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Nov 16, 2011

Penske Racing's Sam Hornish, Jr., brings home a victory in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition, while fellow Dodge Boys Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski gain a little ground with one race remaining in "the Chase for the Sprint Cup."

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Records
Date Series Driver Speed

11/14/99 Sprint Cup Race Tony Stewart 140.00
11/16/03 Sprint Cup Qualifying Jamie McMurray 181.111
11/10/01 Nationwide Race Joe Nemechek 132.00
11/20/04 Nationwide Qualifying Casey Mears 177.936
11/16/07 Camping World Truck Race Johnny Benson 135.00
11/16/07 Camping World Truck Qualifying Jon Wood 173.188


NASCAR TRUCK Preview
Ford 200
Homestead-Miami Speedway



What: Race 25 of 25 on Camping World Truck circuit
Where: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL
When: FRIDAY November 18, 2011 8:18 pm EST SPEED
Laps: 134
Track Length: 1.5 miles
Race Length: 201.00 miles



Camping World Truck

Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse
11/4/11 WinStar World Casino 350k James Buescher Kevin Harvick Chevrolet $548,306
6/10/11 WinStar World Casino 400k James Buescher Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet $578,057
6/4/10 WinStar World Casino 400k Austin Dillon Todd Bodine Toyota $582,371
11/5/10 WinStar World Casino 350k Matt Crafton Kyle Busch Toyota $552,620
11/6/09 WinStar World Casino 350k Matt Crafton Kyle Busch Toyota $573,960
6/5/09 WinStar World Casino 400 Johnny Sauter Todd Bodine Toyota $678,776
10/31/08 Chevy Silverado 350k Rick Crawford Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet $596,079
6/6/08 Sam's Town 400 Justin Marks Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet $700,895
11/2/07 Silverado 350k Mike Skinner Ted Musgrave Toyota $588,064
6/8/07 Sam's Town 400 Todd Bodine Todd Bodine Toyota $692,880


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Ford 300
Homestead-Miami Speedway



What: Race 34 of 34 on Nationwide circuit
Where: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL
When: SATURDAY November 19, 2011 4:45 pm EST ESPN2
Laps: 200
Track Length: 1.5 miles
Race Length: 300.00 miles


Nationwide

Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse
11/20/10 Ford 300 Joey Logano Kyle Busch Toyota $1,454,827
11/21/09 Ford 300 Carl Edwards Kyle Busch Toyota $1,553,466
11/15/08 Ford 300 Joey Logano Carl Edwards Ford $1,556,572
11/17/07 Ford 300 David Ragan Jeff Burton Chevrolet $1,533,505

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Ford 400
Homestead-Miami Speedway




What: Race 36 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit
Where: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL
When: November 20, 2011 3:15 pm EST ESPN
Laps: 267
Track Length: 1.5 miles
Race Length: 401.00 miles


Sprint Cup

Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse
11/21/10 Ford 400 Kasey Kahne Carl Edwards Ford $5,247,828
11/22/09 Ford 400 Jimmie Johnson Denny Hamlin Toyota $5,413,645
11/16/08 Ford 400 David Reutimann Carl Edwards Ford $5,374,166
11/18/07 Ford 400 Jimmie Johnson Matt Kenseth Ford $5,310,336

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – NSCS Race Advance – Homestead-Miami Speedway
Published on November 15, 2011 by Official Release


DODGE AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

· Dodge has one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Bill Elliott – 2001).

· Former Dodge driver Bill Elliott (2001) and current Dodge driver Kurt Busch (2002) are the only two Sprint Cup winner’s at HMS to start from the pole. Busch also started from the pole in 2004.

· Kurt Busch clinched the 2004 Sprint Cup championship at HMS. It was the first year of the Chase format and came before he joined Penske Racing in 2006.

CHASE FAST FACTS

· This is the eighth year of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski qualified 12th and finished 18th at Phoenix. He is fourth in the Chase standings, 65 points behind the leader. His average finish in the nine Chase races is 12.111.

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch qualified 17th and finished 22nd at Phoenix. He is eighth in the Chase standings, 107 points behind the leader. His average finish in the Chase is 17.444.

· The last time two Penske Racing Dodges qualified for the Chase was 2005 (Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman).

· Dodge has not won a Sprint Cup championship since the Chase format was introduced in 2004.

· Dodge drivers have won four Sprint Cup championships: David Pearson (1966), Bobby Isaac (1970), Richard Petty (1974, 1975).

