Kyle Busch
American stock car racing driver
Kyle Busch
Kyle Thomas Busch is an American NASCAR driver and team owner. He currently drives the No. 18 Mars, Inc. /Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Sprint Cup Series and owns Kyle Busch Motorsports, which runs the No. 77 for Parker Kligerman in the Nationwide Series and the No. 18 Toyota Tundra for Joey Coulter in the Camping World Truck Series.
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Kyle Busch is top qualifier among Championship 4 at the Sprint Cup finale
LATimes - 3 months
The four drivers who will vie for NASCAR's Sprint Cup championship got off to sluggish starts in qualifying Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kyle Busch was the only one of the Championship 4 to post a lap among the top 10. Carl Edwards was just behind his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate in 10th. Kevin...
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NASCAR limits number of lower tier races for veterans
Yahoo News - 4 months
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch has been to victory lane 15 times this season. Only four of the trips were in his Sprint Cup car.
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DFS NASCAR: Drivers to build around at Dover
ABC News - 5 months
Sunday's race at New Hampshire was dominated by the high-cost drivers. Four drivers distanced themselves from the pack, each putting up more than 70 DraftKings fantasy points. They were Matt Kenseth (97.75), Martin Truex Jr. (89.25), Kevin Harvick (78) and Kyle Busch (70.25). Each cost over $10,000 and were the four most expensive drivers in the field. Fifth was Carl Edwards at $9,800, but he only put up 51.75 points. In this space last week, I said to start your team with Harvick, but to keep an eye on Truex and Busch as well. In the weekend, post-qualifying preview, I stuck with Truex and Harvick as my top high-cost picks. My mid-value picks were mostly based on start/finish differential. Austin Dillon gave a big boost there, starting 29th and finishing 16th. Greg Biffle couldn't quite move up from his 32nd-place spot. Clint Bowyer, the top low-cost pick, went 37th to 22nd for 37...
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Obama welcomes NASCAR champ, jokes about driving car
Reuters.com - 5 months
While welcoming NASCAR driver Kyle Busch and the 2015 Sprint Cup Series winning team to the White House, President Obama jokes about his longing for driving a race car and says "in a few months, I can actually do anything I want!" Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Obama celebrates Sprint Cup with NASCAR's Kyle Busch
Yahoo News - 5 months
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is celebrating NASCAR's winning team — and eyeing the team's wheels.
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Which driver brings home the Sprint Cup?
ABC News - 5 months
Can't believe the editors here at ESPN.com want a Chase for the Sprint Cup outlook. Are they setting me up to fail? Who could predict that the last driver to make it out of the 2015 quarterfinal round -- Kyle Busch -- would win the title? He wouldn't have advanced if his teammate Matt Kenseth had won at Kansas Speedway (and therefore earned an automatic bid into the next round) instead of getting roughed up by Joey Logano. We all know how that ended up. So take these outlooks with a grain of salt. In these three-race rounds where race winners and best in points advance while eliminating four drivers, anything can happen culminating with the best-finisher-at-Homestead among the four finalists being crowned the champion. From fist bumps to fists thrown, the Chase is, by the nature of the rules and for better or for worse, unpredictable. Kyle Busch Team: Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota . ...
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Kyle Busch celebrating a milestone in the Pure Michigan 400
Fox News - 6 months
Kyle Busch and Toyota are celebrating what's been a winning relationship in Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway.
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Race to the Chase scenarios with four weeks to go
ABC News - 6 months
The Chase for the Sprint Cup has four spots open for drivers who haven't won a race this year. Or maybe five. Or possibly three if there is another new winner. There are plenty of scenarios. Five drivers getting in on points depends on whether Pocono winner Chris Buescher gets into the top 30 when the regular season comes to a close. Four races remain -- Bristol, Michigan, Darlington and Richmond -- before the Chase field is set. The regular-season champion and then the next 15 drivers, based on wins and then points, make the Chase. A driver must be in the top 30 in points to take advantage of the win. Here's how the Chase looks heading into another unpredictable race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway: The 11 drivers with wins and safely in the top 30 in points are Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, ...
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Kyle Busch wins Xfinity Series race and Sprint Cup pole at Indianapolis
LATimes - 7 months
Kyle Busch led all but one lap Saturday to win the NASACAR Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis for the second consecutive year.  The 2015 Sprint Cup champion beat Kevin Harvick by 0.415 seconds in the race that went 61 laps instead of the 60 scheduled. Paul Menard was third, 1.338 seconds back.  ...
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Kyle Busch moves to top of pack in Brickyard 400 practice
Fox News - 7 months
Defending Brickyard 400 winner Kyle Busch had the fastest lap Friday at 184.619 mph, on Indianapolis' 2.5-mile oval.
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Kyle Busch finally gets his first Sprint Cup win at Kansas Speedway
LATimes - 10 months
Kyle Busch sailed away from Kevin Harvick after a late wreck collected several of the leaders Saturday night to finally win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after years of misfortunes. Busch won for the third time this season, and now only needs to win at Charlotte and Pocono to knock...
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Kyle Busch pays tribute to Prince at Richmond
Fox News - 10 months
A decal on Kyle Busch's No. 18 pays special tribute to the late Prince.
