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November 14, 2006

Furniture Row Racing’s Cup program heads to Miami for the final race of their inaugural Cup season.

The weekend’s race is also the final race in the 2006 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will determine the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series title. Standings leader Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) holds the biggest edge, but four other Chase rivals will have the opportunity to overtake him Sunday on Homestead-Miami’s 1.5-mile surface.

While the #78 isn’t competing in the Chase, the team is looking for a solid run to close out the season. Driver Kenny Wallace must contend with the track that is no longer considered an ordinary intermediate layout. Homestead-Miami provides 2-3 good grooves for racing.

It is key that Kenny finds the right groove and get the car to handle well with the progressive banking the track has to offer. Negotiating pit road will also be a major element in the race. Getting onto pit road at Homestead-Miami can be tricky. Kenny can’t afford to let his guard down and carry too much speed into the access road.

The team is hoping to recoup after a disappointing race at Phoenix last weekend. Crew Chief Joe Garone explains. “Phoenix hurt. While we were not the fastest car in practice, we were fast enough to make the race. The problem we encountered was with the qualifying position we drew. Our position of third put us in a group of cars that ran .20 to .37 seconds slower than what they ran in practice. This was due to a very loose condition the track developed while sitting in the sun without any cars running on it. We were not fast enough in practice to overcome this shift in lap times. As cars ran on the track it became faster and by the time a third of the cars ran, they were all going faster than their practice times. This is just another view of how important being in the top 35 of the points system is. We will reload and take our best shot at Homestead. We are anxious to finish the season on a high note to carry us in to the off-season, and continue our prep for the 2007 Daytona 500.”

The Busch program ended their season last weekend at Phoenix. The team qualified at an impressive 25th position. However, mechanical failure forced driver Jerry Robertson behind the wall.

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