2011 CHASE for the Sprint Cup Standings (After 35 of 36 Events) 1. Carl Edwards 2,359 7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -102 2. Tony Stewart -3 8. Kurt Busch -107 3. Kevin Harvick -51 9. Ryan Newman -107 4. Brad Keselowski -65 10. Denny Hamlin -110 5. Jimmie Johnson -68 11. Jeff Gordon -112 6. Matt Kenseth -70 12. Kyle Busch -135

FROM THE DODGE ENGINEER: “Trying to engineer for Homestead-Miami Speedway is like trying to hit a moving target, literally. For the third year in a row, the Sprint Cup finale will have yet another different starting time. This year the green flag for the race should drop about 3:15 p.m., which means we’ll finish the race after 6:30 p.m. The race will start in the full sunshine of the South Florida afternoon and finish well after dark, two completely different racing conditions. As if engineers don’t have enough to worry about already trying to solve this fast, variable-banked track, now they’ve got to calculate the changes that will occur as the race and 2011 season finishes into the Homestead night.” Howard Comstock, Dodge Engineering

DODGE IN THE CHASE AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI · 2004: Two Dodge drivers earned Chase berths – Ryan Newman and Jeremy Mayfield. Newman started third and led 72 laps before finishing 30th. Mayfield started 20th and finished 35th. · 2005: Dodge was represented by three drivers in the Chase – Ryan Newman, Rusty Wallace and Jeremy Mayfield. Newman started second and finished seventh, Mayfield 10th and Wallace 13th. · 2006: Kasey Kahne started from the pole, led five times for 90 laps and finished fourth. · 2007: Kurt Busch started fifth, led 34 laps and finished second. · 2008: There were no Dodges in the 2008 Chase field. · 2009: Kurt Busch started 12th, led five times for 43 laps and finished fourth. Kasey Kahne started 25th and finished 17th. · 2010: Kurt Busch, the only Dodge driver in the Chase, qualified 15th and finished 18th.

THE DODGE BOYS · Dodge has 212 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories. · Dodge has five victories this season, three by Brad Keselowski and two by Kurt Busch. Dodge’s most recent win came at Dover. Busch led five times for 90 of the 400 laps. · Dodge teams have recorded 52 victories since the manufacturer’s return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.

2011 SPRINT CUP SERIES SEASON BEST · Kurt Busch Start: 1st (Kansas1, Pocono1 & Michigan1) Finish: 1st (Infineon, Dover2) · Brad Keselowski Start: 1st (Charlotte1) Finish: 1st (Kansas1, Pocono2, Bristol2) · Robby Gordon Start: 20th (Phoenix2) Finish: 16th (Daytona1)

HOMESTEAD-MIAM SPEEDWAY STATS OF THE WEEK · Kurt Busch will be making his 400th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts this weekend at HMS. His first Sprint Cup start came at the fall Dover event (9/24/00). He qualified 10th and finished 18th. · Brad Keselowski has set NSCS personal bests this season in poles, wins, top fives, top 10s, average start, average finish and laps led. · Kurt Busch is the youngest pole winner at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Busch earned the pole at the 2002 event at the age of 24 years, 13 months, 3 days.

DODGE QUOTES “This has definitely been a dream season for me in my first year driving the ‘Blue Deuce.’ We were able to show progression as the year went along and that was one of the most important things for me. This was basically a new team and for us to compete for the championship in our first year together really bodes well for our future. With the success that we had this year, it changes the goal and expectations for 2012. Now we want to fire out of the box strong next season, compete for wins early, and show everyone that we are going to be a legitimate team for years to come. I’ll take a little time to myself over the off-season, but I’m already excited about going to Daytona next year.” Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

“The intermediate tracks have been up and down for us this year, but I feel like we can go to Homestead this weekend and have a strong finish to the season. The key to running well at Homestead – and this is true of almost any track we visit – is keeping your car turning well in the middle of the corners while maintaining good drive on corner exit. It’s been a great year.” Paul Wolfe, crew chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Your last race out is the one that’s freshest on your mind and you certainly hope it’s memorable for all the right reasons. Closing out your season with a competitive weekend at Homestead is just that important. If you come out of there with great results, it gives all the team members, the sponsors, the media – everyone out there – a super calling card to remember you by. It works to instill optimism and grow the level of confidence through all those cold and dreary winter days.” Kurt Busch, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger

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Dodge Motorsports Presents THE NUMBERS: Ford 400
November 16, 2011


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THE NUMBERS for the FORD 400
Homestead-Miami Speedway (all 12 Sprint Cup races)

1 – fewest laps led by race winner (Bobby Labonte, 11/16/03)