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Erik Jones holds off Kyle Busch to win NASCAR's Xfinity Series race Bristol
LATimes - 11 months
Facing little time and room to make his final move, Erik Jones just decided to let it fly. Jones blew past Kyle Larson soon after the final restart and held off Kyle Busch in the final laps to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Larson led a race-high 94 of 200...
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Drive and win: Kyle Busch sweep is NASCAR's 1st in 25 years
Yahoo News - 11 months
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Four races in NASCAR's top three series over eight days — and Kyle Busch won them all.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kyle Busch
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 30
    The expansion features twenty-four paint schemes from the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season, including Busch's No. 18 Camry with primary sponsorship from M&M's and Interstate Batteries.
    More Details Hide Details Busch, along with Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson, provide commentary in the expansion as the "voices of motorsport." key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led. ** – All laps led.) key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.) Notes Citations
    It was Busch's first win at Kansas, a track where he has had 4 DNFs and only 1 top 5 at prior to the start of the race, and he also became the first driver of 2016 to score three wins.
    More Details Hide Details He remained with 2 tracks he had yet to win at: Charlotte Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway. After his win at Kansas, Busch had a rough stretch of races, having 4 finishes of 30th or worse. After a 40th-place finish at Michigan, Busch and the #18 team regrouped during the offweek and got a solid 7th-place finish at Sonoma Raceway. The following week at Daytona, Busch finished second to race winner Brad Keselowski. He finished second despite being in a backup car after a hard practice crash before qualifying. The next week at Kentucky Speedway, Busch won the Xfinity race at Kentucky. The following day in the Cup race, Busch finished 12th in the fuel mileage race, despite being in the top 5 late before pitting for fuel. The next week at New Hampshire, Busch once again won the Xfinity race. The next day, Busch lead the most laps, but faltered on late restarts and finished 8th behind race winner and teammate Matt Kenseth.
    The next day, Busch started 7th, lead 352 of 500 laps, and won the 2016 STP 500 at Martinsville, sweeping the weekend and clinching a spot in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup.
    More Details Hide Details During the race interview, Kyle Busch called out skeptics and critics about him racing in the lower NASCAR series and how he doesn't deserve to win the races he had. His Truck win at Martinsville marked a milestone in which he had won a race in any of NASCAR's top 3 divisions at all 23 Sprint Cup tracks on the circuit, and his Cup win at Martinsville left him with just three tracks he has yet to win at; Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, and Pocono Raceway (he would win at Kansas in the spring). A week later, Busch swept at Texas Motor Speedway, winning the Xfinity and Cup races (O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 and Duck Commander 500), which sparked even more controversy with Spring Cup drivers in the Xfinity and NCWTS. The Xfinity Cup win was his 80th overall in the series, and his 160th in all 3 top NASCAR touring series combined (which he extended at the Cup race at Texas the following day). The win in the Sprint Cup Series placed him 1st in the standings.
    During the 2016 Kobalt 400, Busch was leading with 13 laps to go, and seemed to be the eventual winner, when he reported a vibration on his right front tire, thinking it was going to shred.
    More Details Hide Details He fell behind Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Jimmie Johnson, finishing fourth at his hometown track. He had started 23rd in that same race. At Phoenix, Busch earned his third Xfinity Series win in a row, making it his 79th career victory (led 175 of 200 laps). The next day, he started on the pole at the Good Sam 500 and finished fourth. During the final lap of the TreatMyClot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway, Busch ran over a piece of debris, blowing his left front tire, finishing second to Austin Dillon. Kyle Busch made remarks about how NASCAR did not throw the caution, causing speculations that he had stated that NASCAR rigged the race. With his radio statements (plus refusing to do media and press interviews, as well as response to Austin Dillon claiming he tried to wreck him), Kyle Busch was fined $10,000 and was put on probation for 4 weeks. Busch rumorly apologized to NASCAR, yet was not confirmed.
    Before the 2016 season started, Busch announced that he would no longer race in Xfinity or Camping World Truck Series restrictor plate races anymore because of his Daytona crash in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Busch started his season off with a 17th-place finish in the Sprint Unlimited, crashing with less than 5 laps left in the race. He won his Can-Am Duel and started on the front row of the Daytona 500 after his teammate Matt Kenseth, who qualified second for the 500, wrecked his car in the Duel and was forced to start from the back of the field. Busch finished 3rd in the 500. After the Daytona 500, Busch stated that he could "obtain 200 wins from all three national touring series combined" before he retires, which would tie Richard Petty's record. On February 27, Busch won the Xfinity Series' Heads Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The next week, Busch led all but one lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to win the Boyd Gaming 300. That same race, he led his 16,000th career Xfinity Series lap just before a red flag came out around lap 163.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 29
    On November 22, 2015, Busch won the Ford EcoBoost 400 to win his first ever Cup Series championship.
    More Details Hide Details Busch ended the season with five wins, twelve top fives, and sixteen top tens, despite racing in only 25 of 36 races. Controversy among how NASCAR let him be eligible for the Chase was debated after the race.
    On November 15, 2015, Busch clinched a spot to stay in contention as the Championship 4 for the final Chase at Homestead.
    More Details Hide Details On November 20, Kyle Busch Motorsports's Erik Jones won the Camping World Truck Series championship, making Busch the owners champion.
