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The 2016 Ford EcoBoost 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on November 20, 2016, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Contested over 268 laps – extended from 267 laps due to an overtime finish, on the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) oval, it was the 36th and final race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Jimmie Johnson won the race, and with it his seventh career Cup championship, tying him with Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for most Cup championships of all time.

2016 Ford EcoBoost 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 36 of 36 in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
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Date November 20, 2016 (2016-11-20)
Location Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 268 laps, 402 mi (643.2 km)
Scheduled Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (640.8 km)
Weather Temperatures hovering around 68.7 °F (20.4 °C); wind speeds up to 12.7 miles per hour (20.4 km/h)[11]
Average speed 128.869 miles per hour (207.395 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart-Haas Racing
Time 30.399
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing
Laps 132
Winner
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
Nielsen Ratings 3.3/7 (Overnight)[12]
3.5/8 (Final)[13]
6.1 million viewers[13]
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)

It also marked the final race for Sprint as the series sponsor, having been the Cup Series’ title sponsor since 2008, after buying out Nextel in late 2005. Monster Energy replaced Sprint as title sponsor for the series for 2017.

Contents

ReportEdit

Tony Stewart's final raceEdit

The race marked the final start of three-time Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart after a farewell tour (of which he missed the first nine races due to a Non-NASCAR racing accident), which took place a year after that of Jeff Gordon. Despite missing the first nine races due to a non-NASCAR racing accident, Stewart made the Chase with a win at Sonoma, but was eliminated in the first round. He started this race 11th, but finished 22nd.

BackgroundEdit

 
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 driversEdit

Jimmie Johnson 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.[14]

Carl Edwards clinched the second spot in the Championship 4, winning the second race of the Round of 8 at Texas.[15]

Joey Logano clinched the third spot in the Championship 4, winning the third and final race of the Round of 8 at Phoenix.[16]

Kyle Busch, the defending Cup champion, clinched the final spot, finishing second behind Logano at Phoenix to clinch his spot in the championship race.[17]

Entry listEdit

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 Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
30 Gray Gaulding The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Dylan Lupton (i) Go FAS Racing Ford
34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
49 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota
55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Toyota
59 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
83 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) BK Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman (i) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Ty Dillon (i) Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Ryan Newman was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 30.789 and a speed of 175.387 mph (282.258 km/h).[18]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 30.789 175.387
2 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 30.795 175.353
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 30.812 175.256
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kevin Harvick scored the pole for the race with a time of 30.399 and a speed of 177.737 mph (286.040 km/h).[19] He said he was "just so proud of everybody on this Jimmy John’s Chevrolet team. They want to come to the race track and bring good race cars and perform well. Just real proud of that. That’s awesome. I didn’t know if we had a chance at the pole with as fast as the No. 24 (Chase Elliott) had been. But I knew if we could just run the same speed every round, that is half the battle because you never know how much it is going to slow down for everybody else, and it doesn’t take much to make a mistake. Really proud of everybody on our Jimmy John’s team.”[20]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 30.616 30.406 30.399
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 30.412 30.456 30.416
3 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 30.470 30.546 30.442
4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.758 30.506 30.475
5 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.217 30.243 30.492
6 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 30.698 30.445 30.513
7 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.699 30.492 30.594
8 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 30.678 30.390 30.610
9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.766 30.466 30.689
10 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.595 30.427 30.749
11 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 30.717 30.552 30.861
12 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 30.652 30.467 30.887
13 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 30.514 30.571
14 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.816 30.635
15 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 30.832 30.636
16 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 30.527 30.639
17 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 30.642 30.661
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 30.794 30.688
19 88 Alex Bowman (i) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.761 30.742
20 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 30.773 30.763
21 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 30.793 30.854
22 44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 30.828 30.860
23 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 30.769 30.862
24 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 30.648 31.078
25 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 30.841
26 59 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 30.862
27 34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 30.863
28 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 30.876
29 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.911
30 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 30.916
31 49 Matt DiBenedetto (i) BK Racing Toyota 30.980
32 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 31.030
33 15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 31.043
34 95 Ty Dillon (i) Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 31.071
35 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 31.087
36 23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 31.299
37 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 31.657
38 83 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) BK Racing Toyota 32.012
39 32 Dylan Lupton (i) Go FAS Racing Ford 32.523
40 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 32.558
Did not qualify
41 30 Gray Gaulding The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 31.965
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Jimmie Johnson was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 30.973 and a speed of 174.345 mph (280.581 km/h).[21]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.973 174.345
2 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 31.154 173.332
3 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 31.223 172.949
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Martin Truex, Jr. was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 30.983 and a speed of 174.289 mph (280.491 km/h).[22]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 30.983 174.289
2 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 31.029 174.031
3 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 31.264 172.723
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

