2 BRAD KESELOWSKI, Dodge
Team: Penske Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Brad Keselowski climbed back into first place in the standings with one race to remaining in the season. He leads points leader Jimmie Johnson by 20 points and third-ranked Kasey Kahne by 50 points.
HOMESTEAD RECORD: 4 career starts, 0 wins, 0 top-5s, 0 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: 13th in 2010. Finished 20th in this race last year.
LOOKING AHEAD: There are three scenarios for Keselowski to assure himself his first Sprint Cup championship in Sunday's season finale: He must finish 15th or higher, or 16th and lead at least one lap, or 17th and leads the most laps led (even if Johnson wins the race). Here are Keselowski's thoughts on Sunday's race: "Having a legitimate shot to win the championship this weekend is something that I take great pride in because I know we got there together. Everything about this team is first-class, from our owner to our facility to our sponsor, Miller Lite. We have everything we need to be a championship contender for years to come and it's exciting to be a part of that."
LOOKING BACK: Keselowski led 10 laps at Phoenix and looked like he could potentially earn a top-five finish, but ultimately settled for a sixth-place showing.
ETC.: Keselowski has completed 99.8 percent (1,066) of the 1,068 laps contested in his four career Cup starts at Homestead. His average start is a mediocre 20.2, while his average finish is also 20.2. He has 0 DNFs there.
48 JIMMIE JOHNSON, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: Jimmie Johnson fell from first to second place after Phoenix. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 20 points heading into Sunday's season finale at Homestead. He leads third-ranked and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne, who is out of the running for the championship, by 30 points.
HOMESTEAD RECORD: 11 career starts, 0 wins, 4 top-5s, 7 top-10s, 2 poles. Best career finish: second in 2004 and 2010. Finished 32nd in this race last year, his second-worst career performance there.
LOOKING AHEAD: If Johnson is to win his sixth career Sprint Cup championship, the formula is fairly simple: he must finish at least 18 positions higher than Brad Keselowski. That's why a win is so important for Johnson, who has never won at Homestead, one of the few tracks he hasn't reached victory lane. Keselowski can win the title if he finishes 15th or higher, or 16th and leads at least one lap, or 17th and leads the most laps led. Here's Johnson's thoughts on what's on the line Sunday: "My focus is going down there and winning the race. We typically haven't had to have that mentality going into this race, but we have shown we can race for the win. We did it in 2010 against Denny (Hamlin), finished second and won the championship. This 48 Lowe's team can do it again. We have nothing to lose and can gamble and take chances. Brad (Keselowski) doesn't have that luxury. This isn't over. This team never gives up and we don't intend to now."
LOOKING BACK: After wins at Martinsville and Texas, Johnson hit the wall at Phoenix, literally, when a tire blew out, sending him into the wall. Johnson finished a disappointing 32nd in the race, and watched the points margin swing from a seven-point lead before Phoenix to a 20-point deficit afterward.
ETC.: Johnson has completed 94.9 percent (2,793) of the 2,942 laps completed in his 11 career starts at Homestead. His average start is 17.2 and average finish is 13.5. He has 0 DNFs there.
5 KASEY KAHNE, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: Kasey Kahne climbed one spot to third in the standings after Phoenix. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 50 points, second-ranked Jimmie Johnson by 30 points and fourth-ranked Clint Bowyer by two points.
HOMESTEAD RECORD: 8 career starts, 0 wins, 1 top-5, 4 top-10s, 2 poles. Best career finish: fourth in 2006. Finished seventh in this race last year.
LOOKING AHEAD: With no chance to win the championship, Kahne hopes to finish the season right where he is now: third place in the standings. "I'm excited to finish off the season strong at Homestead. We usually qualify really well there, and we've had strong finishes the last couple of years."
LOOKING BACK: Kahne's Chase chances officially ended at Phoenix, where he finished fourth.