    On July 19, 2015, Busch won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, making him only 58 points from breaking the top 30 in points, and be eligible to enter the Chase.
    More Details Hide Details With 50 laps to go, Busch made a daring move on Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick to get his lap back, which resulted from a pit stop earlier in the race. A caution would later be thrown. This would ultimately put Busch in the lead with 44 laps to go, where he would not be challenged at all in the remaining laps. The race ended under caution when Alex Bowman smacked the wall off turn 2 as a result of a blown tire on the last lap. This would be Busch's third victory in the past four races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He also fended off Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick for the win. In the next race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he won the prestigious Brickyard 400 and put himself 23 points behind the cutoff for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He also completed the sweep for the weekend after winning the Xfinity race the day before and won three Cup Series races in a row for the first time in his career.
    On July 11, 2015, Busch won at Kentucky, making him only 87 points from breaking the top 30 in points, and be eligible to enter the Chase.
    More Details Hide Details It also denied Jeff Gordon's quest to win at least once on every active NASCAR tracks in his final season as a full-time driver.
    In order to make the Chase in 2015, Busch needed to be in the Top 30 in points and have one win in the Sprint Cup Series.
    More Details Hide Details On return to the Sprint Cup Series, Busch had an up-and-down season. In the Coca-Cola 600, he finished 11th. At Dover, he was running well until he was caught up in a late race crash and finished 36th. He then finished ninth at Pocono. At Michigan, Busch lost control of his car and cracked the wall, wrecking his car and finishing dead last. At Sonoma, Busch won after a late race caution shuffled Jimmie Johnson out of contention because he did not pit and Busch had fresher tires. A few laps later, Busch was leading over brother Kurt Busch and Clint Bowyer. Their race against each other for second place allowed Busch to keep enough distance to hold first place. He had built up just enough time to come in first knowing that his brother had passed Bowyer and was quickly gaining on him.
    On May 12, 2015, Busch announced on Twitter that he would return to NASCAR at the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte on May 16.
    More Details Hide Details On June 13, nearly four months after his injury, he won the Xfinity Series race at Michigan in his second start of the season.
    In late January 2015, Busch was accidentally criticized by Keith Olbermann for brother Kurt's domestic violence case, being mistaken for Kurt.
    More Details Hide Details On February 10, Busch announced that he would skip the truck series race at Daytona to focus on racing in the Daytona 500. During the second Budweiser Duel, Busch dominated the first half of the race. However he was called for a stop-and-go-penalty for speeding exiting pit road. He restarted the second half of the race in 23rd spot. He performed a tremendous comeback, coming back to the front of the field within 15 laps of the penalty, finishing second behind former Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson. On February 21, Busch was involved in a multi-car accident with eight laps to go during the Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway. The accident happened exiting the tri-oval, and saw Busch slam into a concrete wall head-on with no SAFER barriers, Busch climbed out of his race car with the help of medical and on-track officials. He laid on the ground before being placed on a stretcher as medical personnel attended to his right leg. He later was transported to Halifax Medical Center for further evaluation. A few hours later, the diagnosis was found to be a massive compound fracture in the lower right leg, a small fracture in the left foot, and a sprained left finger. Matt Crafton replaced Busch for the Daytona 500. From Atlanta through Talladega, David Ragan replaced Busch. For Kansas, Erik Jones drove Busch's car. Busch announced on March 12 that his recovery progress was going well.
  • 2014
    Age 28
    Busch and crew chief Dave Rogers parted ways at the end of the 2014 season.
    More Details Hide Details In the offseason shuffle of crew chiefs, Busch was paired with his Xfinity Series crew chief Adam Stevens. Dave Rogers was transferred over to Denny Hamlin, while Hamlin's previous crew chief Darian Grubb was transferred over to newly recruited Carl Edwards.
    Busch finished 10th in the 2014 Cup series standings.
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    Busch's truck series operation won the most races in 2014 for the truck series and he won the owner's championship for a second consecutive time.
    More Details Hide Details When his truck driver/teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. celebrated the race win on the track, Wallace joined his buddy/boss on the front-stretch doing donuts together.
    In June 2014 Busch led 31 laps of the Quaker State 400 but got passed by Brad Keselowski with 16 laps to go.
    More Details Hide Details Busch finished second but said in an interview that after his 10-week streak of bad luck the runner-up felt like a win to him. The runner-up returned Busch to the top ten in points after being ranked 12th before the Kentucky event. At Daytona Busch ran in the top ten all day long. However "the big one" struck after half-way into the race. Busch got clipped by Justin Allgaier and Denny Hamlin. He then got crushed and t-boned by Cole Whitt causing him to flip over onto his roof. Busch was mostly unscathed. Busch recovered from the bad finish by winning the pole a week later for the Camping World RV Sales 301; a race at a track he's finished second at many times and won in 2006. Busch finished second to Brad Keselowski. At the Brickyard 400 Busch finished second for a second consecutive time while Jeff Gordon pulled away to win. He then had a streak of 4 races with 36th or less finishes. At Bristol Busch appeared to have a dominant car but got into a multi-car wreck on lap 117 after leading many laps. He then broke down because of axle issues. He and his crew chief David Rogers argued on their radios as Busch went to the garages with Rogers telling Busch to "take your whiny little ass to the bus." Rogers later apologized for his comments when it was figured out that Rogers only thought Busch was complaining because of miscommunication due to radio issues.
