Track Classification: Intermediate
Similar Tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway • Charlotte Motor Speedway • Chicagoland Speedway Darlington Raceway • Kansas Speedway • Kentucky Speedway • Las Vegas Motor Speedway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway • Texas Motor Speedway
Distance: 1.5 Miles
Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
Carl Edwards - 5
All with 4 - Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Jeff Gordon
All with 3 - Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and Jeff Burton
Both with 4 - Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick
All with 3 - Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon
Recent Pole Winners:
2011 Carl Edwards
2010 Kasey Kahne
The Likely Suspects: This final race of the season will not only crown a champion, but also will bring an end to a wild season of racing. When it comes to Homestead looks for these drivers to run well: Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Jeff Gordon. Of course, don't count out our championship contenders who will be fighting for every extra point: Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson.
My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson. Matt runs well at Homestead and Jimmie is racing for a win. I don't have any more Jimmie Johnson starts left so I am going with Denny Hamlin. Denny has performed well on 1.5 mile tracks this year, and definitely has something to prove to Coach Gibbs and the fans. Note that Kevin Harvick is also a good pick.
My next picks are: Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and wait for it - Jeff Burton. Jeff is somewhat risky, so if you are squeamish go for Joey Logano or Marcos Ambrose. I will complete my team with Sam Hornish Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Tighten your belts, folks. This will be a most interesting race - no matter who you pick! Post your comments here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.