Gordon wins the battle, Johnson hands title to Keselowski at Homestead

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, celebrates with a beer in Champions Victory Lane after winning the series championship and finishing in fifteenth place for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2012 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

HOMESTEAD Fla. – Jeff Gordon was able to give Hendrick Motorsports its first win at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday; unfortunately it wasn’t the win they came for. While Brad Keselowski celebrated his first Sprint Cup championship and Gordon his race win, Jimmie Johnson stood in the NASCAR garage wondering about what could have been.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup championship was decided with 41 laps to go. The end came when Johnson slowed his Chevy, came to pit road and shortly after was pushed to the garage.

Johnson’s title hopes took a big hit just before that when during a green flag pit stop on lap 213 Johnson’s crew left a lug nut off the right rear tire forcing Johnson to return to pit road. Johnson went a lap down in and fell to 25th spot. The end came shortly after when the rear gear in Johnson’s Chevy failed. MORE>>>

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