NASCAR Sprint Cup 2015: The Very Best Moments

A legend’s last act, some fantastic scraps, and a new champion. Also: Wrecks, fights and 200 mph under the bright lights.

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It began with heartbreak.

Kyle Busch’s opening-day crash at Daytona landed him in the hospital, laid up, with a compound leg fracture and busted left foot. Missing the following 11 races could have—should have—derailed the 30-year-old’s season. Instead, he woke up today the king of stock car racing, the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, after a wild finale at Miami-Homestead on Sunday. Busch edged out Jeff Gordon, who managed a sixth-place finish in his last-ever NASCAR race, and rival Kevin Harvick.

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This year’s Sprint Cup was dramatic, no shortage of photo finishes, massive wrecks, or celebratory burnouts—all the more reason for a look back the season’s best moments.

Ninety days until NASCAR starts again. Here’s a little something to hold you over.