ETC.: Kahne has completed 96.2 percent (2,060) of the 2,141 laps contested in his 8 career starts at Homestead. His average start is 7.2, but his average finish is 14.8. He also has 1 DNF there.

15 CLINT BOWYER, Toyota

Team: Michael Waltrip Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: Bowyer fell from third to fourth in the standings after Phoenix. He is 52 points behind series leader Brad Keselowski, two points behind third-ranked Kasey Kahne and leads fifth-ranked Denny Hamlin by 10 points.

HOMESTEAD RECORD: 6 career starts, 0 wins, 1 top-5, 3 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: fifth in 2008. Finished sixth in this race last year.

LOOKING AHEAD: With his Chase chances ended at Phoenix, the best season finish he can hope for is third place. Here are the thoughts of Michael Waltrip Racing executive vice president and general manager Ty Norris: "We are all proud of the entire organization, especially the run for the championship from the No. 15 team. This group came together very late last year and overcame a lot of early season adversity. Once all of the key players learned how to work with each other, this team has been in great form. What has been most impressive is the depth across the organization with speed every week, at all different tracks with all three teams and five different drivers. That broad consistency is what gives us the confidence we will be able to continue this trend into the 2013 season and beyond."

LOOKING BACK: Bowyer still had a mathematical chance of contending for the championship until he was intentionally wrecked by Jeff Gordon with two laps left in Sunday's race at Phoenix, igniting a pit road brawl between crew members for both teams. Bowyer ultimately finished 28th.

ETC.: Bowyer has completed 98.4 percent (1,578) of the 1,603 laps contested in his six career starts at Homestead. His average start is 16.7; his average finish is 13.8. He has 0 DNFs there.

11 DENNY HAMLIN, Toyota

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: After losing four places in the previous two races, Hamlin regained two spots at Phoenix, moving back to fifth place. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 62 points, fourth-ranked Clint Bowyer by 10 points and leads sixth-ranked Matt Kenseth by 12 points.

HOMESTEAD RECORD: 7 career starts, 1 win, 3 top-5s, 4 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: first in 2009. Finished ninth in this race last year.

LOOKING AHEAD: Hamlin's Chase hopes are done, but he mathematically he can still finish as high as third place. By the way, Sunday is Hamlin's 32nd birthday; a win to close out the season would be a great birthday present to himself. Hamlin's thoughts on Sunday's race in Homestead are the same that he had going into Phoenix: "We're going to try to work our way as far up in the points as we possibly can and just keep digging."

LOOKING BACK: Hamlin had an outstanding race at Phoenix, finishing second, right in front of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Unfortunately for Hamlin's hopes for the Chase, it was too little, too late.

ETC.: Hamlin has completed an outstanding 99.8 percent (1,866) of the 1,870 laps contested in his 7 career starts at Homestead. His average start there is a terrible 31.0, but his average finish is a significantly better 10.9. He has 0 DNFs there.

17 MATT KENSETH, Ford

Team: Roush Fenway Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: Kenseth fell one spot after Phoenix, dropping from a tie for fifth to sixth. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 74 points, fifth-ranked Denny Hamlin by 12 points and leads seventh-ranked and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle by four points.

HOMESTEAD RECORD: 12 career starts, 1 win, 3 top-5s, 5 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: first in 2007. Finished fourth in this race last year.

LOOKING AHEAD: Kenseth ends his 13-year tenure at Roush Fenway Racing at Homestead. He moves to Joe Gibbs Racing next season. And even though his championship hopes this season have fallen short, Kenseth can still mathematically finish as high as third. He'll need a bit of luck, though. Here are crew chief Jimmy Fennig's thoughts on Sunday's race: "We're looking to get a win for Matt this weekend. Our team is hoping to close out the season and Matt's time here at Roush doing all we could for him. The car we're bringing this weekend is our winning car from Kansas and I feel it's a really good car."