1 – fewest caution (11/14/99)

2 – wins from the pole (Bill Elliott – 2001 and Kurt Busch – 2002)

3 – most wins (Greg Biffle)

4 of 12 – drivers in the Chase have won at HMS (Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch)

5 – fewest caution laps (11/14/99)

6 – fewest leaders (11/17/02)

6 – fewest cars on lead lap at finish (11/12/00)

8 – number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend

10 – number of cautions in last year’s race

12 – most leaders (twice, most recent 11/20/05)

12 – fewest lead changes (11/17/02)

25 – most lead changes (11/18/07)

29 – most on lead lap at finish (11/22/09)

31 – fewest running at finish (11/21/10)

42– most cars running at finish (11/11/01)

79– most caution laps (11/21/04)

90-135 minutes – amount of time it takes to dry the track after a significant rainfall (length depends on time of day and temperature).

214 – most laps led by race winner (Matt Kenseth, 11/18/07)

2011 Caution Update

3 – fewest cautions this season (New Hampshire, 9/25/11)

7 – number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011

18 – most cautions this season (Martinsville, 10/30/11)

270 – number of cautions in the first 35 races of 2011; includes 136 for accidents, 59 for debris and 36 for spins

255 – number of cautions in the first 35 races in 2010; includes 135 for accidents, 47 for debris and 36 for spins

1,304 of 10,283 – number of laps under caution in 2011

1,732.507 of 13,836.238 – miles under caution in the first 35 races

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Dodge Motorsports Notes &Quotes – Nationwide Advance – Homestead Miami Speedway
November 16, 2011 by Official Release

DODGE AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

• Dodge has one Nationwide Series win at Homestead: Ryan Newman (2005).

• Dodge has one pole (Newman in ’05). Newman is the only driver to win from the pole in 16 Nationwide races.

• Dodge has five top-five and seven top-10 finishes at HMS.

DODGE IN THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES

• Dodge is fielding two entries in the Nationwide Series this season with Penske Racing. Sam Hornish Jr. joins Brad Keselowski for a limited schedule. Hornish will make his 13th Nationwide start of the year at Phoenix.

• The one-two finish at PIR was the first for Dodge in the NNS since 2010 at Bristol (Justin Allgaier, Keselowski).

• Dodge has 40 wins in the Nationwide Series, seven in 2010 and five this season.

BRAD KESELOWSKI No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T

Career Stats: Starts: 167 Wins: 16 Top Fives: 72 Top 10s: 102 Poles: 11 Laps Led: 2,688

2011 Season Stats: Starts: 28 Wins: 4 Top Fives: 13 Top 10s: 20 Poles: 3 Laps Led: 840

Homestead-Miami Speedway Stats: Starts: 5 Wins: 0 Top Fives: 2 Top 10s: 2 Laps Led: 20

• Has two top-five finishes in last three races at HMS. Best finish is third-place (twice, most recently in 2010).

• Qualified eighth or better in the last three races at Homestead.

• Owns seven top-10 finishes in last eight Nationwide starts, including six straight.

• Has qualified eighth or better in 11 consecutive races.

• Completed all but one possible lap in 13 of last 14 starts (2,704 of 2,705) – 99.96 percent.

SAM HORNISH JR. No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger R/T

Career Stats: Starts: 32 Wins: 1 Top Fives: 2 Top 10s: 5 Poles: 0 Laps Led: 112

2011 Season Stats: Starts: 11 Wins: 1 Top Fives: 2 Top 10s: 5 Poles: 0 Laps Led: 104

• Scored first Nationwide victory at Phoenix, edging teammate Brad Keselowski by .553 seconds. Win came in his third NNS start at PIR. Led once for 62 laps, most in a race this season.

• Will be making his fourth Nationwide start at Homestead this weekend.

• Other top-five finish (fifth-place) this season came at Chicagoland (race No. 28).

KESELOWSKI ON HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY: “Championships are very special and winning the 2010 Nationwide Series title will definitely go down as one of the highlights of my racing career. It was the culmination of a dream. The fact that it was the first NASCAR championship for Penske Racing just adds another layer to it. I think we’ve built a very formidable Nationwide Series team at Penske Racing over the last couple of years. I think we showed that last weekend at Phoenix where Sam (Hornish Jr.) and I ran one-two. It’s a series that really means a lot to me. I was proud to represent it as its champion this year.” Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge

SAM SAYS “I’ve always enjoyed coming to Homestead – it has been one of my favorite places for many years. The way that you get into the corners is unlike anywhere else we go. It’s a very unique track and a great place to have the final race of the season. Coming off of last weekend’s victory, I couldn’t be happier to be representing the Alliance Truck Parts brand and I look forward to our continued success this weekend as well as going into the 2012 season.” Sam Hornish Jr., driver, No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger R/T

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With one Chase race left in the 2011 NASCAR season, Penske Racing teammates Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch can look back on nine grueling months of competition with pride, earned by a job well done.

