordon, a fellow Raybestos® Rookie. A third Raybestos® Rookie, Todd Bodine, placed eighth in the race.

Dennis Setzer was the first Raybestos® Rookie to win TWO or more races in a season. In 1994, he won the Ford Credit 300 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway and The Pantry 300 at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Steve Park was the first Raybestos® Rookie to win THREE or more races in a season. In 1997, he won the BellSouth Mobility/Opryland 300 at Nashville (Tenn.) Speedway, the Detroit Gasket 200 at Michigan International Speedway and the Autolite Platinum 250 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

Kenny Wallace was the first Raybestos® Rookie to win a pole in the Busch Series. Wallace grabbed the top starting spot for the 1989 Goody’s 300 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the first race in the history of the Raybestos® Rookie of the Year program.



David Ragan 234

Marcos Ambrose 204

Kyle Krisiloff 181

Brad Keselowski 181

Brad Coleman 169

Juan Pablo Montoya 165

Robert Richardson Jr. 114

Justin Diercks 51



ORBITZ 300 Ambrose, 16th

Stater Bros. 300 Peters, 17th

Telcel-Motorola 200 Montoya, FIRST

Sam’s Town 300 Ambrose, 10th

Nicorette 300 Montoya, eighth

Sharpie Mini 300 Ragan, 13th

Pepsi 300 Coleman, 15th

O’Reilly 300 Ragan, fifth

Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 Montoya, 21st

Aaron’s 312 Ragan, fourth

Circuit City 250 Montoya, 11th

Diamond Hill Plywood 200 Ragan, 13th

CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 Ambrose, 20th

Dover 200 Ambrose, sixth

Federated Auto Parts 300 Ragan, seventh

Meijer 300 presented by Oreo Coleman, second

AT&T 250 Coleman, fourth

Camping World 200 Ragan, 18th

Winn-Dixie 250 Krisiloff, 20th

USG DUROCK 300 Keselowski, 14th

Busch 250 Ragan, fifth

Kroger 200 Keselowski, 10th

NAPA Auto Parts 200 Krisiloff, sixth

Zippo 200 at The Glen Coleman, fifth

CARFAX 250 Keselowski, 13th

Food City 250 Ragan, sixth

Camping World 300 Ragan, 10th

Emerson Radio 250 Ambrose, 15th 200 Keselowski, seventh

Yellow Transportation 300 Krisiloff, 28th

Dollar General 300 Ragan, sixth

Sam’s Town 250 Ragan, third

O’Reilly Challenge Keselowski, sixth

ARIZONA.TRAVEL 200 Ambrose, 15th

®Raybestos is a registered trademark licensed to Brake Parts Inc. by Raybestos Products Company
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Busch Series News & Notes - Homestead-Miami

It’s A Wrap: 2007 Season; 26 Years Of Busch Sponsorship End At Homestead-Miami
RCR Readies For Fourth Series Owner Championship
Fight To The Finish: Final Spot In Top 10 Still In Question
In The Loop: Series “Who’s Who” Impressive At Homestead
2007 Series Champion’s Week Activities Dec. 5-7 In Orlando
A Final Bow: Series Sponsor Busch Departs After 26 Exciting Seasons

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 13, 2007) – The list of accomplishments for the nation’s No. 2 motorsports series over the last 26 seasons is stellar:

803 races;
19 driver champions;
15 owner champions;
Over $18 million in point fund contributions.
Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the list will be complete with the running of the NASCAR Busch Series’ final race under the Busch Beer sponsorship banner.

Nationwide Insurance will take over as title sponsor for the series beginning next season.

The NASCAR Busch Series will be synonymous with exciting, close-quarters racing, intriguing personalities and as a proving ground for both drivers who chose it as a career destination series, and those who used it as a steppingstone to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.

For every recollection of Dale Earnhardt winning the first event in series history in 1982 to Juan Pablo Montoya capturing the victory in front of a thrilled throng of fans in Mexico City last March, to a history-matching driver-owner championship title split this year, there will be a multitude of NASCAR Busch Series memories.

Perhaps Chuck Bown, the 1990 series champion, summed up the legacy of the series best.

“I loved the Busch Series,” he said. “It was a heck of a lot of fun. Those were the best years of my career, really. You knew it was serious hard racing because so many of those Cup guys raced with us on a regular basis.

“When you won races or won a championship there, you did something. You made your mark in motorsports.”

On The Verge: Owner Title To RCR; Who’s The Odd Man Out Of 10th?
The second split driver-owner championship in NASCAR national series history will be officially recognized Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway even though both will have been claimed before the start of the race.

Carl Edwards (No. 60 Scotts Ford) will officially raise his driver championship trophy while the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet of Richard Childress Racing will claim the owner title once the car settles into its starting spot. Both officially receive their respective awards after the Ford 300.

Even though he re-claimed the 10th spot from Mike Wallace (No. 7 GEICO Chevrolet) after a second-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway, Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Dish Network Ford) dropped back to 11th following a 25-point penalty due to a post-race height infraction. Wallace jumped back into 10th, but is only 14 points ahead of Kenseth.

