Sights and Sounds: Homestead-Miami Speedway

The Hendrick Motorsports teams gets Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet ready for a championship battle at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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10:45 a.m. ET — It’s the final race day of the season, and the garage is buzzing, the teams are hard at work and it’s ‘Chamber of Commerce’ weather at Homestead-Miami Speedway! We’ll have a live stream of exclusive content and camera angles for Sunday’s NASCAR RaceDay starting at 12 p.m. ET: http://foxs.pt/1gL55pH

Not only is Sunday’s race the last of the year, it could also mark the final race for veterans Jeff Burton, Mark Martin and Ken Schrader. Burton’s 2014 plans are still up in the air, while Martin is taking a different role within Stewart-Haas Racing, and Schrader is focusing on dirt track racing in the future. 




In honor of his final start with Richard Childress Racing, Caterpillar used the rear quarter panel of the No. 31 Chevrolet to send a nice message to Burton. 

Jeff Burton will make his final start for Richard Childress Racing Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Sunday will also be Juan Pablo Montoya‘s last race in the Sprint Cup Series, as he is moving on to Penske Racing’s IndyCar organization in 2014.

Not only are there a number of drivers stepping away from an active role in the sport at the end of the day, so will nearly 40 percent of the NASCAR officials in the garage. 

For many NASCAR officials, Sunday will be their final race. 

10:55 a.m. ET — The Joe Gibbs Racing team is hard at work rewrapping Kyle Busch‘s No. 18 Toyota, after Busch made slight contact with the wall in Saturday’s practice session. 

Kyle Busch gave his crew a little extra work after tagging the wall in Saturday’s practice. 

It’s more of a routine day for the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing crew as they run through their pre-race checklists. 

Attention to detail is the key to success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 

Tires, tires and more tires. The No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing crew try to beat the heat and glue lugnuts onto the tires in the comfort of a shady Sprint Cup Series garage stall. 

11:35 a.m. ET — The NASCAR RaceDay crew is getting ready for a big day at Homestead. We have a two-hour show on tap at 12p ET, plus Kaitlyn Vincie and Rutledge Wood will have exclusive web content and camera angles throughout the entire show. Watch here: http://foxs.pt/1gL55pH

Since they’ll be running around keeping you up to date, Kenny and Rut prepare by stretching it out.

11:50 a.m. ET — Even DeLana Harvick is getting sentimental about Kevin Harvick’s final start with Richard Childress Racing. 



12:05 p.m. ET — The crowd is rocking for NASCAR RaceDay! We’re rolling with live, behind-the-scenes access from Rutledge and Kaitlyn: http://foxs.pt/1gL55pH

12:30 p.m. ET — The first FOX Sports NASCAR RaceDay Live Vote is now open! Is Jimmie Johnson an athlete? Vote now: http://foxs.pt/1gL55pH

12:35 p.m. ET — Mark Martin’s final ride even caught the attention of Dario Franchitti, who is also stepping out his IndyCar ride due to injuries

1:20 p.m. ET — Michael Watlrip wrote a special thank you note to NAPA, who will be leaving MWR after Sunday’s race.

2:00 p.m. ET — Dario Franchitti isn’t the only IndyCar driver paying attention to Sunday’s season finale at Homestead, Tony Kanaan is at the track watching the action.

Tony Kanaan is at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series finale. 

2:50 p.m. ET — Pre-race activities are underway at Homestead. 

The No. 2 Penske Racing crew stands by their cars as defending champions for the final time. 

Richard Petty looks at all the action taking place on pit road before Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Mark Martin and Rick Hendrick stand with their wives before Mark’s final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. 

With a championship on the line, Matt Kenseth spends time with his daughters as he prepares to climb in the car.

3:10 p.m. ET — The flyover is complete, the engines are fired and it’s time to go racing for the final time in 2013! Follow all the action from Homestead with live updates and scoring here: http://foxs.pt/18GOLyb

Who will take home the Sprint Cup Series championship trophy at the end of the night? 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series trophy awaits the 2013 champion.