Homestead: News of note, schedule

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...

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 www.visitmyrtlebeach.com 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.

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.

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.

FAST FACTS

The Race: Ford 300

The Place: Homestead-Miami Speedway
The Date: Nov. 17, 20071
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

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).

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Todd Bodine , Jason Keller , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Carl Edwards , Jennifer Jo Cobb
Teams Germain Racing , JR Motorsports