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Wrap-up

Wrapup: Homestead-Miami

by Anthony Ballantoni
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The 2015 Championship weekend for all three NASCAR premier series was held at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway. Matt Crafton won the Camping World Truck Series race and Erik Jones earned the 2015 Championship on Friday night. Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson won Saturday’s XFINITY Series finale and Chris Buescher was crowned 2015 series Champion. On Sunday, after a rain delay, the final four Chase drivers: Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. competed with the highest finisher taking the 2015 Sprint Cup. Kyle Busch won the race. The NASCAR Mexico Series completed its season on Sunday as well; Ruben Garcia Jr. earned the Championship in that series.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)
Time Trials:
Denny Hamlin (#11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Ford EcoBoost 400 with a lap of 30.568 seconds, 176.655 mph. This is his 23rd pole in 362 NSCS races. It is his third pole and 20th top-10 start in 2015 and his first pole in 11 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hamlin was passed on the first lap, did not lead any laps and finished the 267-lap event in 10th place.
Did Not Qualify: #23 Jeb Burton and #62 Reed Sorenson.
Winner: Kyle Busch (#18 M&M's Crispy Toyota Camry) won the Ford EcoBoost 400 and also the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. He became the 31st different series champion, and the first to win the title after missing the first 11 races of the season. He joins Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte and Brad Keselowski as only the fourth driver all-time to boast both a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series championship. Busch finished the 2015 season with five wins (Sonoma, Kentucky, New Hampshire-1, Indianapolis and Homestead), 12 top-fives, 16 top-10s and one pole. In 25 starts Busch has led 736 of his 6,752 laps completed (10.9%). He won the title by beating Kevin Harvick by one point (Harvick finished second in the season finale).

Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
Coors Light Pole Award: Denny Hamlin #11, 176.655 mph (POLE, 10th, 9th)
Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Denny Hamlin #11
3M Lap Leader: Kevin Harvick #4, 46 Laps (13th, 2nd, 2nd)
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kyle Busch #18 (3rd, WINNER, CHAMPION)
American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kyle Busch #18
Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race": Kyle Busch #18
Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Alex Bowman #7, 5 positions (33rd, 26th, 33rd)
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Roush-Yates Engines (Brad Keselowski's #2) (8th, 3rd, 7th)
Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver: Kyle Larson #42, 0.112 seconds (23rd, 5th, 19th)
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Brett Moffitt #34 (42nd, 31st, 34th)

2015 Sprint Cup Series Champion: Kyle Busch (#18 Toyota Camry)
2015 Sprint Cup Series Owners Champion: Joe Gibbs (Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Toyota Camry)

Final Top 16:
1. Kyle Busch
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Jeff Gordon
4. Martin Truex Jr.
5. Carl Edwards
6. Joey Logano
7. Brad Keselowski
8. Kurt Busch
9. Denny Hamlin
10. Jimmie Johnson
11. Ryan Newman
12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
13. Jamie McMurray
14. Paul Menard
15. Matt Kenseth
16. Clint Bowyer

Next: Sunday, February 21, 2016 – Daytona 500
Where: Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile tri-oval in Daytona Beach, FL)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Time Trials:
Sprint Cup driver (#18 Toyota Camry) Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Ford EcoBoost 300 with a lap of 32.116 seconds, 168.140 mph. This is the #54 Monster Energy Toyota driver's 48th pole in 311 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races. It is his fifth pole and 12th top-10 NXS start in 2015 and his second pole in nine NXS races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Busch led 64 laps before exiting early due to a wreck on lap 185 of the 200-lap event. He was credited with a 30th place DNF.
Did Not Qualify: #89 Morgan Shepherd.
Winner: Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson won the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) season-ending Ford EcoBoost 300, his third victory in 75 NXS races. This is the #42 Crest Chevrolet Camaro driver's first victory and ninth top-10 NXS finish in 2015. It is his first victory and third top-10 finish in three NXS races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He started ninth in the lineup and led 118 laps of the 200-lap event.

Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
Coors Light Pole Award: Kyle Busch #54, 168.14 mph (POLE, 30th, NE)
Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race": Kyle Busch #54
3M Lap Leader: Kyle Larson #42, 118 Laps (9th, WINNER, NE)
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Hendrick Engines #42
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Darrell Wallace Jr. #6 (21st, 10th, 7th)
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Daniel Suarez #18 (2nd, 6th, 5th)
  NE=Not eligible for driver points in this series.

2015 XFINITY Series Champion: Chris Buescher (#60 Ford Mustang)
2015 XFINITY Series Owners Champion: Roger Penske (Team Penske #22 Ford Mustang)
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Daniel Suarez

Final Top 10:
1. Chris Buescher
2. Chase Elliott
3. Ty Dillon
4. Regan Smith
5. Daniel Suarez
6. Elliott Sadler
7. Darrell Wallace Jr.
8. Brian Scott
9. Brendan Gaughan
10. Ryan Reed

Next: Saturday, February 20, 2016 - PowerShares QQQ 300
Where: Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile tri-oval in Daytona Beach, FL)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Time Trials:
Matt Crafton (#88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota Tundra) won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the Ford EcoBoost 200 with a lap of 32.229 seconds, 167.551 mph. This is his 11th pole in 361 NCWTS races. It is his fourth pole and 18th top-10 start in 2015 and his first pole in 15 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Did Not Qualify: #6 Norm Benning, #18 Ross Kenseth, #36 Bobby Pierce and #45 Todd Peck.
Winner: Matt Crafton won the Ford EcoBoost 200, his 11th victory in 361 NCWTS races. This is his sixth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2015. It is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 15 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Crafton led a race-high 93 laps and closed out the season third in the 2015 NCWTS point standings.

Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
Keystone Light Pole Award: Matt Crafton #88, 167.551 mph (POLE, WINNER, 3rd)
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Triad Racing Technologies #88
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Matt Crafton #88
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: John Hunter Nemechek #8 (2nd, 2nd, 12th)

2015 Camping World Truck Series Champion: Erik Jones (#4 Toyota Tundra)
2015 Camping World Truck Series Owners Champion: Kyle Busch (Kyle Busch Motorsports #4 Toyota Tundra)

Final Top 10:
1. Erik Jones
2. Tyler Reddick
3. Matt Crafton
4. Johnny Sauter
5. Timothy Peters
6. Cameron Hayley
7. Daniel Hemric
8. John Wes Townley
9. Ben Kennedy
10. Spencer Gallagher

Next: Friday, February 19, 2016 - NextEra Energy Resources 250
Where: Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile tri-oval in Daytona Beach, FL)
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ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
2015 K&N Pro Series-East Champion:
Grant Enfinger
2015 SCOTT Rookie Challenge Winner: Kyle Weatherman
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NASCAR Home Tracks
K&N Pro Series-East
2015 K&N Pro Series-East Champion:
William Byron
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: William Byron

K&N Pro Series-West
2015 K&N Pro Series-West Champion:
Chris Eggleston
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Noah Gragson

Canadian Tire Series
2015 Canadian Tire Series Champion: 
Scott Steckly
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Gary Klutt

Whelen Modified Tour
2015 Whelen Modified Tour Champion:
Doug Coby
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Chase Dowling

Whelen Southern Modified Tour
2015 Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion:
Andy Seuss
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Trey Hutchens

Mexico Series
2015 Mexico Series Champion:
Ruben Garcia Jr.

Anthony Ballantoni
Anthony Ballantoni is a Senior Sports Writer at Rotoworld.com.