ETC.: Crew chief Todd Berrier gave all the credit to Busch for giving the team its first back-to-back top-10 finishes in its history. "That one mistake on pit road was costly," said Berrier. "But we fought back and the credit goes to Kurt for another incredible driving performance. He can sure wheel a race car."
55 MARK MARTIN, Toyota
Team: Michael Waltrip Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 26th, 418 points out of 13th place.
HOMESTEAD RECORD: Five top-10 finishes including four top-five's in 12 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Martin said, "We've had a great season. We were all new to each other when we got together last year in pre-season testing. I had always know of Rodney (Childers, crew chief), but never knew him. He's one smart crew chief. I'd put him on par with anyone in the garage. This is as good of a race team as I have worked with and I've been very fortunate in driving some really good cars over the years."
LOOKING BACK: Martin was another driver who was involved in the last-lap accident yet finished the day in the top 10. "Wow what a wild day," said Martin, who ended up 10th. "I'm fine but that was a pretty hard hit. We'll take a top-10 finish. My team worked like heck throughout the weekend to get us this top-10. I couldn't be more proud of them."
ETC.: Although Martin has yet to win a race since joining Michael Waltrip Racing last winter, he feels he could have won a couple of times this year with a "little racing luck. Our best car of the year shows up as a 35th-place finish because of the wreck in Michigan. That is what I mean. Maybe this will be our week."
22 SAM HORNISH, JR., Dodge
Team: Penske Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: His team sits 21st in the car owner standings.
HOMESTEAD RECORD: His best finish in three starts is 21st.
LOOKING AHEAD: Hornish does not know what the future holds for him as he has not been told what the team's plans are for him beyond this weekend. "To have had the chance to climb back in a Sprint Cup car again this season has been a dream come true for me," said Hornish. "When the checkered flag falls on Sunday, I hope everyone can look back and say that we did a respectable job. Most of all, I hope that they all agree that I've shown a degree of competitiveness that is deserving of a (full-time) ride in Sprint Cup competition."
LOOKING BACK: Hornish and Danica Patrick bounced off of each other with 13 laps to go. Moments later, the right-front tire on Hornish's Dodge blew out sending him hard into the wall and ending his day in 31st place. "It was just a really frustrating day for our Shell-Pennzoil team," said Hornish. "We were fighting a tight condition in the center (of the corner) almost all day long. We had a 17th to 20th-place car before the contact with the 10 car."
ETC.: Crew chief Todd Gordon said, "We definitely want to end our season on a positive note. Sam has done a tremendous job since coming in to drive for us in July (after NASCAR suspended A J Allmendinger for failing a drug test). We're hoping for a very competitive weekend at Homestead. A great run on Sunday for our Shell-Pennzoil Dodge would be a super way to cap off the 2012 season."