MIAMI – Consistency was key for the championship and race winners on Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Although it was Chris Buescher who brought home the 2015 XFINITY Series Championship, the Ford EcoBoost 300 belonged to Kyle Larson.
Larson battled bumper-to-bumper throughout the race to maintain his lead. The 23-year-old Larson led a race-high 118 laps on the night. Kyle Busch was running second for much of the race and led 64 laps before being taken out of the race after a series of penalties and an eventual wreck.
“Kyle was better than me for about 8 to 10 laps,” said Larson. “A lot of [the race] was me trying to hold him off.”
“The car ran really good, I’m really proud of the guys in the shop who built it,” said Larson. “I’m really looking forward to next year with these cars.”
Larson managed to maintain his lead throughout the night, winning by a nose after beating second place Austin Dillon by 0.935. It was Larson’s first XFINITY win in three starts at Homesetad-Miami Speedway.
“This is definitely my favorite racetrack on the circuit by fashion, at least for the XFINITY Series goes,” Larson said of Homestead-Miami Speedway. “I was close to winning my rookie season here in 2013, about 50 foot short of winning it last year, and then this year once again we had a really fast car and was able to lead the most laps again and almost gave it away again on a late‑race restart.”
“It was an exciting race for the fans,” said team owner Harry Scott Jr., when asked to summarize the race. “It almost killed me a couple of times, but it was exciting for the fans.”
Buescher needed only a 13th place finish in today’s race to secure the coveted championship. As a result, he took a conservative approach to clinch the championship by 15 points.
The 23-year-old champion was leading in points for 23 races before burning rubber at Homestead-Miami Speedway this Saturday evening to secure his win.
“Our Fastenal Mustang had good speed in it,” said Buescher, “We just had to be careful out there.
“I was a little nervous. All things considered that was exactly what we needed to do and we knew that and we were capable of doing it,” Buescher said.
Buescher, who does not consider himself to be a points racer, used the points system to his advantage in the race to stay out of trouble and ensure the championship title win.
“I don’t like it,” Buescher said, “It is not the most fun way to run the last 10 races of the season but it is important.
“This is what we’ve been fighting for since the February and Daytona and these guys have done such a great job and stuck in there with us all year and had no mechanical failures or DNF’s (Did Not Finish),” said Buescher. “It is a huge accomplishment for our team.”
NASCAR’s championship season culminates Sunday with the 2015 Sprint Cup Championship Ford EcoBoost 400, which begins at 3:00 p.m.