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Keselowski crosses secret fine line


HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Brad Keselowski jokingly was told he would hear from NASCAR when he took a negative shot at the governing body's planned move to fuel injection following a recent question and answer fan session at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in North Carolina.

At worst it was suggested that the No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge would be a random selection for further inspection the rest of the season the way Jimmie Johnson's car has been since his crew chief was caught suggesting that the five-time champion intentionally damage the back of the car if it won at Talladega.

Unfortunately, Keselowski did get a call.

And a $25,000 fine.


Make that a "secret" fine.

So NASCAR wants drivers to be more personable and speak their minds, but only as long as it's not something that chairman Brian France says denigrates the sport. It's happened four times that we know of over the past year, including a $50,000 slap on the wrist last year to Denny Hamlin when he referred to a phantom debris caution on Twitter.

I understand NASCAR has to have some control over what's said. Other sports fine athletes when they are critical about officiating because it is a slap at the integrity of the sport.

What Keselowski said did no harm to the sport. It simply was a matter of opinion on fuel injection, that it won't make a significant improvement on fuel mileage, that it will cost owners more money at a time when owners are scraping for every penny.

He added that cars on the street are "injected with real electronics, not a throttle body [like in NASCAR]."

"So we've managed to go from 50-year-old technology to 35-year-old technology," Keselowski said. "I don't see what the big deal is."

What Hamlin said was like a shot at officiating. What Keselowski said was like a shot at the Car of Tomorrow, which at least half the garage has done. Sure he might have said it less harshly and deserved a "wish-you-hadn't-said-that-speech," but a fine was unnecessary.

That it was secret -- word of the fine leaked out on social media -- only created the impression that NASCAR officials have other secrets they're not telling, which France insisted isn't true.

"Look, don't panic over this," France said. "We'll look at it in the offseason, if we need to change it, we'll change it. Not a big deal."

It is a big deal because it confuses all the more what drivers can and can't say.

"Hell, I don't know," Keselowski said when asked if he understood the limits. "I ain't got all the answers. You tell me."

To Keselowski's credit, he accepted NASCAR's fine without complaint. He actually said he deserved it, not so much for what he said but because he's gotten away with worse without a fine.

What's clear to Keselowski and all of us is NASCAR is a dictatorship, which it has to be in order to be successful. Keselowski actually likes France's comparison of the sport to a restaurant, that if he says the food isn't good nobody is going to eat it.

But even in this dictatorship, there should be more room to express opinion without paying a price.

Keselowski explained this by using his own restaurant analogy, saying that he always asks the waitress what she wouldn't recommend to see if he can trust what she recommends.

"You only trust the person if they can admit they have one item on the menu that is not quite so good," Keselowski said.

Nice.

Let's hope Keselowski continues to stand up to the governing body, that this incident doesn't force him to retreat from social media the way Hamlin admits he did after his fine.


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Last Updated: Saturday, Nov 19, 2011 2:14 am, EST
Ford 200
Status: Final Homestead-Miami Speedway



Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings

1 Johnny Sauter (13) Chevrolet 48/5 119 44 $45,475
2 Denny Hamlin (18) Toyota 43/1 119 1 $23,150
3 Kevin Harvick (2) Chevrolet 42/1 119 16 $16,825
4 Nelson Piquet Jr. (8) Chevrolet 40/0 119 0 $18,800
5 Joey Coulter (22) Chevrolet 39/0 119 0 $16,525
6 Ty Dillon (121) Chevrolet 38/0 119 0 $13,000
7 Elliott Sadler (124) Chevrolet 38/1 119 32 $12,800
8 Timothy Peters (17) Toyota 36/0 119 0 $17,250
9 Jason White (23) Chevrolet 35/0 119 0 $14,650
10 Austin Dillon (3) Chevrolet 34/0 119 0 $15,775
11 David Starr (81) Toyota 33/0 119 0 $14,650
12 James Buescher (31) Chevrolet 33/1 119 19 $14,175
13 Ron Hornaday Jr. (33) Chevrolet 32/1 119 1 $16,150
14 Parker Kligerman (29) Dodge 30/0 119 0 $13,950
15 Dusty Davis (15) Toyota 29/0 119 0 $12,925
16 Todd Bodine (5) Toyota 28/0 119 0 $14,725
17 Ricky Carmichael (4) Chevrolet 27/0 119 0 $13,625
18 Justin Lofton (6) Chevrolet 26/0 119 0 $13,525
19 Matt Crafton (88) Chevrolet 26/1 119 2 $13,425
20 Brendan Gaughan (62) Toyota 25/1 119 3 $14,050
21 Max Papis (9) Toyota 23/0 119 0 $13,125
22 Cole Whitt (60) Chevrolet 22/0 119 0 $12,875
23 Blake Feese (32) Chevrolet 21/0 118 0 $12,750
24 Ryan Sieg (39) Chevrolet 20/0 118 0 $11,200
25 Dakoda Armstrong (98) Chevrolet 20/1 118 1 $10,150
26 German Quiroga (151) Toyota 18/0 118 0 $9,800
27 Ross Chastain (93) Chevrolet 17/0 117 0 $10,950
28 Bryan Silas (109) Ford 16/0 117 0 $9,400
29 Norm Benning (57) Chevrolet 15/0 114 0 $9,175
30 Clay Greenfield (168) Dodge 14/0 104 0 $8,975
31 Max Gresham (66) Chevrolet 13/0 99 0 $8,425
32 Miguel Paludo (7) Toyota 12/0 30 0 $8,400
33 Mike Harmon (174) Chevrolet 11/0 14 0 $8,375
34 Dennis Setzer (138) Chevrolet 10/0 4 0 $8,350
35 Jennifer Jo Cobb (10) Ford 9/0 3 0 $8,325
36 Johnny Chapman (07) Toyota 8/0 1 0 $8,239


Dillon wins Truck Series championship at Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP)—Austin Dillon climbed out of his No. 3 truck and dived across the rain-soaked grass.

He took another header a few minutes later—on concrete. Yep, the youngster wanted to celebrate by planking on pavement.

“That’s called the Superman,” Dillon said.


It was the biggest chance he took all night.

All Dillon needed to do was stay out of trouble in the season finale and run like he has all season—near the front—and he would win the NASCAR Truck Series championship.

So he played it safe and ended up with the biggest milestone of his life. The 21-year-old grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress finished 10th in the Truck Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night—good enough to win the series title.

“Tonight I played too much defense,” Dillon said. “It worked out for the better of everything. … When you’re sitting outside the championship, you can take more chances.”

Rookie of the year in the series a year ago, Dillon is the youngest champion in series history. He also stands as one of racing’s up-and-coming drivers. He is scheduled to drive a full schedule in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series in 2012.

“He handles pressure better than a lot of people his age,” said Childress, who called the championship one of his most memorable, right up there with those Cup ones he enjoyed with the late Dale Earnhardt.

Johnny Sauter won the rain-shortened race, holding off Denny Hamlin just before the final caution dropped. The sky opened up with 15 laps remaining. NASCAR officials called the race a few minutes later. Dillon celebrated wildly, hugging crew members and his younger brother while splashing in puddles.

Sauter finished second in points, six points behind Dillon. James Buescher was third.

Dillon started the race 20 points ahead of Sauter and 28 points ahead of Buescher. All he needed to do was finish 16th or better to secure the title. He spent much of the race in the top 10. There was one moment of concern, when he fell to 15th following a restart. But it was short-lived. He quickly worked his back toward the front, staying out of trouble while passing several other trucks.

“When you get down like that, all you can do is drive back to the front,” Dillon said.

Dillon watched “Any Which Way But Loose,” the 1978 movie starring Clint Eastwood, to pass time before the race. It was a fitting title because he absolutely had to stay out of trouble.

Buescher, meanwhile, was in the middle of the chaos.

Harvick almost wrecked Buescher on an early restart and bumped him later in the same green-flag run. Buescher turned low to block Harvick on the restart. Harvick seemingly didn’t like the move and rammed Buescher’s rear bumper.

Things really got whacky on the next pit stop. As Buescher slowed to turn down pit road, Harvick tried to pass him on the outside. Buescher then turned into Harvick, nearly spinning him around.

“One of those deals,” Harvick said. “He’s got a lot to learn, and I was just thinking in my head, `Don’t be Kyle Busch. Don’t be Kyle Busch. Just do your thing.’

“Last week was a good lesson for me, too,” Harvick added, referring to Busch getting parked for intentionally wrecking Ron Hornaday Jr. in a truck race two weeks ago.

Harvick finished third in his final truck race for Kevin Harvick Inc. He announced in September he was shutting down the race team.

