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Friday 11/16/2018
Championship Weekend by Matt Becherer, president, Homestead-Miami Speedway

Ford Championship Weekend is finally here. Since the start of the 2018 NASCAR season, we’ve been listening to drivers and their crews talk about how their goal is to win a championship right here at Homestead-Miami Speedway. For the Championship 4 contenders in each of NASCAR’s three national series – Monster Energy Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series – that goal dream remains alive.

A championship is so close to being a reality for the Championship 4 drivers. For one driver in each series, their careers will forever change after this weekend. No matter what happens during the rest of their time behind a wheel, the three drivers who get crowned champions this weekend will go down in the NASCAR history books forever.

As important as the on-track racing is this weekend, Ford Championship Weekend embodies so much more than just the coronation of champions. As I welcome our fans, drivers, crews, media members and the entire motorsports industry to Homestead-Miami Speedway, it’s important to keep in mind the

magnitude of an event like ours and all the happenings that come with it.

For starters, as I touched on before, our Speedway plays hosts to NASCAR’s Championships. Three days, three races, three champions. What more could you possibly want to see during a single race weekend? This year is again highlighted by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship on Sunday, where Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. will battle it out to leave Homestead-Miami Speedway with the coveted MENCS championship trophy.

Anyone who’s attended Ford Championship Weekend before knows to get here plenty early in advance of the weekend’s signature event. Whether you arrive early Sunday morning or if you’re spending the whole weekend with us, there’s plenty of things to see.

Each day at the Entertainment Stage Presented by Big 105.9, you can catch a variety of concerts. Whether it’s the Styx/Journey Tribute Band, Max Impact – the Air Force’s premier musical act – or RearViewMirror – a local South Florida rock band – there’s an act for everyone’s liking.

And of course don’t forget about the biggest musical performance of the weekend – the pre-race concert on Sunday. Country music star Hunter Hayes will be putting on a half-hour concert on the front stretch prior to the Ford EcoBoost 400.

Hayes isn’t the only celebrity getting in on the pre-race fun this year. With a NASCAR race comes a number of pre-race roles that have an important place among the day’s event. Similar to throwing out the first pitch in baseball, it’s a tremendous honor to be named Grand Marshal, Honorary Starter, Honorary Race Official or Honorary Pace Car Driver for a NASCAR race.

Since we host NASCAR’s championships, it makes being a pre-race dignitary that much more special. Throughout the weekend, you’ll see a number of stars serving their pre-race duties. Television star Josh Dallas, MLB All-Star Scooter Gennett and #1 Ranked UFC Middleweight Yoel Romero are just a few that you’ll see around the track for races.

There will also be a number of spectacles happening right behind the grandstand in the display area. Of course, there’s the usual display areas that feature

companies such as Ford, XFINITY and Monster. Then there’s a few special occasions to make sure you’re present for.

On Sunday at noon, David “The Bullet” Smith, will be shot out of a cannon. Yes, you read that correctly. Be sure to head over to the cannonball display area to witness this incredible feat. Before David gets shot out of the cannon, you can also watch a champion be crowned by stopping by the 704Games display. 704Games has been hosting a tournament for their new NASCAR Heat 3 game and the finalists will all be at our Speedway to duke it out for the championship, just like the rest of NASCAR’s drivers.

The NASCAR Heat Champions: Road to Miami tournament will be holding its championship race beginning at 10:30 on Sunday.

So as you spend your weekend at our scenic 1.5-mile track, there is plenty of festivities to keep you busy. As a championship event, we try to provide our fans with championship-caliber entertainment and activities. And as exciting as each day is, at the end of day, we crown a NASCAR champion.

I can’t wait to see who will be taking the home the championship

trophies, starting tonight with the truck series. Every year, we get to see some tremendous battles for the crown and this year will be no different. All year, we’ve been working to put on such an exciting weekend for the motorsports world to enjoy. As the entire season comes down to Ford Championship Weekend, take it all in, enjoy yourself and watch closely for who is going to etch their name into the NASCAR record books.

NASCAR ACTION THIS WEEKEND

Sunday, November 18

at 2:30 PM (ET)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Tune In: NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90

Saturday, November 17

at 3:30 PM (ET)

NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Tune In: NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90

Friday, November 16

at 8:30 PM (ET)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Tune In: FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90

Posted in Opinion, Columnists, Matt becherer, Sports on Friday, November 16, 2018 9:15 am. Comments (0)

MATT BECHERER

Matt Becherer is President of Homestead-Miami Speedway. This long-time motorsports executive is one of the good guys, and he leads a team of 40 that operate the track. If you would like to talk to Matt, he can be reached at chatwithmatt @homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

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