Thursday, December 5, 2019


The 2019 Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway wrapped up with Kyle Busch winning his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) title.

The Las Vegas, Nevada native qualified fourth, led 120 laps and went on to also capture his second Ford EcoBoost 400 win. Crew chief Adam Stevens was on top of the pit box and since 2016 the pair have won 22 times with 69 top-5 finishes and have 99 top-10s.

“Everybody always says you never give up,” said Busch, who picked up his 56th victory, breaking a tie with NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace for ninth all-time. “Today we had a really good car, and I could race around and move around. 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.”

The weekend got off to a hot start with the battle for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Championship (NGOTS) race. Austin Hill won the Ford Ecoboost 200 and Matt Crafton picked up his third NGOTS title.

Among the Championship 4 was Florida’s Ross Chastain (finished fourth), last year’s champion Brett Moffitt (finished fifth), and Stewart Friesen (finished 11th). Chastain led the most laps out of all the Championship 4 drivers but Crafton was able to come up on top.

“I guess I finally got out of the wheelchair and got up one the wheel and got it done,” said Crafton. “There was nothing sweeter, to be honest. It was that little jab in the side — and I don’t know if I needed that, but it just ticked me off. And I just said, I’m going to prove you really, really wrong tonight.”

On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) hit the track and got off to a racy start. The 2020 MENCS rookies battled throughout the afternoon for the top spot to capture the title.

Last year’s Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick was able to lead 84 laps and win his second straight NXS title. The California native also captured his second consecutive Ford EcoBoost 300 win.

“It was perfect, it came down to us three,” Reddick said of his fellow championship contenders. “And that Stage 3 before the caution (flag) we were battling like we have all year long. It was just awesome we were able to come out on top of the deal. It’s been a lot of fun racing them and I’m looking forward to racing them and a lot of other talented drivers on Sunday.”

Reddick was promoted earlier this year to the Cup Series along with Christopher Bell and Cole Custer. All three drivers have been racing each other in the NXS the last few years and in 2020 will race on Sunday’s.

With less than 100 days to Speedweeks in Daytona Beach, Florida, Homestead-Miami Speedway will prepare for their new March (20-22) race weekend. The weekend will host the NGOTS, NXS, and NASCAR Cup Series.

The Speedway will also be celebrating their 25th anniversary. Along with the anniversary celebration, Homestead-Miami Speedway will allow fans to experience the Ally Beach and the iHeart Media Fan Village, which both debuted during Ford Championship Weekend.

Homestead-Miami Speedway is also excited to partner with Dixie Vodka as they will be the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 22. The race weekend is still months away but fans should start gearing up for what will be an exciting 2020 season and March race weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway!