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Kyle Busch clinches regular season championship

Kyle Busch is the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Regular Season Champion, claiming the distinction for the second consecutive year following his third-place performance in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Clinching the regular-season title hands Busch a 15-point bonus heading into the 10-race playoffs, which begin Sept. 15 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The top 10 finishers in the regular-season standings receive bonus points on a sliding scale, starting with 15 for first and ending with one extra point for finishing 10th.

“Obviously we set out to do that here a few weeks back,” Busch said. “We knew when (Logano) passed us and got the lead from us that it was going to be hard to get it back. But fortunately, we went back into stage racing a little bit more and tried to get some of the stage points, and that helped us. They weren’t able to capitalize on stage points. It’s good to get the regular-season championship, to get that 15 extra bonus points for the playoffs. That’s what we set out to do.”