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Sprint Cup pit stall assignments at Homestead

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Kevin Harvick, who won the pole for today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, will have the pit stall closest to pit exit.

Those with openings either before or after their pit stall are: Ryan Blaney, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski and Harvick

Here is who the four championship contenders will have around them:

Joey Logano (pit stall 10) … has Dylan Lupton in front of him and Brian Scott behind him.

Kyle Busch (pit stall 13) … has Jeffrey Earnhardt in front of him and an opening behind him.

Carl Edwards (pit stall 21) … has Matt DiBenedetto in front of him and opening behind him.

Jimmie Johnson (pit stall 37) … has Regan Smith in front of him and Reed Sorenson behind him.

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Sprint Cup starting lineup at Homestead

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Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 after a lap of 177.637 mph in the final round of qualifying.

Brad Keselowski will start second

Kyle Busch has the best starting spot among the four championship contenders. He’ll start ninth. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Carl Edwards, who also is racing for a title, will start 10th.

Joey Logano qualified 13th and Jimmie Johnson qualified 14th.

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Road woes: Carl Edwards in a backup motorhome in Miami

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Championship contender Carl Edwards said his motorhome didn’t make it to Homestead-Miami Speedway because it blew a tire in Tallahassee, Florida. He was given a rental motorhome and it didn’t work before he was given a second motorhome that he has this weekend.

With losing his motorhome, Edwards also was without clothes since those were on the RV. Edwards had to go clothes shopping Thursday at a Miami-area Macy’s.

“They had a police escort to there,” Edwards said after qualifying 10th for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400. “Drive up and I’m wearing my standard Carl outfit, shorts, dumb shirt and black shoes and I run in there and Brenda helped me. I said, ‘I’m panicked. I’ve got to be on a yacht in 15 minutes and I need something nice to wear.’ ”

While Edwards was trying on clothes, his public relations person, Randy Fuller, was asked by a salesman if he needed help. Fuller told the salesman he was with Edwards. The salesperson, according to Edwards, responded by saying “All right.”




Tony Stewart’s weekend starts off with having phone stolen

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Tony Stewart’s final weekend as a Sprint Cup driver began … with having his cell phone stolen.

The three-time series champion has been without one since Thursday when it was taken. He expects to have a new one Saturday.

“It’s been a hell of a start to the weekend to get your phone stolen,’’ said Stewart, who will make his final NASCAR Sprint Cup start Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “Probably the biggest thing that was disappointing when I realized my phone was stolen was the fact that I was in the process of answering text messages from people. I got a flood of text messages.

“I think I’m going to have a phone by (Saturday) and I’m sure it’s going to be absolutely crazy when I turn it back on.’’

So what happened?

He was with his girlfriend and went to a carnival in the Miami area when it was taken.

“We were just getting ready to leave when I realized it wasn’t in my pocket,’’ Stewart said of his phone. “We had bumped into some people right before that and I’m fairly certain that’s when it decided to go a different direction.’

They still had his girlfriend’s phone and used it to try to track down his phone.

“They have that find iPhone app and we went chasing people forever trying to find it until we realized they were in the parking lot and they got in the car and they were gone,’’ Stewart said.“I hit block on it and deleted it. Now I’ve got to get a new phone, which is devastating because I do everything on my cell phone. My life is on that cell phone. I start my life over (Saturday).’’

Tommy Baldwin Racing ceases full-time operation; sells charter

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Tommy Baldwin Racing will cease to run full-time after Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, car owner Tommy Baldwin announced in a Facebook post.

Baldwin sold his team’s charter to Leavine Family Racing.

“We felt that it’s time for a new chapter in our lives and we have sold our charter to a great group of people who will continue to guide our vision,” Baldwin wrote in the post.

“For the past eight years we’ve shown up at every race, worked hard to compete at the top level and bring value to our sponsors. I feel confident that we are moving on having accomplished that. There have been many teams like ours that have come and gone. I’m proud that we have been able to sustain ourselves from the very beginning.

“So what’s next?

“Well, we’re not 100 percent sure. We are going to work hard to get the best possible results in Miami, take a little family time and then figure out the rest. So, stay tuned – announcements will be forthcoming.”

Regan Smith joined the team shortly before the season. He was hired after the team let Alex Bowman go.

Smith has two top-10 finishes this season. His best finish was third in the rain-shortened race at Pocono. He also finished eighth in the Daytona 500.

Leavine Family Racing would not disclose what it paid for the charter.

Leavine Family Racing was in search of a charter because its partnership with Circle Sport Racing and Joe Falk was ending after this season. Falk brought a charter with him to that union but said that NASCAR viewed the action as a lease. Owners can lease their charter only once in five years.