Kyle Busch, driving the #18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota, wins the Championship for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the 17th Annual Ford EcoBoost 400. Busch suffered a leg injury during the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February causing the driver to miss the first 11 races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup series in 2015.
This is Busch’s first championship and the first championship title for the automaker Toyota. This is the fourth championship title for team owner Joe Gibbs. This is Busch’s 34th career victory in 390 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and his fifth win of the 2015 season.
Busch wins the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship by 1 point over runner-up finisher Kevin Harvick. Busch led 41 laps of the race, leading the final seven laps after the final debris caution. Busch, who started second raced his way past Brad Keselowski coming out of Turn 2 as the laps counted down Harvick would do all he could to find a way around Busch but the #18 Toyota would win with a 0.196 second margin.
“Pretty unbelievable, I guess, it is a dream of a lifetime a dream come true. Something that only happens every so often,” said Busch in victory lane. “I just can’t believe it with everything that happen this year with all the turmoil, all the things that I went through, that my wife went through, that my family went through and people and those around me that they went through. This championship is for these guys, my wife, my family and everyone who sacrificed so much to get me here to get me to this place today.”
As Busch came back after extensive physical therapy and before anyone thought possible from a compound fracture of the right lower leg and a left mid-foot fracture, NASCAR granted a medical waiver to the Joe Gibbs Racing driver, clearing the way for Busch to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion if he could make it in the top-30 in the points.
Busch’s first race back in the race car was for the Sprint All-Star Race, May 16th at Charlotte Motor Speedway, following up with his first points race for the longest race of the season the Coca-Cola 600 finishing 11th. Busch won the race at Sonoma Raceway, the end of June, followed up with three consecutive victories at Kentucky Speedway, two weeks after his first victory, and at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Gaining the maximum number of points possible in four races, a runner-up finish at Watkins Glen landed Busch the much needed top-30 in point’s position by the time Busch finished the race at Darlington Raceway he climbed up to 27th in the championship points, securing his spot in the 2015 Championship Chase.