RELATED: Watch video of the Martinsville incident HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Rivals Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano met with NASCAR officials Friday morning before opening Sprint Cup Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Kenseth, returning from a two-race suspension for NASCAR's season-ending weekend, told a small group of reporters that the two drivers met in the hopes of moving past their escalated feud during this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. NASCAR.com independently confirmed that such a meeting took place. "Everything will be fine there," Kenseth told reporters, making his first remarks since two penalties appeals were denied Nov. 5. "I wish none of it would have happened obviously. There's probably certain things we'll never totally agree on, but I think long term it probably will be fine, and I think we will work it all out." Logano, who landed the second starting spot for the season finale in Friday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying, was brief in his comments about the meeting, joking, "We haven't had enough of this yet?" "It was good," Logano added. "NASCAR had us sit down and talk it out a little bit and I thought that was good for us to do." Friday's practice session marked the first time that Kenseth and Logano shared the same race track since their Nov. 1 altercation at Martinsville Speedway . During that event, a laps-down Kenseth intentionally wrecked race leader Logano in the late stages, a run-in that ended his three-race win streak and dealt a serious blow to Logano's bid for his first premier-series championship. Logano was eliminated from title contention two weeks later at Phoenix International Raceway . Kenseth was unapologetic for his actions during a phone interview with the Associated Press last weekend, saying he couldn't recall a heightened rivalry in the sport where NASCAR officials did not intervene before it reached a tipping point. NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France touched on the topic during Friday's State of the Sport address, just four days after meeting with Kenseth and car owner Joe Gibbs at the team's Huntersville, North Carolina, race shop. "What we were coming down here to a championship weekend, and I wanted to make sure that that matter was behind us with Matt, with Joe Gibbs and so on," France said. "I'm assured that it is. We had a good conversation about what had happened and what the thinking was or whatever you want to call Matt's actions, and we talked about that. And it was a good conversation." Gibbs, speaking Thursday during media availabilities ahead of Sunday's season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM), said that he also found the conversations productive. "I think going forward, we had good meetings," Gibbs said. "I think we're all in a good place right now. I think Matt is, too, and I appreciated getting a chance to meet with Brian, and I think Matt did, too, and I think we're going to put all that behind us, and we're going to go racing."
Editor's Note: Clinching scenarios courtesy of NASCAR statistical services RELATED: See the Chase Grid Below are the finishes each driver/owner/manufacturer needs in this weekend’s races at Homestead-Miami Speedway to clinch their respective championships, regardless of the finish of any other driver/car/manufacturer. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series • Driver : The first to the finish line among the Championship 4 -- Kevin Harvick , Jeff Gordon , Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr . -- will win the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship. • Owner: The same rule applies to the owner championship, which involves the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet. • Manufacturer: Chevrolet has officially clinched the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer's Championship. NASCAR XFINITY Series • Driver : Chris Buescher leads Chase Elliott by 18 points. He will clinch the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series driver championship with a finish of 13th or better; or 14th with at least one lap led; or 15th and the most laps led. • Owner : The No. 22 Team Penske Ford has officially clinched the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series owner championship. • Manufacturer: Ford leads Chevrolet by six points. Ford will clinch the Bill France Performance Award if its top-finishing car finishes second while leading at least one lap. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series • Driver : Erik Jones leads Tyler Reddick by 19 points. Jones will clinch the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship with a finish of 15th or better; or 16th with at least one lap led; or 17th and the most laps led. • Owner : The No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota leads the No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford by 19 points. The No. 4 will clinch the owner championship with a finish of 15th or better; 16th with at least one lap led; or 17th and the most laps led. • Manufacturer : Toyota has officially clinched the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series manufacturer championship.