First halfEdit

Under mostly sunny Florida skies, Kevin Harvick led the field to the green flag at 3:24 p.m. The first caution of the race flew on lap 27 for Ryan Blaney crashing hard into the outside wall in turn 1. Denny Hamlin led a lap under the caution after missing the entrance to pit road. He pitted the next time by and handed the lead back to Harvick.

The race restarted on lap 32. Carl Edwards nudged Harvick in turn 4 to take the lead on lap 33. Harvick took it back on lap 35. A cycle of green flag stops started on lap 68. Harvick pitted from the lead the following lap and handed it to Edwards. He pitted on lap 72 and the lead cycled back to Harvick.

The second caution flew on lap 80 after Jeffrey Earnhardt spun out in turn 4.[23]

The race restarted on lap 86 and Joey Logano beat Harvick to take over the lead. Edwards took the lead on lap 92. Kyle Larson worked his way through the field, catching Carl Edwards and passing him on the outside in turn 4 to take the lead on lap 119 just as another cycle of green flag stops started. Following the cycle, Edwards returned to the lead. A. J. Allmendinger was given a drive-through penalty for an uncontrolled tire.

Second halfEdit

Larson retook the lead on lap 126. Kyle Busch made an unscheduled stop for what he thought was a flat right-front tire on lap 137, only to find out a few laps later the tire wasn't flat. Another round of green flag stops commenced on lap 153 and Larson retained the lead through the cycle.

Debris in turn 1 brought out the third caution on lap 171.

The race restarted on lap 171. The fourth caution flew with 61 laps to go for Blaney again crashing hard in turn 1

The race restarted with 15 to go. The fifth caution flew with 15 to go for Dylan Lupton spinning in turn 2.[24]

The race restarted with 10 to go and the sixth caution flew right away for a multi-car wreck in turn 1. On the restart, Edwards went low to block Logano's advance.[25] But in doing so, he came across Logano's nose and got spun into the inside wall.[26] His now destroyed car continued up the track and was lifted into the air after being rear-ended by Kasey Kahne's car.[27] Regan Smith was also collected by the wreck.[28] Edwards walked from his wrecked car to the pit box of the 22 team to explain to Todd Gordon (Logano's crew chief) what happened.[29] He said what happened "was just good hard racing, and it was my deal, I own it. I had to block Joey to have any chance at winning the championship. I couldn’t have gone to bed tonight if I had given up that lane to him.”[30] Logano's car continued, got tapped by Edwards's car and sent into his teammate, Brad Keselowski's car.[31] This sent Brad into the wall along with Ryan Newman.[32] Martin Truex Jr. was also collected and his car burst into flames.[33] It brought out the red flag for 31 minutes and nine seconds.[34]

The race restarted with five to go and the seventh caution flew for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. getting loose, spinning out in turn 2, turning down the track and hitting the inside wall on the backstretch.[35]

OvertimeEdit

The race restarted in overtime with two laps to go. Jimmie Johnson took the lead from Larson coming to the white flag and drove on to score the victory and his seventh Sprint Cup Series championship.[36]

