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Lap-by-Lap: Homestead

November 18, 2012, ,

Lap 200 -- CHECKERED FLAG: Regan Smith wins his first Nationwide Series race; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finishes sixth to win his second consecutive Nationwide Series championship.

Lap 197 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. passes Elliott Sadler for sixth. Brian Scott also passes Sadler.

Lap 196 -- Regan Smith is five laps from a win; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is five laps from a championship. Austin Dillon passes Elliott Sadler for third.

Lap 192 -- Regan Smith is pulling away from Kyle Busch.

Lap 191 -- Regan Smith is 10 laps from a win; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is 10 laps from a championship.

Lap 187 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. gets a little too racy and too close to the wall for his team's comfort.

Lap 186 -- Kyle Busch passes Elliott Sadler for second.

Lap 184 -- GREEN FLAG: How they stand at the restart: Regan Smith, Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch, Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Smith clears for the lead, with Sadler second as Dillon spins the tires and falls back.

Lap 180 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 5 -- As Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was side-by-side with Elliott Sadler, the caution came out for a Johanna Long crash. Sadler is complaining his car is junk. The leaders don't pit. Joe Nemechek gets the free pass.

Lap 179 -- Austin Dillon is back to second, passing Sadler. Kyle Busch is fourth.

Lap 178: GREEN FLAG: This is how they stand at the restart: Kevin Swindell, who stayed out, Austin Dillon, Regan Smith, Elliott Sadler, Brendan Gaughan and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. They go four-wide, with Smith taking the lead over Sadler and Dillon.

Lap 173 -- The contenders come to the pits. They all take four tires and make their necessary adjustments.

Lap 172 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: There's a caution for debris. That's good news for Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who can make more adjustments. Danica Patrick gets the free pass.

Lap 164 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr.s car has gone from tight to loose.

Lap 161 -- With 40 laps to go, the running order is Austin Dillon, Regan Smith, Elliott Sadler, Brendan Gaughan and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 152 -- Austin Dillon recycles back into the lead after the green stops.

Lap 150 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. makes his stop, needing adjustments for a tight car.

Lap 149 -- Austin Dillon comes in for his stop, giving Ricky Stenhouse Jr. a chance to lead a lap and get a bonus point. That means all he has to do now is finish 17th to win the championship.

Lap 148 -- Kyle Busch gets four tires and air-pressure adjustment to try and regain the dominance his car had in the first half of the race. Elliott Sadler also is in for the same changes.

Lap 146 -- Another round of green-flag stops is under way as Regan Smith pits. That puts Elliott Sadler in second.

Lap 143 -- Elliott Sadler is up to third as Ricky Stenhouse Jr. continues to fall back.

Lap 141 -- Regan Smith passes Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for second. Stenhouse radioed earlier that he will need a fresh set of tires.

Lap 135 -- Danica Patrick is running a lap down. Only 19 cars are on the lead lap.

Lap 134 -- Austin Dillon's lead is up to 8 seconds.

Lap 131 -- It's still Austin Dillon running first and Ricky Stenhouse in second. Elliott Sadler is trying to get past Regan Smith for third, but his car is not cooperating.

Lap 123 -- Elliott Sadler is running fifth. He has gained 14 positions since the restart.

Lap 120 -- Austin Dillon has pulled away, much like Kyle Busch did in the first half of the race.

Lap 110 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is third.

Lap 108 -- Regan Smith passes Sam Hornish Jr. for second.

Lap 105 -- Austin Dillon passes Sam Hornish Jr. for the lead. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is up to fourth. Elliott Sadler is running 11th.

Lap 103 -- Kyle Busch has dropped to fourth as Austin Dillon is on the move and battling Regan Smith for second.

Lap 102 -- Austin Dillon is running fourth, and has passed Elliott Sadler in points for the second position behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is running 10th.

Lap 101 -- We're halfway. On older tires, Danica Patrick couldn't maintain for lead. Sam Hornish Jr., Kyle Busch, Regan Smith and others pass her by as she continues to fall back.

Lap 100 -- GREEN FLAG: Danica Patrick stayed out and takes the restart in the lead, followed by Sam Hornish Jr., Kyle Busch, Regan Smith and Brian Scott. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who had a slow pit stop, restarts in 14th. Elliott Sadler is in 19th position.

Lap 94 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: Robert Richardson is in the wall again. Pit road is busy. Elliott Sadler will have to make a second stop for a missing lug nut.

Lap 92 -- Regan Smith takes the lead from Kyle Busch.

Lap 90 -- Kyle Busch has led 86 of the first 90 laps.

Lap 89 -- Sam Hornish Jr. passes Elliott Sadler for third place.

Lap 87 -- Regan Smith passes Elliott Sadler for second place.

Lap 85 -- Brendan Gaughan passes Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for fifth place.

Lap 84 -- Justin Allgaier, who is fighting Michael Annett for fifth in points and the final podium spot during the season-ending banquet, passes Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for fourth.

Lap 82 -- Kyle Busch has cleared the Elliott Sadler. Sadler has cleared the rest of the pack. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is surrounded.

Lap 81 -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch restarts with the lead, followed by Elliott Sadler.

Lap 80 -- The caution has been extended by a lap just as drivers were expecting the green flag.

Lap 74 -- Kyle Busch radios under caution that he has run over something, as well.

Lap 73 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Robert Richardson Jr. is in the wall. Kenny Wallace gets the free pass.

