The NASCAR Truck Series’ final race of the 2009 season took place in Florida on Friday, and Kevin Harvick picked up right where he left off. After winning at Phoenix on November 13, Harvick continued his success with a victory at Homestead, boosting his 2009 Truck Series win total to three.

With Harvick’s podium finish and Ron Hornaday, his teammate and the 2009 drivers’ champion, coming in eighth, the pair closed out this year’s owners’ championship for Kevin Harvick Incorporated. After some brilliant driving at Talladega and Texas, Kyle Busch had his sights set on an owners’ title for Billy Ballew Motorsports. The feat was not impossible, but the odds were stacked higher than even Busch could climb, and he completed the season just short with a second-place at Phoenix and 13th at Homestead.

"We knew we needed to go out and beat Kyle," Harvick said. "We knew that Hornaday needed to race safe and do what he needed to do to win the owners' championship. Obviously, he won the drivers' championship last week.”

The top-ten finishing order at Homestead-Miami for 2009:

1) Kevin Harvick -- Chevrolet
2) Matt Crafton -- Chevrolet
3) Colin Braun -- Ford
4) Timothy Peters -- Toyota
5) Todd Bodine -- Toyota
6) Mike Skinner -- Toyota
7) David Starr -- Toyota
8) Ron Hornaday -- Chevrolet
9) Johnny Sauter -- Chevrolet
10) T.J. Bell -- Toyota

The other driver on the radar at Homestead was Busch’s teammate Aric Almirola. A Tampa native, Almirola was aiming for a strong finish to the season in front of his home-state crowd. Despite entering the Truck Series a third of the way into the season (his first race was the season’s eighth race at Texas), Almirola has seven top-five and two second-place finishes for the season. Unfortunately, a late penalty for speeding in the pits took away any chance of finishing in the top five, and he finished 14th. After a good showing this year, Almirola hopes to continue building on his success in 2010.

"I love going to Florida any chance I get, but going to Homestead, you know the season is over,” said Almirola. “I just hope we can continue our relationship [with Ballew] into 2010. I'm very happy that [sponsors] came on board and helped us get through the end of the year, but God's honest truth about next year, I have no clue.”

The next scheduled NASCAR Truck Series race will take place in February. The new season will start where it ended, once again, in Florida at the famed Daytona Speedway.

Final 2009 NASCAR Truck Series’ driver standings:

1) Ron Hornaday -- Chevrolet
2) Matt Crafton -- Chevrolet
3) Mike Skinner -- Toyota
4) Todd Bodine -- Toyota
5) Colin Braun -- Ford
6) Johnny Sauter -- Chevrolet
7) Brian Scott -- Toyota
8) Timothy Peters -- Toyota
9) David Starr -- Toyota
10) Rick Crawford -- Ford

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Sources: NASCAR, NASCAR