Bio

Anyone who followed Kyle Busch’s 11-year Sprint Cup career knew it was just a matter of time before he was able to bring home a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

However, how he captured his first title in NASCAR’s top series could have never been predicted by anyone. In fact, Busch’s 2015 season reads like something out of a Hollywood script. 

He suffered a broken right leg and a broken left foot in a crash during a February NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Busch initially figured he would work on his rehab and get himself ready for the 2016 season.

But as the weeks went by and he went from laying in a makeshift hospital bed setup in his living room, to standing, and then to walking, Busch knew that he may have a shot of racing in 2015 as the timeline for his recovery kept moving earlier and earlier.

The initial goal was simply to be standing by his wife Samantha’s side for the birth of their son, due in mid-May. But as it turned out, Busch’s miraculous recovery saw both his return to racing and the birth of his son happening just two days apart. Busch returned for the May 16 Sprint All-Star race, a non-points race where he finished a solid sixth in his season debut. Just two days later on May 18, Busch and wife Samantha welcomed their son Brexton into the world.

On the track, Busch was granted a waiver by NASCAR in order to be eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The conditions of the waiver were Busch had to win a race, but also make it into the top-30 in driver points. In all, Busch missed 11 points events and had a tall hill to climb to meet both of those requirements prior to the September Chase cutoff. That meant that Busch and the No. 18 team had just 15 races to meet two requirements in order to make this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoffs. To make it even more difficult, an accident at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn in mid-June created a deep hole in his quest to crack the top-30 as he sat 173 points behind the 30th-place driver.

Not about to give up, Busch, and then rookie crew chief Adam Stevens and the entire team rolled up their sleeves and went to work. Using the off weekend following Michigan as a point to refocus, the team turned around its season in late June by winning at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway. The win started a remarkable streak of four wins in five weeks, including three in a row at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon and the prestigious Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With the hot streak, Busch and company suddenly found themselves into the top-30, clinching a Chase berth following the Labor Day weekend race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.  

Once in the Chase, Busch and Stevens navigated the difficult 10-race, 16-driver playoffs with hard work and smart racing. They advanced through the first three rounds and into the four driver winner-takes-all season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But not only did the team make it to the Championship Four, but fast pit work by the No. 18 team on the final stop vaulted him to the lead with under 10 laps to go as Busch brought home his first Sprint Cup title by winning the series-finale at Homestead. The win and championship capped off a season to remember for Busch, his entire JGR team, and his family.

In addition to the full Sprint Cup schedule in 2016, Busch plans to run a limited number of Xfinity Series races for JGR and continue his ownership of Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) with three fulltime teams in 2016.

In addition to his aggressive nature behind the wheel of a racecar, Busch has a strong charitable drive. He formed the Kyle Busch Foundation (KBF). His foundation is committed to empowering children, families and communities to overcome hardship by providing essential tools (financial, material and experiential) to allow them to live their best lives possible.

In addition to children’s homes his foundation supports, Busch and his wife, Samantha, have a few big initiatives they continue to support. The first is North Carolina-based Pretty in Pink Foundation, as money raised at a charity dinner held each October in Charlotte, N.C. called ‘Project Pink’, The KBF initiative has now raised over $200,000 to cover 76 breast cancer patients on all of their treatments. Along with Project Pink, the couple started the “Kyle and Samantha Busch Bundle of Joy Fund” benefiting in-need families struggling with infertility. KBF donates to costs associated with infertility treatment through the REACH Clinic of Charlotte, N.C.

Busch, wife Samantha, and son Brexton reside in Denver, North Carolina.


2015

Sprint Cup Champion

34

Career Sprint Cup Wins

154

Total Nascar Wins

2015

Nov22

Wins First Sprint Cup Championship

Wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to earn his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

Jul26

Weekend Sweep At Indy

Busch led three times for 19 laps en route to his third-consecutive Sprint Cup victory of the season. The win was Toyota’s first Sprint Cup win at Indianapolis. Kyle also won the Xfinity Series race the day before, thus completing the weekend sweep.

Jun28

KYLE GETS 30TH SPRINT CUP WIN

In just his fifth race back in the Sprint Cup Series after breaking his right leg and left foot in an accident in the season-opening XFINITY race at Daytona, Kyle wins at Sonoma. It was his 30th-career Sprint Cup victory, which also put him a step closer to qualifying for the 2015 Chase. The victory extends his streak of winning at least one race per year to 11 years.

Jun13

KYLE WINS HIS FIRST RACE BACK IN XFINITY SERIES

In his return to the XFINITY Series following his crash in the season-opening XFINITY race at Daytona, Kyle would go to Victory Lane at Michigan. This was also his first Victory Lane celebration with his son, Brexton Locke Busch, who was born May 18, 2015.

2014

Nov14

Wins 3rd NASCAR Truck Series Owners Championship

Kyle Busch Motorsports captures third Truck Series Owner's Championship in its five-year existence. As a company, KBM won 14 of 22 races in the 2014 season

Nov01

KYLE GETS JGR THEIR 100TH NATIONWIDE WIN.

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) secures its 100th victory as a NASCAR Nationwide Series team with driver Kyle Busch and the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in Fort Worth.

Jun01

10,000 Career Laps Led

Upon starting the race at Dover, Kyle had led 9,972 laps in his Sprint Cup career. After leading the first 29 laps of the race, Kyle became the 15th driver to lead 10,000 laps.

