Tanner Berryhill collides with Kevin Swindell collecting points leader Chase Elliott.
Kevin Swindell ’s takes a hard hit to the inside wall, which ends his night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Kevin Swindell crashes into the Turn 3 wall after contact with Drew Herring.
Trouble strikes early for Kevin Swindell and Brad Sweet as they get caught up in a crash in Turn 1.
RELATED: Race results " Final standings HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- It wasn't the sort of record that Kevin Harvick wanted to break, another runner-up finish in a season full of them with a repeat NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship on the line. Harvick entered Sunday's season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 as a pre-race favorite and the defending race winner. He was left with his 13th second-place effort of the year, his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet a scant 1.552 seconds behind eventual winner and first-time champion Kyle Busch . The baker's dozen of runner-up performances surpassed the modern-era record formerly held by NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison in the 1972 season. Those oh-so-close finishes -- balanced against three wins in 2015 -- helped him forge into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs with rock-solid consistency, but it wasn't quite enough on Busch's night. "It's been a great couple years, and I know we're disappointed about finishing second tonight, but it's kind of the theme of the year, finishing second," Harvick said. "Unfortunately it's just one short, but all in all, it's been a great couple years, and couldn't be prouder of our bunch of guys." Harvick led once in the race's early stages for 46 of the 267 laps, but struggled to find the handling balance on the 1.5-mile track. "No rear grip. Won't turn," he called out to crew chief Rodney Childers during the sixth of seven caution periods, hoping adjustments could help him regain his previous edge. Childers said he wasn't able to tell if alterations the team made overnight helped the No. 4 car or not, since track conditions were so much different from Saturday practices to Sunday's main event. But he said he's historically fought the same issue -- "tight getting in and too loose off" -- in past visits to the South Florida speedway. "We haven't been able to get a hold of it," Childers said. "It's probably one of our worst race tracks really, but we won last year and finished second this year at a place we feel like we just can't get a hold of. We need to make some changes with our cars and try to do a better job coming down here next year. "All in all, we had a great car and a great season. You look at the wins and the top-fives and the top-twos, and it's pretty incredible what we've been able to do and just really proud of Kevin and everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing ." The race's final caution flag with 11 laps left seemed to give Harvick new hope, and he jumped from fourth to second place shortly after the restart. But by then, Busch had swept around late-race leader Brad Keselowski to take command. Post-race, after thanking his team and accepting congratulations from Stewart-Haas teammate Kurt Busch , a trademark smile formed on Harvick's face as he watched the 30-year-old Busch celebrate on the main stage -- seeing a little bit of his 2014 self in the No. 18 team's jubilation. It's a scenario that played out for Harvick last season, but was just one elusive position away. "I think when you race your whole life and you accomplish what you've raced for your whole life, it's exciting," Harvick said of Busch's first Sprint Cup championship. "I've been fortunate to experience that last year and know that feeling and know how gratifying that is. You know, it's fun to see that excitement. "He broke his leg at Daytona, and to come back from everything that he came back from, it's like I told you guys three or four days ago, I mean, there's four phenomenal stories that were sitting up on the stage, probably three that were much more exciting than mine, but that's a great comeback story from where he was after Daytona." WATCH: 'Dream come true' for Ky. Busch
See what drivers have to say about keeping friendships on the track RELATED: Subscribe to NASCAR Illustrated Photo credit: Jim Fluharty/NASCAR Illustrated Is it hard for drivers to maintain friendships with one another? Austin Dillon, Sprint Cup Driver, ( @austindillon3 ) "It's harder for some drivers than it is for others. You just have to learn how to have friendships with those guys because you see them so often. There's a balance between being a friend or just a guy that you know. It can be tough to hit that balance." Brian Vickers, Sprint Cup Driver, ( @BrianLVickers ) "It goes both ways. You have this common interest and respect for each other because of what you do. They are also your competitors. You race with them each week and things happen. You get in accidents, you get mad at each other, so friendships come and go. The respect is probably what keeps friendships together." Kevin Swindell , Nationwide driver, ( @KevinSwindell ) "It can be. A lot of guys go off the old adage, 'If you want friends at the race track, bring them with you.' As you get older, your mindset tends to change. You forgive a little quicker and get to thinking that not everyone is out to get you." Elliott Sadler, Nationwide driver, ( @Elliott_Sadler ) "No, not at all. I've got a lot of friends in this sport. It's almost like a traveling family. You're with drivers more than you're with your own family. You might have an issue with somebody, but you're such close friends, you talk it out and work through it." Have you ever been surprised by how a driver you thought was a friend talked about you or raced you on the track? DILLON: "Yes, at certain times, I've gone, 'Wow, I didn't think he'd say something like that.' Or other