30-year old NASCAR veteran Kyle Busch won not only the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but he also won his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.

Busch outlasted defending champion Kevin Harvick, who finished 3rd, and sentimental favorite Jeff Gordon who finished 6th in his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Race, to capture his 34th career victory; the most important of his career thus far.

Busch is only nine months removed from suffering a fractured leg during an Xfinity Series race, the day before the Daytona 500. Having watched that race from a hospital bed and the next ten from his home, Busch was determined to get back in the drivers seat. Comeback complete. Busch became the first driver since 1972 to win the championship without competing in every race.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400
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After receiving an injury exemption, Busch won 4 races in a row and got himself inside the top 35 in points, making him eligible to compete in the chase.

Busch was seen almost as an afterthought heading into the chase for the Sprint Cup while drivers like teammate Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick were all picked to be the top title contenders.

Busch outraced them all, especially when it counted as he was one of the most consistent drivers throughout the chase. It took 390 career races for Busch to capture his first title; something which many believed he would have accomplished in his career by now. If there is one takeaway from what Busch accomplished this season, it's that this may be the beginning to the rest of his career. Busch is in a great ride at Joe Gibbs Racing. A team that will have some of the best cars in the sport.  There is no doubt that Busch may be able to tally up a few more championships before his career is over.

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