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Ford 400 - Homestead-Miami Speedway

Biffle Pulls Homestead Hat Trick, Johnson Wins Championship
Greg Biffle won the Ford 400 in a Jack Roush Ford, finishing ahead of Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin. It was the third time in as many years Biffle won the season finale, but the spotlight belonged to Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team. Johnson brought his championship form to Homestead-Miami Speedway and overcame several setbacks to win the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship before a packed house. Johnson, yelling over the radio to his very happy crew, managed to keep the Lowe’s Chevrolet in contention all day despite some roadblocks that included a hole in the front valance caused by a piece of debris off Kurt Busch’s wrecked car. Johnson was considered down and out after faltering in the first two of the final 10 races. He roared back into contention and needed only a 13th place finish Sunday to clinch his first title. Kenseth wound up second in the Chase and Hamlin finished third. In the race, Kasey Kahne was fourth, Kevin Harvick fifth, Matt Kenseth sixth and Scott Riggs seventh. Juan Pablo Montoya, running in his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, did an outstanding job, running as high as 14th on the lead lap before a spectacular crash ended his debut. Montoya spun battling with Ryan Newman and slammed into the safer barrier. The rear portion of his Dodge erupted in flames but Montoya climbed out unscathed. His accident set the stage for a shootout with only 20 laps remaining but Casey Mears lost an engine with five laps to go. The race finished with a green, white, checkered but before NASCAR could restart the race, J.J. Yeley, who was trying to stretch his fuel mileage, ran out of gas on the front straightaway and had to be pushed off the track. Johnson was forced to steadily make his way back into contention after a piece of debris damaged the front bumper of his Chevrolet. His team taped a hole in the bumper and he was shuffled back to 37th for a restart. It was likely a piece of debris from Kurt Busch’s accident that caused the damage to Johnson’s car. Johnson, however, was back in the thick of things after 100 laps were complete.

Ford 400 Notes
· Race Results
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· 'Old' Style Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· WIX Filters Lap Leader Notes
· Final Practice
· Practice 2
· Chevrolet Saturday Quotes
· Dodge Saturday Quotes
· Ford Saturday Quotes
· Rookie Saturday Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· MRN Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Juan Pablo Montoya Notes
· Todd Kluever Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· J.J. Yeley Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes

Kahne Grabs Pole in Season Finale, Wins Season Pole Award
Kasey Kahne won the pole position for the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kahne qualified for the Ford 400 in 30.293 seconds, at an average speed of 178.259 mph, to capture his 12th career Bud Pole in 108 NEXTEL Cup Series starts. Kahne’s sixth pole placed him in a tie with fellow Dodge driver Kurt Busch for the most pole positions this season. Kahne wins the yearly Bud Pole Award based on the tie-breaker of two second-place starts to Busch’s one. This is Kahne’s first Bud Pole and third top-three start in three races at Homestead-Miami Speedway and became the seventh different Bud Pole winner in eight races at the Homestead track. This is the 16th pole for Dodge in 2006, Chevrolet has 13 and Ford has five. Kahne’s teammate Scott Riggs will join him on the front row after posting the second-quickest qualifying lap of 30.300 seconds, at an average speed of 178.218 mph. Kahne’s other teammate Elliott Sadler qualified fourth, giving Evernham Motorsports three of the top-four starting spots. Kyle Busch will have his best start since he won the pole at Phoenix in April, after qualifying third. Jeff Burton will roll off fifth, his second top-ten start in eight races at Homestead. Juan Pablo Montoya qualified for his career-first NEXTEL Cup race, starting from the 29th position.

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