Marcos Ambrose (No. 59 Kingsford Ford) remains in a nerve-racking position. He’s in eighth place, but has just a 44-point cushion separating him from a fall out of the top 10. Additionally, Jason Leffler (No. 38 Great Clips Toyota) is hanging on to a seven-point lead over reigning series champion Kevin Harvick (No. 21 AutoZone Chevrolet) for third place in the final standings.

In The Loop: Series, Season Finale Ripe With Familiar Names And Stout Credentials
Not only is Saturday’s NASCAR Bush Series field exploding with name recognition, the statistics at Homestead-Miami Speedway behind those names are equally impressive.

The entry list features the all-time series wins leader Mark Martin (No. 5 Sta-Green/Lowe’s Chevrolet) and four series champions Bobby Labonte (No. 77 Dollar General Chevrolet); Kevin Harvick (No. 21 AutoZone Chevrolet); Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford) and Carl Edwards (No. 60 Scotts Ford).

And all have had past success at Homestead.

Martin, the series wins leader with 47, has finished in the top five in six of his seven Homestead races. In the 2005 event, a third-place finish, Martin scored a Driver Rating of 120.5, an Average Running Position of 3.7, had 22 Fastest Laps Run and spent all but three of the Laps in the Top 15.

Harvick, Biffle and Edwards have all raced in each of the last two Homestead events and all have tremendous Loop Data stats.

The breakdown of the three champions:

Harvick has a Driver Rating of 113.5, an Average Running Position of 6.1, 30 Fastest Laps Run and 383 Laps in the Top 15 (out of a total of 400).
Biffle has a Driver Rating of 105.4, an Average Running Position of 17.3, a series-high 71 Fastest Laps Run and 219 Laps in the Top 15.
Edwards has a Driver Rating of 106.6, an Average Running Position of 6.4, 21 Fastest Laps Run and 383 Laps in the Top 15.
Labonte has two career series starts at Homestead, finishing second in 1996 and 29th last season.
Also worth watching: Matt Kenseth. He is the defending champion of this event and earned a near-perfect Driver Rating of 144.8 in that race (a perfect Driver Rating is 150.0). Over the last two years at Homestead, Kenseth has a Driver Rating of 108.8, an Average Running Position of 9.7, 37 Fastest Laps Run and 299 Laps in the Top 15.

NBS, Etc.

Keller Closes Out Series: Jason Keller (No. 11 CJM Racing Chevrolet) will help close out the NASCAR Busch Series era by attempting to register start No. 422 at Homestead on Saturday. Keller, who set the series all-time start mark at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Oct. 12, again must qualify on time for the event. He has started 52% of the 802 races contested in the NASCAR Busch Series and will continue to build on that mark next season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. His CJM Racing team announced it will compete in 2008.

DJ the Common Thread: Think of the name Dale Jarrett and his stellar NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series career – complete with the 1999 series championship and 32 wins – comes to mind. What may be forgotten is Jarrett’s standing as one of the charter members of the NASCAR Busch Series. The first of Jarrett’s 330 starts was on Feb. 13, 1982, the date of the first NASCAR Busch Series race at Daytona International Speedway. He’s the only driver entered in this week’s national series races at Homestead that participated in that first NASCAR Busch series event. The 26-year-old Jarrett, driving for Horace Isenhower, finished 10th and earned $3,500.

One in a Million?: If Bobby Labonte wins the Ford 300, he’ll make a fan a millionaire. Mary McNair of Fairhope, Ala., was the grand prize winner of Dollar General’s “Win a Fast Million” sweepstakes. In addition to a $10,000 prize and an all-expense paid trip to attend the Ford 300, McNair will collect $1 million if Labonte is declared the winner of the race.

The JR Motorsports No. 88 U.S. NAVY Chevrolet team returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, two years after the team made its NASCAR Busch Series debut at the 1.5-mile track. The team made its first start at the Speedway in 2005 as a precursor to its first full season of series competition in 2006. The track is also special for driver Brad Keselowski. In 2003, he turned his first-ever laps on a speedway at Homestead during a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series test session.

Of Note – Homestead: Despite three consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series wins to go along with three top fives, four top 10s and one Busch Pole in seven NASCAR Busch Series races, Greg Biffle has yet to win in NASCAR Busch Series competition at Homestead. … Germain Racing will attempt to make its fifth NASCAR Busch Series start this season. The team will field the No. 03 Toyota for 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Todd Bodine. He has 320 starts and 15 wins in NASCAR Busch Series competition, plus two top-10 finishes this year. … Jennifer Jo Cobb (No. 44 Chevrolet) will attempt to qualify for Saturday’s race and will rely upon past success. In 2004, she qualified 28th – the highest a female driver had qualified in series competition that year – for the season finale at Homestead in what was also her first career series start.

NASCAR Busch Series By The Numbers
15 – Different winners in 2007. The record is 18; Kevin Harvick leads this season with six victories.
20 – Different Busch Pole winners this year. Denny Hamlin with five is the season leader. The record is 24.
12 – Owner wins by Richard Childress Racing this season. That ties the mark set by RCR last year.
39 – Drivers who made their first start in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2007.
803 – The number of races that will have been run in the 26-year history of the NASCAR Busch Series following the Ford 300 at Homestead.

