NASCAR Ford EcoBoost 200, 300 and 400
Homestead -Miami Speedway
November 16-18, 2018
Senior Photographer: Charles Rush
Senior Writer: Kamilah McLeod
On November 16-18, 2018, The Ford EcoBoost 400 which is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida was on the way. The inaugural race was held in 1999, and has been the final race in the NASCAR Cup Series since 2002, as well as the final race of the NASCAR Cup Series' Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs 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. The race is contested over 267 laps, 400.5 miles (644.542 km).
Singer, Hunter Hayes was in concert prior to Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead before the engines were revved up. Actor Josh Dallas was named Homestead grand marshal. Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo had the role of leading the pledge of allegiance. Jacqie Campos sung the National Anthem. Gymnast Gabby Douglas served as honorary starter. Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that it has entered into a multi-year partnership with Miami-based M&J Sunshine Corporation, making Mecha Tool - the company's flagship product - the official motor oil of the track. Although the race was a full of other drivers, the main focus was on four particular drivers that would try to claim hold to the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship.
Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick all had a single objective in the race as well. They are the Championship Four. Each of them did all they could to finish the race in front of the other three. The championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is a “winner takes all” scenario. Win the race, win the championship. If a driver not among the Championship Four wins the race, whichever of the four drivers finishes before the other three wins the championship!
Homestead volunteer organizations receive more than $120,000 the success of Homestead-Miami Speedway's Ford Championship Weekend is a result of the support of many entities around South Florida. At this year's event, a total of 40 different local organizations contributed during NASCAR's three-day championship tradition.
Joey Logano won the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship. The win is his 3rd win of 2018, 1st win at Homestead and 21st career win. It is his first Championship. There were 22 lead changes among 7 drivers and 5 cautions for 26 yellow flag laps. The average speed of the race was: 133.056mph. The 28-year-old embraced the underdog mentality all season long, rebounding from missing the playoffs in 2017 and going on to take down the top three drivers in the sport all season on the final day of the season. Logano won only two races during the regular season, and had the worst odds out of the Championship 4 drivers for Homestead. Harvick, Truex and Busch combined for 20 races this season. Logano only had 2 wins prior to Homestead and clinched his spot in the Championship 4 by winning the opening race in the Round of 8 at Martinsville in controversial fashion, wrecking Truex at the end of the race. The Championship 4 finished the race in order, with Truex, Harvick and Busch trailing Logano when the checkered flag flew. For Truex, it was his final race behind the wheel of the Furniture Row Racing No. 78, as the team will not field a car next season with Truex migrating to Busch's team Joe Gibbs Racing. WHAT A RACE!