drivers have done things after the race that left me saying, 'I don't know that guy.' But you always get over it because there are times when all of us act out of character." VICKERS: "For me, what happens on the track is on the track. I may be mad or disappointed about how someone handled a situation, but that's purely for how they handled things on the track. I wouldn't let it change how I felt about them as a friend." SWINDELL : "There's always something, but you've got to stop and ask yourself, 'Would I have done the same thing to them?' If that's the case, you've got to calm down and let it slide." SADLER: "You run into that all the time, but it’s in the heat of the moment. I'd say 75 to 80 percent of the guys out here are great guys who would do anything in the world for you. But you've got to go out there and race hard and know where to draw the line." Have you ever gotten to know a driver for the first time and come away thinking, "That guy is cooler than I thought?" DILLON: "First impressions are big with me. I feel like I know where someone stands pretty early on when I meet them. I have talked to some guys and come away thinking, 'Man, that's a good guy.' I have also thought, 'Man, that guy is a loser,' and then spent 30 minutes with them and come away thinking totally different of them. I've learned that you've got to be open-minded with everybody. You've got to give everyone a chance." VICKERS: "You have perceptions of people and sometimes that changes when you get to know them. With people in the public eye, you're almost forced to make a judgment of them before you really know them based on what you’ve seen of them. Then you meet them and maybe get a different impression." SWINDELL : "Sure. There are always people that have a reputation one way or the other, and you come away surprised that they are different than you thought." SADLER: "I've had that happen a couple of times, and I've talked to drivers I didn't really know and felt like, 'That guy is going to have a tough time.' " SUBSCRIBE NOW!
For one day only, Phoenix International Raceway will change its name to Jeff Gordon Raceway as a tribute to the four-time NASCAR champ's final season and last race in the Arizona desert. His name may not be hanging above the gate on race day Sunday, but thanks to a recent run of smashing success, the 1-mile track may as well be Kevin Harvick 's house. The dominance of a four-race Phoenix win streak makes Harvick a heavy favorite heading into Sunday's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM), the next-to-last race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. The 312-lap event will whittle the field of title-eligible drivers from eight to four ahead of the Nov. 22 championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Harvick's status as Phoenix's stone-cold lock has traction, with Chase rival Kyle Busch proclaiming after last Sunday's event in Texas: "I do not think it's a winnable race until Kevin Harvick gets beat." Only Gordon's spot among the final four is secure, thanks to his victory at Martinsville. If Harvick is such a certainty, are the remaining six Chasers vying for a solid points day and hoping for the best? The jury is still out. "All reigns come to an end," title contender Brad Keselowski said during a test last month at the 1-mile track. "Every driver has had a track that he dominates on and it changes. Jimmie (Johnson) dominated here for a long time and obviously that's not been that case as of late. The way you beat somebody or break that domination is you go out, you go to work and you try to do better." Harvick's track history since 2012 is unparalleled. He has scored seven of his 31 Sprint Cup wins at Phoenix and has led more than two-thirds of the laps in his most recent three victories. Last season, Harvick led 264 of 312 laps to springboard into the final race at Homestead, where he roared to his first Sprint Cup crown in the first year of the new-look Chase format. This season, Harvick sits third in the standings -- five rungs up from last year's cellar-dweller position entering the semifinal race. Despite the potential for reduced urgency from the Stewart-Haas No. 4 camp, Harvick's rivals aren't expecting any let-up. "We look at the points situation and guarantee Harvick winning that race," Busch said, referencing a Harvick "stranglehold" on Phoenix. "Then you have to figure out who you're racing after that to know what you have to do in order to point your way through. If we can go out there and win the race, then we will. As far as we're concerned, that's how we look at it." Four drivers still in the title hunt -- Gordon, Keselowski, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr . -- participated in an Oct. 14 open test at Phoenix, experimenting with some rules under the 2016 configuration, but keeping the primary focus on preparing for a pivotal race in the Chase. Neither Kyle Busch nor Carl Edwards -- title contenders both -- attended, but teammate Matt Kenseth gathered extensive data to be shared among Joe Gibbs Racing 's four-car effort. Practice, qualifying and the race will tell whether any of the extra rehearsal will make a dent in Harvick's hot streak, altering the complexion of the Chase. Jimmie Johnson -- who's had his own dominant stretches at Dover and Martinsville over the course of his career -- knows it won't be easy, despite how Harvick has made it look. "Anybody with a streak at a particular track, you've got to show up with realistic expectations but enough swagger knowing it's a track that's good for you, then go get it done," Johnson said after last weekend's victory at Texas Motor Speedway . "It's so hard to make it through an entire weekend, make it through an entire race. We saw the flat tires today, mechanical issues, racing issues that can pop up. "Phoenix is a tight little scrappy race track. The streak with four wins in a row is impressive. That's not an easy place to get it done."
