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Title contenders Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson top final practice for NASCAR's season finale

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    Driver Matt Kenseth smiles as he climbs into his car for during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna) (The Associated Press)

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    Jimmie Johnson leaves the garage during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) (The Associated Press)

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    NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth smiles as he talks to crew members before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Homestead, Fla.(AP Photo/Terry Renna) (The Associated Press)

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    Driver Kevin Harvick places he ear plugs as he as he prepares for practice practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna) (The Associated Press)

Championship contender Matt Kenseth posted the fastest speed during final practice for NASCAR's season finale.

One major problem: points leader Jimmie Johnson was fast, too. Johnson had the second-quickest lap around Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday and had the fastest 10-lap average.

Kenseth reached 171.980 mph around the 1½-mile oval, just ahead of Johnson's 171.647. Defending series champion Brad Keselowski was third, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick.

The 10-lap average is often a better indicator of the top cars. Johnson averaged 167.905 mph over his first 10 practice laps.

Johnson, Kenseth and Harvick are the only drivers still in contention for the title. Johnson enters Sunday's finale with a 28-point lead over Kenseth. Johnson needs to finish 23rd or better to win his sixth title in eight years.