By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Kyle Busch won the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Busch ended the season on a high note.
He completed the race in two hours and 48 minutes. This was Busch’s fifth win of the season.
As a result of the win, Busch won the 20019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship. He was the highest finisher of the Championship Four drivers.
“This is so special,” Busch said. “I want to thank Mitch and Monster, everybody back at Monster, for a fantastic run. I told Mitch when it first came out, I was like, Damn, man, that trophy is so cool, I want to get one of those. Missed out on the first two, but special to pick up this one.
“Can’t say enough about all my guys. This is their trophy as much as it’s my trophy. It means so much to work with this group, they’re so special. Adam Stevens especially, Joe Gibbs, Coy, J.D., what their family went through this year means so much to bring them home a title. M&M’s, what can you say about them and their support? Of course, Interstate Batteries. Just so honored to drive their racecar, to come out here and get the job done tonight.”
Busch’s teammate Martin Truex Jr. finished in second place. Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick finished fourth, while the third Joe Gibbs Racing driver in the Final Four, Denny Hamlin, finished 10th.
This is Busch’s second Championship in his career. He also won the 2015 Cup Series Championship.
Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top three finishers, as Erik Jones finished third.
Ky. Busch led 120 of the 267 laps. Truex Jr. led 103, while Harvick led 41 laps. Hamlin led two laps, while Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led one lap.
Five drivers were not able to finish the race. Josh Bilicki departed the race in his Ford on lap 240 due to a brakes problem. Reed Sorenson also departed the race in his Chevy due to a brakes problem on lap 236.
Joe Nemechek left the race due to a steering problem on lap 227. William Byron had an engine problem and left on 215.
Kyle Larson was the first driver to leave the race, as he had an engine problem on lap 209.