NASCAR results: Brad Keselowski wins championship as Jeff Gordon wins Homestead race

The fuel strategy that was supposed to carry Jimmie Johnson to a sixth championship instead made a winner of his teammate, Jeff Gordon, who triumphed in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway as Brad Keselowski locked up the NASCAR Sprint Cup title.

Gordon crossed the finish line 1.028 seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer, his nemesis from a week ago at Phoenix, as Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet sat forlorn in the garage, Johnson's title hopes the victim of a pit road mistake and a rare part failure.

Ryan Newman ran third, followed by Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle.

Aggressive pit strategy put Johnson in position to challenge for the title, but the race fell apart for the 48 team after the 200-lap mark.

Able to finish the race on one pit stop to Keselowski's two, Johnson brought the No. 48 Chevrolet to pit road on Lap 214. Johnson, however, pulled away from his stall with a loose lug nut, and NASCAR mandated another stop to correct the error.

The coup de grace came on Lap 224, when Johnson returned to pit road with the drive line problem. The No. 48 crew pushed the car to the garage, where it sat for the rest of the race.

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Here are the race results from the NASCAR season finale at Homestead:

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Clint Bowyer
  3. Ryan Newman
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Greg Biffle
  6. Martin Truex Jr.
  7. Aric Almirola
  8. Kevin Harvick
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  11. Paul Menard
  12. Carl Edwards
  13. Marcos Ambrose
  14. Joey Logano
  15. Brad Keselowski
  16. Mark Martin
  17. Tony Stewart
  18. Matt Kenseth
  19. Jeff Burton
  20. Jamie McMurray
  21. Kasey Kahne
  22. Sam Hornish Jr.
  23. Trevor Bayne
  24. Denny Hamlin
  25. Bobby Labonte
  26. Travis Kvapil
  27. Landon Cassill
  28. Juan Pablo Montoya
  29. Casey Mears
  30. Regan Smith
  31. David Ragan
  32. Dave Blaney
  33. David Gilliland
  34. David Reutimann
  35. JJ Yeley
  36. Jimmie Johnson
  37. Ken Schrader
  38. David Stremme
  39. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  40. Josh Wise
  41. Michael McDowell
  42. Scott Riggs
  43. Mike Bliss
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