Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been in three races at Homestead and in the two he didn’t crash he’s finished 22nd. Last year Stenhouse Jr. started in 22nd, finished in 22nd and had a 27th place average running position. In 2013 he started 9th, had a 20th place average running position, earned the 20th best driver rating and and finished 22nd. In 2012 in his pre-rookie year he drove the #6 for Roush Fenway. It was a fairly short race for him. On lap 154 he had a tire go down and he got into the wall hard. At the time of his incident he was running in the mid-twenties. This year at 1.5 mile tracks Stenhouse Jr. hasn’t been a bad performer. Since April at tracks of this length minus the Coca Cola 600 he has a 16.4 average finish. (Yahoo B Driver)
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Greg Biffle – During Biffle’s glory days Homestead was an awesome track for him. At one point in the mid 2000’s he had three straight wins. The glory days of Roush Fenway Racing are over and it’s hard to see anything good coming from picking him at Homestead. In the Chase races at 1.5 mile tracks Biffle has been a consistent performer and has finished between 17th and 24th every race. I would look for him to finish within that range on Sunday. Last year at Homestead Biffle started 20th and finished 41st. That lack luster result is the product of him getting into the wall hard on lap 162 while running in 20th. In 2013 he didn’t perform well. He started 16th, had a 19th place average running position, earned the 19th best driver rating and finished 24th. In 2012 he had his best result since his last win. In that event he finished 5th but that result can be attributed to fuel strategy. In the race he started in the back due to a crash in practice. In the race he had a 20th place average running position and only ran in the top fifteen in 27.3% percent of the laps completed. In 2010 he finished 10th. (Yahoo B Driver)
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AJ Allmendinger – Homestead hasn’t been a bad venue for AJ Allmendinger. He’s had success here but it’s front loaded in his career. The last two Homestead races have been pretty disastrous for him. Last fall he was likely around 20th place good but on lap 155 he got into the wall hard. Prior to his incident he typically ran between 18th and 23rd. When the checkered flag waved he finished 32 laps down in 40th. Fall 2013 didn’t go a lot smoother for him. In that race he started 36th and finished 36th. That result deserves an asterisk mark because around lap 40 he had a broken shock mount that dropped him down 11 laps while his team repaired the issue. Prior to having his issue he was running around the mid-twenties. In his first four Homestead races he finished between 5th and 15th every race and had a 10.3 average finish. In the last three races at 1.5 mile tracks AJ Allmendinger has finished 16th, 17th and 27th. (Yahoo B Driver)