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Kyle Busch wins NASCAR title

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Monday 23rd November, 2015 - 1:47pm

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Kyle Busch celebrates his first NASCAR Sprint Cup title

Kyle Busch celebrates his first NASCAR Sprint Cup title

Kyle Busch not only beat home the other three drivers competing for the NASCAR championship, he also took the race win to secure his first title in style at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Busch, who missed the first 11 races of the season after a breaking his leg in an Xfinity Series race at Daytona in February, not only climbed into title contention midway through the year, he also kept things together throughout the Chase and was the class of the field in the race that mattered.

Busch, seemingly on his way to a second-place finish that would have still secured the championship, took the lead from Brad Keselowski on a late re-start and pulled away from fellow Chase contender Kevin Harvick to win the series’ biggest prize.

The 30-year-old needed only to finish ahead of fellow title contenders Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing), Jeff Gordon (Hendrick Motorsports) and Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row Racing).

Gordon, making his final appearance as a full-time driver in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, finished sixth while Truex was 12th.

Busch’s season was far from straight-forward, but his form after his return in late May was nothing short of outstanding. NASCAR stated that Busch would be eligible for the Chase if he took a race win and finished inside the top-30 in points after 26 races.

It took Busch just over a month to find Victory Lane at Sonoma Raceway. That started a stretch of four wins in five races for the 30-year-old, including three straight wins at Kentucky Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Despite an early setback early in the Chase, Busch and his Joe Gibbs Racing team soon got into the groove, including three top-five finishes to advance to the Championship 4 at the final round.

The Sprint Cup championship is the fourth for team owner Joe Gibbs. It is also the first Sprint Cup championship for Toyota.