Driver Points
1. David Ragan 234
2. Marcos Ambrose 204
3. Kyle Krisiloff 181
4. Brad Keselowski 181
5. Brad Coleman 169
6. Juan Pablo Montoya 165
7. Robert Richardson Jr. 114
8. Justin Diercks 51

2007 NASCAR Busch Series Champion’s Week
The 2007 NASCAR Busch Series Champion’s Week media activities with Carl Edwards, the series driver champion, representatives from Richard Childress Racing, the series owner champion, top 10 drivers in the final standings and the Raybestos Rookie of the Year, will be held Dec. 6-7 in Orlando, Fla.

The NASCAR Busch Series Awards Banquet will take place at the Portofino Bay Hotel on Friday, Dec. 7.

ESPN2 culminates its season-long coverage of the NASCAR Busch Series with the season finale from Homestead-Miami Speedway. The telecast of the Ford 300 begins at 4 p.m. ET with NASCAR Countdown. Allen Bestwick will host the pre-race show.

Dr. Jerry Punch will anchor ESPN2’s coverage with analysis by 1989 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Rusty Wallace and two-time NASCAR champion crew chief Andy Petree.

Pit reporters are scheduled to be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro and Shannon Spake.

2007 At-A-Glance: NASCAR Busch Series Leaders After 34 Of 35 Races:
Season Traditional Statistics:
Driver points – Edwards (4,640#)
Victories – Harvick (6)
Races led – Edwards (20)
Laps led – Ky. Busch (1100)
Top-five finishes – Edwards (14)
Top-10 finishes – Edwards, Harvick (20)
Owner points – Richard Childress Racing (No. 29) - (4,918)
Money Won – Edwards ($1,191,260)
Miles led – Ky. Busch (1,433.08)
Busch Poles – Hamlin (5)
Closest to 10th – Kenseth 10th (3,111 pts); 11th – M. Wallace (- 11)
Consecutive Weeks in Top 10 – Edwards, Harvick (34)
# - clinched driver championship

Season Loop Data Statistics:
Driver Rating – Edwards (105.5)
Average Running Position – Edwards (10.1)
Fastest Laps Run – Edwards (532 fastest laps)
Quality Passes – Edwards (976)
Laps In Top 15 – Edwards (5,180 of a possible 6,356)

Ford Seeking Consecutive Victories In Namesake Season Finale
Ford has one championship in hand this season thanks to Carl Edwards’ NASCAR Busch Series driver title. But the manufacturer hopes to close out the year on an even higher note with a victory at its namesake race in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Chevrolet, the 2007 Bill France Performance Cup winner, owns the most series wins in this event (six) and also will claim the 2007 series owner championship on Ford’s turf.

Chevrolet has dominated the 1.5-mile tracks this year with seven wins to one for both Ford and Dodge. But Ford is the defending winner of this race – Matt Kenseth won last year – and can become the first back-to-back race winner at the track since Chevy won consecutive races from 1999-2001.

Toyota will make its series debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway and also has one final opportunity to bypass Dodge for third place in the manufacturers’ championship standings. Toyota – with six entries in the race – trails Dodge by nine points.

Manufacturers' Championship 2007 Point Standings
Chevrolet 229
Ford 192
Dodge 147
Toyota 138

Up Next: Preseason Thunder Testing At Daytona International Speedway
A new era for the nation’s No. 2 motorsports series starts on Jan. 18, 2008 at Daytona International Speedway as the NASCAR Nationwide Series begins testing in preparation for the season-opening Camping World 300.

There will be two test sessions for the NASCAR Nationwide Series from Jan. 18-22. Those cars ranked in odd-numbered positions in the owner points following the 2007 race at Chicagoland Speedway will test from Jan. 18-20, with Jan. 20 serving as an overlap day for the odd and even-numbered cars. The even-numbered cars – also ranked via owner points following the 2007 race at Chicagoland – will test Jan. 20- 22. There is no rain date for either group.

The remainder of the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series test schedule will be announced at a later date.

The Race: Ford 300
The Place: Homestead-Miami Speedway
The Date: Nov. 17, 2007
The Time: 4:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: ESPN2, 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Track Layout: 1.5-mile oval
Race Purse: $1,533,505
2006 Winner: Matt Kenseth
2006 Pole: Kevin Harvick

2007 Point Standings
Pos. Driver Points
1 Edwards 4,640#
2 Reutimann 4,069
3 Leffler 3,875
4 Harvick 3,868
5 Ragan 3,670
6 Hamilton Jr. 3,525
7 Leicht 3,443
8 Ambrose 3,343
9 Biffle 3,316
10 Kenseth 3,311
# Cliched Title

Pre-Race Schedule:
Friday–Practice, 1:10-2:20 p.m.; Rookie Practice, 2:30-3:00 p.m.; Final Practice, 6:35-7:25 Saturday–Qualifying, 12:05 a.m. (impound).

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