Ford EcoBoost 400
|Sponsor||Ford Motor Company|
|Distance||400.5 miles (644.542 km)|
|Previous names||Pennzoil 400 (1999–2000)
Pennzoil Freedom 400 (2001)
Ford 400 (2002–2011)
Ford EcoBoost 400 (2012–)
The Ford EcoBoost 400 is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. The inaugural race was held in 1999, and has been the final race in the Sprint Cup Series season since 2002, as well as the final race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup since 2004. It is also part of the Ford Championship Weekend, which consists of two other races, the Ford EcoBoost 200 for the Camping World Truck Series and the Ford EcoBoost 300 for the Xfinity Series. NBC has the rights to the race, while ESPN used to carry this event for several years before its departure. The race is contested over 267 laps, 400.5 miles (644.542 km).
|Year||Date||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race distance||Race time||Average speed
|1999||November 14||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Pontiac||267||400.5 (644.542)||2:51:14||140.335||Report|
|2000||November 12||Tony Stewart (2)||Joe Gibbs Racing (2)||Pontiac||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:08:30||127.480||Report|
|2001||November 11||Bill Elliott||Evernham Motorsports||Dodge||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:24:36||117.449||Report|
|2002*||November 17||Kurt Busch||Roush Racing||Ford||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:26:20||116.462||Report|
|2003*||November 16||Bobby Labonte||Joe Gibbs Racing (3)||Chevrolet||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:25:37||116.868||Report|
|2004||November 21||Greg Biffle||Roush Racing (2)||Ford||271*||406.5 (654.198)||3:50:55||105.623||Report|
|2005*||November 20||Greg Biffle (2)||Roush Racing (3)||Ford||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:02:50||131.932||Report|
|2006||November 19||Greg Biffle (3)||Roush Racing (4)||Ford||268*||402 (646.956)||3:12:23||125.375||Report|
|2007||November 18||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing (5)||Ford||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:02:12||131.888||Report|
|2008||November 16||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing (6)||Ford||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:05:36||129.472||Report|
|2009||November 22||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing (3)||Toyota||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:06:18||126.986||Report|
|2010||November 21||Carl Edwards (2)||Roush Fenway Racing (7)||Ford||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:09:50||126.585||Report|
|2011||November 20||Tony Stewart (3)||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:29:00||114.976||Report|
|2012||November 18||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||267||400.5 (644.542)||2:48:56||142.245||Report|
|2013||November 17||Denny Hamlin (2)||Joe Gibbs Racing (4)||Toyota||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:03:52||130.693||Report|
|2014||November 16||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing (2)||Chevrolet||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:16:31||122.28||Report|
- 2002: Last race on an old layout.
- 2003: First race on a new layout.
- 2004 and 2006: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
- 2005: First race run under the lights, after being installed during the summer.
Multiple winners (drivers)
|# of wins||Driver||Years won|
|3||Greg Biffle||2004, 2005, 2006|
|Tony Stewart||1999, 2000, 2011|
|2||Carl Edwards||2008, 2010|
|Denny Hamlin||2009, 2013|
Multiple winners (teams)
|# of wins||Team||Years won|
|7||Roush Fenway Racing||2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010|
|5||Joe Gibbs Racing||1999, 2000, 2003, 2009, 2013|
|2||Stewart-Haas Racing||2011, 2014|
|# of wins||Manufacturer||Years won|
|7||Ford||2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010|
|4||Chevrolet||2003, 2011, 2012, 2014|
- 1999: Rookie Tony Stewart wins the inaugural event, and sets the record for most wins by a rookie with his 3rd win.
- 2000: Stewart made it 2-for-2 as he won the race.
- 2001: Bill Elliott's 41st career win snapped his 226 race winless streak, the longest streak in between race wins, dating back to Darlington in 1994.
- 2002: In the final race on the old configuration, Kurt Busch drove to his 4th win in a rain-delayed event, and Stewart won his 1st title.
- 2003: In the first on a newly reconfigured track, Bobby Labonte's win was marked by a flat tire for leader Bill Elliott on the last lap.
- 2004: Fourteen cautions plagued the first race in which it was the final Chase event, and Greg Biffle held off Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon in a Green-White-Checkered finish to win his first of three-consecutive races at HMS, while his teammate Kurt Busch won the title by 8 points over Johnson.
- 2005: In the first night race at the track, Greg Biffle dueled teammate Mark Martin over the final 7 laps to edge Martin for the win by 0.017 of a second.
- 2006: Greg Biffle scores his third-consecutive win, and completes the hat-trick for Roush. Mark Martin won the Truck event, Kenseth won the Busch race, and then Biffle winning the Cup event.
- 2007: Last race with the old car. Matt Kenseth leads 214 of the 267 laps to score the final win before the COT went full-time in 2008.
- 2008: Carl Edwards scored his 9th win of the season, but came up 16 points short of Jimmie Johnson for the Cup title as he stressed his last tank of fuel to the finish.
- 2009: Denny Hamlin wins from the furthest back anyone has at the track from 38th to his first win at the track, and Jimmie Johnson scores his record-setting 4th consecutive Championship.
- 2010: Denny Hamlin came in with a slim lead and lost it after an early race spin. Carl Edwards led a whopping 190 laps on his way to winning the final two races of the season, but Jimmie Johnson scored his inconceivable 5th consecutive Championship.
- 2011: Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards finished First and Second in the race, and First and Second in the Sprint Cup Point Standings. Stewart won both the race and the championship.
- 2012: Brad Keselowski wins the 2012 Sprint Cup Championship, his first Cup title. Jeff Gordon won the race beating Clint Bowyer who both fought the week before at Phoenix after crashing, his first win at Homestead-Miami Speedway, leaving only Kentucky Speedway as the only track he has failed to win at. This was also Dodge's last race for the for-seeable future, as they stopped in the Sprint Cup after 2012.
- 2013: Denny Hamlin ended a miserable 2013 by winning for the second time at Homestead, and Jimmie Johnson scoring his 6th-career Cup title.
- 2014: With the new Chase Grid format where the top 4 in points have a shot at the title, the race became known as the Championship Round race, and whoever finished the highest would win the Championship. Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Newman were the ones who would have the shot at the title. At one point, all 4 drivers were running 1st-4th, but the race was dominated by pole-sitter Jeff Gordon, who led 160 laps. Due to pit strategy, and crazy restarts, Harvick found himself battling Newman in on a restart with 3 laps to go. Harvick and the #4 pulled off what his boss Tony Stewart did 3 years prior, a Stewart-Haas Racing driver winning both the race and the Championship, with Kevin Harvick becoming the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion.
NBC had televised the race from 1999 to 2006, and was the only race carried by the network for the first two years as TV contracts were negotiated on a track-by-track basis until the 2001 season. ABC televised the race from 2007 to 2009. ESPN has televised the race since 2010. ESPN's contract expires after the 2014 race. Starting in 2015, the race will return to NBC.
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