WHERE HE STANDS: 15th, 93 points out of 13th place
HOMESTEAD RECORD: Edwards finished second last year after leading 119 laps. He won the event in 2008 and 2009. Has not finished worse than eighth in the last seven races.
LOOKING AHEAD: Edwards said, "It seems like every time we go there (Homestead-Miami Speedway) we have a car that could win. We need to finish this season out with a win for our Fastenal team, and go into 2013 the way we went into 2011 and go for the championship. There would be no better way to kick off the 2013 season than with a win at Homestead."
LOOKING BACK: Edwards summed up his day best when he said, "we were very fortunate to finish 11th because we just struggled all day. We hung on really hard to stay on the lead lap and that kind of saved our day. There at the end, I've never seen a finish like that – ever. It was just chaos."
ETC.: Edwards can't wait for the 2013 season to begin. "We're very excited about everything happening right now at Roush Fenway," said Edwards. "We've got a lot of things happening right now, and we're building the best team we can for next year. We believe we're going to be championship contenders again in 2013, just like we were in 2011."
27 PAUL MENARD, Chevrolet
Team: Richard Childress Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 16th, 118 points out of 13th place.
HOMESTEAD RECORD: His 16th-place finish a year ago is his best finish in six starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Menard said, "It's always bittersweet when the season ends. I feel like we have a lot left to accomplish, but it will be nice to have a restart for next year, too. Ultimately, you want to end the year on a high note to carry into the off season."
LOOKING BACK: Menard ran as high as second in the first 166 laps before running into handling problems during the middle portions of the race. But he rallied in the final 75 laps to finish ninth despite being involved in the last-lap accident. "We had a pretty solid Rheem/Menards Chevrolet throughout the first half of the race, but made the wrong decision on a couple of adjustments and lost track position," said Menard. "We were able to make it back into the top 10 before the checkered flag. It was a crazy end to the race. Want to thank the 27 team for a great car this weekend."
ETC.: Gil Martin, the crew chief on the winning car driven by Kevin Harvick, gave a lot of credit for Harvick's victory to Menard and crew chief Slugger Labbe. "I just want to say one thing – this victory is a big team deal thanks to Paul Menard and Slugger (Labbe, the crew chief on the 27 car)," said Martin in the post-race press conference. "We have started working together so hard here in the last month, and I want to put out a big thanks to those guys because they've done a great job as far as working teammates." Added Harvick, "halfway through practice we decided to put in everything on the 27 car, and that's really the way it's supposed to work. We put it in, and adjusted to my driving style."
20 JOEY LOGANO, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 17th, 156 points out of 13th place.
HOMESTEAD RECORD: His best finish in three starts is 19th.
LOOKING AHEAD: Logano said, "Man, this is the end of an era this weekend at Homestead. It will be crazy to climb into that 20 car one last time on Sunday morning and know that it's the last time I will be behind the wheel of that car. It will be sad to leave them, but I will have lasting friendships with a lot of them. The best thing we can do this weekend is go out there and try to go out with a bang and give them a win in my last race in the Home Depot Toyota." Logano is moving to Penske Racing in 2013.
LOOKING BACK: Logano was running sixth with just over a lap to go when Jeff Gordon deliberated wrecked Clint Bowyer. Logano had nowhere to go as he slammed into the two spinning cars. As a result, Logano ended the day in 27th place. "There really isn't anything to say about that," said an angry Logano. "We had a top-five finish just taken away from us because another driver wanted to settle a score and didn't think about the other people that would get caught up in it. We had a good car. By the end of the day, we had it as good as it had been all day long. I just feel bad for my guys and Dollar General. They deserved a lot better."
ETC.: Logano was still livid after changing clothes. He went on his twitter account to express his displeasure with Gordon. "When I was young I thought Jeff Gordon was the best driver," tweeted Logano. "Now I've lost a lot of respect for him. Very dumb." A few hours later Logano tweeted "To all the 24 fans, I am not disrespecting a 4-time champ. A 4-time champ disrespected me today."
9 MARCOS AMBROSE, Ford
Team: Richard Petty Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: 18th, 173 points out of 13th place.
HOMESTEAD RECORD: His best finish in four starts is 26th.
LOOKING AHEAD: Ambrose said, "I'm really focused on trying to end our year on a high note, and I think we've got a shot at it this weekend. Of course we'd like to be able to get a win on an oval this season, but considering all the changes we've had the past couple months, I'll be happy with a solid top-10 finish."
LOOKING BACK: Ambrose finished 18th at Phoenix. "We struggled with the handling of our Black & Decker Ford all day," said Ambrose. "We just couldn't seem to hit on anything that made a big difference. I have to give my guys credit though, they never gave up and kept making adjustments all day to try and make the car better. On a positive note, we were able to avoid all the crazy on-track incidents and bring our No 9 machine home in one piece."