    In 2014, Busch announced that he would drive the No. 54 car part-time in the Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, splitting the ride with Sam Hornish, Jr. He also stated that he would drive the No. 51 truck part-time for 10 races in the Camping World Truck Series, with Erik Jones driving the other 12.
    More Details Hide Details Kyle Busch's first highlight of the season came at Daytona in the NASCAR truck series race. He took the lead half-way in the 100 lap event, after leader Ben Kennedy (grandson of Bill France Jr.) ran out of gas. He led 25 laps and Timothy Peters got by Busch with 5 laps to go. With help from Ron Hornaday Jr. and Ryan Truex, Busch used a high-line move, to beat Peters by an inch for the win in a photo-finish. Kyle Busch led some laps during the Daytona 500 and was running 4th on the final lap but got collected in an accident involving former arch rival Kevin Harvick. Harvick apologized for causing the wreck, but he and Busch both called out the track for not having safer-barriers in the front-stretch. Busch hinted in a post-race interview that the wreck was the hardest impact he's ever had in a race-car.
  • 2013
    Age 27
    He took the checkers at Bristol by holding off Kyle Larson in a re-run of the 2013 Bristol race.
    More Details Hide Details He then ended Joey Logano's Dover streak by winning the Dover NNS race on May 31, edging Trevor Bayne by 9 seconds (29 car-lengths) after a side-by-side battle with Bayne with 20–15 laps to go. During the spring and early summer, Busch had great results in the truck series. In the first 5 races he entered he dominated and won. Busch led the most laps in 4 of the races. Four of the races were also won after starting on the pole.
    It resembled his 2013 spring Kansas wreck.
    More Details Hide Details Busch famously climbed out and tried to walk to the infield hospital by himself to gain his composure but an ambulance picked him up escorting him to the hospital. Kyle Busch also had a good Nationwide series season. He shared the No. 54 with Sam Hornish Jr. bringing the 54 to victory many times. Busch took the win at Phoenix holding off former rival Kevin Harvick. The rain delayed the race finish forcing it to be called official therefore giving Busch the win.
    In qualifying for the 2013 Daytona 500, he won his Budweiser Duel qualifying race; Busch ran as high as second in the Daytona 500 before blowing an engine after 150 of the race's 200 laps.
    More Details Hide Details At Phoenix International Raceway, Busch won the Nationwide Series Dollar General 200 from the pole, ending the second-longest winless streak of his career; at Bristol Motor Speedway two weeks later, he won the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway by less than .025 seconds over rookie Kyle Larson, tying Kevin Harvick for the most wins at Bristol in the Nationwide Series. That same weekend, Busch won the Sprint Cup pole, setting a new track qualifying record; he finished second after rallying back from a speeding penalty. At Fontana, Busch dominated the weekend, winning both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races; in the Sprint Cup race he passed a crashing Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin for the win. Busch won his second Sprint Cup pole of the season at Texas, narrowly beating elder brother Kurt to do so. Busch swept the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series races at the track, his seventh weekend sweep. He and Logano both had a nasty crash at Kansas Speedway, in which Busch spun out and collided with the No. 22, destroying the front ends of both cars. No one was injured, but the crash ended both drivers' days due to the amount of damage their cars suffered. However, they were credited finishing 38th and 39th respectively. Busch later went on to finish 24th at Richmond and then 37th at Talladega; he dominated the Southern 500 at Darlington after winning the previous night's Nationwide Series race before dropping back to sixth at the finish having suffered a cut tire.
    Busch began the 2013 racing season with a crash in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.
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    Heading into the 2013 season, Busch merged his No. 54 Nationwide Series team with Joe Gibbs Racing as part of a multi-year contract extension with the team; he continued to field his own No. 77 Toyota in the Nationwide Series with driver Parker Kligerman.
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  • 2012
    Age 26
    His 2012 season in the Sprint Cup Series began with a win in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway, his first win in the event; his margin of victory over Tony Stewart, .013 seconds, was the closest in the event's history.
    More Details Hide Details However Busch's only win in a Sprint Cup points event during the year would come at Richmond in the Capital City 400 in April, the fourth straight year he won the event; he nearly won at Watkins Glen International before, on the final lap, hitting oil on the track from Bobby Labonte's car and being spun by Brad Keselowski, giving the win to Marcos Ambrose. He failed to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup, finishing 13th in Sprint Cup points, and was winless in Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series competition. Despite the fact he was not in the Chase, he did well in the final ten races, accumulating 7 top 5 and 8 top 10 finishes. He also dominated a few races - He led the most laps at Dover International Speedway, but had to pit for fuel with 10 laps to go and gave up the lead to Brad Keselowski who gambled and won the race. He was close to his first win at Martinsville Speedway, but he could not overtake Jimmie Johnson in the final laps. He led the most laps at Phoenix International Raceway, but the last caution gave trophy to Kevin Harvick. And he also led the most laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but he had to pit for fuel and Jeff Gordon won the race.
