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Ford 400 - Homestead-Miami Speedway

Biffle Wins Season Finale, Stewart Takes the Chase
The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 2005 season came to an exciting close this evening in Homestead, Florida. Greg Biffle had to hold off his teammate Mark Martin, edging him by a couple of inches at the stripe to win the event, while Tony Stewart played the conservative card, finishing 15th on his way to the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship. Once Jimmie Johnson hit the wall in turn four on lap 126, due to a flat left-rear tire, and did not return to the event, Stewart knew he needed to only finish 20th or better to lock up the title. Stewart won the Championship in this the 57th season of the Cup series. This is Stewart’s second title in the seven seasons that he has competed in the NASCAR’s premier series; he was also the Series champion in 2002. Stewart gives owner/coach Joe Gibbs his third championship; Bobby Labonte won for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2000 and Stewart in 2002. Stewart has ranked in the top 10 every season since his 1999 rookie year and has never ranked lower than seventh in the final point standings. There have now been 27 different champions and Stewart is the 14th different driver to win multiple championships. Carl Edwards gave it all that he could to try and catch Stewart and win the championship and the race. Edwards, who started from the pole, led the most laps in the event, putting his car at the front of the field four times for a total of 94 laps. But he was done in by pit strategies at the end and by the fact that there were only 16 cars on the lead lap, so the worst Stewart could do was 16th. When the final caution flew on lap 252 for debris, Edwards was in third place on the track and second place in the points, when he decided to take four tires on his pit stop, but the majority of cars chose to go in a different direction, some stayed out, some took gas, and some took two tires. On the restart, Edwards would find himself 11th with only 10 laps to go. Dave Blaney, who didn’t pit, would lead the next six laps, holding off a hard-charging Mark Martin, as Edwards charged through the field, when Greg Biffle shot by both of them to take the lead on lap 260. Biffle had been about a fifth-place car most of the night but Doug Richert’s call for two tires was the right call to get him out front. The next seven laps would be classic, as teammates Biffle and Martin battled for the win at the 1.5-mile track. In the end, it was Biffle by inches, only 0.017 seconds over Martin, while Edwards only made it up to fourth place, causing a tie for second place in the NEXTEL Cup standings. Edwards and Biffle both ended the night tied with 6498 points, but Biffle gets the position because he has more wins. The win at Homestead was Biffle’s series-leading sixth of the season and the ninth of his career. Biffle now owns wins at Daytona, Michigan twice, Homestead-Miami twice, California, Texas, Darlington, and Dover. This event marked the first time Roush Racing has finished 1-2-3-4, sweeping the top-four spots in the finishing order. Martin, extending his retirement one more year, settled for the second position, followed by Matt Kenseth in third. Edwards finished fourth, while Casey Mears rounded out the top five in a Dodge.

Ford 400 Notes
· Race Results
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
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· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Johnson, Knaus Accident Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Old Style Point Standings
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
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· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
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· Final Practice
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Rookie Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· MRN Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Kenny Wallace Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Mike Bliss Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes

Edwards Starts Championship Chase from Pole at Homestead
Carl Edwards has the best possible starting position of those chasing the Cup. Edwards, who will chase Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson for the 2005 NEXTEL Cup Championship on Sunday, will start the race at the front of the field, from the pole. Edwards won the NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Ford 400, lapping the Homestead-Miami Speedway in 30.673 seconds, at an average speed of 176.051 mph, winning his second career Bud Pole in 49 Cup Series races. This is also his second pole and 11th top-10 start this season. This is the ninth Bud Pole for Ford in 2005, while Chevrolet has 14 and Dodge has 11. Ryan Newman posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 30.675 seconds, at an average of 176.039 mph – and will join Edwards on the front row for the Ford 400. He has started fourth or better in three of his four races at Homestead. Newman posted his series-leading 29th top-10 start of the season. This is his 14th front-row start this year. Kasey Kahne will start third and has now posted sixteen top-10 starts in 2005. Kyle Busch qualified fourth and has posted 11 top-10 starts this season, this will be his first Cup start at Homestead. Mark Martin will round out the top-five positions on the grid, posting his 11th top-10 start this season. Four of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Edwards, Newman, Martin and Greg Biffle (seventh). Championship leader Tony Stewart qualified 20th, while second-place Jimmie Johnson will start back in the 32nd position. The past four races at Homestead have been won from the front row and only one of the six races here have been won from outside the top 10.

 

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