Kyle Thomas Busch ( born May 2, 1985 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is an American race car driver. He drives the Toyota Camry with the start number 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, a Camry with the start number 54 for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. His racing career began with the so-called races at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is often nicknamed Shrub called because he is the younger brother of Kurt Busch and a small bush is often referred to in the United States as " shrub ". Since July 2007 he has been romantically involved with Samantha Sarcinella.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
At the age of 16 years, Busch competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for Roush Racing as a replacement driver after the two drivers of the team were replaced in the middle of the 2001 season. In the six races he went to the start of the season, Busch erlang two top-10 results.
Bush the fastest driver was in training for the race of the Craftsman Truck Series 2001 season at California Speedway in Fontana, when he was directed by officials of CART by the wayside because the American Racing Wheels 200 was part of a race weekend, the CART FedEx Championship Series, which was sponsored by the cigarette brand Marlboro. Marlboro referred Busch out of the garage area due to the Master Settlement Agreement of 1998 allowing persons under 18 may not participate in events sponsored by tobacco companies.
Six weeks after this incident, NASCAR adopted a minimum age of 18 for drivers to prevent further incidents of this kind, after Winston with a tobacco manufacturer was also a sponsor of the top racing series. As of 2007, this regulation was changed again, so that in the Grand National and Whelen Modified Series now can also play drivers over 16.
After the entry into force of regulation Busch switched from NASCAR to the American Speed Association, a racing series in the Midwestern United States. He finished the 2002 season in eighth place in the championship.
In 2004, Busch drove a race for Morgan - Dollar Motorsports in Acxiom Chevrolet Silverado with the start number 47
In the 2005 season, Busch returned to the Craftsman Truck Series back for some races and drove the Chevrolet for Billy Ballew Motorsports, with which he could win the race at the Lowe 's Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, and the fall race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. All three races were over a distance of 200 miles. Busch became the youngest racers to have won a race in the Truck Series at the age of 20 years and 19 days.
Busch repeated his victory at Lowe 's Motor Speedway during the 2006 season in a car with special paint, like him Rowdy Burns in Days of Thunder, went as a tribute to Bobby Hamilton, the stunt driver during the filming of the movie.
The first race of the 2008 season finished as runner- Busch, he won the next two races each. According to an eighth place in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, he was second at Sam 's Town 400, the ninth race of the season in Texas. In Michigan, he was the seventh, and thus lost a place compared to the start. The third win of the season at the O'Reilly 200 Busch scored in Bristol.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
As Busch celebrated his 18th birthday, he teamed up with Hendrick Motorsports to drive six races in the NASCAR Busch Series on selected routes. He drove the Chevrolet Monte Carlo Ditech.com with start number 87 With that he reached a second place finish in May at Lowe 's Motor Speedway. Also with Hendrick he went in selected races in the ARCA RE / MAX Series at the start, of which he was able to win at the Kentucky Speedway and the Nashville Superspeedway.
His first full season in the Busch Series at the time still called Nationwide Series ran Kyle Busch in 2004, when he took over the car of Brian Vickers, who was previously changed to the Sprint Cup. DC in the second race in Rockingham, he reached a top 10 result, in the fifth race, the first pole position and his first victory at the Funai 250 in May at the Richmond International Raceway. Overall, Busch won five races in the 2004 season and finished the season second in the championship after Martin Truex Jr. He also won the title as a rookie of the year in the Busch Series. Further victories followed at Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Lowe 's Motor Speedway in 2005 as well as the Sharpie Mini 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2006.
In the Nationwide season in 2008, he completed the first two races in second place. His first victory of the season, he learned to the O'Reilly 300 The following week, he won again at the Bashas ' Supermarkets 200, and also again in the following week at Corona México 200 in Mexico City. The next victory, he ran the Carquest Auto Parts 300, a on the Lowe's Motor Speedway. At Dover he was thrown back to 28th place due to an accident. At the 14th race of the season in Nashville, he was 20th after an accident in Kentucky he was named after a self -inflicted Dreher 30 At the second Daytona race he finished second behind his teammate Denny Hamlin. On the Chicagoland Speedway he could enter the Dollar General 300 his fifth win of the season, having already had a 10- second lead on lap 155 of 200. The Kroger 200 he won after 197 of 200 laps led. The Zippo 200 at the Watkins Glen International Busch finished behind Marcos Ambrose as the second after he temporarily fell back due to technical problems at # 24. He drove in this race for the first time with the car number 92 of D' Hondt Motorsports.
