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DATE: Friday, November 16th
SITE: Homestead-Miami Speedway (1999) -- Homestead, Florida
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 1,760 feet (Frontstretch); 1,760 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 65,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 17th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Johnny Sauter
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: James Buescher (Finished 12th)
LAPS: 134
MILES: 201
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jon Wood, 2007 (173.188 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Johnny Benson, 2007 (134.513 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $576,655 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $45,475; 2nd Place - $23,150; 3rd Place - $16,825
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Johnny Sauter56Ty Dillon2
2Denny Hamlin177Elliott Sadler7
3Kevin Harvick88Timothy Peters21
4Nelson Piquet Jr39Jason White12
5Joey Coulter1010Austin Dillon4
2011 Ford EcoBoost 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 125.385 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 25 minutes, 25 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 16 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: James Buescher (Starting lineup determined by practice speeds)
Past Ford EcoBoost 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Johnny Sauter (5th) -- Toyota -- 125.385 m.p.h.
2010 -- Kyle Busch (2nd) -- Toyota -- 118.565 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kevin Harvick (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 132.015 m.p.h.
2008 -- Todd Bodine (18th) -- Toyota -- 127.179 m.p.h.
2007 -- Johnny Benson (2nd) -- Toyota -- 134.513 m.p.h. (race record)
2006 -- Mark Martin (6th) -- Ford -- 126.019 m.p.h.
2005 -- Todd Bodine (9th) -- Toyota -- 119.920 m.p.h.
2004 -- Kasey Kahne (13th) -- Dodge -- 114.930 m.p.h.
2003 -- Bobby Hamilton (1st) -- Dodge -- 120.439 m.p.h.
2002 -- Ron Hornaday Jr (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 133.260 m.p.h.
2001 -- Ted Musgrave (3rd) -- Dodge -- 118.176 m.p.h.
2000 -- Andy Houston (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 129.755 m.p.h.
1999 -- Mike Wallace (10th) -- Ford -- 109.813 m.p.h.
1998 -- Rick Crawford (12th) -- Ford -- 114.475 m.p.h.
1997 -- Kenny Irwin (5th) -- Ford -- 98.565 m.p.h.
1996 -- Dave Rezendes (10th) -- Ford -- 102.000 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Florida Dodge Dealers 400K (1996-2001), Ford 200
(2002-11).
 
Past Ford EcoBoost 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- James Buescher -- 12th
2010 -- Austin Dillon -- 31st
2009 -- Colin Braun -- 3rd
2008 -- Mike Skinner -- 26th
2007 -- Jon Wood -- 13th
2006 -- Mike Skinner -- 35th
2005 -- David Reutimann -- 36th
2004 -- David Reutimann -- 4th
2003 -- Bobby Hamilton -- 1st
2002 -- Mike Bliss -- 5th
2001 -- Scott Riggs -- 4th
2000 -- Joe Ruttman -- 4th
1999 -- Randy Tolsma -- 17th
1998 -- Jack Sprague -- 2nd
1997 -- Joe Ruttman -- 26th
1996 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 33rd
Last Race Results
RACE: Lucas Oil 150 (November 9th)
SITE: Phoenix International Raceway -- Avondale, Arizona
MILES: 153
LAPS: 153
WINNER: Brian Scott
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Larson
THIRD: Joey Coulter
FOURTH: Timothy Peters
FIFTH: Ryan Blaney
POLE WINNER: Nelson Piquet Jr. (Finished 8th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 44 minutes, 49 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 87.581 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.666 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 46 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: N. Piquet Jr. 1-8; B. Scott 9-53; T. Dillon 54-74; B. Scott 75;
R.Truex 76-97; J. Lofton 98-105; T. Peters 106-108; K. Larson
109-151; B. Scott 152-153.
Ford EcoBoost 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
0Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Ford/driven2honor.org
01Jake Crum (Statesville, NC)Chevrolet/Bandit Chippers
2Tim George Jr. (New York, NY)Chevrolet/Applebee's
3Ty Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
5Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Rimrock Designs
6Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Chevrolet/Lofton Cattle
07Jeff Agnew (Copper Hill, VA)Chevrolet/Wear Your Gear/bobber.info
7Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
08Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Toyota/Custom Cooling
8Max Gresham ((Stockbridge, GA)Chevrolet/Made in USA Brand
09John Wes Townley (Waitville, GA)Toyota/Zaxby's
9Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Smokey Mountain Herbal
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)RAM/driven2honor.org
11Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Toyota Care
13 *Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/Seal Master/Curb Records
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Dollar General
20Dusty Davis (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/TBA
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/Rip-It
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Ford/gunbroker.com
27To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
29Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)RAM/Cooper Standard
30Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/flalottery.com
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Great Clips
32Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Chevrolet/Duroline Brakes
33Cale Gale (Mobile, AL)Chevrolet/Ruud
38Chris Jones (Forest, VA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/Pull-A-Part LLC
51German Quiroga (Mexico City, Mexico)Toyota/NET-10 Wireless
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/Norm Benning Racing
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Koma Unwind
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry
82Sean Corr (Goshen, NY)Ford/TBA
84Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Glenden Enterprises
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Toyota/Menard's
93Ryan Lynch (New Boston, TX)Chevrolet/blankhood.com
99Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/Rockingham Speedway
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Johnny Sauter33rd---20th---------9th3rdWon
Nelson Piquet Jr.------------------------4th
Joey Coulter------------------------5th
Ty Dillon------------------------6th
Timothy Peters------15th------15th4th17th8th
James Buescher---------------19th18th19th12th
Ron Hornaday Jr------9th14th7th8th8th2nd13th
Parker Kligerman------------------------14th
Todd Bodine------Won21st14thWon5th4th16th
Justin Lofton---------------------7th18th
Matt Crafton15th5th10th12th12th17th2nd6th19th
Kyle Busch------6th---2nd4th13thWon---
Aric Almirola---------23rd------14th5th---
Ryan Blaney---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Joey Coulter - Started in the 17th position and finished 3rd
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Joey Coulter
Darkhorse - Todd Bodine
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Timothy Peters) - Finished 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Nelson Piquet Jr) - Finished 8th
 
