Kyle Thomas Busch (born May 2, 1985) is an American professional stock car racing driver and team owner. He currently drives the No. 18 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the No. 18 Camry in the Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. He also owns Kyle Busch Motorsports, which runs multiple trucks in the Camping World Truck Series. Busch is the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.
Busch is the younger brother of 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (currently known as the Sprint Cup Series) champion Kurt Busch. He also currently holds several records in NASCAR competition, including one for the most wins in all three of NASCAR’s national touring series, with 154 wins, and another for the most race wins in a season across the top three NASCAR series, with 24 wins, which he accomplished in 2010. In 2009, Busch became the first driver to win two NASCAR’s top touring series races in the same day, when he won the Camping World Truck Series race at Auto Club Speedway in the afternoon and the Nationwide Series race in the evening at the same track. In 2010, he won all three of NASCAR’s top three touring series in the same weekend (at Bristol). Furthermore, he holds the record for the most Xfinity Series wins in a season with 13 in 2010, and the most overall with 76.
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 in a Xfinity Series rookie season, as well as being the youngest driver to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, in 2006. 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. 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.
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. 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.
Late model racing
Busch has maintained an active schedule of regional late model stock car racing, running his own Kyle Busch Motorsports cars in various events. His biggest win came in December 2009 when he won the 42nd running of the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.
On July 10, 2011, Busch won the 32nd annual Slinger Nationals at Slinger Speedway in Wisconsin. Two weeks later, Busch won the 38th annual TD Bank 250 presented by New England Dodge Dealers at Oxford Plains Speedway; it was his third attempt to win the event. Kyle Busch became only the second active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to win the event, New England’s largest short track race, joining Kevin Harvick as the only other active Sprint Cup driver to win the race with his victory in 2008. Busch stated “I’ve had this one on my list of big races that I wanted to win and now that I’ve done it, it feels great – it was everything I thought it would be.” Busch also won the preliminary Pro All Star Series Oxford 150 the previous night, sweeping the weekend’s events.
Busch won the eighth annual Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway in June 2012, beating Tony Stewart to win the pay-per-view all-star event.
In July 2013 Busch won the second running of the Howie Lettow Memorial 150 at the Milwaukee Mile, beating defending race winner Travis Sauter and NASCAR Truck Series regular Johnny Sauter to win the darkness-shortened 43-car event, having led every practice session and setting fast time in qualifying.
Busch was one of several American drivers under consideration to drive for the US-based Formula One team US F1. Busch declined the offer, stating that the timing was wrong; the team folded due to economic issues without ever competing in a race. Busch was scheduled to test drive a Toyota F1 car at the end of the 2008 racing season, but was forced to cancel the test due to his commitment to attend the 2008 Nationwide Series banquet.
In 2006, Busch founded the Kyle Busch Foundation following a visit to the St. John’s Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. According to the Foundation, “The Kyle Busch Foundation is dedicated to providing essential tools for less fortunate children throughout the country.”. Busch also has personal sponsorship deals in place with Monster Energy and Electric Visual, with both appearing on his late model at one time or another.
During the 2008 season, Busch announced the “Kyle’s Miles” program in association with Pedigree to help dogs in shelters and breed rescue organizations.
Kyle Busch married Samantha Sarcinella on December 31, 2010 in Chicago, which was featured in an hour special on Style Network. 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 128 mph (206 km/h) in a 45 mph (72 km/h) 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 60 mph (97 km/h) in a 45 mph (72 km/h) speed limit zone on NC 73 in Denver, North Carolina. Busch claimed he thought the speed limit was 55 mph (89 km/h). The officer claimed Busch had a “disrespectful attitude.”
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led. ** – All laps led.)
Sprint Cup Series
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|2008||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||24||4|
|† – Qualified but replaced by Matt Crafton|
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Camping World Truck Series
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ARCA Re/Max Series
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
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