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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 posted the quickest average speed in final practice for the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway.
Busch’s quick speed of 195.398 mph was recorded from his 11th through 20th laps on track. Teammate Matt Kenseth, Toyota affiliated driver Martin Truex Jr., and teammate Denny Hamlin lined up second through fourth behind him. It is easy to plan drafting partners in practice, but virtually impossible in race conditions. Oct 21 - 7:29 PM

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Kyle Busch has earned top-fives in half of his last eight Talladega SuperSpeedway starts.

Notably, Busch’s four top-fives are his only top-10s. He came close twice with a 12th in May 2014 and 11th last October. That gives Busch two results of 11th or better in his last two Talladega attempts. He enters the weekend third in the points, but don’t look for him to race conservatively this week. He tried to run in the back of the pack in 2015, but got run over from behind in a "Big One" crash, finished 40th, and failed to advance to round three.
Oct 21 - 11:29 AM

Kyle Busch finished fifth in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway after starting on the outside pole.

Busch had an opportunity to race for the lead—or at least he thought he did—until he was embroiled in a battle with teammate Carl Edwards after the final restart. The two raced side-by-side so long that eventual winner Kevin Harvick got away and Busch apparently took exception to being raced hard. When asked if he had an issue with Edwards in post-race coverage, he first sidestepped the question and then later answered tersely, "that’s racing I suppose." Next week the field rolls to Talladega SuperSpeedway where teamwork is important.
Oct 16 - 6:14 PM

Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch, driving the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, won the Kansas Lottery 300, his 85th victory in 327 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.

This is his ninth victory and 13th top-10 NXS finish in 2016. It is his fourth victory and 10th top-10 finish in 12 NXS races at Kansas Speedway. Elliott Sadler (finished second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Kansas and his 27th top-10 finish in 2016. Daniel Suarez (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Kansas. Brennan Poole (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
Oct 15 - 8:17 PM

Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota Camry), driving the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Kansas Lottery 300 (182.100 mph).

This is his 56th pole in 327 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races. It is his first pole in 12 NXS races at Kansas Speedway. Erik Jones (starts second) posted his 29th top-10 start of 2016. Sprint Cup regular Kyle Larson (third) posted his second top-10 NXS start at Kansas Speedway and his 12th in 14 NXS races this season. Brennan Poole (12th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Oct 15 - 2:16 PM

Kyle Busch had the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway with a 182.530 during his first 10 laps on track.

Busch qualified second, which suggests he has short-term speed as well. He is likely to lead a lot of laps early. That should factor into a player’s decision of whether to start him on Sunday.
Oct 15 - 1:57 PM

Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch posted the fastest and second-fastest lap in the first practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Kyle posted a lap of 194.595 mph; Kurt went 194.119 and both are among the playoff contenders. The front of the pack will be loaded with Chasers as 10 of the top 12 are drivers currently in contention. Kyle won this May’s 400 while Kurt finished third.
Oct 14 - 2:37 PM

Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson were both penalized 30 minutes in the first practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas because they were caught swerving at the end of the Bank of America 500 last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR informed teams that they would not tolerate actions that were designed to circumvent the inspection process. Swerving aggressively realigns the suspension and helps re-center the body so that it will pass Laser Inspection.
Oct 14 - 1:48 PM

Kyle Busch sustained damage in a lap-260 accident in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway when Martin Truex Jr spun Austin Dillon in front of the field. The team repaired the damage and got him back into contention. Busch finished sixth.

Five Chase drivers finished 30th or worse on Sunday. Busch could have been in the same deep hole as these other drivers with Talladega SuperSpeedway still looming large. Instead of being in what would have been a six-race scrum for the bottom four, Busch now has a 27-point advantage over the ninth-place in the standings
Oct 9 - 6:39 PM

Kyle Busch posted the quickest 10-lap average among Chase contenders with a speed of 187.616 mph during his first 10 laps on the track.

Busch also had the fourth-fastest lap in comparison to Kasey Kahne who had the quickest 10-lap average but only the 18th-fastest speed and Kevin Harvick with the fastest single lap but no 10-lap average. Busch has a better overall combination of speed and durability.
Oct 6 - 7:14 PM

Kyle Busch has finished in the top five in six of his last nine attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, including back-to-back wins at Texas Motor Speedway in April and Kansas Speedway in May,

Unfortunately, those are his last two top-fives on this track type. He crashed at Charlotte Motor Speedway this may to finish 33rd and then came partially back to finish 12th at Kentucky. He was eighth at Chicagoland Speedway three weeks ago, but does not seem to have the same strength as he did in the spring.
Oct 5 - 10:36 AM

Kyle Busch finished second in the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway, but he was more than seven and half seconds behind race winner Martin Truex Jr.

Most importantly, he finished third in the points’ standings and that moved him to the second round of the Chase. His best opportunity to win will come in the next two weeks at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway.
Oct 2 - 5:41 PM

The XFINITY Series Dover race postponement (to Sunday at 10:00 am) -- due to weather -- left teams scrambling to assemble its lineups Saturday afternoon with playoff chances on the line.

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Austin Dillon were expected to perform double-duty, but with both races now on Sunday, teams had to reassemble its lineups so the trio could focus on their main event -- the first elimination race in the Chase. Drew Herring will now wheel the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for Busch, while Ryan Blaney will sit behind Team Penske's No. 22 Ford for Logano and Regan Smith is set to replace Dillon in the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Busch enters the Sprint Cup Citizen Soldier 400 fourth on the Chase Grid and, just a few spots behind, sits Logano in sixth. Dillon is currently 14th, five points below the cutoff.
Oct 1 - 7:36 PM

Kyle Busch posted the second slowest fast lap in the first practice session on Friday for the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 160.851 mph.

That puts him 28th on the speed chart, only three positions north of Chris Buescher. Joe Gibbs Racing is a team with a thick set of notes, however, and it is likely they worked on race trim much of the day. Busch will be fine in qualification and on Sunday.
Sep 30 - 7:26 PM

Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota Camry), driving the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Drive Sober 200 at Delaware's Dover Int’l Speedway.

The lap of 157.729 mph lap was the best of the 37 cars completing laps in this session. No. 20 Erik Jones, No. 88 Alex Bowman, No. 2 Austin Dillon and No. 22 Joey Logano are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Joey Gase, in the No. 52 Chevrolet Camaro, was the slowest.
Sep 30 - 2:25 PM