Nelson Piquet Jr. was fourth, followed by Joey Coulter. Ty Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Timothy Peters and Jason White filled out the top 10 ahead of Dillon.

Dillon was right where he wanted to be—higher enough to breathe easy and end up hoisting a championship trophy.

“It’s amazing,” Dillon said. “You get to spray champagne everywhere. It’s the best feeling in the world.”

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November 18, 2011 , HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

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BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T)
“Well I guess the first thing I can say is it is my goal and I think more so than in words, but in action, if you look at the role I have as an owner on the truck side, to become a man of stature in this sport, who can be part of a leadership role that I think it takes for this sport to be complete, where that’s from driver interface with the fans, media or sanctioning body. And it’s because of that that I speak my mind and this particular instance, probably with not the highest level of discretion. I could have done a better job with that. Because of that intention, it’s also useful for me to look out for the sport and look out for those I might need along the way to be successful, and to be able to have that role that I desire. So that makes it, as I’ve said to some of you guys, inherently and best nature of myself, to keep some of those conversations private, whether that’s with NASCAR or not. And this particular instance is probably one of ‘em. Certainly that’s not something I desire to have to go through, that process but, you know, sometimes you have to go backwards to go forward. It’s what it is.”

DENNY SAID TODAY THAT HIS FINE LAST YEAR CURBED HIS TWITTER AND STOPPED HIM BEING SO OUTSPOKEN. WILL THAT HAPPEN TO YOU? “No, I think you can be yourself. I think you can say what you think. I think I could have said what I thought with a lot more discretion and I guess that’s probably the strongest thing that I take from it. You know, I’ve got a great sponsor with Miller Lite that encourages me to be me, to say what I think and how I feel about things. And that moment, where I probably didn’t use the highest level of discretion with my words, was an authentic moment, how I felt. I feel lucky to have a sponsor that allows me to do that. So you know I think that if anything I’ll probably be smarter, not necessarily quieter.”

DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHY A SPORT HAS TO NOT HAVE DRIVERS SPOUTING OUT ABOUT THINGS THAT THEY FEEL WOULD BE DETRIMENTAL? “I understand why the sanctioning body and the leaders of the sport feel that way. I understand that, although I may not agree with it.”

DO YOU BELIEVE THE THINGS THAT YOU SAID SOMEHOW DENIGRATED THE SPORT OF NASCAR? “I guess that depends on what that means to you. What it means to me, what I said, to me, was a reflection out of protection for the sport, not out of any wish to do harm or any bias to my own team standing. It was my intention to be open and honest and share with what was a fan event how I felt with the fans, and what I felt was in the best interest of the sport. Obviously, that contradicted someone else’s thoughts.”

ARE YOU GOING TO PUT SOME MONEY ASIDE EVERY YEAR FOR FINES? IS IT JUST PART OF DOING BUISINESS IN SOME WAY? “Well, I wasn’t really planning on it (smiles). That’s still a lot of money, I don’t care who you are. It’s tough because as the sport is ran and as it has to be ran, it has to be a dictatorship. And I think if you look at any racing body that hasn’t been ran that way, it’s not
successful. A long time ago, my uncle used to tell me this saying: to keep racers together is like herding cats. They all go different directions and they never go the way you want them to go. And the only way to get ‘em to go straight is to give one guy the cattle prod or the net or whatever it takes to get ‘em right. Racing in inherently a dictatorship and because of that, successful racing organizations, whether it’s NASCAR or Formula One and I guess before that you can look at IRL, it has to be that way. And with that said, you know that group has the power and you have to respect it.”

DID THIS CLEAR ANYTHING UP ON YOUR END? “I’ll be honest, I thought what I said was edgy, but I didn’t feel it was that edgy. I think every circumstance is different, so I don’t think it can be a clear situation.”

RYAN NEWMAN SAID AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR YOU GUYS WERE TALKED TO ABOUT THAT. DO YOU REMEMBER THAT CONVERSATION? WHAT DID THEY TELL YOU? “Yeah, absolutely. Well, you know, Brian (France) uses a good analogy that I like about the restaurant and not saying that the food is bad and that you shouldn’t eat here, which I think is a great analogy. But I go back to a story that I tell people and anyone who ever ate with me knows that I do this wherever I go, that when I go to a restaurant and ask the waitress about the food, the first thing I ask her is what would you not order, what’s the worst item on the menu? Because I feel like any restaurant you go to is going to have bad food and they’re going to have good food. And you only trust the person for a recommendation if they can admit that they have one item on the menu that’s not quite so good. And it’s out of that respect and appreciation when I can get an honest waitress that’ll say ‘Hey, this is terrible; you should get this’ that I believe her when she says, you know, don’t eat the omelet, eat the French toast. And that I believe her if she can look me in the eye and say hey, you know the omelet is not so good. That’s how I’ve always viewed the sport. I’ve always viewed the sport as being creditable when it can admit its fallacies.”

