Kyle Busch’s racing philosophy is simple: Win or go home. It’s apparent on the race track, and it has carried through to his business venture with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM).
From the moment he stepped into the professional ranks of stock car racing, Kyle Busch has been a captivating and groundbreaking figure. Busch burst onto the scene in 2001, at the age of 16, instantly turning heads in the Camping World Truck Series, but was ultimately sidelined when his age forced NASCAR to institute a minimum age requirement of 18.
Prior to his 18th birthday, Busch signed to become the newest face at Hendrick Motorsports. Upon his return to NASCAR’s elite level, Busch instantly became a superstar and experienced a breakout year in 2004, his first full season of Nationwide Series competition, posting five wins en route to a runner-up finish in the championship as a rookie and once again making history as the youngest top rookie in NASCAR history.
The very next season in 2005, Busch made the move to the top-tier Sprint Cup Series, assuming control of the famed Hendrick No. 5 Chevy driven by the retiring Terry Labonte. By this point, Busch was already a bona fide rising star in the sport and he cemented his status by rewriting the record books yet again, becoming the youngest pole winner in NASCAR history at Auto Club Speedway in February. Just over six months later, Busch returned for unfinished business at Auto Club Speedway, claiming his first career Sprint Cup win and, at the time, becoming the youngest winner in NASCAR’s pinnacle level of competition.
For the following two seasons, Busch continued to rattle off wins and make history, including becoming the youngest Chase for the Championship qualifier in 2006. In 2008, Busch made the move to his current role as driver of the legendary No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR).
Over the past four seasons, Busch has been tabbed as a favorite for the Sprint Cup Championship. He’s won 19 races since joining JGR and has become the sport’s most dynamic driver, competing regularly in the Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series in addition to his Cup duties, and winning nearly as often in those respective races
Busch finally broke through to claim his first career NASCAR title in 2009, capturing the Nationwide Series Championship with the most statistically dominant season of all time. Busch’s point total of 5,682 was the most in Nationwide Series history, and he also set new records for laps led (2,698) and runner-up finishes (11) for a single season.
Busch’s mastery of all levels of NASCAR competition came in August 2010 at Bristol, when he became the first driver in history to win all three national series on the same weekend, at the same track.
While Busch’s on-track success speaks for itself, he has also become the sport’s most polarizing figure. His brutal honesty, unmatched aggression, and relentless pursuit of victory whenever he straps into a car has been controversial at times, but most importantly, it has made him a hot commodity throughout the motorsports world.
Busch’s ability behind the wheel of a race car is undeniable and he is widely considered one of the best drivers on the planet. His brash persona is purely a product of his win-at-all-costs mentality, and whether you love him or hate him, Busch is without a doubt the most talked about driver in NASCAR.
Kyle Busch’s lone victory on the 2012 NASCAR
Sprint Cup tour came at Richmond (Va.), giving the Monster Energy-backed Joe
Gibbs Racing star his fourth consecutive win at the spring time race. In 36
races Kyle Busch scored one win, had an impressive 13 top five finishes and 20
runs inside the top ten – but mechanical issues would plague him for much of
the season and had him finishing outside the top ten (13th) and
missing the Chase. On a plus note Kyle Busch finishes the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup
season with four-straight top five finishes.