NOTES:
This week's Camping World Truck Series finale will decide the championship, as James Buescher leads Timothy Peters and Ty Dillon by 11 and 12 points respectively heading into the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Buescher saw his lead trimmed by four points last week in Phoenix, as he placed 17th, while Peters finished fourth. Buescher blew a tire and made contact with the wall in the closing laps, which set up a green-white-checkered finish. Kyle Larson held the lead for the restart, but Brian Scott made his winning pass in turn two. It was Scott's second career truck win. His first victory came in May 2009 at Dover.

Although Dillon was in second place on the points list, he did gain three points on Buescher, as he finished two spots ahead in Florida.

Last season, Johnny Sauter captured the race, but it was Austin Dillon who won the championship, the youngest in the 17-year history of the series. At the age of 21, finished 10th in the rain-shortened race and clinched the title by just six points over Sauter, who led the most laps with 44.

Back in 2010, Kyle Busch led six times for 57 laps, including the final four, as he defeated Hornaday Jr by less than a second for his 24th of 30 career Camping World titles. Todd Bodine, who finished fourth, captured the championship.

In 2009, Kevin Harvick celebrated his Camping World Truck Series owners' championship in style by winning the season-ending Ford 200 in dominating fashion. Harvick ran in front for 108 of 136 laps, but had to pass Timothy Peters for the lead just after the final restart with two laps remaining. He then held off Matt Crafton by one second for his third victory of that season. A late-race caution setup the two-lap overtime finish. Harvick and several other drivers on the lead lap pitted for new tires, while Peters took a gamble and remained on the track prior to the restart.

Bodine, who started in the 18th position on the grid in 2008, captured the checkered flag, as he defeated Brian Scott by less than a second for his 15th career Truck Series title. Bodine led the final eight laps to defeat Scott by 0.232 of a second. Pole sitter Mike Skinner finished a distant 26th. Johnny Benson, who placed seventh, won the championship.

With his win in 2008, Bodine became the first repeat winner of this race, having also won in 2005. Bobby Hamilton is the only driver to win this race from the pole, when he captured the checkered flag in 2003. The top-10 starting positions have won this race 13 times in the 16 year history of the race.

In 2007, Benson held off Kyle Busch down the stretch to win for the ninth time in his Truck Series career. Benson, who overtook Busch on the final lap, claimed the checkered flag, 0.600 of a second ahead of Busch. Pole sitter Jon Wood, who led the first 18 laps, placed 13th. Hornaday placed seventh and captured the championship.

Back in 2006, Mark Martin cruised to victory for his seventh and final Truck Series title and sixth of that year, as he defeated Brendan Gaughan by 2.613 seconds. Todd Bodine, who finished 21st, captured the championship by 127 points over Johnny Benson.

Homestead-Miami Speedway was the first track of more than a mile in length to be added to the NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule and hosted the 1996 season-opening race won by Dave Rezendes. The South Florida facility has hosted the season finale since the 2002 season.

The 2013 Camping World Truck Series season begins February 22 at Daytona International Speedway. John King won this year's season-opener at Daytona.

11/13 16:26:54 ET

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