NASCAR Ranks the Five Best Race Finishes of 2015

2015 is drawing near its end, so you know what that means: it's time for best-ofs and other end-of-the-year videos. Some of them bad or stupid, others good or even epic. Here's an official one from NASCAR!
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Stock-car racing's governing body posted a video of the top 5 best race finishes of the year. In 5th spot is Christopher Bell's win at Eldora, in the Camping World Truck Series. Eldora Speedway is the only old-school dirt track in any NASCAR national series, so it's always a good bet for entertaining races.

2015 saw Bell as a surprise mid-season entry after Kyle Busch Motorsports had parted ways with Justin Boston. The 20-year-old placed 17th in Kentucky, two weeks prior to the Eldora event. But with dirt-track being his thing, Bell was able to win, following a spectacular fight with Bobby Pierce that lasted until the last turn.

In 4th place is Kyle Busch's win at Indianapolis, in NASCAR's "minor league," the Xfinity Series. With 25 laps left in the 250-lap race, Ryan Blaney passed Busch to take the lead. He managed to protect that lead until the last lap. But after Turns 1 and 2, Busch charged on the backstretch and took 1st position.

NASCAR ranked Jeff Gordon's Sprint Cup win at Martinsville the third best finish of the year. Veteran Gordon, a four-time series champion who retired at the end of the season, successfully held off Jamie McMurray for two nail-biting final laps. Gordon grabbed his 93rd career victory in Virginia and it turned out to be the last for the future hall-of-famer.

Second best NASCAR series finish of 2015 is Joey Logano's win at Watkins Glen. One week after running out of gas and losing at Pocono, Logano was on the happy end of an identical incident. Race leader Kevin Harvick ran out of gas on the final corner, practically gifting Logano his second win of the season.

Finally, the best race finish in a NASCAR series this year: it's Kyle Busch again! This time, for his June win at Sonoma. Coming after an 11-race absence caused by a broken right leg and broken left foot, Kyle Busch's success in California was even sweeter. He won ahead of brother Kurt, for the first Sprint Cup 1-2 of the Busch family.

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