Busch claims second championship

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Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, hoists the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Trophy after winning Sunday’s season finale and grabbing his second title in NASCAR’s premier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS), and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series took on Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, FL, during NASCAR Championship Weekend.

Kyle Busch scored a milestone victory in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) finale event at Homestead-Miami Speedway, earning his second MENCS Championship in his 15th season as a full-time driver.

Busch, whose first title came in 2015, joined Jimmie Johnson as the only active driver in the series with more than one championship. It also marked his 56th series triumph, breaking a tie with NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace for 9th all-time.

The Las Vegas native finished out the season with 5 wins, 17 top 5s, and 27 top-10 results.

Championship 4 contender Martin Truex Jr. crossed the line 2nd, 4.578 seconds behind. Erik Jones took home 3rd, followed by Kevin Harvick (title contender), and Joey Logano.

The rest of the top 10 included Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Alex Bowman, and Denny Hamlin, who was also in the chase for the title.

Toyota won the Manufacturer Championship for the series.

Daniel Hemric locked up the 2019 MENCS Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

For the second year in a row, Championship 4 competitor Tyler Reddick secured the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) championship after winning Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead. Reddick won the championship under team owner Richard Childress and will transition to Childress’s Cup Series team in 2020 driving the No. 8.

Reddick ended the season with a career-best 6 victories, 24 top 5 results, and 27 top 10 finishes.

The California native became the only driver in the series to win back-to-back titles for two different car owners (won first with JR Motorsports in 2018).

Championship contender Cole Custer, who will also graduate to NASCAR’s premier series in 2020 driving the No. 41 for Stewart-Haas Racing, took home second, 1.038 seconds behind. Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, and Christopher Bell (title contender) completed the top 5. Bell will compete in MENCS in 2020 for Leavine Family Racing in the No. 95.

Justin Allgaier (Championship 4 driver) finished 14th.

Chevrolet won the NXS Manufacturer Championship.

Matt Crafton, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series veteran of 19 full seasons, won his third series title on Friday evening after placing second, the highest of all the Championship 4 drivers, in the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 43 year-old closed out his season with no victories, but had 7 top 5, and 18 top 10 results.

Austin Hill bookended the season with the win after driving to Gatorade Victory Lane in the event, 1.569 seconds ahead of Crafton. Hill, who captured the season-opener at Daytona, won all three stages and led a race-high 56 laps of 134.

Christian Eckes, 2019 ARCA Menards Series champion, took home a 3rd place finish and secured the seventh owner’s championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Fellow championship 4 contenders Ross Chastain and Brett Moffitt rounded out the top 5. Stewart Friesen, who was also in the title hunt, went home with an 11th-place result.

Tyler Ankrum was the Sunoco Rookie of the Year for the series, and Toyota won the Gander Truck Series Manufacturer Championship.

NASCAR’s top three series kick off the 2020 season in February at Daytona International Speedway. Talladega Superspeedway will host its first race weekend of the season on April 24-26 with a tripleheader featuring the GEICO 500 (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) and the MoneyLion 300 (NASCAR Xfinity Series). Ticket information for those races and all Talladega Superspeedway events is available online at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or by calling (855) 518-RACE (7223).