    Busch started the 2012 season announcing he would be moving, in the Nationwide Series, from running for Joe Gibbs Racing to running only a limited schedule races in cars prepared by his own Kyle Busch Motorsports team, driving alongside his brother Kurt, in addition to cutting back his Truck Series schedule to only three races.
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  • 2011
    Age 25
    On November 7, NASCAR fined Busch $50,000 for "actions detrimental to stock car racing"; in addition, Busch was placed on probation for the rest of the year, being warned that he would be suspended indefinitely if he committed another offense detrimental to stock car racing or disrupted the orderly conduct of a NASCAR event during the remainder of the 2011 season.
    More Details Hide Details On November 10, it was reported that M&M's, the primary sponsor for Busch's Sprint Cup team, refused to sponsor the 18 for the last few races as a result of Busch's behavior in Texas. Aric Almirola was briefly considered by Joe Gibbs Racing to replace Busch for the remainder of the year; while it was decided by the team to allow Busch to drive in the final two races of the season with Interstate Batteries sponsorship, Busch was replaced in the team's Nationwide Series car for the final race of the year at Homestead-Miami Speedway by the request of the team's sponsor, Z-Line Designs.
    On November 4, 2011, Busch was involved in an incident during the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350K at Texas Motor Speedway.
    More Details Hide Details While passing the lapped truck of Johnny Chapman, Busch made contact with series regular championship contender Ron Hornaday, Jr., causing a caution flag to be displayed. While under the yellow flag, Busch drove to Hornaday's truck during the caution and deliberately turned him into the outside wall, smashing Hornaday's truck and ending Hornaday's title hopes. NASCAR immediately black-flagged Busch and parked him for the remainder of the race for his aggressive driving; this was the first case of this being done since Robby Gordon was parked in a 2007 Nationwide Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Busch declined comment after speaking with NASCAR officials; Hornaday stated "I'll be at his house Monday morning" if Busch was not suspended. The next morning, NASCAR president Mike Helton announced, following discussion with Busch and team owner Joe Gibbs, that Busch would remain parked for the remainder of the weekend, including the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge and the Sprint Cup AAA Texas 500. Denny Hamlin replaced Busch in the Nationwide Series event, while Michael McDowell drove Busch's No. 18 in the AAA Texas 500. Helton took this action under a rule that allows NASCAR to park a driver in order to ensure the "orderly conduct of the event." Since this was not considered a suspension under NASCAR rules, Busch could not appeal the decision. It was the second time since what is now the Camping World Truck Series was launched in 1995 that NASCAR has parked a driver across national series (In 2002, during a Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville, Kevin Harvick was parked for aggressive driving, when he said over the radio that he will "kill" Coy Gibbs.
    On August 26, 2011 Busch won the Nationwide Series Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway, surpassing Mark Martin for the most Nationwide series wins ever, with 50, and also simultaneously became the first driver to win three consecutive races at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Nationwide Series.
    More Details Hide Details The race also had the closest finish at Bristol in series history, .019 seconds over teammate Joey Logano.
    On August 24, 2011, while competing in the Truck Series O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Busch was hit by the Joe Denette Motorsports truck of Elliott Sadler, sending him into the wall and causing severe damage to his truck; while waiting for the caution flag to be displayed, Busch drove rapidly around the track and hit Sadler, spinning him.
    More Details Hide Details Busch stated afterwards that Sadler, a regular driver for Kevin Harvick in the Nationwide Series, deliberately crashed him due to his connection with Harvick, who at the time was feuding with Busch in the Sprint Cup Series; Sadler and Harvick denied any connection, and no penalties were assessed for the incident.
    On April 30, 2011, Busch won his third straight spring race at Richmond International Raceway, capturing his second win of the 2011 season.
    More Details Hide Details Following an on-track incident with Kevin Harvick during the Southern 500 on May 7, and a post-race scuffle that saw Busch push Harvick's unoccupied car on pit road with his car, Busch and Harvick were fined $25,000 and put on probation for four races, in addition to the Sprint All-Star Race. Following the Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway, Busch became involved in an altercation with Richard Childress; Busch had bumped Childress' No. 22 truck, driven by Joey Coulter, on the race's cooldown lap, and according to witnesses about 30 minutes after the race Childress came up to Busch, put him in a head lock and started punching him. Childress had previously stated, following Busch's altercation with Harvick at Darlington, that he would consider it personal if Busch damaged another vehicle he owned; Childress was fined $150,000 for the incident, and placed on probation for the remainder of the year. Busch stated that the bump had been congratulatory, and that had he realised the resulting damage would upset Childress he would have paid for the repairs.
    Busch's 2011 Sprint Cup Series season began with a wreck in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.
    More Details Hide Details Busch also raced in all three NASCAR points events at Daytona, with a best finish of fifth in the Truck Series event; the next week at Phoenix, Busch dominated the Truck Series race, and led every lap of the race in the Nationwide Series Bashas' Supermarkets 200. He was close to sweep all 3 races at Phoenix again, but Jeff Gordon overtook him with 9 laps to go and took the trophy. Busch swept the March weekend at Bristol, his second sweep of a Bristol weekend.
  • 2010
    Age 24
    Kyle Busch married Samantha Sarcinella on December 31, 2010 in Chicago, which was featured in an hour special on Style Network.
