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Kyle Busch

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-18
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/2/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 160

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Kyle Busch had a shot at winning the championship on a late-race restart. He lined up third on the next to last restart, but got shuffled back in the pack and ultimately finished sixth.
When Busch got shuffled back on that restart, he felt he needed to pit for tires. He was right because he restarted outside the top 10 and surged to sixth. Busch was attempting to record back-to-back championships after winning in 2015. With the exception of a race at Talladega SuperSpeedway when he chose to finish in the back of the pack, he swept the top 10 during the Chaser. Nov 20 - 7:30 PM

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Kyle Busch posted a lap of 175.959 mph in the final round of qualification for the Ford EcoBoost 400, which makes him the highest-qualified among the Chase contenders.

Unfortunately, that puts him only ninth on the grid alongside his teammate and fellow Chaser Carl Edwards. They are only one row ahead of Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano, so all of them have obstacles to overcome.
Nov 18 - 7:36 PM

If Kyle Busch is able to defend his 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 victory, he will also defend his championship.

Last year Busch made history by being the first driver in the Modern Era to win a championship without competing for the entire season. The criticism about him has been that historically he could not put 10 strong runs together, but that was disproved in 2015 as well. This year, his only poor finish came by choice at Talladega SuperSpeedway, but there have been moments in most races when he seemed like a longshot to finish in the top 10.
Nov 17 - 2:54 PM

Kyle Busch finished second in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and earned enough points to advance to Homestead-Miami Speedway as one of the Chase contenders.

Notably, the four Chase contenders were predicted by Rotoworld Fantasy NASCAR earlier this week. Busch was running third with two laps remaining and might not have advanced to the finale if not for a late-race caution, because it appeared Joey Logano would be able to win the tiebreaker on points. When Matt Kenseth spun on the next-to-last restart, it opened up the points and allowed Busch to advance. He now has an opportunity to defend his 2015 Championship. This was Busch’s third consecutive top-five.
Nov 13 - 6:22 PM

Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch, driving the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, won the Ticket Galaxy 200, his 86th victory in 328 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.

This is his 10th victory and 14th top-10 NXS finish in 2016 and his 10th victory and 17th top-10 finish in 21 NXS races at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon (finished second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in nine NXS races at PIR and his 15th top-10 NXS finish in 2016. Sprint Cup driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in seven NXS races at PIR. Erik Jones (10th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Nov 12 - 10:48 PM

Kyle Busch posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Can-Am 500k at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 136.358 mph.

Busch was not particularly fast in qualification. He made two runs in the second session, but could only find the 19th-fastest lap and will roll off the pack from the middle of the grid. In the second practice session, he was mid-pack in regard to 10-lap averages as well. Busch needs a top-five finish in order to advance to the Chase Finale.
Nov 12 - 6:54 PM

Kyle Busch failed to post a fast enough time to advance into the final round of qualification for the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Busch’s lap of 138.878 mph was good enough for only 19th on the grid. He was forced to run twice and he improved or would have qualified about 22nd. Busch should still be a good value to finish in the top 10 and will earn positive place-differential points.
Nov 11 - 7:28 PM

Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch, driving the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix Int’l Raceway in Avondale, AZ.

The lap of 133.284 mph lap was the best of the 43 cars completing laps in this session. No. 19 Daniel Suarez, No. 22 Brad Keselowski, No. 20 Erik Jones and No. 7 Justin Allgaier are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Josh Bilicki, in the No. 97 Chevrolet Camaro, was the slowest. Busch also had a 10-lap average speed of 132.131 mph. This was the best of the seven cars running at least 10 consecutive laps in this session.
Nov 11 - 4:54 PM

Kyle Busch enters the weekend with back-to-back fourth-place finishes, but those are two of only three Phoenix International Raceway top-fives since the start of 2013.

In the past few seasons, Busch has two top-10s that were outside the top five and two sub-20th-place results. With a tight points’ battle happening, he cannot afford to finish worse than fifth this week and a win would be ideal. His single victory on this track came in his rookie season of 2005.
Nov 10 - 9:39 AM

Kyle Busch hit the turn four wall 20 minutes into Friday’s practice session for the AAA Texas 500.

Busch did enough damage that he will have to roll out a backup car. He is only four points above the Chase cutoff to make the final round, but Texas Motor Speedway has been one of his best tracks with a current streak of four top-fives and a victory.
Nov 4 - 12:51 PM

Kyle Busch has scored six top-fives in his last seven Texas Motor Speedway starts.

His other result in that span of races was a 13th and he had an 11th in spring 2012. Combining in his two results outside the top 10, he still has a fifth-place average finish in the past five seasons, but what matters the most to his handicap and odds for advancing this week are his victories in spring 2013 and earlier this year.
Nov 4 - 11:55 AM

Kyle Busch finished fifth at Martinsville Speedway in the Goody's Fast Relief 500.

Busch finished behind fellow Chaser Jimmie Johnson in first, and two of his teammates, which added to his frustration. "We worked so well together, we gave the race to Johnson." Busch said following the race. He was upset because Johnson is going to be one of the favorites to win the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Oct 30 - 5:26 PM

Kyle Busch posted the slowest time among Chase contenders in the Saturday morning’s practice session for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 96.249 mph.

That was barely a 10th off the fastest speed set by Jamie McMurray, but it put him 16th on the chart. Busch qualified ninth for the race and it will take a little time for him to get all the way to the front.
Oct 29 - 10:17 AM

Kyle Busch has been perfect recently on short, flat tracks and he enters the weekend with a current eight-race streak of top-10s.

That dates back to his fifth-place finish in the fall edition of this weekend’s Martinsville Speedway race. One of these was a victory—also at Martinsville—and six of them were top-fives. In that same span of races, Busch has advanced to the final round of qualification every time, so fantasy owners can expect him to tip his hand in time trials.
Oct 27 - 6:46 PM

Kyle Busch started 14th and finished 30th in the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway.

Only four lead lap drivers finished behind the three-car drafting pack of Joe Gibbs Racing and two of them were a lap down at one point of the race. Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Carl Edwards earned minimal points and had terrible average running positions, but they did what was needed to advance in the Chase. Strategies like this are a big part of the reason handicapping restrictor-plate, superspeedway races is so difficult.
Oct 24 - 5:20 PM