Ford EcoBoost 400 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

David DanielsSenior Writer INovember 18, 2012

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 18:  Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, stands on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2012 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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NASCAR has a new face, and its name is Brad Keselowski.

The 2012 Ford EcoBoost resulted in a Jeff Gordon victory, but the Chase for the Cup concluded in one for Keselowski. The 28-year-old driver only had to finish 15th to clinch the crown. He must have been in the mood for a photo finish, though, as he claimed none other than 15th place at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Of course, he didn't end up needing it.

Jimmie Johnson, who had won five of the last six NASCAR Cup Series championships and trailed Keselowski by 20 points going into the race, finished 36th. He performed admirably for the vast majority of the race, and even after his abysmal 32nd-place ending to the AdvoCare 500 last week, Johnson still had a chance to triumph. Engine trouble, though, killed any shot at a miracle.

According to Mike Brudenell of the Detroit Free Press, the former champ told reporters before the Ford EcoBoost began, “My goal is to keep the pressure on Brad and see what happens. I mean, it isn't over until the checkered flag falls.”

Keselowski didn’t feel that pressure. He tweeted of his effort to hold off Johnson prior to the race:

Woke up this morning trying to understand how a driver who has 2 finish 15th at worst is under more pressure than 1 who has 2 win.#Confused

— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) November 16, 2012


After locking up his first Sprint Cup Series title, no one is wondering why Keselowski was so confident leading into Sunday’s showdown.

And, by the way, Johnson won his first championship at the age of 31. Get used to seeing Keselowski on top of the Sprint Cup standings.

Here are the results of the season finale as well as the Chase for the Cup standings, which are now set in stone.


Ford EcoBoost 400 Results

Check out the full results here (via

Pos. Driver Car Manufacturer
1 Jeff Gordon 24  Chevrolet 
2 Clint Bowyer 15  Toyota 
3 Ryan Newman
39  Chevrolet
4 Kyle Busch
18  Toyota
5 Greg Biffle
16  Ford 
6 Martin Truex, Jr.
56  Toyota
7 Aric Almirola 43 Ford 
8 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet  
9 Kurt Busch
78 Chevrolet  
10 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 88  Chevrolet
11 Paul Menard
27  Chevrolet  
12 Carl Edwards 99  Ford
13 Marcos Ambrose Ford 
14 Joey Logano
20  Toyota 
15 Brad Keselowski Dodge 
16 Mark Martin 55  Toyota  
17 Tony Stewart 14  Chevrolet
18 Matt Kenseth 17  Ford 
19 Jeff Burton 31  Chevrolet 
20 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet  

Chase for the Cup Standings

Rank Driver Trailing
1 Brad Keselowski
2 Clint Bowyer
3 Jimmie Johnson
4 Kasey Kahne
5 Greg Biffle
6 Denny Hamlin
7 Matt Kenseth
8 Kevin Harvick
9 Tony Stewart
10 Jeff Gordon
11 Martin Truex, Jr.
12 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -155


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.