Kyle Busch won the 17th Annual Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for his 1st NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400Credit: 314458Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images. Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with his team after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

Starting from 3rd place Car 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy Toyota won the 17th Annual Ford EcoBoost 400, his 34th victory in 390 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is Busch’s 5th win & 16th Top 10 finish in 2015. This is his 1st win & 4th Top 10 finish in 11 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This win also gave him the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. 2nd Place Car 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, started from 13th place posted his 13th Top 10 finish in 15 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is Harvick’s 28th Top 10 finish in 2015. He also finished in 2nd place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. 3rd Place Car 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford, started from 8th place posted his 3rd Top 10 finish in eight races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400Credit: 314461Chris Graythen/Getty Images. Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the series championship and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

4th Place Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford, started from 2nd place followed by 5th place Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Plaid Chevrolet, started from 23rd place. 6th Place Car 24 Jeff Gordon AXALTA Chevrolet, started from 5th place finished in 3rd place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. 7th Place Car 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota, started from 19th place followed by 8th place Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet, started from 15th place. 9th Place Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet, started from 12th place. Lastly in the Top 10 was Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota, in 10th place, started from pole. 12th Place Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, started from 11th place finished in 3rd place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Brett Moffitt (31st) was the highest finishing rookie.

2015 Nov 22 HMS_NSCS_112215_11Credit: 314454Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images. Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

The race had 7 Cautions for 30 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 15 for Fluid On The Track. 2nd Caution on lap 32 for Competition. 3rd Caution on lap 41 for Car 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet crash in Turn 1. 4th Caution on lap 47 for Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet, Car 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota, Car 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet, Car 33 Ty Dillon Nexium 24 Hr Chevrolet, Car 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Foods Ford crash on the Backstretch. 5th Caution on lap 151 for Debris Backstretch. 6th Caution on lap 168 for Fluid On The Track. 7th Caution on lap 258 for Debris Frontstretch.

2015 Nov 22 HMS_NSCS_112215_07Credit: 314445Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images. Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

The race had 18 Lead Changes among 8 drivers: Lap Leaders: 0; J. Logano 1-19; Kyle Busch 20-35; J. Gordon 36-44; K. Harvick 45-90; K. Larson 91-92; J. Logano 93-138; Kyle Busch 139; C. Edwards 140-144; J. Logano 145-151; C. Edwards 152-154; Kyle Busch 155-168; M. Truex Jr. 169-171; B. Keselowski 172-214; Kyle Busch 215-216; B. Keselowski 217-257; Kyle Busch 258; B. Keselowski 259-260; Kyle Busch 261-267. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): B. Keselowski 3 times for 86 laps; J. Logano 3 times for 72 laps; K. Harvick 1 time for 46 laps; Kyle Busch 6 times for 41 Laps; J. Gordon 1 time for 9 laps; C. Edwards 2 times for 8 laps; M. Truex Jr. 1 time for 3 laps; K. Larson 1 time for 2 laps.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400Credit: 314443Chris Trotman/Getty Images. Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, leads Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, and others during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

Top 16 Driver Points: (1) Kyle Busch 5,043;(2) K. Harvick 5,042;(3) J. Gordon 5,038;(4) M. Truex Jr. 5,032;(5) C. Edwards 2,368;(6) J. Logano 2,360;(7) B. Keselowski 2,347;(8) Kurt Busch 2,333;(9) D. Hamlin 2,327;(10) J. Johnson 2,315;(11) R. Newman 2,314;(12) D. Earnhardt Jr. 2,310;(13) J. Mcmurray 2,295;(14) P. Menard 2,262;(15) M. Kenseth 2,234;(16) C. Bowyer 2,175.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400Credit: 314442Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images. Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, leads the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

Kyle Busch pulled off one of the greatest sports comebacks by winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 9 Months ago Busch broke his right leg and left foot in an accident at Daytona. He missed the 1st 11 races of the series but still managed to make it to the final Championship race. Busch needed to finish ahead of the three other Championship 4 drivers: 2nd place Kevin Harvick, 6th place Jeff Gordon & 12th place Martin Truex Jr., in the final race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Homestead.

Busch and his brother Kurt Busch (2004 NSCS champion) join Terry and Bobby Labonte as the only brothers to earn NSCS titles.

Toyota, which began full-time racing in the NSCS in 2007, has now captured a driver’s championship in all three NASCAR national series. Busch also won Toyota its 1st NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta in 2008.

Busch is the 2nd consecutive champion to win the title with a victory in the Championship Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Harvick accomplished the feat last season.

