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Coca-Cola Racing Family Roundup: Homestead

November 18, 2013, RJ Kraft ,

Hamlin scores first victory of 2013 in season finale

The Ford EcoBoost 400 was the season finale for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and Denny Hamlin made the most of it. Hamlin scored his first victory of 2013 and now has won a race in each of his eight full-time seasons in NASCAR's premier series.

Here is the roundup for the Coca-Cola Racing Family at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Denny Hamlin (No. 11)

Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota 

Recap: Hamlin entered the season finale in danger of not posting a win this season. But he made the most of his race at Homestead, leading 72 laps on his way to posting his first victory of an up-and-down 2013. Hamlin won the finale at Homestead in 2009 and hopes he can repeat history. Following his 2009 victory, Hamlin went on to win eight races in 2010 and was in contention for the championship until the final race that season.
Quotable: "We started kicking things into gear about two months ago and then last week with a horrific effort and that kind of gets your spirits down, but then to come here to Miami and back it up with a win -- this is something we can think about for the entire winter."
His standing: Hamlin finished the season 23rd in the standings with 753 points.

Joey Logano (No. 22)

Penske Racing, Ford

Recap: Logano started the race from the second row and spent a good portion of the season finale running in the top 10. The 23-year-old finished in eighth place, which was his third straight top-10 finish in the Chase. The eight-place result also helped Logano move up a spot in the standings and helped him secure his place as one of the 10 drivers who will be on the stage in Las Vegas for Champions Week.
Quotable: "No matter what we'd do it gets loose. We would fight ahead and maintain a little bit and finished eighth, so overall it was a solid day. I’m more impressed with our year. We did a good job this year and learned a lot about each other, and learned a lot about where we could have done a better job in races and where we need to improve next year and where to work on our cars during the offseason."
His standing: Logano finished the season 8th in the standings with 2,323 points.

Ryan Newman (No. 39)

Stewart-Haas Racing, Chevrolet 

Recap: Newman started 15th at a track where he has had limited success. Newman struggled to get much going and spent little time running in the top 10 during the race. Ultimately, Newman finished in 17th place and failed to move up in the standings. The race was also Newman's last run with Stewart-Haas Racing as he is moving to Richard Childress Racing next season.
Quotable: "That certainly wasn’t the way that we wanted to end the 2013 season. We struggled with our Quicken Loans Chevrolet all weekend. We never could really get it where I needed it to be. I’ve got to thank Matt Borland (crew chief) and everyone on this No. 39 team for their hard work tonight and all season."
His standing: Newman finished the season 11th in the standings with 2,286 points.

Danica Patrick (No. 10)

Stewart-Haas Racing, Chevrolet 

Recap: Patrick started 24th in her first race at Homestead and twice fell a lap down to the leaders. But twice, she was the beneficiary of the free pass to get back on the lead lap. Patrick spent most of the race running in 20s and finished in 20th. The result was her ninth top-20 finish of the season.
Quotable: "We did a good job of keeping up with the track and changes that needed to be made. It was a solid run for us -- a good way to end the year and go into the offseason."
Her standing: Patrick finished the season 27th in the standings with 646 points.

Greg Biffle (No. 16)

Roush Fenway Racing, Ford 

Recap: It was a tough race for Biffle, who had posted three wins at Homestead (winning in 2004, '05, and '06). Biffle started the race 16th but couldn't muster enough to get into the top 10. He spent much of the race in latter half of top 20 and finished the day in 24th place. Although, Biffle dropped two spots in the standings, he will still be on the stage in Las Vegas for Champions Week as he finished in the top 10 in the final standings.
Quotable: Biffle was unavailable for comment.
His standing: Biffle finished the season 9th in the standings with 2,321 points.

Tony Stewart (No. 14)

Stewart-Haas Racing, Chevrolet 

Recap: Stewart missed his 15th consecutive race this past weekend and watched Mark Martin (in what was expected to be his final race) pilot the No. 14 Chevrolet to a 19th-place finish at Homestead. Stewart is still recovering from a broken leg and hopes to return in 2013.
His standing: Stewart finished the season 29th in the standings with 594 points.