Friday, November 22, 2019

2019 NASCAR Series Champions Are Repeaters

2019 NASCAR Series Champions Are Repeaters

Kyle Busch (2015 & 2019); Tyler Reddick (2018 & 2019); Matt Crafton (2013, 2014, & 2019) 

 Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing, celebrates winning both the race and championship - #NASCAR

Busch – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (#MENCS)

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing, won the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship of his career Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 

He is the 16th driver all-time with multiple MENCS championships and joins Jimmie Johnson as the only active drivers with multiple Cup series titles. On his way to winning the championship, Busch posted five wins, 17 top-five finishes, 27 top-10 finishes and one pole.

“Today we had a really good car and I could race around and move around,” said Busch. “That’s what’s so special about Homestead-Miami Speedway, is the ability to put on a show. I felt like we did that there racing those guys. I know it kind of dulled out towards the end. It was exciting enough from my seat. It was a lot of fun to cap off such an amazing year.”

Reddick- NASCAR Xfinity Series (#NXS)

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 2 for Richard Childress Racing, won his second consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) championship on Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He became the first NXS driver since Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2011-12) to claim back-to-back NXS championships, and is the first in series history to capture a title with two different organizations.

Reddick clinched the title by winning the Ford EcoBoost 300 for the second consecutive year. He passed fellow Championship 4 contender Cole Custer with 19 laps remaining and stayed out front until receiving the checkered flag.

“This one means so much more,” Reddick said. “It was a lot better year, and it was really cool to go back-to-back. It’s all about Richard (Childress). He’s the one who believed I could be a champion before I won the first one, and I was just really glad to keep him true to his promise.”

Crafton - NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS)

Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Ford for ThorSport Racing, won the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) championship on Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was the third title of Crafton’s career, tying Jack Sprague for the second-most championships in series history.

Crafton became the first driver under the current playoff format to win a championship without winning a race during the season. He finished second in the Ford EcoBoost 200, beating out Championship 4 contenders Ross Chastain, Stewart Friesen and Brett Moffitt. Austin Hill won the Ford EcoBoost 200, his fourth victory in the NGOTS and his first at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“It feels amazing,” said Crafton. “It’s one step closer to what (Ron) Hornaday Jr. has done and they called us the underdog. I heard (Todd) Bodine and everybody say that I was the underdog and I didn’t have it, and we fought harder I guarantee it. Every one of these guys worked hard. This Menard’s F-150 was fast tonight.”

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