Mar15

Record 16th Win at Bristol

Kyle picks up his 16th win at Bristol, setting a NASCAR record as the most wins by any driver at any track. (5 Sprint Cup, 7 Nationwide, 4 Camping World Trucks)

2013

Nov15

Wins 2nd Nascar Truck Series Owners Championship

Down by over 20 points heading into the final two races, Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers Erik Jones and Kyle Busch both collect wins in the No. 51 Tundra to claim the Truck Series Owners Championship.

2012

Apr27

KYLE BUSCH MOTORSPORTS FIRST NATIONWIDE SERIES WIN

On Friday Night, April 27th 2012, a very nervous Kyle Busch watched as his brother Kurt edged out Denny Hamlin in a last lap battle to score the first win for the newly formed KBM No. 54 Monster Energy Nationwide Team. Later Kyle was quoted as saying "It's the most emotional I've even been after a win"

Jan12

KYLE BUSCH MOTORSPORTS ANNOUNCEMENT

In a one of a kind press announcement, Kyle Busch unveils the No. 54 Monster Energy Camry, and introduces his brother Kurt to the driver lineup for Kyle Busch Motorsports venture into the NASCAR Nationwide Series.


2011

Jul16

100 NASCAR Wins

Kyle ties Mark Martin's long standing Nationwide Series wins record of 49 wins, and collects his 100th NASCAR Touring-Series Victory. His 100 wins are comprised of 22 Sprint Cup Series wins, 49 Nationwide Series wins and 29 Camping World Truck Series wins.

Jul09

WINS INAUGURAL SPRINT CUP RACE AT KENTUCKY

After leading a race high 125 laps, Kyle picked up the win in the Inaugural Sprint Cup Race at Kentucky Speedway. The win was Kyle's 22nd Sprint Cup Series victory, and his 99th NASCAR career win.

2010

Nov19

BECOMES NASCAR TRUCK SERIES OWNERS CHAMPION

Kyle Busch Motorsports becomes first Truck team to win owners' championship in first year.

Kyle also picked up the win in the season finale, his 8th win in 16 starts in the 2010 Camping World Truck Series.

Sep25

SETS NATIONWIDE SINGLE SEASON WINS RECORD

Kyle picks up his 11th Nationwide Series win of the season, besting his own record that he shared with Sam Ard at 10 wins. (Ard in 1983; Kyle in 2008)

Kyle finished the 2010 season with 13 wins and the Owners Championship in the Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing

Aug21

BRISTOL THREE-RACE SWEEP

Kyle becomes the first-ever driver to sweep three of NASCAR's tour events in the same week at the same track (Bristol Motor Speedway).

Win #1 -- Truck Series on Aug. 18 for the O'Reilly 200 in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 18 NASCAR.com RaceView Toyota.

Win #2 -- Nationwide Series on Aug. 20 for the Food City 250 in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota.

Win #3 -- Sprint Cup Series on Aug. 21 for the Irwin Tools Night Race in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Doublemint Toyota.

Apr02

First Win for Kyle Busch Motorsports

Kyle wins the first-ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Nashville 200 at Nashville Superspeedway in his No. 18 Dollar General Toyota. Kyle started first and led 131 of 150 laps.


2009

Nov21

2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion

Kyle wins the Nationwide Series title after winning the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, his ninth win and 30th top-10 finish of the season. Kyle started fifth in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota and led 73 of 200 laps.

Kyle's 5,682 points scored in 2009 were the most ever by a Nationwide Series competitor, as were the 2,698 laps he led throughout the season.

2008

Nov08

RECORD 21 NASCAR WINS IN ONE SEASON

Kyle wins a record-setting 21st victory across all three of NASCAR's national tour series. His 21st and final season victory came in the NASCAR Nationwide Series' O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway

For the season, Kyle won eight Sprint Cup races, ten Nationwide Series races, and three Craftsman Truck Series races.

Mar08

TOYOTA'S FIRST SPRINT CUP POINTS WIN

Kyle is the first-ever driver to bring Toyota to Victory Lane in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Kyle led 173 of 325 laps in his dominating win aboard the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Snickers Toyota at the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

2006

Sep06

QUALIFIES FOR FIRST CAREER CHASE

Kyle qualified for his first-ever Chase for the NEXTEL Cup when he finished second in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway aboard the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet car. Kyle led 248 of 400 laps that day. Kyle is the youngest driver to ever to qualify for the Chase.


2005

Dec02

NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Kyle wins the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award after posting two wins and finishing 20th in points while driving the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet.

Sep04

FIRST CAREER NASCAR CUP SERIES WIN

Kyle wins his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway while driving the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet. Kyle started 25th and led 95 of 254 laps. At the time, Kyle was the youngest-ever Cup race winner at age 20 years and 125 days.

2004

Dec01

NASCAR BUSCH SERIES ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Kyle wins the NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year Award after posting five wins, the most ever by any rookie. Kyle finished second in points to Martin Truex Jr. while driving the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet.

May14

FIRST NASCAR TOURING-SERIES WIN

Kyle picked up his first career NASCAR Touring-Series Victory in the Funai 250 NASCAR Nationwide race at Richmond International Raceway,

Feb14

FIRST RACE AS HENDRICK DEVELOPMENT DRIVER

After signing as a Hendrick Motorsports development driver, Kyle drives the No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet to a 24th place finish at the NASCAR Busch Series Hershey's Kisses 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Kyle went on to win the 2004 Rookie of the Year honors with five wins and a second place points finish.

2014
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