DID YOU EXPRESS YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT FUEL INJECTION TO NASCAR OFFICIALS OR WAS THIS THE FIRST TIME? “I have not.”

SO DO YOU FEEL LIKE THAT WAS ONE OF YOUR BIGGER MISTAKES? “Absolutely, yeah, absolutely. I think I could have handled it better and when I say I could have used better discretion, I definitely could have gone through some channels that I did not make enough time for.”

WHAT DENNY SAID LAST YEAR WAS MORE OF A SLAP AGAINST OFFICIATING LIKE YOU GET FINED IN OTHER SPORTS. WHAT YOU SAID WAS JUST SOMETHING THEY DIDN’T LIKE. “I think honestly, if you look at it, it was a compliment to the officiating on how well NASCAR for years has handled the situation with carburetors and I was in support of that decision the last 50 years.”

DOES THAT SEND THE MESSAGE YOU CAN’T GIVE YOUR OPINION ON STUFF? “Hell, I don’t know. I ain’t got all the answers.”

IN RETROSPECT, COULD YOU HAVE SAID WHAT YOU SAID IN A WAY THAT YOU THINK WOULD NOT HAVE PRODUCTED THAT SORT OF REACTION? “Yeah, I think could have been honest without perhaps as confrontational.”

DID THEY DISCUSS WITH YOU WHAT PARTICULAR AREAS OF SPEECH THEY FOUND OFFENSIVE? “Yeah a little bit, sure. I’ll leave that part private.”

WERE YOU SURPRISED ? “Am I surprised? Nothing surprises me anymore. I think I’ve done other things and gotten away with ‘em that were worse. My Dad used to tell me when he got a ticket once for going five miles an hour over and I remember thinking ‘Man, that’s garbage Dad, you should appeal that.’ He says ‘You know, I done a lot worse that that and I had this one coming.’ I think that’s probably fair in my case too.”

WAS DODGE UPSET? “Hell, I don’t know if anybody was upset other than NASCAR (laughter).”

HOW WILL THIS IMPACT YOUR CANDOR WITH YOUR FANBASE? “I think I can continue to have the same candor and continue to be authentic. But like I said, you can use a little discretion, absolutely.”

DID YOU THINK THIS FINE WOULD COME OUT? “There’s no secrets in today’s world.”

ONE VETERAN DRIVER SAID THAT HE DIDN’T THINK YOU WERE ACCURATE IN WHAT YOU SAID. WAS IT TRUE THAT IT WAS NOT ACCURATE? “Well, I don’t think so. Certainly you can pick apart anything someone says and find small inaccuracies. Does that make the bulk of it inaccurate? No, but you can certainly fine small inaccuracies in what I said, so I’m sure whoever that was that said that has some points in the book. I think there were some good points made.”

HAS THIS ADVENTURE CHANGED YOUR OPINIONS ON EFI? “Not so much (laughter). The big story is we’re here for the championship. We’ve had a great year, last race, and very proud of where we’re at. And this is just one star in the galaxy that will fade and burn away and we’ll all move on.”

WHO DO YOU THINK WILL WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND WHY? “Man I really like how Tony (Stewart) goes out and win races. I really, really appreciate that. But I think Carl (Edwards) has a small advantage on him.”

WHAT IS IT? “I think that engine is a huge advantage and I think Tony’s team is doing other things better to make up for it, but that engine that the Fords have right now is so much of an advantage that I can’t see Tony being able to make up for it four weeks in a row. But then, on the other side, I look at Carl and he’s caught all the breaks for the last nine races, maybe further than that. Eventually, that’s got to go the other way. I’m kind of torn.”

HOW DO YOU WORK TO MAINTAIN OR UP THE ANTE FOR NEXT YEAR, BASED ON HOW YOU FINISHED THIS SEASON? “Well, there’s a whole process for making our stuff better for next year. We’ve got to stick to it. We’ve got to make it happen over the winter. We’ve got a lot to go, a lot to do over the next few months as a company and as a team. We’ve got to make it happen, got to get stuff done. If we can do that, I think we can come back and not only repeat this year, but have a shot at the title more so that what we even had this year.”

