Harvick in command just past halfway in championship-deciding Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead


Kevin Harvick is just past halfway to his first Sprint Cup championship, leading the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

With 139 of 267 laps completed, Harvick is in first, followed by pole-sitter Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano is third, Denny Hamlin fourth, Jimmie Johnson fifth and the final of the four championship finalists, Ryan Newman, in sixth.

Gordon has been in control of most of the event, leading 107 of the first 139 laps, while Harvick led 28 at this point.

Non-Chasers or eliminated former Chasers who have been having a strong run in the season finale include Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch among the top-15 drivers.

There have been only a few caution periods, mostly for debris. Although Alex Bowman tangled about one-third of the way through with Carl Edwards, both drivers sustaining minor damage to their cars.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment thus far is that of Kyle Busch, who apparently broke a gear or possibly the transmission in his Toyota.

Busch was running fifth at the time of the mishap, apparently caused when he spun his wheels while trying to exit his pit stall after a service stop.

Busch is scored last in the 43-car field and his car is in the garage, his day most likely over.

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