    More Details Hide Details Sarcinella is a native of St. John, Indiana, and a graduate of Purdue University with a psychology degree. Their son, Brexton Locke Busch, was born on May 18, 2015. He is often nicknamed "Shrub", as the younger brother of Kurt Busch, a small bush being called a shrub. Busch also uses the nickname "Rowdy", after Days of Thunder character Rowdy Burns. On May 24, 2011, Busch was cited for reckless driving and speeding near Troutman, North Carolina, driving in a speed limit zone. He issued a public apology in which he stated he got "carried away" test driving a Lexus LFA. On August 23, 2011, he received a $1,000 fine and had his license suspended for 45 days after he pleaded guilty to speeding. He was also ordered to serve 30 hours of community service and placed on one year of unsupervised probation. On April 29, 2014, Busch was cited for traveling in a speed limit zone on NC 73 in Denver, North Carolina. Busch claimed he thought the speed limit was. The officer claimed Busch had a "disrespectful attitude."
    Busch also won three Cup Series and eight Truck Series races in 2010, including a win at Talladega Superspeedway over Aric Almirola by .002 seconds, the closest finish in Camping World Truck Series history since the introduction of electronic scoring; his No. 18 Truck Series team won the 2010 owners' championship in the series.
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    In the Nationwide Series he won 13 races in 2010, breaking the all-time record for most Nationwide Series wins in a season previously held by Sam Ard with 10.
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    On November 7, 2010 at Texas Motor Speedway, Busch spun midway through the race, and while pitting to change tires sped on pit road.
    More Details Hide Details While serving a penalty his in-car camera caught Busch flip the finger to the officials; he was penalized two additional laps for the gesture, and was later fined $25,000 in addition to being placed on probation through the end of the year.
    On August 21, 2010, Busch became the first driver in NASCAR history to win all three NASCAR national touring series events run in a single weekend.
    More Details Hide Details This was achieved at Bristol Motor Speedway, where Busch won in the Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series, and Sprint Cup Series events over a four-day period. Busch was described as "an ass" in driver introductions for the Cup race by fellow NASCAR star, Brad Keselowski, who Busch had intentionally wrecked in the Nationwide Series race the previous night.
    His team, Kyle Busch Motorsports, became the first Camping World Truck Series team to win the owners' championship in its first year after recording 8 wins, 16 top 5, and 21 top 10 finishes in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Busch was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. His first driving lessons came at the age of six when he drove around the cul-de-sac of his family's Las Vegas neighborhood in a makeshift go-kart. Although he could not reach the throttle, Busch still was able to pick up the basics from his father Tom, who controlled the gas pedal as Busch drove the vehicle. Busch worked in the family garage with his father and older brother Kurt as he grew, becoming crew chief for his brother's dwarf car team at age ten.
  • 2009
    Age 23
    On December 11, 2009, Busch announced the formation of Kyle Busch Motorsports, planning to field two teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The No. 18 Toyota Tundra was to be driven by Busch part-time, with the remainder of races to be driven by Brian Ickler, and the second truck, given No. 56, was to be driven by Tayler Malsam. However, after both Ickler and Malsam accepted jobs to drive in the Nationwide Series, and while suffering financial troubles due to lack of sponsorship, Busch withdrew the No. 56 from competition; Johnny Benson, Jr. and Kasey Kahne drove the No. 18 when Busch wasn't driving it himself.
    Busch also won seven races in the Camping World Truck Series during the 2009 season.
    More Details Hide Details He also competed in a single Camping World East Series event at Iowa Speedway, winning the race from the pole.
    In the 2009 Nationwide Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, Busch won the race, clinching his first NASCAR Championship; having won nine races over the course of the season, he was the first driver since Sam Ard in 1983 to win the season finale and the championship in the same year.
    More Details Hide Details He tallied nine wins, twenty five top fives, and thirty top tens.
    Busch ran the entire 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, making it the first time he had done so since his rookie year in 2004.
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    On May 2, 2009, Busch became the second driver in Sprint Cup Series history to win a race on his birthday, after Cale Yarborough, with a win in the Crown Royal Presents the Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
    More Details Hide Details In the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, Busch was involved in a violent wreck while attempting to block Tony Stewart to win; Stewart won the race but apologized in victory circle for the wreck. Busch went on to win his fourth race of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway in August; he would miss qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup by eight points to Brian Vickers. In the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Busch was leading with 3 laps to go and it looked like he would sweep all 3 races at Texas that weekend for the first time, but he ran out of fuel and his brother Kurt Busch took the trophy.
    Busch started his 2009 season with a win at Daytona International Speedway in his Gatorade Duel qualifying race for the Daytona 500; he led the most laps in the Daytona 500 but was involved in an accident and failed to finish the race.
    More Details Hide Details The next week at Auto Club Speedway Busch became the first driver in NASCAR history to win two national touring series races in the same day, winning the Truck Series San Bernardino County 200 and Nationwide Series Stater Brothers 300. Busch then won Sprint Cup races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Busch is the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.
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  • 2008
    Age 22
    Two weeks later at Atlanta, he raced to another win in the American Commercial Lines 200; his third and final win of the 2008 truck series season came at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 20.
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    Busch also ran in thirty Nationwide Series races during the 2008 season; he teamed with Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Tony Stewart helped win the 2008 Nationwide series owners' championship for Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 20 Toyota.