WHAT SPECIFICALLY NEEDS TO GET DONE? “Well, I‘ve got my list, but I’m not really looking to share it.”

ARE THERE ANY FAVORS THAT ARE OWED IN THE SENSE OF IF TONY OR CARL COME UP ON YOU, YOU ARE A NEUTRAL MANUFACTURER ? “I don’t think I owe any of them any favors. Maybe one of ‘em owes me a couple, but I don’t think of it the other way around.”

WOULD YOU HELP ONE OVER THE OTHER? “I don’t know until I’m in that moment. You don’t know until you’ve got that heat on. And anybody that can answer differently than that probably isn’t being truthful.”

WOULD IT BOTHER YOU TO SEE CARL AS CHAMPION? “It bothers me to see anyone as champion other than me. I want to be that guy. Anyone. I want to be that guy.”

WHAT IS A MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM THIS SEASON?
“You know starting with Daytona and my brother, getting him in the Daytona 500. That was a great moment for my family. And then moving through the season, winning at Kansas, first win in the Miller Lite car, then Pocono, obviously, to win after getting hurt. Bristol was amazing. I’ve always dreamed of the night race there and that’s such a special race. You know the wins always stick out, but getting my brother in the 500 felt like a win.”

CAN YOU SUM UP THIS SEASON IN A WORD? “Long (laughs). I’m ready for a break.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THANKSGIVING? WHAT WILL BE ON YOUR MIND THURSDAY AFTERNOON? “Sleep (laughs). I’ll be ready to get some sleep. It’s been a long year, but a good year. I’ll see my family a little bit, not on Thursday specifically, but they’re here this weekend. We’re good.”

CAN THE LIONS TAKE GREEN BAY? “They did last time, beat ‘em last time. I feel good about it.”

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE THANKSGIVING DISH? “Yeah, my Mom makes homemade noodles. I don’t like turkey. I’ve never liked turkey. It’s a dry bird, dirty bird. I don’t like it.”

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? “Everything. It’s been good.”

Rick

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KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T)

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HOW THE RACE ON SUNDAY WILL PLAY OUT? “I never thought that I’d say this, but I’m rooting for Tony Stewart. It’s cool to see two guys who have worked to get to this point. They deserve it. Us as Chasers, we need to recognize that they’ve done that great job and other racers out there need to give them their space. They deserve it and are in position to win.”

WHAT A MEMORABLE MOMENT FOR YOU STICKS OUT FROM THIS SEASON? “Winning at Sonoma for me was a brilliant weekend for us. To hone your skills on a road course and finally get a victory is really satisfying for me and the team. It was the first real victory for Shell and Pennzoil. We won at Daytona in the Shootout and Duels, but to win at Sonoma and give people a chance to get 22 cents off a gallon of fuel, that was a big moment.”

CAN YOU SUM UP THE SEASON IN ONE WORD? A PHRASE? “A new beginning for us. With Shell/Pennzoil and Dodge, it was great to have a new sponsor come aboard like they did.”

HOW WAS YOUR TRIP TO THE OIL RIG THIS WEEK? “The trip was an unbelievable experience. With the technology and the manpower – the human element of designing something such as that and to see it work and how it plays out. Obviously, the steps that Shell takes with safety, the individuals that are there and the pride that they take in producing oil and natural gas for Shell was an amazing experience. They have independent contractors that come out there and help them. They have the employees that work out on the rig that are there working 14 days, then off 14 days. I assumed that most of them lived in Louisiana or New Orleans. Two guys that I talked to, one guy lives in Vegas and the other in Tucson. They fly back (home) and have ordinary lives and then fly back and work to weeks at a time.”

WHAT WAS THE MORNING LIKE THE YEAR THAT YOU WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP? “It was a unique week. The week started with the team owner saying that we had to prepare like we’re going to lose. That was his big speech to everyone on Tuesday. I was like, ‘Really? This that moment of time and our owner is telling us that we need to prepare to lose.’ I was really confused. When I got here to the track, Friday and Saturday was a blur. We ended up sitting on the pole. The whole feeling of how happened so fast and then the race itself felt like it was thousands of miles (long). Every lap was so intense that the fatigue factor at the end of the day settled in. It’s hard to put into words of what it was. To be in position to win a championship, that ‘s what we all live for and I was glad to bring it on home my first time having that shot at it.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK WAS BEHIND JACK’S COMMENTS? “Jack loves war movies and airplanes. You have to be prepared be shot down if you’re going into battle. I’m not sure what it meant. A lot of guys were somewhat confused after his speech.”

Rick

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