2017 Ford EcoBoost 400

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2017 Ford EcoBoost 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 36 of 36 in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date November 19, 2017 (2017-11-19)
Location Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (640.8 km)
Weather Temperatures hovering around 71.9 °F (22.2 °C); wind speeds up to 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)[11]
Average speed 131.900 miles per hour (212.272 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 31.038
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing
Laps 145
Winner
No. 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1 & 2) and Mike Bagley (3 & 4)

The 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race that was held on November 19, 2017, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Contested over 267 laps on the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) oval, it was the 36th and final race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, and was also the final race for the Chevrolet SS which débuted at the 2013 Daytona 500, as its replacement for 2018 would be the Camaro ZL1.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Homestead-Miami Speedway, the track where the race was held.

Homestead-Miami Speedway is a motor racing track located in Homestead, Florida. The track, which has several configurations, has promoted several series of racing, including NASCAR, the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and the Championship Cup Series.

Since 2002, Homestead-Miami Speedway has hosted the final race of the season in all three of NASCAR's series: the Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series. Ford Motor Company sponsors all three of the season-ending races; the races have the names Ford EcoBoost 400, Ford EcoBoost 300 and Ford EcoBoost 200, respectively, and the weekend is marketed as Ford Championship Weekend. The Xfinity Series (then known as the Busch Series) has held its season-ending races at Homestead since 1995.

Championship drivers[edit]

Kyle Busch was the first of the four drivers to clinch a spot in the Championship 4, winning the first race of the Round of 8 at Martinsville.[12]

Kevin Harvick clinched the second spot in the Championship 4, winning the second race of the Round of 8 at Texas.[13]

Martin Truex Jr. clinched the third spot in the Championship 4 after the Texas race based on points.[14]

Brad Keselowski clinched the final spot based on points after the Phoenix race.[15]

Entry list[edit]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Corey LaJoie (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Ray Black Jr. (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
66 David Starr (i) MBM Motorsports Chevrolet
72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
83 Joey Gase (i) BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

First practice[edit]

Kyle Busch was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 31.269 seconds and a speed of 172.695 mph (277.926 km/h).[16]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 31.269 172.695
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 31.299 172.529
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 31.420 171.865
Official first practice results

Qualifying[edit]

Denny Hamlin scored the pole for the race with a time of 31.038 and a speed of 173.980 mph (279.994 km/h).[17]

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.931 30.949 31.038
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 30.743 30.889 31.043
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.904 30.918 31.047
4 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 31.405 30.972 31.272
5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 31.228 31.322 31.313
6 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 31.105 31.019 31.330
7 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 31.188 31.081 31.358
8 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 31.183 31.195 31.376
9 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 31.103 30.987 31.418
10 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 31.286 31.247 31.434
11 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 31.288 31.204 31.532
12 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 31.502 31.317 31.556
13 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 31.426 31.322
14 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 31.267 31.365
15 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 31.337 31.367
16 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 31.208 31.396
17 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 31.348 31.459
18 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 31.243 31.470
19 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 31.391 31.524
20 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 31.457 31.541
21 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 31.486 31.577
22 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 31.355 31.595
23 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 31.255 31.640
24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 31.320 0.000
25 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 31.588
26 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 31.601
27 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 31.621
28 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 31.632
29 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 31.647
30 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 31.650
31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 31.814
32 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 31.831
33 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 32.014
34 23 Corey LaJoie (i) BK Racing Toyota 32.301
35 83 Joey Gase (i) BK Racing Toyota 32.796
36 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 32.801
37 15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 32.997
38 66 David Starr (i) MBM Motorsports Chevrolet 33.025
39 51 Ray Black Jr. (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 34.010
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)[edit]

Second practice[edit]

Denny Hamlin was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 31.555 seconds and a speed of 171.130 mph (275.407 km/h).[18]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 31.555 171.130
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 31.638 170.681
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 31.761 170.020
Official second practice results

Final practice[edit]

Martin Truex Jr. was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 31.543 seconds and a speed of 171.195 mph (275.512 km/h).[19]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 31.543 171.195
2 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 31.804 169.790
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 31.807 169.774
Official final practice results

Race[edit]

Race results[edit]

Stage results[edit]

