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Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch
American racecar driver Kyle Busch was born on May 2, 1985, in Las Vegas, Nev. At age 6, he had his first driving lesson in a makeshift go-kart, driving around his cul-de-sac. He grew up learning to build and repair race cars. By 10, he was a full-fledged mechanic and served as crew chief of his older brother Kurt's dwarf car team. He officially began his driving career in 1998 at age 13. From 1999 to 2001, he earned more than 65 wins in legends car racing including two track championships at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's "Bullring," before moving to late models, where he had 10 wins at the Bullring in 2001. At 16, he began competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He debuted at Indianapo... Show more »
American racecar driver Kyle Busch was born on May 2, 1985, in Las Vegas, Nev. At age 6, he had his first driving lesson in a makeshift go-kart, driving around his cul-de-sac. He grew up learning to build and repair race cars. By 10, he was a full-fledged mechanic and served as crew chief of his older brother Kurt's dwarf car team. He officially began his driving career in 1998 at age 13. From 1999 to 2001, he earned more than 65 wins in legends car racing including two track championships at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's "Bullring," before moving to late models, where he had 10 wins at the Bullring in 2001. At 16, he began competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He debuted at Indianapolis Raceway Park in ninth place. In 2001, he was ejected from the California Speedway because people under 18 were prohibited from participating in events sponsored by tobacco companies. After this incident, NASCAR imposed a minimum age of 18 starting in 2002 to prevent future incidents from happening again. That prompted him to switch from NASCAR to the American Speed Association. He returned to NASCAR at 18, after graduating high school a year early. His first full-time season began in 2004. He won the Rookie of the Year award in the series. He won five races that year, making him the record holder of most races won by a driver in his rookie season. He went on to win the 2005 NEXTEL Cup Rookie of the Year award. He is the youngest pole sitter in NEXTEL Cup history after winning the pole for the 2005 Auto Club 500. He returned to the Craftsman Truck Series in 2005, winning his first career truck series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, becoming the youngest driver to in a Truck Series race. Busch is the youngest driver to make the NASCAR NEXTEL Chase for the Cup. He was the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver to win in NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow at the 2007 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He scored Hendrick Motorsports their 200th NASCAR win and Chevrolet's 600th NASCAR win. In 2008, he took the lead in points for the first time in his career. That same year, Carl Edwards tapped Busch's rear bumper to take the lead at Bristol Motor Speedway. After the race, Busch pulled up alongside to bump into Edwards repeated, who responded by spinning out Busch. The following week, NASCAR placed both of them on probation. Busch's hopes for his first championship were destroyed after two consecutive did not finishes, wiping out his 20-point lead and dropping him to 12th place. He finished the season in 10th. He made NASCAR history when he won two NASCAR touring series races in the same day – San Bernardino County 200 in the afternoon and the Stater Brothers 300 in the evening. In 2009, he won both the nationwide series finale and his first NASCAR championship, becoming the first driver since Sam Ard in 1983 to win the both in the same year. In 2010, he became the first driver in NASCAR history to win all three NASCAR tour events in one weekend. « Show less

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  • Kyle Busch looks to extend TMS streak after 2013 sweep

    Kyle Busch came back to Texas Motor Speedway a rock star. To the cheers of 4,500 elementary students, he dropped down in a helicopter on the infield. He congratulated the winner of a reading contest who got her design turned into a real race car. He...
  • Earnhardt Jr. says less horsepower is coming;�Kurt Busch trying Indy 500

    FORT WORTH, Texas NASCAR is hinting broadly that it will reduce the horsepower in the cars next year, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. said you might as well believe it. "I think it's coming whether you like it or not," he said. "I choose as an individual to get...
  • Kurt Busch outduels Johnson at Martinsville

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Kurt Busch got by Jimmie Johnson with 11 laps remaining at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday and was able to hold off Johnson in the closing laps to win the STP 500 Sprint Cup race. "I didn't know if we'd be able to do it," Busch...
  • Kurt Busch wins at Martinsville

     Kurt Busch wins at Martinsville
    MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Kurt Busch got beat on by one driver and passed another to escape with a victory in Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Busch, who received several shots from an angry Brad Keselowski after an early-race incident between...
  • Kurt Busch roars back into Sprint Cup prominence

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. "Done." That's the word Kurt Busch used on the radio Sunday, driving around with a banged-up back fender. It was the wrong word. The veteran driver shook off discouragement, stayed out of a grudge match with Brad Keselowski and then...
  • Logano Unconcerned By Practice Rainout

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. — When it comes to making the cut, Joey Logano is in elite company. The only two drivers to make the final 12 in each of the five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series knockout qualifying sessions so far are Logano and six-time series champion...
  • Jeff Gordon confident at Martinsville

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. Five races into the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season and there have been five different winners. How about six? Jeff Gordon sure hopes so, and there are two very important reasons why Gordon's first victory of the season could come in...
  • A viewer's guide to NASCAR's STP 500

    Patrick seeks to improve attitude Danica Patrick has often attributed her struggles in performance in the Sprint Cup Series to her inability to qualify well. On Friday, despite struggling in practice, she earned just her second top-10 start of her...
  • Commentary: Kyle Busch brings the panache to NASCAR

    When they write the book on Kyle Busch's career, it may include a reference to bullfighters in some chapter. For surely Wild Thing has the swagger and bravery on the track of El Cordobes in the bullring, an unflinching and sometimes brutal style but...
  • NASCAR Truck Series race postponed until Sunday at Martinsville

    NASCAR Truck Series race postponed until Sunday at Martinsville
    MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- The NASCAR Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway was rained out Saturday and will be made up as part of a rare doubleheader at the track Sunday. The Sprint Cup race will start at 1:13 p.m., and NASCAR and track officials aim to...
  • Kyle Busch wins the pole for NASCAR race at Martinsville

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Kyle Busch has seen it time and again at Martinsville Speedway. Driving down pit road, heading back onto the track and in contention for the lead, Busch is used to seeing the pole-sitter gun the engine just off the jack and reassume...