FINALE IS FINALLY HERE Phoenix is a race you'd like to lock up and throw away the key. But one of the great things about the grind is that there's always next week, and since about 2 p.m. MT Sunday that next week, which just so happens to be the...
FINALE IS FINALLY HERE
Phoenix is a race you'd like to lock up and throw away the key. But one of the great things about the grind is that there's always next week, and since about 2 p.m. MT Sunday that next week, which just so happens to be the last week, has been Homestead.
82. SCOTT SPEED
THE OLD SWITCHAROO: You may remember that Speed was in the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota when he first raced at Homestead in 2008. Brian Vickers drove the then-No. 84 to ensure that car earned a place in the top 35 (it did), and Speed took the No. 83 to a 16th-place finish after qualifying second. A year later, he qualified second again and finished 27th.
HAPPY AT HOMESTEAD: Perhaps nowhere is Speed stronger than Homestead. He has back-to-back front-row starts and an average finish of 21.5, which ranks second behind Talladega.
VITAL SIGNS: Ranks 30th in the driver standings 33 points behind 29th-place Regan Smith and 39 behind Sam Hornish Jr. in 28th.
83. KASEY KAHNE
PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES: Just how critical have the past five weeks been for Kahne and Red Bull Racing Team? Here's the driver's assessment: "I think at times it's been pretty good and at other times it's been kind of difficult. They do everything a lot different, so it's been tough at times to pick that up while other stuff has been easy. I'm glad I have these few races to work on it. I think it definitely does help us prepare for next year. They have a lot of good people and good equipment."
ONE SHINING MOMENT: Look at Kahne's numbers at Homestead, and there's the glare coming from the 2006 season finale. That race, Kahne won the pole, led 90 laps and finished a career-best fourth. Two years later he followed up with a sixth-place finish, and he's qualified fourth or better four times in six tries. The No. 83's best day at Homestead came last season when BV finished 20th.
VITAL SIGNS: The No. 83 ranks 26th in the car owner standings 14 points behind the No. 12 in 25th. Kahne sits 21st in his respective points, 37 behind AJ Allmendinger in 20th.