Stage 1 Laps: 80

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 10
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 9
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 6
6 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 2
10 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 80

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 10
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 9
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 6
6 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 3
9 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1
Official stage two results

Final stage results[edit]

Stage 3 Laps: 107

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 267 40
2 3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 35
3 7 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 54
4 9 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 267 33
5 18 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 39
6 19 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 267 36
7 5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 267 30
8 4 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 33
9 1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 32
10 21 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 27
11 17 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 26
12 16 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 267 26
13 13 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 266 24
14 26 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 266 23
15 6 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 266 22
16 15 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 265 21
17 30 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 265 20
18 20 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 265 19
19 12 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 265 18
20 29 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 265 17
21 14 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 265 16
22 8 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 265 24
23 28 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 265 14
24 23 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 265 13
25 24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 264 12
26 32 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 264 11
27 22 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 264 10
28 33 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 264 9
29 11 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 264 8
30 31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 263 7
31 34 23 Corey LaJoie (i) BK Racing Toyota 261 0
32 36 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 259 5
33 27 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 234 4
34 10 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 225 3
35 37 15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 212 2
36 38 66 David Starr (i) MBM Motorsports Chevrolet 175 0
37 25 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 139 1
38 39 51 Ray Black Jr. (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 49 0
39 35 83 Joey Gase (i) BK Racing Toyota 4 0
Official race results

With the win at Miami, Truex is the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion. While Busch finished 2nd in the championship. Harvick finished 3rd in the championship, and Keselowski finished 4th of the Championship 4.

Race statistics[edit]

  • Lead changes: 4 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 5 for 26
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 2 minutes, 11 seconds
  • Average speed: 131.900 miles per hour (212.272 km/h)

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

NBC covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race. While the race itself aired on NBC, NBCSN aired NBCSN NASCAR Hot Pass, a simultaneous live feed dedicated to each of the Championship drivers, with commentary by Leigh Diffey and Dale Jarrett.[20] Also, three different angles from in-car cameras and a track map tracked the driver's position and changes throughout the field.

NBC
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Dave Burns
Parker Kligerman
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

Radio[edit]

MRN had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Turns 3 & 4: Mike Bagley
Alex Hayden
Winston Kelley
Steve Post

Final season standings[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Homestead-Miami Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 13, 2017. Archived from the original on November 14, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 17, 2017. Archived from the original on November 22, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  5. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 17, 2017. Archived from the original on November 22, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  6. ^ "Second Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 18, 2017. Archived from the original on November 22, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  7. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 18, 2017. Archived from the original on November 21, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  8. ^ "Ford EcoBoost 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 19, 2017. Archived from the original on November 23, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. November 20, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 29, 2019. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  10. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. November 20, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 29, 2019. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  11. ^ Weather information for the 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 at The Old Farmers Almanac
  12. ^ Fryer, Jenna (October 29, 2017). "Kyle Busch to race for title after Martinsville victory". Associated Press. Ridgeway, Virginia: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  13. ^ "Kevin Harvick clinches Homestead berth with first Texas win". NASCAR.com. Fort Worth, Texas. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  14. ^ "Championship 4 clinch 'bittersweet' for Martin Truex Jr, Cole Pearn". NASCAR.com. Fort Worth, Texas. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  15. ^ "Kenseth denies Elliott for Phoenix win; Keselowski ices final Miami spot". NASCAR.com. Avondale, Arizona. November 12, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  16. ^ Spencer, Lee (November 17, 2017). "Kyle Busch pips Truex for fastest lap in opening Cup practice". Motorsport.com. Homestead, Florida: Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  17. ^ Fryer, Jenna (November 17, 2017). "Truex fastest among championship contenders at Homestead". Associated Press. Homestead, Florida: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  18. ^ Spencer, Lee (November 18, 2017). "Hamlin leads Earnhardt in second practice, Truex scrapes the wall". Motorsport.com. Homestead, Florida: Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  19. ^ Utter, Jim (November 18, 2017). "Championship favorite Martin Truex Jr. leads final practice". Motorsport.com. Homestead, Florida: Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  20. ^ "NBCSN to Present Hot Pass Coverage This Sunday, as Complement to NBC's Presentation of 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship". NBC Sports (Press release). November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.


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