|Denny Hamlin starts eighth on Sunday|
Kevin Harvick, starting fifth, is the highest starter among the four drivers who enter the race on equal footing in the standings. Whoever finishes best in the Ford 400 among that group will be crowned the champion Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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Harvick is the favorite, having led more than 2,000 laps this year, and he showed in qualifying Friday he had the most speed. As for the other Chase finalists, Denny Hamlin will start eighth, Joey Logano will start ninth and Ryan Newman will start 21st.
Jeff Gordon is on the pole and will be joined on the front row by Kurt Busch.
Here’s the breakdown for the final race of the 2014 season (Chase finalists in CAPS):
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1. Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet — Still has to be wondering how in the world can he finish second in two races of the previous round and not advance to the championship round. He’ll have a lot of company in the bewilderment.