Kevin Swindell will lead off the start of qualifying on Friday at 4:10 p.m ET
Points leader encountered some trouble but expanded lead in standings RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today DOVER, Del. – With three wins and the points lead, Chase Elliott doesn't race like a rookie. That doesn't mean the 18-year-old doesn’t make his share of mistakes. But similar to someone with much more experience, he's proven capable of bouncing back when trouble surfaces. Such was the case Saturday at Dover International Speedway , when the JR Motorsports driver found himself bouncing off the wall and running into the back of Kevin Swindell 's Dodge. The Dover 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race had barely begun – the incident occurred on Lap 40 of the 200-lap event – and a 20-point advantage in the standings suddenly seemed questionable. The damage to his car was mostly cosmetic, and thanks to the wonders of bear bond adhesive tape, Elliott was able to race his way back into contention, eventually finishing third behind winner Kyle Busch and Joey Logano . With teammate Regan Smith , second in points, finishing eighth, and Ty Dillon and Brian Scott also unable to take advantage of the misstep, Elliott departed Dover with a 26-point advantage. "I kind of saw it coming as we exited Turn 4; everything kind of funnels into one groove," Elliott said of the incident, which began when the lapped entries of Swindell and Tanner Berryhill made contact right in front of his No. 9 Chevrolet. "I saw they were pretty close together and it seemed like they realized they were going to hit each other and they checked up and then kind of spun out. "I couldn't get on the brakes; the way the cars unload here, I started to wheel-hop the rear tires and couldn't get stopped as fast as I wanted to. It was my fault for following too close." His crew surveyed the damage on pit road, noting that the contact had opened up a hole in the left front. "If we don't fix it, it's not going to be good" he was told. Once repairs were completed, Elliott restarted the race 24th. Any concerns about damage were quickly silenced. "I had no complaints from the get-go," he said. "Unfortunately the issue … set us back far enough where we couldn't really do anything different on pit road to try to gain a couple of spots. Then when we did two (tires), everybody else did as well. But that's just racing." He was back inside the top 10 less than 20 laps after the crash, but spent much of the second half of the race trying to get around Logano. On a couple of occasions it seemed as if he might reel in the Team Penske Ford, but each time Logano was able to hold the position. "If anything, I think we might have tightened it up a little too much but that last adjustment was really good; I really felt like it was spot on," Elliott said. "If I could have gotten by the 22, I would have liked to have seen what we could have done from there." Busch, who took the lead during a round of pit stops at the halfway point, led the final 101 laps; Logano had led 95 of the first 99. As strong as the two Cup regulars appeared, Elliott said they were "catchable, for sure." "A lot of it is just whoever gets out front," he said. "We saw (Logano) get out front and he dominated the race and we were all over (him) the last 50 laps. Then whenever the 54 (of Busch) gets out front, he was struggling early on, he gets out front and he's dominating. "So a lot of it is just who gets out front and … trying to stay out of trouble, which I did not do today. "We were definitely fortunate; it could have been a lot worse. The biggest thing for me was it was just a lesson learned. That was my fault." