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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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  • Owner Joe Gibbs gives update on Kyle Busch after driver suffered crash injuries

    Owner Joe Gibbs gives update on Kyle Busch after driver suffered crash injuries
    Kyle Busch is out of surgery and in good spirits, according to team owner Joe Gibbs. Busch was knocked out of the Daytona 500 when his Toyota slid through the infield grass and hit an inside wall during Saturday's Xfinity race. Busch sustained a...
  • Joe Gibbs says no timetable on Kyle Busch's return to NASCAR

    Joe Gibbs says no timetable on Kyle Busch's return to NASCAR
    NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs said Sunday that doctors told him surgery on driver Kyle Busch's broken right leg "went very well." But Gibbs said there was no timetable for when Busch would return to driving Gibbs' No. 18 Toyota in NASCAR's Sprint Cup...
  • Kevin Harvick criticizes tracks for being reactive with safety

    Kevin Harvick criticizes tracks for being reactive with safety
    Hours before Sunday's Daytona 500, reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick criticized the way tracks deal with safety issues. Harvick said they are reactive, instead of proactive, waiting for serious injuries to occur -- such as Kyle Busch's crash in...
  • Reed overcomes diabetes to win

    Reed overcomes diabetes to win
    DAYTONA BEACH — Before 20-year-old Ryan Reed beat NASCAR veterans Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, he had to deal with a far greater opponent: diabetes. "To be diagnosed four years ago with Type 1 diabetes, I thought I'd never...
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins a Budweiser Duel in buildup to Daytona 500

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins a Budweiser Duel in buildup to Daytona 500
    DAYTONA BEACH — Dale Earnhardt Jr. wasted little time Thursday in establishing himself as the driver to beat in the upcoming Daytona 500. The reigning 500 champion began the opening Budweiser Duel alone on the back row, in 25th place, but needed...
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins qualifying race for Daytona 500

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins qualifying race for Daytona 500
    Hendrick Motorsports swept Thursday night's qualifying races for the Daytona 500, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson winning their respective duel. The Earnhardt and Johnson wins were anticlimactic, with the drama saved for Danica Patrick's...
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Danica Patrick qualifies despite crash

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Danica Patrick qualifies despite crash
    DAYTONA BEACH — Dale Earnhardt Jr. wasted little time establishing himself as the driver to beat during Sunday's Daytona 500. The reigning champion began Thursday's opening Budweiser Duel alone on the back row, in 25th place, but needed fewer than...
  • Danica Patrick crashes during practice, needs strong Duels showing to make Daytona 500 field

    Danica Patrick crashes during practice, needs strong Duels showing to make Daytona 500 field
    A five-car wreck involving Danica Patrick during Wednesday’s Sprint Cup practice session has turned up the pressure on the only female competitor at SpeedWeeks. Patrick will be forced to her back-up car and to start from the back of the pack...
  • Tony Stewart implodes during Sprint Unlimited practice

    Tony Stewart implodes during Sprint Unlimited practice
    DAYTONA BEACH — Speculation about a mellow Tony Stewart resurfacing this season has been greatly exaggerated. Stewart lived up to his nickname — "Smoke" — when he threw a temper-tantrum after he was black-flagged by NASCAR for...
  • Mayo: Med school racer Staropoli gets ride for Daytona race

    It's not the Daytona 500, but University of Miami medical student and aspiring NASCAR driver Patrick Staropoli of Plantation has landed a spot in a big race at Daytona International Speedway this Saturday, the ARCA Lucas Oil 200. "I'm pumped,"...
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series nears amid changes such as Carl Edwards' move

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series nears amid changes such as Carl Edwards' move
    With NASCAR's season only a month away, a few drivers are still adjusting to new teams and several crew chiefs are adjusting to new drivers. The most notable change in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series — which opens with the Daytona 500 on Feb. 22...