November 14, 2005|By PETER BLAIR



Ford 400

Site -- Homestead, Fla.

When -- Sunday, 3:30 p.m.

TV -- Ch. 11 (3 p.m.)

Track -- Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile oval)

Distance -- 267 laps, 401 miles

Last year -- Greg Biffle started second and led the most laps en route to winning the race by .342 of a second in overtime over Jimmie Johnson. Jeff Gordon was third and Tony Stewart fourth. Kurt Busch finished fifth, but it was just enough for him to win the Nextel Cup championship by eight points over Johnson in the closest points race in NASCAR history. Gordon ended the season third in the standings, 16 points behind Busch.

Drivers to watch -- Entering the final race of the season, Stewart holds a 52-point lead over Johnson. Carl Edwards, who is third - 87 points behind Stewart - finished 14th last year in his only career start at Homestead. Stewart is the only driver with multiple Nextel Cup wins at the track, winning the first two races held there in 1999 and 2000. Busch, who is suspended by his team for the race, won from the pole in 2002.

Quotable -- "I'm going at it just like I do every week. There's no reason to do anything differently. There's nothing that you do now that you didn't do before. It's just the end of the year and there's more on the line, but you still do the same things that got you here." - Stewart, on his end-of-season mentality



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