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Kyle Busch wins the 2015 NASCAR Championship

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Homestead-Miami Speedway, where champions are crowned. This is the third year in a row I was covering the NASCAR Championship race. This time for NBC Sports, It was a little different than covering the race for an editorial client. The images were going to be used across social media to share images to fans during the race weekend. It allowed me to have a little more creative freedom as to what I photographed.

Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Jeff Gordon where racing for the championship. It was an emotional weekend for Jeff Gordon as this would be his last race of his career, as he will be retiring from racing. There is no doubt that he will be a first round ballot into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Plenty of racing legends showed up to the track to pay their respects to legend Jeff Gordon. IndyCar legend Mario Andretti and F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton where both in attendance.

I spent most of pre-race photographing Jeff Gordon as swarms of people waited outside of his hauler looking to get just a glimpse of the legend. Just as driver introductions where to start, the Florida skies opened up and put the race on an hour delay. That was ok with me, because I photographed one of my favorite images from the weekend, as Jeff Gordon shared a moment with Mario Andretti.

As the drivers race into the sunset, I made my way to the back stretch to create some vibrant sunset pictures of the top drivers raced for the checkered flag.

Kyle Busch pulled away from Kevin Harvick with 25 laps to go and won the race and the 2015 Championship. Congrats Kyle.

Only 90 days until Daytona!

Car of Jeff Gordon in the garage area prior to the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Car of Jeff Gordon in the garage area prior to the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Car of Jeff Gordon in the garage area prior to the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Danica Patrick pays tribune to Jeff Gordon (not pictured) by rocking a retro hat.

Jeff Gordon was all smiles as he high five fans on his way to drivers meeting.

Jeff Gordon next to team owner Rick Hendrick.

A fan holds a Jeff Gordon #24 flag prior to the race.

Country music start Luke Bryan performed pre-race for all of the fans.

Dark storm clouds roll over the front stretch as heavy rains delayed the race for over an hour.

Fans walk through the garage area with umbrellas during the rain delay.

Jeff Gordon being interviewed by NBC broadcaster.

Jeff Gordon gives a thumbs up to cheering fans who waited in the pouring rain to see him.

Jeff Gordon (left) shares an emotional moment with IndyCar legend Mario Andretti.

A crew member of Kyle Larson squeegees the pit box area prior to the race.

Jeff Gordon (left) walks with Formula 1 Champion Lewis Hamilton on the grid prior to the race.

Martin Truex Jr. attempting to stay out of the media spot light prior to driver introductions.

Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton takes in all of the media frenzy around Jeff Gordon car.

Jeff Gordon points to fans prior to climbing into his car for the final time of his career.

Jeff Gordon points to fans prior to climbing into his car for the final time of his career.

IndyCar legend Mario Andretti (left) meets Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton.

IndyCar legend Mario Andretti (left) meets Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton.

Kevin Harvick was all smiles pre-race as he has a chance to win his second NASCAR Championship.

Jeff Gordon races through a light pocket in turn one.

Puffy clouds from above the front stretch during the Ford Ecoboost 400.

NASCAR drivers race off turn number 4 as the sunsets on the track.

Kyle Busch races down the backstretch as the sunsets at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Jeff Gordon races down the backstretch as the sunsets at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Even a gecko was in attendance to see Jeff Gordon last race of his career.

Jeff Gordon

Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch pits during the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the 2015 NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the 2015 NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the 2015 NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the 2015 NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the 2015 NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the 2015 NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch is congratulated by Jeff Gordon after winning the 2015 NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the 2015 NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch celebrates with his wife Samantha and son Brexton after winning the 2015 NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the 2015 NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch celebrates with his wife Samantha and son Brexton after winning the 2015 NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch celebrates with his wife Samantha and son Brexton after winning the 2015 NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch celebrates with his wife Samantha and son Brexton after winning the 2015 NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch celebrates with champaign after winning the 2015 NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch celebrates with champaign after winning the 2015 NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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