VIDEO: Race Recap

RESULTS: Ford EcoBoost 400 – Homestead-Miami Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 3 267 41 Running 43 0
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 13 267 46 Running 42 0
3 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 8 267 86 Running 43 2
4 22 Joey Logano Ford 2 267 72 Running 41 1
5 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 23 267 2 Running 40 1
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 5 267 9 Running 38 0
7 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 19 267 0 Running 37 0
8 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 15 267 0 Running 36 0
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 12 267 0 Running 35 0
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 1 267 0 Running 34 0
11 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 7 267 8 Running 34 1
12 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 11 267 3 Running 32 0
13 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 22 267 0 Running 31 0
14 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 10 267 0 Running 30 0
15 16 Greg Biffle Ford 21 267 0 Running 29 0
16 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 4 267 0 Running 28 0
17 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 6 267 0 Running 0 0
18 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 26 267 0 Running 26 0
19 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 18 267 0 Running 25 0
20 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 20 266 0 Running 24 0
21 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 17 266 0 Running 23 0
22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Chevrolet 16 266 0 Running 22 0
23 33 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 25 266 0 Running 0 0
24 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 35 266 0 Running 20 0
25 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 28 266 0 Running 19 0
26 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 33 265 0 Running 18 0
27 55 David Ragan Toyota 38 265 0 Running 17 0
28 35 Cole Whitt Ford 40 265 0 Running 16 0
29 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 36 265 0 Running 15 0
30 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 39 264 0 Running 14 0
31 34 Brett Moffitt Ford 42 264 0 Running 13 0
32 38 David Gilliland Ford 41 264 0 Running 12 0
33 95 Michael McDowell Ford 29 264 0 Running 11 0
34 26 J.J. Yeley Toyota 31 264 0 Running 0 0
35 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 34 263 0 Running 0 0
36 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 30 263 0 Running 8 0
37 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 37 263 0 Running 7 0
38 98 Ryan Preece Chevrolet 43 262 0 Running 6 0
39 32 Josh Wise Ford 32 247 0 Running 5 0
40 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 9 241 0 Running 4 0
41 43 Aric Almirola Ford 14 209 0 Running 3 0
42 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 27 104 0 Accident 2 0
43 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 24 45 0 Accident 1 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kyle Busch 5043 Leader 25 5 12 16 2
2 Kevin Harvick 5042 -1 36 3 23 28 1
3 Jeff Gordon 5038 -5 36 1 5 21 1
4 Martin Truex Jr 5032 -11 36 1 8 22 2
5 Carl Edwards 2368 -2675 36 2 7 15 2
6 Joey Logano 2360 -2683 36 6 22 28 0
7 Brad Keselowski 2347 -2696 36 1 9 25 1
8 Kurt Busch 2333 -2710 33 2 10 21 0
9 Denny Hamlin 2327 -2716 36 2 14 20 2
10 Jimmie Johnson 2315 -2728 36 5 14 22 1
11 Ryan Newman 2314 -2729 36 0 5 15 1
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr 2310 -2733 36 3 16 22 1
13 Jamie McMurray 2295 -2748 36 0 4 10 2
14 Paul Menard 2262 -2781 36 0 2 5 1
15 Matt Kenseth 2234 -2809 34 5 12 20 4
16 Clint Bowyer 2175 -2868 36 0 2 12 3
17 Aric Almirola 940 -4103 36 0 3 6 2
18 Kasey Kahne 939 -4104 36 0 3 10 3
19 Kyle Larson 872 -4171 35 0 2 10 5
20 Greg Biffle 869 -4174 36 0 3 4 0
21 Austin Dillon 832 -4211 36 0 1 5 3
22 AJ Allmendinger 758 -4285 36 0 0 3 3
23 Casey Mears 754 -4289 36 0 0 1 4
24 Danica Patrick 716 -4327 36 0 0 2 4
25 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 712 -4331 36 0 1 3 3
26 Sam Hornish Jr 709 -4334 36 0 0 3 2
27 David Ragan 701 -4342 36 0 1 1 6
28 Tony Stewart 695 -4348 36 0 0 3 5
29 Trevor Bayne 655 -4388 36 0 0 2 3
30 Justin Allgaier 588 -4455 36 0 0 1 5
31 Cole Whitt 553 -4490 36 0 0 0 3
32 David Gilliland 533 -4510 36 0 0 0 3
33 Alex Bowman 437 -4606 35 0 0 0 6
34 Brett Moffitt 422 -4621 31 0 0 1 1
35 Matt DiBenedetto 399 -4644 33 0 0 0 1
36 Michael Annett 398 -4645 35 0 0 0 3
37 Josh Wise 254 -4789 24 0 0 1 4
38 Jeb Burton 216 -4827 28 0 0 0 4
39 Michael McDowell 213 -4830 16 0 0 0 1
40 Alex Kennedy 120 -4923 13 0 0 0 0
41 Reed Sorenson 74 -4969 9 0 0 0 0
42 Bobby Labonte 60 -4983 4 0 0 0 1
43 Michael Waltrip 58 -4985 3 0 0 0 0
44 Ryan Preece 35 -5008 5 0 0 0 0
45 Brian Vickers 32 -5011 2 0 0 0 0
46 Will Kimmel III 11 -5032 2 0 0 0 0
47 Mike Wallace 8 -5035 1 0 0 0 0
48 T.J. Bell 7 -5036 1 0 0 0 0
49 Eddie MacDonald 7 -5036 1 0 0 0 0
50 Kyle Fowler 3 -5040 1 0 0 0 1
51 Ron Hornaday Jr 2 -5041 1 0 0 0 1
52 Ryan Blaney 0 -5043 16 0 1 2 5
53 Brian Scott 0 -5043 10 0 0 0 3
54 Erik Jones 0 -5043 3 0 0 0 0
55 Landon Cassill 0 -5043 36 0 0 0 6
56 Ty Dillon 0 -5043 5 0 0 0 0
57 J.J. Yeley 0 -5043 34 0 0 0 4
58 Regan Smith 0 -5043 4 0 0 0 0
59 Chase Elliott 0 -5043 5 0 0 0 1
60 Matt Crafton 0 -5043 1 0 0 0 0
61 Johnny Sauter 0 -5043 1 0 0 0 0
62 Chris Buescher 0 -5043 6 0 0 0 0
63 Boris Said 0 -5043 2 0 0 0 0
64 Brendan Gaughan 0 -5043 8 0 0 0 2
65 Justin Marks 0 -5043 1 0 0 0 0
66 Mike Bliss 0 -5043 10 0 0 0 0
67 Travis Kvapil 0 -5043 4 0 0 0 0
68 Joe Nemechek 0 -5043 1 0 0 0 0
69 B J McLeod 0 -5043 1 0 0 0 0
70 Jeffrey Earnhardt 0 -5043 2 0 0 0 0
71 Timmy Hill 0 -5043 12 0 0 0 2
72 Joey Gase 0 -5043 3 0 0 0 2
73 Derek White 0 -5043 1 0 0 0 0
74 Jeff Green 0 -5043 1 0 0 0 0
75 Ryan Ellis 0 -5043 1 0 0 0 0
76 Tanner Berryhill 0 -5043 0 0 0 0 0

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