RELATED: Complete results from Homestead " Updated standings SHOP: Champion's gear " Gordon gear HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch capped a most improbable comeback Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway , capturing the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship while winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 . Busch, 30, passed race leader Brad Keselowski on a final restart with seven laps remaining, then pulled away from fellow Chase for the Sprint Cup contender Kevin Harvick to score his fifth win of the season and secure his first premier series title. It was also the first Sprint Cup Series championship for automaker Toyota, which entered the series in 2007. "A dream of a lifetime, a dream come true," Busch said. "I just can't believe with everything that happened this year and all the turmoil, all the things that I went through, that my wife (Samantha) went through and the people that are around me went through. This championship is all for these guys, my wife, my family, everyone who has had to sacrifice so much to get me here to this place today, whether it was on my team right now, or on my teams in the past." "Adam Stevens (crew chief) prepared such a great race car. Adam Stevens is my hero. I love that guy." Busch ( Joe Gibbs Racing ), Harvick ( Stewart-Haas Racing ), Jeff Gordon ( Hendrick Motorsports ) and Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ) advanced through this year's 16-team, 10-race Chase format to qualify for a shot at the title. RELATED: Busch wins first Cup Series championship Busch said he never doubted that he and his team could orchestrate such a stunning comeback. "Oh yeah, no doubt," he said. "The rehab ... getting ready and focused, all that was the hardest part and the hardest thing I have ever gone through. To put it all together and be here tonight, this wasn't that hard." Sidelined for the season's first 11 points races after suffering a broken right leg and fractures to his left foot in an XFINITY Series crash at Daytona International Speedway , Busch returned to win five times. Sunday's victory was the 34th of his career. Busch can thank debris on the race track for the race win. It was driver and team that won the championship, however. Seemingly on his way to a second-place finish that would have still secured the title, Busch shot past Keselowski ( Team Penske ) on a Lap 261 restart for the 18th and final lead change of the night. "I knew it was time to go," Busch said. "I don't know why Brad chose the bottom, but he gave me the top and I thought, 'This is interesting.'" The restart order put Harvick directly behind Busch, who said, "I knew I just had to protect whatever Harvick tried to do if he was going to shoot the middle or shoot the gap or whatever it was going to be." "I don't know if Brad spun his tires or what. We got to Turns 1 and 2 and we were pretty even; I just looked into (Turn) 4 and gave it everything I had those last seven or eight laps." Officially, it was Busch, Harvick and Keselowski finishing first through third, with Joey Logano and Kyle Larson rounding out the top five. "I don't really know if there was a right one or wrong one, to be honest," Keselowski, who led a race-high 86 laps, said of the lane choice call. "We just weren't fast enough and I don't think it would have mattered either way." Gordon ended his illustrious driving career with a sixth-place finish while Truex wound up 12th. ALL ACCESS: Gordon parks car for final time "His talent is so strong, and that team really found some things this year," Gordon, a four-time champion making his final start, said of Busch, adding that he's seen "a changed Kyle." "When he came back, not only was he driven and just inspired by it, but you can tell he was racing smarter, with more patience, just being more deliberate. ... I think he showed it right away when he came back that there was a pretty good chance he was destined to win this championship." It wasn't a down-to-the wire battle for the championship or for the race until the final caution. With 67 laps remaining, Keselowski was easily out front while Busch enjoyed a lead of more than one second over Harvick for second place. Gordon, who had led earlier, ran ninth and Truex was just outside the top 10, running 12th. A fire on pit road and an ill-handling car stymied the efforts of Truex and his team for the first half of the race; a two-tire gamble during pit stop on Lap 168 put him out front. WATCH: Truex Jr. has 'a lot to build on for the future' But the lead was short-lived; Truex soon found himself free-falling through the field, eventually settling in just outside the top 10. Gordon made his way to the front for the first time following a Lap 36 restart, shooting past the soon-to-be champ for the lead and bringing the crowd in the grandstands to their feet. Harvick took charge moments later with a power move on a Lap 45 restart. A multi-car accident involving Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Clint Bowyer and others erupted almost as soon as Harvick took control, bringing the yellow flag for the fourth time. RELATED: Harvick sets bittersweet NASCAR record The defending series champion was able to build as much as a 1.5-second lead over Busch and led 46 laps before a cycle of green-flag pit stops allowed Joey Logano to move to the top spot. Afterward, Harvick could only smile as he watched Busch celebrate on stage. "He broke his leg at Daytona, and to come back from everything that he came back from ... that's a great comeback story from where he was after Daytona," said Harvick. The race began 1 hour, 35 minutes late due to rain but ran uninterrupted by weather conditions following its 4:50 p.m. ET start.