    More Details Hide Details Busch competed for three different teams over the course of the Nationwide Series season, driving four different cars; he collected ten race wins, four pole positions, twenty top tens and eighteen top fives during the year; his 10 wins tied the Nationwide series record for most wins in a season, set by Sam Ard 24 years earlier. In the Craftsman Truck Series, Busch finished second in the Chevy Silverado 250 at Daytona International Speedway, and followed it up a week later with a win in the San Bernardino County 200 at the newly renamed Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
    Busch won Sprint Cup races at Talladega Superspeedway, Darlington Raceway, Dover International Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Daytona International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Watkins Glen International over the summer of 2008; in August at Bristol Motor Speedway, Busch was bumped out of the way after dominating the race by Carl Edwards, who went on to win; after the race Busch began bumping Edwards' car to express his displeasure, and Edwards retaliated by spinning Busch to cheers from the crowd.
    More Details Hide Details Both drivers were placed on probation for the incident. Busch entered the Chase leading the points standings, but consecutive poor finishes at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway dropped Busch from a 20-point lead to twelfth in points; Busch rallied to finish tenth at the end of the season, with a career-high eight wins and twenty-one top-tens.
    Furthermore, Busch became the first driver to win a race and a championship in a Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series, winning at Atlanta Motor Speedway during the 2008 season and the 2015 Cup Series championship.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, he is the only driver to win four straight spring races at Richmond International Raceway (2009 - 2012), and was also the inaugural winner of the first Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, in 2011.
  • 2007
    Age 21
    Busch also ran nineteen Busch Series races in 2007, winning four times and finishing sixteenth in points; he raced eleven times in the Craftsman Truck Series for Billy Ballew Motorsports, scoring two wins.
    More Details Hide Details Busch started his association with Joe Gibbs Racing by leading the most laps in the 50th Daytona 500, finishing 4th; he posted another 4th-place finish the following week at Auto Club Speedway, becoming the series points leader for the first time in his career. At Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Kobalt Tools 500, Busch scored his first win with JGR and the first Sprint Cup points-race win for Toyota. At Richmond International Raceway Busch became involved in an incident with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with three laps to go, spinning Earnhardt and letting Clint Bowyer by to win; the move resulted in Busch being vilified by fans of Earnhardt, Jr.
    In June 2007, it was announced Busch would be leaving Hendrick Motorsports after the end of the 2007 season; a contract extension had been proposed, but instead Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was signed replace Busch starting with the 2008 season.
    More Details Hide Details Busch stated that the decision to terminate his contract had been mutual, but it had been influenced by a change in agent. On July 7, Busch battled Jamie McMurray in the Pepsi 400; he finished second to McMurray by only .005 seconds. In August Busch announced that he would be joining Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2008 season, replacing J. J. Yeley in the No. 18 Toyota.
    In 2007, Busch became the first Nextel Cup Series driver to win in the Car of Tomorrow, winning the Food City at Bristol Motor Speedway in March over Jeff Burton; despite winning, Busch stated an intense dislike of the Car of Tomorrow after the race.
    More Details Hide Details The win was the 200th NASCAR national touring series win for Hendrick Motorsports, the 600th NASCAR victory for Chevrolet, and the first win for a Chevrolet Impala in NASCAR since Wendell Scott won at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida in December 1963. At Texas Motor Speedway in April, Busch left the track without informing his team after an accident; Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was asked by the team to relief-drive once the car was repaired. Later at Talladega Superspeedway in the Busch Series Aaron's 312, Busch flipped his car seven times in a wreck with Tony Stewart and Casey Mears, causing his HANS device to crack from the force of the wreck. In the Nextel All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May, Busch and older brother Kurt were involved in an accident while racing for the win, knocking each other out of the race; afterwards the brothers were angry with each other, Kurt joking that "I won't be eating any Kellogg's soon", referencing Kyle's sponsor, and Kyle refusing to be interviewed. Both drivers were warned to avoid further incidents; while the brothers later stated that they were reconciling, it was later revealed that the two refused to speak to each other until their grandmother spoke with them at the family Thanksgiving dinner later that year.
  • 2006
    Age 20
    Busch scored one Nextel Cup Series win in 2006, taking the checkered flag in the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.
    More Details Hide Details Busch qualified for the Chase for the Nextel Cup for the first time in his career by finishing second at Richmond International Raceway in September, moving into the top ten in points; he finished the year tenth in points, 448 behind series champion Jimmie Johnson. In the NASCAR Busch Series, Busch ran all but one race over the season, winning the spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and finishing seventh in points; in the Craftsman Truck Series, Busch competed in seven races, winning the Quaker Steak and Lube 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway; Busch's truck was painted to resemble the Rowdy Burns car from the movie Days of Thunder.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2005
    Age 19
    Busch also competed on a limited basis in the Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series in 2005; in Busch Series competition he ran fourteen races, winning at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May; he won three races in eleven starts in the Craftsman Truck Series for Billy Ballew Motorsports; his first career win, at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 20, made Busch the youngest winner in series history at the time.
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  • 2004
    Age 18
    In October 2004, it was announced that Busch would be competing full-time in the Sprint Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports starting in 2005, replacing Terry Labonte in the No. 5 Chevrolet as Labonte semi-retired to run a partial season.
    More Details Hide Details Busch won his first career Sprint Cup race at California Speedway in September, winning the Sony HD 500; at the time he was the youngest winner in the history of the series, at an age of 20 years, 4 months and 2 days, four days younger than previous recordholder Donald Thomas. Busch won a 2nd race later in the year at Phoenix International Raceway, on his way to finishing 20th in series points and winning the Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the Year title. Busch also became the youngest polesitter in Nextel Cup Series history when he was the fastest qualifyer for the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway in February.
    He attempted to qualify for nine races in 2004, qualifying for six events with his first being at his home track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway; he posted a best finish of 24th at California Speedway.
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    Busch also made his debut in the Nextel Cup Series in 2004, driving the No. 84 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.
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    He began his first full-time Busch Series season in 2004, replacing Brian Vickers in the No. 5 Chevrolet.
    More Details Hide Details Busch scored his first career pole in the series in the fifth race of the year at Darlington Raceway, and his first career win in May at Richmond International Raceway in the Funai 250. Busch won four additional races, tying Greg Biffle for the record for most wins by a driver in their rookie year, and finished 2nd in points behind series champion Martin Truex, Jr.
    Busch began his 2004 season by competing in the ARCA Re/MAX Series 200-mile race at Daytona International Speedway; he won the event, beating Frank Kimmel for the win.
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    Busch is the younger brother of 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (currently known as the Sprint Cup Series) champion Kurt Busch.
    More Details Hide Details He also currently holds several records in NASCAR competition, including the most race wins in a season across the top three NASCAR series, with 24 wins, which he accomplished in 2010. He has the second most all time wins in all three of NASCAR's national touring series with 168, 32 behind Richard Petty 200. Furthermore, he holds the record for the most Xfinity Series wins in a season with 13 in 2010, and the most overall with 84. At age 19 years and 317 days, Busch became NASCAR's youngest ever pole winner in a Cup Series race at California Speedway in 2005. He holds the record for the most wins (5) in a Xfinity Series rookie season, as well as being the youngest driver to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, in 2006.
  • 2003
    Age 17
    Busch entered the 2003 season as a development driver for Hendrick Motorsports; he ran seven ARCA RE/MAX Series races for the team, scoring his first career win at Nashville Superspeedway in April, and winning again at Kentucky Speedway in May.
    More Details Hide Details Having turned 18 in early May, he resumed his NASCAR career, driving seven Busch Series races in the No. 87 Chevrolet for NEMCO Motorsports. He posted two-second-place finishes in the seven races, including in his debut at Lowe's Motor Speedway, and again at Darlington Raceway.
    Busch, who began his NASCAR career in 2003, is the most recent of only four drivers that have won a championship in both the Sprint Cup Series and the Xfinity Series, and in 2005 became the fourteenth of only twenty-six drivers to win a race in each of NASCAR's three national series.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Busch became the first driver to win two of NASCAR's top touring series races in the same day (at Auto Club Speedway), followed in 2010 as the first driver to win races in all three of NASCAR's top three touring series in the same weekend (at Bristol). When Busch won the 2009 Crown Royal Presents the Russell Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway as he turned 24, he was the second of just three people to ever win on their birthday.
  • 2002
    Age 16
    In 2002, Busch graduated a year early with honors from Durango High School in Las Vegas, Nevada to focus on his driving career.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he made his debut in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Lowe's Motor Speedway, finishing twelfth in the No. 22 Chevrolet for WP Motorsports.
  • 2001
    Age 15
    Busch competed in a total of six races in the Truck Series in 2001, finishing ninth twice, at IRP and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    More Details Hide Details Six weeks after the incident, NASCAR imposed a minimum age of 18 years starting in 2002 to prevent incidents of the sort from happening again; this was partially because Winston was the series sponsor of its premier Winston Cup Series at the time. When the age requirements were put in place, Busch switched from NASCAR to the American Speed Association (ASA) National Tour, finishing 8th in points.
    Busch was the fastest in practice for a 2001 Craftsman Truck Series race at California Speedway in Fontana, CA, when he was informed he was not allowed to participate in events at the track, due to the fact that the CART FedEx Championship Series, running at the track the same weekend, had its race sponsored by Marlboro cigarettes Busch was decreed ineligible to compete due an interpretation of the Master Settlement Agreement of 1998, prohibiting people under 18 years of age in participating in events sponsored by tobacco companies; Tim Woods III replaced Busch in the No. 99 Ford for the event.
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    At the age of 16, Busch began competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (now Camping World Truck Series), driving the No. 99 Ford for Roush Racing as a replacement for Nathan Haseleu, who was released midway in the 2001 season.
    More Details Hide Details He made his debut at Indianapolis Raceway Park, posting a 9th-place finish in his first race in the series. In his second race at Chicago Motor Speedway, he was leading until his truck ran out of fuel with 12 laps to go.
  • 1998
    Age 12
    Busch began his driving career in 1998, shortly after his 13th birthday; from 1999 through 2001, Busch won over 65 races in legends car racing, winning two track championships at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring short-track, before moving to late models; Busch scored ten victories in late model competition at the Bullring during the 2001 season.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1985
    Born
    Born on May 2, 1985.
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