Bio

After bringing home his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in 2015, Kyle Busch again found himself vying for another NASCAR Cup Series title when the series headed to the 2016 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

While he came up just short of another title in 2016, Busch, the winner of 38 races in NASCAR’s top series (as of January 2017), has shown that he’s now consistently a threat to win the championship as he enters his 12th full-time Cup Series season in 2017.

It’s likely a question of when and how many when it comes to Busch’s next Cup Series titles but, no matter what happens, how Busch won his first title in 2015 will be difficult to top. In February 2015, the Las Vegas native suffered a broken right leg and a broken left foot in an accident during the 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 set up in his living room, to standing, and then to walking, Busch knew that he may have a shot at racing in 2015 as the timeline for his recovery kept getting shorter and shorter.

The initial goal was simply to be standing by his wife Samantha’s side for the birth of their son, who was due in mid-May. 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 NASCAR All-Star Race, a non-points event where he finished a solid sixth in his 2015 Cup Series 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 that allowed him to be eligible for the playoffs despite missing the first 11 regular-season races. The conditions of the waiver were that Busch had to win a regular-season race, and also had to finish the regular season in the top-30 in driver points. Having missed those 11 events left Busch with a tall mountain to climb to meet both criteria required to make the playoffs by its September cutoff. It meant Busch and the No. 18 team had just 15 races to get the job done. To make it even more difficult, an accident at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn in mid-June created an even deeper hole in the driver standings for Busch 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 jettisoned their way into the top-30, clinching a playoff berth at the Labor Day weekend race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

Once in the playoffs, 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-take-all season finale at Homestead. Not only did the No. 18 team make it to the Championship Four, its fast pit work on the final stop of the race vaulted Busch into the lead with less than 10 laps to go. And in another case of truth being stranger than fiction and something more likely belonging in a Hollywood script, Busch brought home his first Cup Series title by winning the series finale, and the championship capped off a season to remember for Busch, his entire JGR team, and his family.

Busch’s rise to Cup Series champion and dominant racer took shape very early in his life as he unofficially began racing at age 6, when he cruised around the cul-de-sac of his family’s Las Vegas neighborhood in a makeshift go-kart. Busch was too small to reach the throttle, but that didn’t stop him from picking up the basics. His father, Tom, held down the gas pedal while Busch steered the kart on the street. Once Busch was tall enough to reach the gas pedal, an accelerated pace was set for his future career in motorsports. 

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2015

Cup Series Champion

175

Total Nascar Wins

2017

ALL-STAR WINNER

2017

May20

2017 All-Star Race Winner

With a dramatic 3-wide pass on the restart of a 10-lap shootout Kyle held off Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson to win the 2017 All-Star Race. It was Busch's first victory in his 12th start in the All-Star Race.

2016

Jul24

Back To Back Indy Sweeps

Kyle completes the weekend sweep at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second year in a row. He also becomes the first driver to win both poles and races in a weekend. 

May07

Check Kansas Off The List

Kyle wins his first Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway. With the victory, Busch has now won Sprint Cup races at 21 of the 23 tracks at which the series competes.

Apr03

First Cup Series Win at Martinsville

Kyle picks up his first Sprint Cup win at Martinsville in his 22nd start at the .526-mile short track. He swept the weekend, winning the Camping World Truck Series race the day prior. 

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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