RELATED: Play Fantasy Live now It's all down to this. Championships on the line both on the track and in Fantasy Live. Time to do what it takes to grab the title. Sure, the Championship 4 drivers have plenty on the line this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM) but that doesn't mean that there are not other worthwhile plays to fill out your lineup in Fantasy Live. Make sure to set your lineup by using the information below to guide your picks. All stats listed -- place differential, fastest laps run and laps led – are Homestead-Miami Speedway specific and categories used in Fantasy Live scoring. Last week, the data showed that Kevin Harvick was a great play for Phoenix and while he did not win, he did have the most laps led and a runner-up finish. We also recommended Aric Almirola as a sleeper pick and his top 10 proved that to be a solid selection. Good luck this weekend! Laps led, since 2005 1. Carl Edwards , 560 2. Matt Kenseth , 449 t-3. Jeff Gordon , 237 t-3. Kyle Busch , 237 Fastest laps run, since 2005 1. Carl Edwards , 267 2. Jeff Gordon , 170 3. Martin Truex Jr ., 168 Place differential, 2014 fall race 1. Ryan Newman , +19 2. Cole Whitt , +16 t-3. Danica Patrick , +14 t-3. Jamie McMurray , +14 t-3. Kyle Larson , +14 Sleeper picks Kasey Kahne : Since his first start at Homestead in 2004, Kahne has collected 10 straight top 25s there. He also has back-to-back 13th-or-better finishes in his last two starts. Owning an average finish of 14.9, Kahne has also led 107 laps, has four top 10s and an average running position of 12.6 (eighth-best). The Hendrick Motorsports driver's value is undoubtedly there for his asking price. Ryan Newman : Newman remains a feature sleeper play at Homestead. Over the past three races, the Richard Childress Racing driver is averaging 44.0 fantasy points per race, good for 10th among active NASCAR competitors. Coming off a career-best second-place finish at Homestead in 2014, Newman will be looking to improve that. He has two top fives and five top 10s in 13 starts at Miami. Value picks Ty Dillon : Dillon also comes with risk due to his part-time Cup eligibility, so he carries a bit of a gamble. In his four Cup races this season, Dillon has improved in each race by at least two spots with finishes of 28th, 26th, 18th and a season best 14th at Michigan. He owns a season place differential of +7 and an average finish of 21.5. The value is "must have" at Dillon’s asking price for Homestead. Justin Allgaier : Fresh off a 17th-place finish at Phoenix, Allgaier makes a stout value play for Homestead this weekend. In his one career race at Homestead in 2014, he started 14th and finished 15th. The HScott Motorsports driver ranks a remarkable 20th among NASCAR drivers in fantasy points averaged over his last three races with 17.4 per race.
RELATED: Full practice results Reaching a top speed of 169.470 mph in his No. 42 HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi Chevrolet, Kyle Larson topped the leaderboard early in Friday's final NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway . The Sprint Cup Series regular is making his 14th and final XFINITY start of the season. Roush Fenway Racing 's Elliott Sadler -- who will drive for Dale Earnhardt Jr .-owned JR Motorsports next season -- nabbed the second spot on the charts, piloting his No. 1 Ford at 169.231 mph. Joe Gibbs Racing 's Erik Jones laid down a lap of 168.676 mph in the opening lap to earn the third-fastest spot. The Dillon brothers rounded out the top five, with Austin in the fourth spot (168.287 mph) and Ty in the fifth (167.780 mph). For the fastest 10 lap consecutive average speed, it was Kyle Busch leading the way at 163.597 mph. Larson was second, followed by Austin Dillon , Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola . Points leader and title contender Chris Buescher ranked 11th on the speed charts, his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford coming in at 165.873 mph. Reigning series champion -- and Buescher's primary competition for the title -- Chase Elliott was 16th-fastest (165.042 mph) in his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. The practice began later than anticipated, as track officials worked to dry the track from the rainfall that had halted Sprint Cup practice minutes before. Cars began rolling off the grid at 1:45 p.m. The XFINTY Series is back on track Saturday for Coors Light Pole qualifying (11:15 a.m. ET CNBC/Live Extra).
Brad Keselowski Racing announced on Thursday that Austin Theriault has been medically cleared to return to racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway . The 21-year-old suffered a 10 percent compression fracture of the lower back in a crash while wheeling the No. 29 BKR Ford during the Rhino Linings 350 on Oct. 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . "I'm looking forward to getting back in the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 and being fast at Homestead," Theriault said in a team press release. Due to the incident, Theriault has been rehabilitating and staying out of competition for the last four races -- Brian Keselowski , Austin Cindric and Ryan Blaney have each taken turns driving the No. 29 during his absence. Despite the difficulties he has faced, Theriault's 2015 season includes two top fives and four top-10 results in eight NCWTS starts, which he will look to add to during Friday's Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM). Been a long time a coming. Glad he is now cleared and feeling great after Vegas. https://t.co/nAWsmzkeDE — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) November 19, 2015
Jeff Gordon is at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the chance to do something remarkable; win his fifth Cup title in his final full-time season. In the days leading up to the coveted finale, get caught up on everything No. 24 here -- and check back every day, as NASCAR.com will continue to add content regularly about the four-time champion's last ride. -- Gordon: 'We're still going to celebrate' -- Gordon finishes sixth in final race -- Gordon on McMurray: 'I'm punting his ass' -- Gordon takes the lead on restart -- Crew members salute Gordon as he leaves pit road -- Fans salute Gordon with card trick -- Gordon honored in eventful final 2015 drivers' meeting -- Watch: Final introduction of Gordon -- Watch: Gordon walks to car for one last time -- Watch: Gordon greets family and friends at car -- Chronicling Gordon's final race -- Gordon's iconic career coming to a glorious close -- Photo gallery: Gordon through the years -- Tale of the Tape: 1995 Gordon vs. 2015 Gordon -- Gordon's top-24 moments during his NASCAR career -- Gordon's best paint schemes of all-time -- Gordon honored at drivers' meeting -- Cain: My dinner with Gordon -- Capsule look at Gordon's four championships -- Homestead could be 'fairy-tale ending for Gordon -- Teammates pay tribute with paint schemes -- Drivers offer favorite Gordon memories -- Gustafson remains focused for Gordon's final race -- Inside Access with MSC: Crew chiefs on Gordon's farewell -- Gordon flips the script, gives gift -- 'Dirty Air' crew talks Gordon's drive for five -- Comparing Gordon, other NASCAR greats in final year -- Hendrick: Tried to keep Jeff a few more years -- Kraft's Korner: Going out on top rare but ideal -- Send your personal message to Gordon -- Title would be 'poetic justice' for Gordon -- NASCAR nation honors Gordon with #24Ever -- Larson's touching tribute to Gordon -- Evernham expects Gordon to capture title
RELATED: Practice results Daniel Hemric (No. 14 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet) topped the lone NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session at Homestead-Miami Speedway . The rookie paced the 145-minute session with a fast lap of 168.908 mph. Tyler Reddick (No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford) came in second with a speed of 168.824 mph. Reddick enters the final race of the season 19 points back of Erik Jones (No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota) for the championship lead. Jones placed fifth in the session (167.447 mph). Spencer Gallagher (No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet) was third (168.418 mph) and Crafton (167.452 mph) came in fourth. Jones had the fastest 10-lap average speed among seven drivers at 161.716 mph from Laps 11-20; Crafton was second at 160.629 mph, followed by Christopher Bell (159.862 mph), Hemric (159.644 mph) and Daniel Suarez (158.886 mph). Jones will lock up the title with a finish of 15th or better in Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM); 16th with at least one lap led; or 17th with the most laps led. Jones or Reddick would become the youngest driver to win the Camping World Truck Series championship, while also dethroning two-time defending champion Matt Crafton (No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota) in the process. Austin Theriault (No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford), who is set to make his first start since a major crash last month at Las Vegas Motor Speedway , finished the session 11th. Earlier in the week, Theriault was medically cleared to return to racing after suffering a 10 percent compression fracture of the lower back on Oct. 3 during the Rhino Linings 350 . Keystone Light Pole Qualifying is set for 4:10 p.m. ET (FS1).
