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Power Rankings: The best of 2015

Kyle Busch overcame more than enough to win the Sprint Cup title. It was also plenty to end the year on top of Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings.

Dale Jr.'s epic cannonball (0:14)
Kickin' It with Kyle Busch (0:46)
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Rundown: Holding things together

Kyle Busch gets most of the championship accolades, but rookie crew chief Adam Stevens deserves plenty of credit for holding things together, Bob Pockrass writes in the Monday Rundown.

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Kyle Busch to have 2 surgeries next month

Kyle Busch will undergo a pair of surgeries, possibly on the same day in December, to have the plates and screws removed from his left foot, and the other to remove the rod in his right leg.

Craven: Gordon arguably the greatest ever (1:15)
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McGee: Jeff Gordon's next chapter begins now

Jeff Gordon didn't celebrate a fifth Sprint Cup championship after his final race Sunday night. No, he celebrated something much, much more.

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2dJohn Oreovicz

Oreovicz: Championship a family affair for Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch was determined to overcome his horrible accident at Daytona in February, but it wasn't going to be easy. The strength of his family, both personal and professional, helped him do it.

Gordon 'had a blast' at final race (0:37)
Busch earns first Sprint Cup championship (2:23)
See Homestead-Miami like the drivers do (1:48)
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4dRyan McGee

McGee: Jeff Gordon is quintessential NASCAR

The phrase quintessential NASCAR has been thrown around a lot lately. But what is quintessential NASCAR? Heading into his final race, Jeff Gordon fits the definition perfectly.

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Jones, 19, youngest to win Truck Series title

Erik Jones stayed away from traffic and avoided trouble in the season finale in becoming, at age 19, the youngest champion in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history.

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3dRyan McGee

McGee: More than friends

Sometimes it's like father-son. Sometimes brother-brother. Now and then they fight like both of those descriptions. The relationship between owner Rick Hendrick and Jeff Gordon is a deep one.

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Turn 4: It's now or never

Best comeback story: Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch or Martin Truex Jr.? Should the No. 24 be retired? Has this Chase been good for NASCAR? Who wins it all? Our gang has at it.

Jeff Gordon's Final Ride (5:41)
4dBob Pockrass

Kenseth meets with Logano before return

Matt Kenseth met with Joey Logano at NASCAR's request on Friday and now wants to move past the incident that earned him a two-race suspension.

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5dBob Pockrass

Blaney to drive full time for Wood Bros. in 2016

Ryan Blaney will drive full time in the Sprint Cup Series in 2016 as the historic Wood Brothers Racing team will increase from a part-time team to a full-time organization.

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7dBob Pockrass

Pockrass: Harvick still leaning on winning 2014 advice

Kevin Harvick doesn't have to look very far into his past to see what he needs to do at Homestead to win another title. The advice -- and result -- he got in 2014 will do just fine.

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7dBob Pockrass

Pockrass: Jeff Gordon likes the Chase ... really

If any driver should feel like the Chase is out to get them, it's Jeff Gordon. But here he comes to Homestead with a shot at his fifth title in the final race of his career. Chase fan? Yes.

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7dJohn Oreovicz

Oreovicz: Kyle Busch feeling confident

Kyle Busch's Sprint Cup season got off to a late start after serious injuries sidelined him before the Daytona 500. Now he's racing for the championship. Will he pull off the storybook ending?

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Rundown: Rain shakes things up in Phoenix

Rusty Wallace knows what it's like to win a race at Phoenix he probably shouldn't have. Dale Earnhardt Jr. can share the memories 17 years later, writes John Oroevicz.

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8dJohn Oreovicz

Oreovicz: Martin Truex Jr. likes Homestead chances

This year's underdog championship contender, Martin Truex Jr., is often compared to last year's model, Ryan Newman. But Truex may have an even better shot at winning it all.

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Theriault cleared for Truck return following crash

Six weeks after suffering a compression fracture of his lower back during a head-on crash, Austin Theriault has been medically cleared by NASCAR to return to the Truck series on Friday night.

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9dBob Pockrass

Pockrass: Crazing Arizona

There's nothing normal about a rain-shortened race in Phoenix, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the win, and Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. made the title-race cut.

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9dJohn Oreovicz

Oreovicz: Joey Logano leads quartet feeling left out

While the focus of the rain-shortened race at Phoenix was on the winner and the four drivers advancing to the Championship Round of the Chase, Joey Logano led those wondering what may have been.

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9dBob Pockrass

NASCAR boss summons Kenseth after 2-race ban

Matt Kenseth, who is coming off a two-race suspension for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano, sat down with NASCAR chairman Brian France on Monday.

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8dBob Pockrass

Gibbs Racing, primary sponsor Mars renew deal

Joe Gibbs Racing and primary sponsor Mars have reached an extension that will keep the candy-making brand on Kyle Busch's car at least through 2018.

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Dale Jr. wins Phoenix as trio nab last Chase spots

Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. clinched the last three spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup finale after enduring a long day that ended with a rain-shortened race at Phoenix.


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Ryan McGee @ESPNMcGee

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Kyle Busch to have leg surgeries next month

Sprint Cup champ Kyle Busch will have surgery in mid-December to remove plates and screws in his left foot and the rod in his right leg. Busch was injured in a crash Feb. 21 and missed 11 Sprint Cup races before returning and winning five times plus the 2015 Sprint Cup title.

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