In this paper an explicit dynamic finite element method model has been developed to investigate the strip deformation behavior between two adjacent stands in hot finishing mill. The effect of the roll speed ratio of second stand to first stand on tension and the tailing behavior of the strip has been discussed in details. It has been found that the strip accumulation occurs if the roll speed ratio is small. The tensile stress increases with the roll speed ratio. During the tailing process the accumulated strip caused by the small roll speed ratios knocks onto the roll, while the swing of the strip tail occurs for the large roll speed ratios and it strikes the roll as well. Both tailing phenomena will result in the strip tail pincher or roll damage in the real operation. © 2008 World Scientific Publishing Company.