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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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  • Sept. 29, 2013: The greatest day of TV ever?

     
    Do you have a DVR? Good. Go out and buy about six more of them, because Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, could just be the greatest day of TV ever! And I can say that without hyperbole. I'm responsible for picking out the featured program from among our daily TV...
  • Darrell Wallace Jr. becomes second African American to win in NASCAR

    It took nearly half a century, but an African American driver has reached Victory Lane in a national NASCAR series race for only the second time. Darrell Wallace Jr., 20, won the NASCAR truck race Saturday in Martinsville, Va., the only black driver...
  • It's down to Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth in NASCAR's Chase

    Looking back at Jimmie Johnson's win at Texas, NASCAR's title Chase and other motor racing over the weekend, five things come to mind: --Johnson hasn't won his sixth title yet. It's down to Johnson and Matt Kenseth for the championship, with Johnson...
  • Five thoughts on NASCAR at Dover, the NHRA at St. Louis and more

    Five thoughts on NASCAR at Dover, the NHRA at St. Louis and more
    Looking back at Sunday's motor-racing action, including NASCAR's Chase for the Cup at Dover and NHRA drag-racing at St. Louis, five things come to mind: -- Wouldn't it be something if Jeff Gordon won the Chase? Gordon, of course, got into the title...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Is it over if you lose at Dover?

    The Backstretch Blog: Is it over if you lose at Dover?
    After the race last week in New Hampshire, it really looks like the Chase for the Championship is a three team race, with everyone trying to catch Matt Kenseth. So I'll the question, for everyone other than Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson...Is it...
  • Kenseth wins Nationwide race at Kansas Speedway

    Kenseth wins Nationwide race at Kansas Speedway
    Matt Kenseth is proving to be unbeatable at Kansas Speedway.     The winner of the last two Sprint Cup races at the track, Kenseth hopped into his Nationwide car and drove it to victory Saturday, taking advantage of a late-race wreck involving Brad...
  • The Backstretch Blog: The Wizards of Oz

    The Backstretch Blog: The Wizards of Oz
    When it comes to Kansas Speedway there seems to two types of drivers, the ones that are good there and everyone else. It's always the same cast of characters in the front of the pack. Jimmie Johnson has two wins, as does Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Greg...
  • Kevin Harvick wins at Kansas to put a dent in Matt Kenseth's Chase lead

    Kevin Harvick wins at Kansas to put a dent in Matt Kenseth's Chase lead
    Kevin Harvick crashed the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup party. Kyle Busch simply crashed-at a track that continues to bedevil him. And with a bizarre power failure in the last two laps, Johnson failed to cash in decisively on Matt Kenseth's...
  • Five thoughts on IndyCar at Houston, NASCAR at Kansas and more

    Looking back at a chaotic Sunday in motor-racing, including the IndyCar race at Houston and the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas, five things come to mind: Dario Franchitti might understandably mull retirement now. This is mere speculation. But his...
  • Webb Simpson up by 4 strokes in Las Vegas

    Webb Simpson maintained a four-stroke lead Saturday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, birdieing four of the last seven holes at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. Simpson shot a four-under 67 to reach 19 under. He opened with rounds of 64 and 63....
  • Gordon takes pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway; Bowyer will start 14th

    Gordon takes pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway; Bowyer will start 14th
    Jeff Gordon won the pole Thursday night for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.     Gordon turned a lap at 194.308 mph to edge Kevin Harvick for his ninth pole at Charlotte, the second most in track history.     Greg Biffle qualified...