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The Latest from NASCAR: Busch wins 1st Sprint Cup title

The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):

7:54 p.m.

Kyle Busch has won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.

Busch started the season in a hospital bed in Daytona Beach and ended it with a trip to the championship stage in Homestead.

The 30-year-old Busch beat fellow title contenders Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex Jr. to the checkered flag Sunday. Harvick was the defending series champion. Gordon, who is retiring, was the overwhelming sentimental favorite. Truex was the underdog driving for the small team.

Busch bested them all and joined his older brother, Kurt, as a champion. Kurt won...