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See who will participate in the 29th race of the Nationwide Series season Entry No. Driver Owner Crew chief Vehicle Sponsor 1 01 Landon Cassill Johnny Davis Dave Fuge 14 Chevrolet All Day Parts 2 2 Brian Scott Richard Childress Phil Gould 14 Chevrolet Smokey Mountain Snuff 3 3 Ty Dillon Richard Childress Danny Stockman Jr 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops 4 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gary Keller Gary Cogswell 14 Chevrolet teamjdmotorsports.com 5 5 Kevin Harvick(i) Rick Hendrick Ernie Cope 14 Chevrolet Morton Buildings 6 6 Trevor Bayne Jack Roush Chad Norris 14 Ford AdvoCare 7 7 Regan Smith Kelley Earnhardt-Miller Ryan Pemberton 14 Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza 8 9 Chase Elliott Dale Earnhardt Jr Greg Ives 14 Chevrolet NAPA AUTO PARTS 9 10 Blake Koch Mark Smith Todd Myers 14 Toyota Supportmilitary.org 10 11 Elliott Sadler J D Gibbs Chris Gayle 14 Toyota OneMain Financial 11 14 Eric McClure Mark Smith Wes Ward 14 Toyota Hefty Ultimatel Reynolds Wrap 12 16 Ryan Reed Jack Roush Seth Barbour 14 Ford ADA Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes 13 17 Tanner Berryhill Adrian Berryhill Daniel Stillman 14 Dodge NationalCashLenders.com 14 19 Mike Bliss Mark Smith Paul Clapprood 14 Toyota TriStar Motorsports 15 20 Matt Kenseth(i) Joe Gibbs Kevin Kidd 14 Toyota Resers 16 22 Ryan Blaney(i) Roger Penske Jeremy Bullins 14 Ford Discount Tire 17 23 Robert Richardson Jr Robert Richardson Sr George Church 14 Chevrolet Lilly Trucking 18 25 John Wes Townley(i) Tony Townley Mike Ford 14 Toyota No. 25 Zaxby's Toyota 19 28 J J Yeley James Whitener Steve Plattenberger 13 Dodge Texas 28 Spirits Stage 20 29 Milka Duno Robby Benton Keith Hinkein 14 Toyota CanTV 21 31 Dylan Kwasniewski Steve Turner Shannon Rursch 14 Chevrolet TBD 22 33 Paul Menard(i) Richard Childress Nick Harrison 14 Chevrolet Tide / Menards 23 39 Ryan Sieg Rod Sieg Kevin Starland 14 Chevrolet RSS Racing 24 40 Matt Dibenedetto Curtis Key Sr Kyle Symington 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 25 42 Kyle Larson(i) Harry Scott Jr Scott Zipadelli 14 Chevrolet Cartwheel by Target 26 43 Dakoda Armstrong Richard Petty Philippe Lopez 14 Ford WinField 27 44 David Starr Mark Smith Greg Conner 14 Toyota Niece 28 46 Ryan Ellis Curtis Key Sr Gary Showalter 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 29 51 Jeremy Clements Tony Clements Ricky Pearson 14 Chevrolet RepairableVehicles.com/Allsouthelectric.com 30 52 Joey Gase Jimmy Means Tim Brown 14 Chevrolet TBA 31 54 Kyle Busch(i) J D Gibbs Adam Stevens 14 Toyota Monster Energy 32 55 Jamie Dick Jimmy Dick Mark Setzer 14 Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 33 60 Chris Buescher Jack Roush Scott Graves 14 Ford Roush Performance Parts 34 62 Brendan Gaughan Richard Childress Shane Wilson 14 Chevrolet South Point 35 70 Derrike Cope Mary Louise Miller Bobby Burrell 14 Chevrolet YOUTHEORY 36 172 John Jackson James Carter Richard Garcia 14 Chevrolet Crash Claims R US 37 74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Gary Ritter 12 Dodge Mike Harmon Racing 38 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Andrea Nemechek Steven Gray 14 Ford Rick Ware Racing 39 89 Morgan Shepherd Morgan Shepherd Kevyn Rebolledo 14 Chevrolet Courtney Construction 40 190 Martin Roy Michelle Gosselin Mario Gosselin 14 Chevrolet TBD 41 93 Kevin Swindell Gregg Mixon Gregg Mixon 13 Dodge JGL Racing 42 98 Corey LaJoie(i) Fred Biagi Jon Hanson 14 Ford TBD 43 99 James Buescher Robby Benton Matthew Lucas 14 Toyota Ruud (i) equals ineligible for driver championship points