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For Joe Gibbs Racing, Penske Racing, it's not polite to share

Brad Keselowski (right) and team owner Roger Penske are still fighting for the Nationwide Series owners championship.
Brad Keselowski (right) and team owner Roger Penske are still fighting for the Nationwide Series owners championship.

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This wait is over: Brad Keselowski will officially be awarded his 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series driver title Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

But the final dramatic chapter in the overall championship story is still a work in progress. The outcome of the owner championship will have to wait until the last page of this season-long novel. Keselowski made sure of that after his hard-charge last Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.

The deficit between Keselowski's No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge sponsored by Discount Tire, and Kyle Busch's No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, carrying the colors of Z-Line Designs, is 41 points in series owner standings.

The lead was 81 points entering Phoenix, but Keselowski's third-place finish coupled with Busch's 16th-place result after he a cut tire in the final 56 laps trimmed the lead in half.

Busch, the 2009 series champion, is trying to split the title for the fourth time in series history (2003, '07 and '08.) He's also hoping to give JGR a tie for most consecutive series owner titles - three - set by Bill Baumgardner from 1995-97.

Conversely, Keselowski is trying to overcome the largest owner standings deficit in order to unify the title. Richard
Childress Racing's No. 2 was 28 points behind JGR's No. 20 in 2008 entering the season's final event. But the No. 20 held on to win by 12 points.

In Busch's favor is that he's the defending race winner and has a better average finish at Homestead-Miami than Keselowski: 11.8 to 14.5.

Oddly enough, in Keselowski's corner may be that his rival, Carl Edwards, is on his usual late-season hot streak. Edwards won his second consecutive race last week at Phoenix. His two straight victories in turn snapped a two-race winning streak by Keselowski.

Busch hasn't won since Oct. 9 at Auto Club Speedway, tying the longest span - three races - he's gone without a victory in races in which he's run.

In a quietly dominating season, Keselowski could add to his accolades. Should he record a top-five finish at Homestead, he'd break the season record of 25 held by Busch and 2000 series champion Jeff Green. Keselowski can also build on his series-record streak of 101 races where he's running at the finish.