Kyle Busch pulled away from Kevin Harvick during a 23-lap run to the finish to win Saturday's Ford 300 Nationwide Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Harvick finished second, followed by 2010 series champion Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne.
Harvick felt that his Nationwide run could help him in tomorrow's Sprint Cup race, in which he still entertains hopes of stealing away the championship crown from Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson.
"I feel like I'm in a much better rhythm as far as the bumps and crevices, and know where I need to go and how many laps I need to do things and where at on the racetrack for a certain amount of laps after the restart," Harvick said. "I feel like there are a few things in practice that didn't work in the race that tended to work better on the long runs. So I know where the bounds are for my car to be where we started the race tomorrow and where we started the race in practice. That's typical every week. I'll go back and call Gil and feel like that's been somewhat of an advantage for us throughout the whole season when it comes to race setup."
With his 13th victory in 29 starts this season, Busch extended his single-season win record. The victory was his 43rd in the Nationwide Series, leaving him five behind all-time leader Mark Martin. Busch led 153 of the 200 laps.
Danica Patrick qualified fifth, pitted early and led four laps – her first of the season – by staying out while others pitted under caution on lap 24. Soon after a restart on lap 28, however, she dropped back to 21st in the running order. She finished a career-best 19th in her 13th start in the series.
After winning the owners championship in his own No. 18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday night, Busch secured the Nationwide owners' title for Joe Gibbs Racing on Saturday. Stenhouse clinched Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors.
Keselowski scored his 26th top-five finish of the year, a single-season record. The victory was Gibbs' 49th in the past three seasons. Busch has 31 of those.