Ford EcoBoost 200
The Ford EcoBoost 200 is an annual 200-mile (321.869 km) NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race held at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. The race began as a 250-mile race in 1996, but beginning with the 2002 season, the race was shortened by 50 miles.
The Kawanishi K-200 was a concept for a turbojet-powered flying boat proposed in Japan late in World War II. With Japan in a critical state, the K-200 never reached the drawing board. There is very little data on the K-200 and contemporary illustrations of the K-200 are based on speculation.
First held as a points-paying event in 1996, the race has had fifteen different winners. An exhibition race, running 25 laps, was held on November 4, 1995, won by Geoff Bodine.
Kenny Irwin, Jr. and Rick Crawford won the second and third running of the race, while Mike Wallace won the event in 1999 after going an extra seven miles. In 2000, Chevrolet racing driver, Andy Houston won the event after qualifying third on the grid; the highest starting position for any of the winners at the time.
For the 2002 running of the race, the race's distance was shortened by 50 miles and was moved to November, becoming the last race in the championship season. Ron Hornaday, Jr. recorded the win ahead of the defending winner Musgrave. The next five runnings of the race were won by Bobby Hamilton, Kasey Kahne, Todd Bodine, Mark Martin and Johnny Benson, Jr..
In 2008, Bodine became the first driver to win the event more than once. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Johnny Sauter won the next three runnings of the event in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The American Commercial Lines 200 was held on March 7 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Defending series champion Ron Hornaday won the pole. Hornaday would also dominate the race on long runs, leading for 81 laps.
However, the critical moment of the race was on lap 112 when Kyle Busch's crew chief, Richie Wauters brought his driver into the pits after a ten-minute rain delay on lap 111. The stop forced leader Hornaday to pit a lap later. Busch took the lead from Hornaday within 10 laps to go, and held of Hornaday over a four lap sprint to the finish to take his second consecutive victory.