Greg Biffle paced the final practice in his No. 16 Roush Racing Ford at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series finale on Sunday. Biffle has emerged as a strong contender to win the Ford 400; he qualified second and was quickest in each of the final two practice sessions on Saturday.
Biffle's lap of 173.930 just eclipsed the second place effort of Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson ran a 173.784 mph to mark his fastest lap of the weekend with his No. 48 Lowe's Hendrick Motorsports Chevy. "It's too close to worry. It's too close to points race. You just have to go out and run your own race and put out your best effort and go from there.
"So I have the mindset that if it's meant to be, it's meant to be. I feel I have that because I thought I was out of it and now I'm back in it," said Johnson who had to take a provisional spot for Sunday's race.
Ricky Rudd was third quickest charting a lap of 173.521 mph.
"Solid practice for us," said Rudd of his No. 21 Ford. "We have been good all weekend; I am looking forward to the race on Sunday."
Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman in their Dodge Cup cars complete the top five fastest times.
"We'll try to win the race," said Newman. "If we can't, we'll try to get a top five and if we can't do that we'll try for a top 10. To win is the ultimate goal. This is the same car we had at Atlanta and it's capable of winning."
Pole sitter and point leader Kurt Busch was 12th in morning practice but fell off considerably during happy hour mapping only the 17th time.
"To be able to compete against these guys and to have the season that we've had, we feel as if we've accomplished so much already," Busch said the Roush team driver. "We're prepared to win on Sunday, but we're prepared to lose as well. But it would be a much sweeter situation to bring that hardware home on Monday morning."