Team: Richard Childress Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: Harvick jumped up three spots, from 11th to eighth, following his late surge for the win at Phoenix. He stands 86 points behind points leader Brad Keselowski, trails seventh-ranked Matt Kenseth by eight and leads ninth-ranked Tony Stewart by one point.

HOMESTEAD RECORD: 11 career starts, 0 wins, 5 top-5s, 9 top-10s, 0 poles. Best finish: second in 2003 and 2008. Finished eighth in this race last year.

LOOKING AHEAD: Harvick has a mathematical chance of cracking the top five, but that's about all he has to look forward to, other than potentially finishing the season with a second straight win. Here are his thoughts on Sunday's season finale: "Homestead has been one of those tracks we've been fortunate to go to where everything kind of fits the styles of the way our cars are built to run and my driving style. It's definitely been a good race track for us and we're looking forward to going down there and closing out the season strong this week."

LOOKING BACK: Harvick looked like the kind of driver who won three come-from-behind races last year by rallying late and winning Sunday at Phoenix, holding off Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch for the win.

ETC.: Harvick has completed 99.9 percent (2,941) of the 2,942 laps contested in his 11 career starts at Homestead. His average start is 13.9, with an outstanding average finish of 7.9. He has two DNFs there.

14 TONY STEWART, Chevrolet

Team: Stewart Haas Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: Tony Stewart fell one spot in the standings, from a tie for eighth to ninth place after Phoenix. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 87 points, eighth-ranked Kevin Harvick by one point and leads 10th-ranked Martin Truex Jr. by 24 points.

HOMESTEAD RECORD: 13 career starts, 3 wins, 4 top-5s, 7 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: first in 1999, 2000 and 2011. Finished first in this race last year, capping off the season with his third career Sprint Cup championship.

LOOKING AHEAD: Stewart will not repeat as Sprint Cup champion. And at this juncture, he'll be lucky if he can finish the season in the top five. Here are Stewart's thoughts on Sunday's race: "As soon as your car settles in you can really just mash right back in the gas and just ride that second level around down onto the backstretch. … And it's the same thing, once that car settles in; you get on the gas and ride it around to the frontstretch. It's a pretty smooth racetrack."

LOOKING BACK: Stewart finished 19th, one lap down to winner Kevin Harvick, who is expected to drive for Stewart Haas Racing in 2014.

ETC.: Stewart has completed 99.9 percent (3,473) of the 3,476 laps contested in his 13 career starts at Homestead. His average start is 14.5; average finish is 11.5. He has 0 DNFs there.

56 MARTIN TRUEX, JR., Toyota

Team: Michael Waltrip Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: Truex fell two spots in the standings after Phoenix, from a tie for eighth to 10th place. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by a distant 111 points, and ninth-ranked Tony Stewart by 24 points, and leads 11th-ranked Jeff Gordon by four points.

HOMESTEAD RECORD: 7 career starts, 0 wins, 2 top-5, 5 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: second in 2006. Finished third in this race last year.

LOOKING AHEAD: As far back as he is in the standings, Truex likely won't finish much higher than seventh place, if he's lucky, with the potential of dropping as low as 11th place if he has a bad race. Here are Truex's thoughts on Sunday's race: "We have a lot of unfinished business to do and have just one race to do it. … So Homestead-Miami is going to be it for us. We need to finish our season on a high note and it's time to finally get that win."

LOOKING BACK: Truex had his worst showing of the season, suffering a blown engine to start the race and finishing dead last in 43rd place.

ETC.: Truex has completed 98.9 percent (1,854) of the 1,874 laps contested over his seven career starts at Homestead. He has an average start of 17.3; average finish of 10.4. He also has recorded one DNF there.

24 JEFF GORDON, Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

WHERE HE STANDS: 11th, 115 points out of first place. Lost five spots last week.

HOMESTEAD RECORD: Finished fifth in 2011 for his tenth top-10 finish in 13 starts.

LOOKING AHEAD: Gordon wants to celebrate his 20 years with DuPont as a sponsor with a win at Homestead. "DuPont gave a young man with a dream a shot – and I'll never forget that," said Gordon. "After a few years into the sponsorship, I started to consider myself a DuPont employee – which is an honor. So I just want to thank all of my co-workers for being my most loyal supporters for the last 20 years. I sure hope we can put an exclamation point on these last 20 years with a win on Sunday."