Lap 71 -- GREEN FLAG: It didn't take long for Kyle Busch to regain his lead, shorting after the restart. Danica Patrick has moved into the top 10, in ninth.

Lap 67 -- Teams are back in for pit stops. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. doesn't get any tires and beats Kyle Busch, who took four tires, out of the pits. Elliott Sadler stayed out to take the lead and get that bonus point. The biggest mover in the pits was Danica Patrick, who gained seven positions with no tires to restart 11th.

Lap 66 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: Ryan Truex spins and slams into the wall. Joey Coulter will get the free pass.

Lap 62 -- Kyle Busch has a lead of more than 9 seconds.

Lap 53 -- Elliott Sadler is concerned he ran over something.

Lap 52 -- Regan Smith is running in second now, followed by Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Sam Hornish Jr., who will race Penske Racing's No. 12 full time next season, is up to fifth.

Lap 51 -- Joey Logano is getting whoesale adjustments. Kyle Busch has recyled back to the lead.

Lap 50 -- Elliott Sadler gets four tires and a track-bar adjustment. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., lacking grip, gets air-pressure and track-bar adjustments.

Lap 49 -- More drivers are in, including Regan Smith and race leader Kyle Busch. Busch gets four tires and wedge adjustment.

Lap 48 -- Danica Patrick is the first to pit under green. She was running 16th, two spots back of where she started. She gets four tires.

Lap 45 -- Regan Smith is running third. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is in fourth.

Lap 39 -- Kyle Busch's lead is approaching 8 seconds.

Lap 36 -- Regan Smith made slight contact with Brian Scott earlier in the race, but now he is up to fourth in JR Motorsports' No. 5 car. Steve Letarte is serving as Smith's crew chief for this race.

Lap 35 -- Kyle Busch's lead is more than 6 seconds.

Lap 32 -- Kyle Busch's lead is up to more than 5 seconds. Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse continue to run 2-3.

Lap 27 -- Kyle Busch continues to pace the way as he and his closest pursuers navigate through lapped traffic.

Lap 21 -- Kyle Busch's lead is more than 2 seconds now.

Lap 19 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is being told by his spotter to remain 5 feet from the outside wall.

Lap 17 -- Kyle Busch has a lead of more than 1 second.

Lap 10 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has caught up to the leaders and holding steady in third place.

Lap 8 -- Elliott Sadler passes Kyle Busch, but Busch regains the lead before the start/finish line, denying Sadler that bonus point.

Lap 4 --Ricky Stenhouse Jr. gets by Austin Dillon for third place.

Lap 3 -- Kyle Busch and Elliott Sadler have opened up a little distance from the rest of the third.

Lap 1 -- GREEN FLAG: The race, which covers 300 miles over 200 laps, is under way at 4:49 p.m. ET. Kyle Busch leads the first lap.

4:42 p.m. ET -- Drivers make their way off pit road for the pace laps.

4:38 p.m. ET -- Ford Group Marketing Manager, Global Cars & Crossovers, Amy Marentic gives the "Drivers, start your engines" command.

4:34 p.m. ET -- Here comes the flyby; two F-5s of the VFC 111 Sun Downers.

4:32 p.m. ET -- The All American Country Girl Chelsea Bain sings the national anthem.

4:31 p.m. ET -- Pastor Scott Claunch of the Calvary Chapel Kendall delivers the invocation.

4:31 p.m. ET -- The presentation of colors is introduced by the U.S. Coast Guard Base Miam Beach Color Guard.

4:30 p.m. ET -- Elizabeth Elias sings God Bless America.

4:29 p.m. ET -- The Pledge of Allegiance is delivered by students from Redondo Elementary School.

4:17 p.m. ET -- Elliott Sadler led the points for 25 weeks this season. He's chatting with the driver he's chasing going into the final race for the second consecutive year.

4:10 p.m. ET --Ricky Stenhouse Jr. looks calm. He is trying to become just the sixth driver to win back-to-back titles in the series, and the first since Martin Truex Jr. in 2004-05.

4 p.m. ET -- ESPN's pre-race show is on the air. Drivers are being introduced.

3:54 p.m. ET -- Regan Smith will start 10th. He is making his JR Motorsports debut and first series start since Daytona in July 2007.

3:53 p.m. ET -- Joey Logano will start fifth. He has started in the top 10 in all five Homestead starts. Logano has 18 careers wins; nine have come this season.

3:52 p.m. ET --Ricky Stenhouse Jr. matched his best Homestead start in his third race.

3:51 p.m. ET -- Austin Dillon will make his fifth consecutive start from the first two rows of the season in his first Nationwide Series start at Homestead.

3:50 p.m. ET -- Elliott Sadler scored his seventh front-row start of 2012, and matched his best Homestead start for the third time.

3:49 p.m. ET -- Kyle Busch III. He has 11 wins from the pole, most of all drivers.

3:48 p.m. ET -- Kyle Busch II. He leads all drivers with 17 wins on 1.5-mile tracks. He also won his past two starts at Homestead and led the most laps in the past three races there.

3:47 p.m. ET -- Kyle Busch I. He has one more chance to extend his yearly winning streak. His eight-year streak is tied with Carl Edwards and Joe Nemechek for second behind Mark Martin, who won in nine consecutive seasons (1992-2000).

3:46 p.m. ET -- It's one hour from the schedule start time of the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kyle Busch is on the pole, followed by the three title contenders: Elliott Sadler, who's in second place, 20 points out; Austin Dillon, who's in third, 25 points behind; and points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr.