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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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  • NASCAR rolls into Las Vegas with a parade, country music and fast cars

    NASCAR rolls into Las Vegas with a parade, country music and fast cars
    NASCAR rumbles into Las Vegas on Sunday, Mar. 8, when the Kobalt 400 takes place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Last year, Brad Keselowski won the race, passing Dale Earnhardt Jr., who ran out of gas on the final lap. While the race itself is the...
  • Kyle Busch injury brings non-negotiable lesson in motor sports safety

    Kyle Busch injury brings non-negotiable lesson in motor sports safety
    There is always Drama in Daytona. Potholes in 2010. Love-bug shenanigans in 2011. Fire and rain in 2012 with the jet-fuel-dryer track fiasco. And of course, tragedy in 2001 when Dale Earnhardt died after hitting the wall on the last lap of the Daytona...
  • Logano victory is pinnacle of a week in which NASCAR did itself proud

     Logano victory is pinnacle of a week in which NASCAR did itself proud
    DAYTONA BEACH — After the controversy and consternation of the last few days and all the star-crossed buzzard's luck of the last few years, the Daytona 500 got just what it needed on Sunday. A sunny honey of a day. Hard, clean racing. And...
  • Jeff Gordon's final Daytona 500 slowed by multicar crash

    Jeff Gordon's final Daytona 500 slowed by multicar crash
    Another chapter in Jeff Gordon's storied career was unfolding in the first half of the Daytona 500. Gordon has said this will be his last year in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, and the four-time champion hoped to kick off the year with his fourth Daytona...
  • Drivers criticize track's safety measures

    Drivers criticize track's safety measures
    DAYTONA BEACH — Without fail, the four top drivers in Sunday's Daytona 500 sent their best wishes to fellow racer Kyle Busch. Busch was on their mind and on the mind of other drivers as he recovered at nearby Halifax Medical Center from serious...
  • Joey Logano's growing pains subside as he wins Daytona 500

    Joey Logano's growing pains subside as he wins Daytona 500
    DAYTONA BEACH — Joey Logano seemed to be on his way to an easy-peasy victory in the Daytona 500, ahead of a frantic scramble of three-wide competitors trying to play catch-up. And then a caution came out when Ty Dillon and Justin Allgaier became...
  • Fernando Alonso suffers concussion in Formula One testing crash

    Fernando Alonso suffers concussion in Formula One testing crash
    It hasn't been an easy weekend for racing drivers. Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso was hospitalized with a concussion Sunday after crashing during a preseason testing session in Spain. The McLaren-Honda driver was taken to the hospital...
  • 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...