NASCAR Sprint Cup
In the 2004 season he drove a total of six races in the Carquest Chevrolet with start number 84 for Hendrik Motorsports. His best finish of the season was a 24th place at California Speedway.
After the announcement that Terry Labonte would drive in 2005 and 2006, only selected races in the season, Busch took over the Kollog 's / Carqtest Chevrolet with the number 5 for Hendrick Motorsports.
The first victory in a race of the Sprint Cup, which was still called at that time Nextel Cup, he managed the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway in Fontana in September 2005. Bush is the youngest driver to have a victory in the Cup with an age succeeded for 20 years and 125 days. Two months later, he succeeded in November 2005 by a further victory at Phoenix International Raceway. Thus he secured for the 2005 season the title Rookie of the Year.
In the 2006 season, Busch scored a convincing victory in the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. He had another convincing performance in the last race before the Chase for the Nextel Cup at the Richmond International Raceway, which he finished in second place, after leading the most laps of the race. He then went on points in fourth in the Chase.
At the first race in the Chase, the second race of the season at New Hampshire International Speedway, started bush in the midfield and was involved in round four in an incident in which the # 66 he collided with Jeff Green in the car so that the suspension the car was damaged and he damaged the car beyond repair after a spin. At the following race at Dover International Speedway Busch started better than in New Hampshire, but was torn out of the race due to an engine failure. Also the race at the Kansas Speedway was not without incident, as he was too fast in the pit lane and finished the race in the second half of the top 10.
The 2006 season ended Kyle Busch in tenth place with 448 points behind champion Jimmie Johnson. His experienced in prize money in the season amounted to 5,537,337 U.S. dollars. As of June 2007 Kyle Busch is the youngest driver who has made it into the Chase for the Cup and achieved a pole position in the Nextel Cup.
With his victory at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 25, 2007 Kyle Busch made history when he erlang was the first driver to win the Car of Tomorrow. At the same time, this was the 200th win for Hendrick Motorsports in NASCAR and the 600th for Chevrolet. For Chevrolet, this was also the first victory of a Chevrolet Impala since Wendell Scott 's victory in Jacksonville in 1963.
On 13 June 2007 Kyle Busch announced plans to leave by the end of the 2007 season, Hendrick Motorsports. Both sides were indeed in talks to contract negotiations, but said mutual agreement in the future to go separate ways. The announcement came on the same day as it was announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will replace Kyle Busch at Hendrick and take the car.
His crew chief for the 2008 season is Steve Addington. On March 9, 2008, he celebrated in the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota its first victory at Atlanta 500 Kyle Busch managed to retract the first victory for a Toyota in the Cup and thus the first victory of a non- American manufacturer for 54 years (Al Keller in the Jaguar). On 27 April, Busch secured the second win of the season at the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway after after a mass accident on the last lap, the race was ended under yellow. When Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond, he finished behind Clint Bowyer in second place and thus led for the first time in the championship. The Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington Raceway next weekend he won again and extended his lead to 79 points ahead of Jeff Burton. With its 23 years of Busch became the youngest winner on the traditional track in Darlington since opening 1950.
The fourth season win at the Best Buy 400 at Dover International Speedway. The next week he launched a record attempt by driving three different NASCAR racing series on three different tracks in three different states. In the Truck Series, he was second in the Nationwide Series and 20 in the highest class, the Sprint Cup, 43 When LifeLock 400 on June 15, Busch was 13th but still retained the overall lead. After these two less good results for the fifth win of the season followed by the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway after he was 78 of a total of 112 laps completed in the lead - it was Busch's first win in the Sprint Cup on a road course. After a streaky race in which he fell back temporarily to number 37, he also won the Coke Zero 400 - his first victory at Daytona. Also in the following race, the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway Busch won after he had started from pole position, led 165 of 267 laps and already the day before winning the Dollar General 300 in the Nationwide Series at the Speedway. Together with his brother Kurt, who won the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, so they won four consecutive races, which previously only Tim and Fonty Flock succeeded in the 1955 season.
After two mediocre to bad race Busch dominated the second half of the race at the Centurion Boats at The Glen, and thus secured the victory in the second race of the season on a road course as well as its overall eighth win of the season.
The 2009 season started for the bush with a disappointing 41st place at the Daytona 500 The following weekend, he scored a third place at the Auto Club 500 The first win of the season in the Sprint Cup followed a week later at the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.