2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Kyle Busch, the 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion
Kevin Harvick, the 2015 Sprint Cup Series runner-up
Jeff Gordon, who retired from full-time racing after the season, finished 5 points behind Kyle Busch in third place
Martin Truex Jr., finished 11 points behind Kyle Busch in fourth place

The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was the 67th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 44th modern-era Cup season. The season began at Daytona International Speedway with the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race, the Budweiser Duels, and the Daytona 500. The season ended with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kyle Busch won the championship, despite missing the first third of the season due to severe leg injuries suffered in an Xfinity Series race at Daytona. Busch also became the first Toyota driver to win a Cup championship.[1] Despite not running the full season, Brett Moffitt was named Rookie of the Year.

The season also marked the first season of a new television contract. During the season, races were televised in the United States on Fox, Fox Sports 1, NBC, and NBCSN. ESPN and Turner Sports, who televised races from 2007 to 2014, did not seek to renew their contracts with NASCAR following the completion of the 2014 season; this marked the end of a 31-year relationship between NASCAR and Turner's primary stations, TBS and TNT. In addition, it was the first season on the newly rebranded Fox Sports Racing in Canada and the Caribbean.

On January 22, 2015, four-time champion Jeff Gordon announced that 2015 would be his final season as a full-time driver, but he did not rule out complete retirement. Chase Elliott replaced him in the No. 24 car for Hendrick Motorsports in 2016.

2015 was the first season without Juan Pablo Montoya since 2005, David Stremme since 2004, David Reutimann since 2002, Marcos Ambrose since 2006 and NASCAR legends Terry Labonte since 1977 and Jeff Burton since 1992, making the first without a driver of the 1970s on the grid.


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