Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fast Facts Redux: Kyle Busch

"Rowdy" bows after his win at Kentucky, July 11, 2015
credit: NASCAR via Getty Images/Brian Lawdermilk
Kyle Busch is back. After rehabilitating through injuries suffered at Daytona earlier in the season, the NASCAR driver and team owner is back on the track, having already won two Sprint Cup Series races in seven starts and one Xfinity Series race in just three starts. The biggest change for the Nevada native this year, however, came off the track – fatherhood. Learn more about the driver known as “Rowdy” in this updated Fast Facts, originally published in March 2011.
  • Kyle Thomas Busch was born May 2, 1985; he is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. He graduated a year early with honors from Durango High School in Las Vegas in 2002. His older brother is 2004 Cup champion Kurt Busch.
  • Busch’s racing career started at age 13 in 1998 in the Legends Series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Bullring, winning 65 races and two titles between 1999 and 2001. He also raced Late Models at the Bullring.
  • Busch made his NASCAR debut in the Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck Series at age 16 in 2001. Due to a NASCAR rule change making the minimum age to race 18, Busch went back to race in the American Speed Association (ASA) in 2002, and also made his debut in the ARCA Racing Series.
  • In 2003, upon turning 18, Busch made his Busch (now Xfinity) Series debut with NEMCO Motorsports. He made his Cup Series debut in 2004, driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Busch spent three full-time seasons with Hendrick Motorsports before moving to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2008.
  • Busch was the 2009 Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series champion, and his Kyle Busch Motorsports operation was the Truck Series owner’s champion in 2010, 2013 and 2014. On Feb. 21, 2009, he became the first driver to win two national series events on the same day, and in August 2010, he became the first driver to win all three national series events in one weekend at Bristol; that season, Busch won 24 NASCAR events – three Sprint Cup, 13 Nationwide, and eight Truck Series.
  • Always one to jump in a race car, Busch was competing in the Feb. 2015 season opener for the Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway when he was involved in a multi-car accident that sent him into a concrete wall with no SAFER barriers. Busch had a compound fracture of his lower right leg, a small fracture in his left foot and a sprained finger on his left hand, subsequently missing 11 Cup Series races, including the Daytona 500. He returned to action nearly three months later at the Sprint All-Star Race in May, and in June won his first race of the season at Sonoma.
  • Two days after his return at the All-Star Race, Busch became a first-time father, as son Brexton Locke was born on May 18. Busch and his wife, the former Samantha Sarcinella, were married on Dec. 31, 2010 in Chicago.
  • Find out more about Kyle Busch at http://www.kylebusch.com/, and more about Kyle Busch Motorsports at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.



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