“It’s pretty unbelievable!” Busch said. “A dream of a lifetime, a dream come true, I just can’t believe it, with everything that happened this year and all the turmoil, all the things that I went through, that my wife went through and the people that are around me went through.

“This championship is all for these guys, my wife, my family, everyone who has had to sacrifice so much to get me here to this place today, whether it was on my team right now, or on my teams in the past. It’s really awesome, awesome, awesome!”

2015 Nov 22 HMS_NSCS_112215_02Credit: 314440Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images. Series championship contenders Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota, take part in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

NASCAR has accomplished making the 1st & last races of their series as the most important races to watch. All 4 drivers Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. & Kyle Busch made this an exciting race & deserved to be there.

2015 Nov 22 HMS_NSCS_112215_10Credit: 314450Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images. Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400Credit: 314441Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images. Former racing driver Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton pose during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Number 36
Unofficial Race Results for the 17Th Annual Ford Ecoboost 400 – Sunday, November 22, 2015
Homestead-Miami Speedway – Homestead, FL – 1.5 Mile Paved
Total Race Length – 267 Laps – 400.5 Miles – Purse: $5,378,116

Print

Finish Start Car Driver Team Laps Status
1. 3. Car 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy Toyota 267 Running
2. 13. Car 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet 267 Running
3. 8. Car 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 267 Running
4. 2. Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 267 Running
5. 23. Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Plaid Chevrolet 267 Running
6. 5. Car 24 Jeff Gordon AXALTA Chevrolet 267 Running
7. 19. Car 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 267 Running
8. 15. Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 267 Running
9. 12. Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 267 Running
10. 1. Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 267 Running
11. 7. Car 19 Carl Edwards ARRIS Toyota 267 Running
12. 11. Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet 267 Running
13. 22. Car 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 267 Running
14. 10. Car 3 Austin Dillon DOW Chevrolet 267 Running
15. 21. Car 16 Greg Biffle Bleacher Report Ford 267 Running
16. 4. Car 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 267 Running
17. 6. Car 21 Ryan Blaney(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 267 Running
18. 26. Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 267 Running
19. 18. Car 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 267 Running
20. 20. Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Scott Products Chevrolet 266 Running
21. 17. Car 27 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards Chevrolet 266 Running
22. 16. Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Chevrolet 266 Running
23. 25. Car 33 Ty Dillon(i) Nexium 24 Hr Chevrolet 266 Running
24. 35. Car 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 266 Running
25. 28. Car 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Cheney Brothers Ford 266 Running
26. 33. Car 7 Alex Bowman Nikko RC/Toy State Chevrolet 265 Running
27. 38. Car 55 David Ragan Aaron’s Online Dream Machine Toyota 265 Running
28. 40. Car 35 Cole Whitt Speed Stick Ford 265 Running
29. 36. Car 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 265 Running
30. 39. Car 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 264 Running
31. 42. Car 34 Brett Moffitt # FR8 Auctions Ford 264 Running
32. 41. Car 38 David Gilliland Florida Lottery Ford 264 Running
33. 29. Car 95 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial Ford 264 Running
34. 31. Car 26 JJ Yeley(i) Maxim Toyota 264 Running
35. 34. Car 40 Landon Cassill(i) Snap Fitness Chevrolet 263 Running
36. 30. Car 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 263 Running
37. 37. Car 83 Matt DiBenedetto # Cosmo Toyota 263 Running
38. 43. Car 98 Ryan Preece East West Marine/Logan’s/FireAde Chevrolet 262 Running
39. 32. Car 32 Josh Wise Zak Products Ford 247 Running
40. 9. Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 241 Running
41. 14. Car 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Foods Ford 209 Running
42. 27. Car 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 104 Accident
43. 24. Car 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 45 Accident

Race Comments: Prior to the start of the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reason indicated: No. 38 (transmission change). Failed to Qualify: (2) 23 Jeb Burton #, 62 Reed Sorenson. Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 02 Mins, 23 Secs. Average Speed: 131.755 MPH. Margin of Victory: 1.552 Seconds. Caution Flags. Lead Changes: 18 among 8 drivers.

3M Lap Leader: Kevin Harvick, #4 46 Laps. American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kyle Busch, #18. Coors Light Pole Award: Denny Hamlin, #11 176.655 mph. Duralast Brakes “Brake in the Race”: Kyle Busch, #18. Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Alex Bowman, #7 5 positions. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Roush-Yates Engines, #2. Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kyle Busch, #18. Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race: Kyle Larson, #42 0.112 secs. Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Denny Hamlin, #11. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Brett Moffitt, #34.

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Next Race: Feb. 13, 2016 – Daytona International Speedway

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