Nine months ago, Kyle Busch was sitting in a hospital bed wondering if his season was over before it began. Sunday night, he was back sitting in Victory Lane as the 2015 Sprint Cup Champion. Busch capped a remarkable comeback to what had nearly been a lost season, winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the final race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup to win his first career Sprint Cup Championship.
by Pete McCole When Jeff Gordon straps himself into his famous no. 24 Chevrolet for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series season-finale, he'll do so for the last time. Gordonâ€™s imminent retirement at the end of the season doesn't just bring an end to his illustrious career, it also brings an end to era that some call one of the defining eraâ€™s in NASCAR's history.
by Pete McCole Every NASCAR champion has a story about their amazing run to the title, but the four drivers taking center stage this weekend as the final four in the Chase for the Sprint Cup each had a unique journey that brought them all here. Sunday's race will be unique in that the driver who wins the championship doesn't necessarily have to win the race, he just has to beat three other drivers and each one of them would love to add hoisting the championship trophy as the final chapter of their journey.
Chris Buescher won his first-career NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship in Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, beating out defending series champion Chase Elliott for the title in just his second full season in the series. Kyle Larson took the checkered flag in the season-finale race for his first Xfinity Series win of the season. Larson led the final five laps after passing race leader Austin Dillon for the top spot.
Matt Crafton did everything he needed to do to try and win his third straight NASCAR Camping World Series title - he stayed out of trouble, he led the most laps, and he won the race, but it still wasn't enough. Crafton led 93 of the 134 laps in Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200 to lock up his sixth win of the season, but at the end of the night it was 19-year-old rookie Erik Jones who was crowned as the youngest champion in series history.
by Pete McCole Denny Hamlin played the role of spoiler by taking the pole in Friday night's qualifying for Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, denying any of the four finalists in the Chase for the Sprint Cup a chance at the coveted front row in the season-finale race. Hamlin was among the last cars to take the track for a single lap around the 1.5-mile oval in the third and final session, and raced to the top of the speed charts with a lap of 176.655 mph to knock Joey Logano from the top spot and claim his third pole of the season.
NASCAR Chairman Brian France defended his "quintessential NASCAR" comments in reference to Joey Logano bumping Matt Kenseth in the closing laps at Kansas Speedway during his year-end state-of-the-sport news conference Friday morning. The second year of the elimination-style Chase for the Sprint Cup has been clouded by Kenseth's retaliation against Logano in the Nov. 1 race at Martinsville Speedway when Kenseth was 10 laps down and Logano was the leader.
by Pete McCole The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will crown their 2015 champion on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, pitting the top four drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup in a winner-take-all race for the title. When Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr. and defending series champion Kevin Harvick take the green flag on Sunday, all of them will be there because they earned the right. They all qualified to be there based on the rules NASCAR laid out. But you can't help but wonder "What Could Have Been?"
Gordon, Harvick, Busch and Truex Jr in final-4 Persistent rain forced Sunday's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway to end early after 219 of 312 laps. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was credited with the win at the end of a long day. Kevin Harvick was second, with Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five. Harvick, Busch and Martin Truex Jr. will join Jeff Gordon in the Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway next Sunday.
Like taking candy from a baby If Saturday's DAV 200 Honoring America's Veterans had been a court case, 39 NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers would have pleaded "no contest." The exception was polesitter Kyle Busch, who led 190 of 200 laps in registering a dominating victory at Phoenix International Raceway, his eighth in 19 starts at the track
NASCAR Jimmie Johnson played spoiler last Sunday at Texas, stealing a win from Brad Keselowski in the closing laps. On Friday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway - though "spoiler" is not a role he relishes â€“ the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion was at it again, winning the pole for Sunday's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC) with a track-record lap at 143.158 mph (25.147 seconds). Johnson, who was bounced from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in the first Challenger Round, edged Chase driver Kurt Busch (142.880 mph) for the top spot on the grid.
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