* Skinner Clings To 29-Point Lead Entering Finale In The Loop: Mike Skinner may have to use every bit of his 29-point cushion over Ron Hornaday Jr. Because Skinner struggles at Homestead-Miami Speedway, while Hornaday thrives. In five ...
* Skinner Clings To 29-Point Lead Entering Finale
In The Loop:
Mike Skinner may have to use every bit of his 29-point cushion over Ron Hornaday Jr.
Because Skinner struggles at Homestead-Miami Speedway, while Hornaday thrives.
In five Homestead races, Skinner has an average finish of 15.4, but has failed to crack the top-10 in any of the last two events there. Last year, an accident ended his day after 14 laps.
Over the last two Homestead races, Skinner has a Driver Rating of 86.3, an Average Running Position of 21.7 and has run 43.7 percent of the total laps run in the top 15.
Hornaday, on the other hand, excels at the 1.5-mile track. Last year's 14th-place finish was the first time in seven races Hornaday failed to notch a top 10. He won there in 2002.
Over the last two races, Hornaday leads Skinner in every key Loop Data category. He has a Driver Rating of 95.2, an Average Running Position of 10.3 and has run 82.5 percent of the Laps in the Top 15. Additionally, Hornaday has 61 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 while under green), which is third-most over the last two years. Over that span, Skinner has 39 Quality Passes.
As for potential spoilers, Jack Sprague could steal the show. In 10 Homestead races, Sprague has failed to crack the top 10 only once, and has finished in the top five in all but two races. With finishes of second and fifth over the last two years, Sprague has racked up some of the most impressive stats in the series. He has a Driver Rating of 115.9, an Average Running Position of 6.4, 35 Fastest Laps Run, 94.8 percent of the laps in the top 15 and 60 Quality Passes.
"I think it's unique in its own right because it's got high banks and is really fast. You can run pretty much all the way through the race around the top side. You're going to see guys running up against the wall the whole time, but you can go down to the bottom and try to make a pass and it's wide enough you can race all around that place." -- Kyle Busch on what fans will see at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"You run on the ragged edge. It's not just at Homestead, but pretty much anywhere. When you're on the ragged edge, the best driver in the world can find trouble. It's so competitive right now." -- Todd Bodine, winner of the 2005 Ford 200.
Toyota Hits 100
This week's race marks the 100th time a Toyota Tundra truck has taken the green flag in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Since 2004, the manufacturer has won 37 times including 12 this season.
Toyota already clinched its second consecutive Manufacturers' Championship and is hoping to clinch a second consecutive driver title.
On Deck: Champion's Celebration
The 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion will barely have time to change from fire suit to tuxedo as the annual Champion's Awards Banquet will be held Monday, Nov. 19 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in nearby Hollywood, Fla.
The ceremonies will be the seventh held in Florida as the banquet returns to the Miami area following last's year's gala affair in Orlando.
Next Race: Ford 200
The Place: Homestead-Miami Speedway
The Date: November 16
The Time: 8:00 p.m. (ET)
TV: SPEED 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Track Layout: 1.5- paved oval
Race Purse: $655,346
2006 Winner: Mark Martin
2006 Pole: Mike Skinner
Schedule: Friday: Practice 8:30 a.m.--9:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m.--10:15 a.m. (rookies) and 10:25 a.m.--11:25 a.m. Qualifying 5:00 p.m.