The Frontstretch: Matt McLaughlin's Driver Handicaps : Ford 400 by Matt McLaughlin -- Thursday November 15, 2007

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Matt McLaughlin's Driver Handicaps : Ford 400

Matt McLaughlin · Thursday November 15, 2007


Driver Handicaps – Homestead Edition

Jimmie Johnson - Johnson has Top 10 finishes in four of his six starts at Homestead, including a second place result scored here in 2004. For those looking for a little drama, Johnson did crash out here in 2005 en route to 40th place.

Jeff Gordon - Gordon has Top 10 finishes in six of eight Cup races at Homestead, producing an average finishing position of eleventh. His best run here was third in 2004.

Clint Bowyer - Bowyer finished tenth here last year in his only Homestead Cup start. He started the Chase with a victory; can he end it with one as well?

Kyle Busch - In two Homestead Cup starts, Busch has finished 38th and 41st. It may be for the better that he isn't running for the title this weekend; his meltdown would make Chernobyl look like a Black Cat firecracker.

Tony Stewart – Stewart won the first two Cup races ever run at Homestead back in 1999 and 2000. But in the six Cup races run here since, he's managed just two Top 10 finishes.

Matt Kenseth – After struggling mightily at Homestead early in his career, Kenseth has managed to post Top 10s in the last two Homestead Cup races. However, his average finish here remains 23rd.

Kevin Harvick – Harvick finished second here in 2003, and has Top 10 finishes in five of his six Homestead Cup starts. He won a Busch race here in 2004.

Jeff Burton – Burton hasn't managed a Top 10 finish here since 2002, back when few folks knew Bill France, Jr. had a son named Brian. He has finished third here twice in days of yore.

Carl Edwards – Edwards is averaging a ninth place finish here after three Cup starts.

Kurt Busch – Busch won here in 2002, but finished dead last here last year after a wreck. It’s been that type of up and down experience for him here; he owns a middling average of 21st at Homestead.

Martin Truex, Jr. – Truex finished second in this race last year. This year, even a finish that good isn't going to help him any.

Denny Hamlin – Hamlin finished third in this race last year. Again, it's a matter of too little too late this year.

Ryan Newman – Despite two Top 10 finishes in five Homestead Cup starts, Newman is averaging a 21st place finish here.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. – After seven Homestead Cup starts, Junior is still looking for a Top 10 result. His average Cup finish here is 27th.

Greg Biffle- Biffle has won the last three Homestead Cup races.

Casey Mears – Mears finished fifth here in 2005, but his average finish after four Homestead Cup starts is 23rd.

Jamie McMurray - McMurray is averaging an 18th place finish at Homestead despite two Top 10 finishes in five career starts.

Bobby Labonte - Labonte dominated the inaugural Homestead Cup race, only to get bumped aside by then-teammate Tony Stewart at the finish. He had Top 10 finishes in four of his first five starts here, and won the 2003 Homestead Cup race when Bill Elliott had a flat on the last lap. His last three outings here have been less than stellar, however.

Kasey Kahne - Kahne led 90 laps here last year en route to a fourth place finish. His other two Homestead Cup starts yielded less than satisfactory results.

J.J. Yeley - Yeley ran out of gas late and finished 30th last year, after a decent run in his only Cup start at this track.

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11/15/2007 07:34 PM

The only comment that I can make pertains to the picture you have on the homepage of Jimmie’s and Jeff’s cars side by side in the garage. I think that’s the first picture I’ve seen that really brings home how silly that front splitter looks…