Maturity key to Kyle Busch's Cup title

(AP Photo/Terry Renna)

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) There was a time early in Kyle Busch's career that his talent could not save his job.

Wrecked race cars and temper tantrums helped wear out his welcome with Rick Hendrick, who let Busch go knowing the young driver would probably beat Hendrick Motorsports in a championship battle down the road.

That's exactly what happened, too, as Busch finally won his first Sprint Cup title on Sunday. He won the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to lock up the crown and deny former Hendrick teammate Jeff Gordon a fifth title in the final race of his career.