HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The curtain came down on the 2010 Sprint Cup Series season Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and with it the championship dreams of everyone except Jimmie Johnson were officially to put to rest:
(1st) - Carl Edwards
Goes into the off-season with back-to-back victories to savor and has laid early claim as perhaps the man who could unseat Johnson's run for a sixth straight title.
(2nd) - Jimmie Johnson
Cool under pressure as always, Johnson did exactly what he needed to do Sunday with a nothing flashy second place finish to add to his unprecedented assault on the NASCAR record book.
(3rd) - Kevin Harvick
Didn't get the help he needed to make the run from third to the title but the Richard Childress Racing turnaround story was still impressive in 2010.
(8th) - Tony Stewart
A top ten finish something to build on in what ultimately will be remembered as a disappointing championship season for Stewart that never got back on track after he ran out of fuel while leading in the New Hampshire Chase opener.
(9th) - Matt Kenseth
Did his usual consistency act to make the Chase but will need to up his game some in order to do more than simply qualify for the playoffs in 2011.
(10th) - Greg Biffle
Gave Roush Fenway Racing more to celebrate with wins this season and another consistent finish on Sunday.
(12th) - Clint Bowyer
The "What Might Have Been" thoughts have to be on Bowyer's mind as the off-season begins.
(14th) - Denny Hamlin
Fell short of his prediction a year ago that he would win this year's title but not by much. Hamlin established himself as one of the sport's powerhouses this year and expect him to be a serious contender for the 2011 crown.
(18th) - Kurt Busch
End of an era as Busch drove his final race in the Penske Racing Miller Lite Dodge on Sunday before moving over to the team's No. 22 Shell/Penzoil Dodge in 2011.
(31st) - Jeff Burton
Had a fast race car but slapped the wall hard enough to damage the Caterpillar Chevrolet enough to end any chance of contending.
(32nd) - Kyle Busch
His run at a three-peat weekend ended at after making contact with Kevin Harvick and the incident has more than a few fans salivating over a continued feud in 2011.
(37th) - Jeff Gordon
Blown engine ended Gordon's season without a notch in the win column and punctuated what ultimately be remembered as a disappointing campaign.