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentsEdit

After the race, an overwhelmed Johnson said "my gosh, there is no, no way on earth. Just beyond words. Just didn't think the race was unfolding for us like we needed to do to be the champs, but we just kept our heads in the game. Chad called a great strategy, made some great adjustments for the short runs. Luck came our way and we were able to win the race and win the championship. I wouldn't be here without so many people believing in me and giving me this chance. From my dirt days - my parents first and foremost. My brothers. My wife and family today. Car owners, sponsors, Chevrolet, Lowe's, so many amazing people along the way that believed in me to give me this chance. Jeff Gordon, Rick Hendrick, all the men and women at Hendrick Motorsports for working so hard to get these cars fast and giving me an awesome 15 years with the company. Just thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you. So thrilled to be in this moment., So grateful for the opportunity and so thankful and blessed. I am at a loss for words.”[37] He also wasn't shy about wanting to go for an eighth championship, saying he didn't "know what the chances [were], but let's go. I'm so excited to put that in front of myself and the team as a hurdle to get over and an accomplishment to achieve."[38]

Mentor and former teammate Jeff Gordon said he was "just in disbelief the way this race unfolded.…Jimmie wanted that thing. He wanted that seventh championship and he got that seventh championship done. He deserves it. Just an amazing experience."[39]

Teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., gauging from the largely supportive fan reaction, said he thought "people are coming around [to liking Johnson]. He's always had a great understanding with his people, his fans. Now others are realizing how great he is. I can tell you this. I have no doubt that you can take Jimmie, my dad and Richard Petty and they would have won championships races whenever and wherever they raced. If Jimmie had raced against Dad, Dad wouldn't have won seven championships; and if Dad had raced against Jimmie, he wouldn't have won seven championships. Again, I think people are coming around. I hope so."[40]

Michael McDowell, who earned his fourth career top-10 finish, said "it’s good momentum. Everybody at Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing we’ve been making great progress. Todd Parrott and all the guys at [CSLFR] gave me a great car today. We were up in the top 16-17. A little attrition there at the end, it got crazy. Great restart that last restart, my lane went and snuck out a top-10 pretty cool."[41]

Tony Stewart came home 22nd in his final Sprint Cup Series race.[42] He was as fiery and temperamental as ever in his final start while cursing on his radio channel over a NASCAR-mandated lineup change, saying he "raced. I did what I do every time I get in the car. I didn’t think of anything else other than just racing the race. We got behind there and we tried something to make ground and got caught out and had to run 60 laps on a set of tires. At the end, the line-up there was ... let’s say confusing. I was still screaming about that just like I would on any other race. I was true to my form all the way to the end."[43] Johnson gave Stewart his "Chasing 7" helmet he wore during the race as a parting gift.[44]

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 14 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 268 40
2 24 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 268 41
3 1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 268 39
4 13 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 268 37
5 15 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 268 36
6 9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 268 35
7 7 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 268 34
8 12 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 268 33
9 4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 268 32
10 26 59 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 268 31
11 5 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 268 30
12 17 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 268 29
13 16 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 268 28
14 28 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 268 27
15 22 44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 268 26
16 19 88 Alex Bowman (i) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 268 0
17 21 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 24
18 23 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 267 23
19 30 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 266 22
20 20 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 266 21
21 32 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 266 20
22 11 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 266 19
23 33 15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 266 18
24 27 34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 266 17
25 3 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 264 16
26 8 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 264 15
27 31 49 Matt DiBenedetto (i) BK Racing Toyota 264 14
28 40 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 264 13
29 36 23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 264 12
30 18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 262 11
31 38 83 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) BK Racing Toyota 261 10
32 37 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Toyota 259 9
33 34 95 Ty Dillon (i) Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 258 0
34 10 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 257 7
35 2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 257 6
36 6 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 257 5
37 29 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 257 4
38 35 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 255 3
39 39 32 Dylan Lupton (i) Go FAS Racing Ford 250 0
40 25 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 213 1
Official race results

Race summaryEdit

  • Lead changes: 6 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 7 for 33
  • Red flags: 1 for 31 minutes, 9 seconds
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 7 minutes, 10 seconds
  • Average speed: 128.869 miles per hour (207.395 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

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, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast handled pit road on the television side. While the race itself aired on NBC, NBCSN aired NBCSN NASCAR Hot Pass, a simultaneous live feed dedicated to each of the Chase drivers, with commentary by Leigh Diffey and Parker Kligerman. 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
Mike Massaro
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

MRN handled 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 standingsEdit

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