Nov. 17 (UPI) — Kyle Busch captured his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title with a win in the 2019 Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.
Busch, who led 120 of the 267 laps, won the season finale to snap his 21-race losing streak. He previously won the 2015 title and joins seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson as the only active drivers with multiple championships.
“We have a great race team and a great owner,” Busch said after climbing out of his car. “We have the best sponsor in sports. I just can’t say enough and thank everyone enough. … There’s always your doubters, always your haters. But you know what? This one’s for ‘Rowdy Nation.'”
Busch, 34, also became the 16th driver with more than one premier series championship. He is the first repeat champion in the elimination-style postseason.
Busch outran Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr. in the race. Hamlin was making his first Championship 4 appearance since 2014, while Truex Jr. and Harvick each were making returns to the finale.
Hamlin and Truex Jr. had trouble on pit road that caused them to slip out of contention. Hamlin finished in 10th after a crew member added a large piece of tape across the front grille that caused his engine to overheat.
Truex Jr. fell a lap back after his crew put tires on the wrong side of his car. He recovered to finish second.
Busch’s victory gave Joe Gibbs Racing its fifth Cup title, and handed Toyota its third drivers’ championship in five seasons.
Ford EcoBoost 400 results:
1. Kyle Busch
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Erik Jones
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Joey Logano
6. Clint Bowyer
7. Ryan Newman
9. Alex Bowman
10. Denny Hamlin