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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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  • Travis Pastrana's injuries force him to scrap NASCAR series debut

     
    Plans for action sports star Travis Pastrana to make his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series were scrapped after Pastrana crashed at X Games 17 in Los Angeles...
  • Brad Keselowski overcomes broken ankle to win race at Pocono

     
    6:31 p.m. It's over here at Pocono and this was quite a story unfolding here today as Brad Keselowski won the 38th annual Good Sam RV Insurance 500. Keselowski held off Kyle Busch down the stretch for his second win of the season. Keselowski suffered a...
  • Harvick gets long day at Long Pond started with a win in Truck Series race

     
    Kevin Harvick got what figures to be a long day of racing here at Pocono off and running by winning the second annual Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Harvick (below right) held off his Sprint Cup series...
  • NASCAR: Marcos Ambrose wins at Watkins Glen

     
    Marcos Ambrose got his first victory in NASCAR's top series after a frantic finish at the rain-delayed Sprint Cup race Monday at Watkins Glen International. In his 105th career start, Ambrose beat Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch on a two-lap......
  • Should NASCAR allow Kyle Busch to drive with a suspended license? [Updated]

     
    Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss whether Kyle Bush, who had his driver's license suspended, should be allowed behind the wheel of a NASCAR stock car. Weigh in with your comment. [Updated at 1:29 p.m. Keith Groller, Morning Call......
  • Tony Stewart wins first race of NASCAR's Chase

     
    Tony Stewart won for the first time this season -- and in the process sprung into contention for the Sprint Cup championship. Stewart stretched his final tank of fuel to the finish of the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship at...
  • NASCAR's Chase leads weekend's motor racing

     
    A bit of controversy hangs over the start of NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup, the 10-race championship playoff that opens Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, with four wins apiece in the Sprint Cup......
  • Kurt Busch to sub for Keselowski in Nationwide

    Kurt Busch is taking the wheel for injured Penske teammate Brad Keselowski in NASCAR's Nationwide race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday. Busch says the team thinks "it's a smart move to let him (Keselowski) focus on just the Sprint Cup action...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Jets in Gymnasium

    I'm not really sure who first described Bristol Motor Speedway as flying fighter jets in a gymnasium. But who ever it was, it is one of the best descriptions I have ever heard for a track. If you have ever been inside Bristol, you understand. If you...
  • Kyle Busch always finds himself involved in drama

    Kyle Busch expected to be the center of attention at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he's won four of the last five Sprint Cup races. But with him losing his driver's license Tuesday as punishment for his 128 mph speeding ticket back in May. Then came an...
  • Busch Sets Record In Closest Bristol Finish

    At age 26, Kyle Busch made history in Friday night’s Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. In beating Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano to the checkered flag in a near dead heat (.019 seconds), Busch won his 50th race in NASCAR’s...
  • White Hot Keselowski Wins Third Of 2011

    Brad Keselowski’s phoenix-like rise from the ashes continued Saturday, with an improbable victory in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway—his third win of the season and his second since breaking his left ankle Aug. 3 in a...