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are all at Homestead-Miami Speedway this week for the final races of the season. Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series practice, qualifying and races can be watched on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC as well as NBC Sports Live Extra . Camping World Truck Series events will be televised on FS1. All ti m es are ET THURSDAY, NOV. 19: PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 2 p.m.: Championship 4 Media Day with Kevin Harvick , Jeff Gordon , Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr . SPECIAL EVENTS ( Watch live ) -- 2:45-5 p.m.: Championship 4 Live Chat: Inside Access with Miss Sprint Cup SCHEDULE FOR LIVE CHAT -- 2:55-3:05 p.m.: Kyle Busch -- 3:10-3:20 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr . -- 3:30-3:40 p.m.: Tony Stewart -- 3:40-3:50 p.m.: Rick Hendrick -- 3:50-4 p.m.: Joe Gibbs -- 4-4:10 p.m.: Joe Garone -- 4:25-4:35 p.m.: Kevin Harvick -- 4:40-4:50 p.m.: Jeff Gordon FRIDAY, NOV. 20: ON TRACK -- 9-11:25 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1 ( Results ) -- Noon-1:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Results ) -- 1:30-3:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Results ) -- 4:10 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying, FS1 ( Results ) -- 6:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Results ) -- 8 p.m: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 (134 laps, 201 miles), FS1 ( Results ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 11:30 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 10:30 a.m.: Chris Buescher -- 11:30 a.m.: Brian France, NASCAR Chairman & CEO -- 1:30 p.m.: Ford with the Wood Brothers -- 3 p.m: Richard Petty Motorsports announcement -- 7:15 p.m.: Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, Championship 4 drivers -- 9:45 p.m.: Post-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race SATURDAY, NOV. 21: ON TRACK -- 10-11 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, CNBC/ Live Extra ( Results ) -- 11:15 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying, CNBC/ Live Extra ( Results ) -- 1-1:50 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Results ) -- 2:45 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 (200 laps, 300 miles), NBC/ Live Extra ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 9:30 a.m.: Ford's Garage availability -- 10:55 a.m.: Ford Performance announcement -- 12:30 p.m.: Daytona Rising update with Joie Chitwood III -- 5:45 p.m.: Post-NASCAR XFINITY Series race SUNDAY, NOV. 22: ON TRACK -- 3 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 (267 laps, 400.5 miles), NBC/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) SPECIAL EVENTS ( Watch live ) -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver/Crew Chief Meeting PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 6:45 p.m.: Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
RELATED: Buy tickets for Homestead It's a primetime test time for NASCAR teams this week as many head to Homestead-Miami Speedway , site of the Nov. 20-22 season finale Ford Championship Weekend. Four drivers will participate in a Goodyear tire test at the 1.5-mile South Florida track Monday and Tuesday with an open test scheduled for Wednesday -- NASCAR allowing each Sprint Cup Series team to be represented by one car. Trevor Bayne ( Roush Fenway Racing ), Clint Bowyer ( Michael Waltrip Racing), Ryan Newman ( Richard Childress Racing ) and Kyle Larson ( Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates) are scheduled for the Goodyear test. With the increased importance on Homestead in the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup elimination format, as the track's host the final race that determines the series champion, teams will be taking advantage of the open test as well. Joey Logano ( Team Penske ), a winner last Saturday night at Bristol, is among those scheduled to test on Wednesday along with other Chase-qualified drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr . ( Hendrick Motorsports ), defending Homestead winner and series champ Kevin Harvick ( Stewart-Haas Racing ), Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ) and Denny Hamlin ( Joe Gibbs Racing ). Ty Dillon ( Richard Childress Racing ) and Ryan Blaney ( Wood Brothers Racing ) will also participate. "It's an opportunity for the teams to really dial in the tire and the aero package for '15," NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Monday morning. "Certainly an important event for just about everybody in the series so they'll be going down there, working with Goodyear to make sure they've got the right package to be able to obviously share that data with the race teams and get ready for the final push that we see in November."