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Kyle Busch |

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-18
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/2/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 160

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Kyle Busch has a current four-race streak of top-15s at Martinsville, but this might not be the best week to start him. Six of his previous nine races there ended well outside of the top 20.
Busch has always been an all or nothing driver and Martinsville is no exception. While cars are durable on short tracks, they will only take so much abuse and Busch could easily wind up outside the top 20 again this week in the Goody's 500. Oct 23 - 10:39 PM

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Kyle Busch entered the Geico 500 with a 26-point cushion over the elimination bubble and as such was the most likely driver to advance to the Eliminator round on points. He raced conservatively in the back of the pack for most of the race, but was run over from behind on lap 104 when Aric Almirola and JJ Yeley triggered a 10-car accident. Busch finished 40th.

Busch sustained heavy damage, but the team completely remade the car in a mere 45 minutes. Still that was not enough to keep him from falling to ninth in the standings, seven markers behind Jeff Gordon—the last driver to advance based on points.
Oct 19 - 10:36 PM

Kyle Busch posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session for the Geico 500. His top speed was 195.205 mph.

Only 21 drivers posted laps in this session with less than eight drivers posting more than 10 laps. At Talladega, you have what you have when rolling off the hauler.
Oct 17 - 5:22 PM

Kyle Busch finished fifth in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte to earn his fifth straight top-10. That keeps a perfect streak of top-10s alive during the Chase, which is a feat matched only by Joey Logano.

Busch has not scored five consecutive top-10s in the NASCAR Cup series since spring 2013. It is time to take him seriously as a fantasy value and perhaps as a contender for the championship.
Oct 12 - 12:06 AM

Kyle Busch posted a lap of 197.390 mph in the third and final round of qualification for the Bank of America 500 and will lead the field to green on Saturday night.

This is the third pole of the season for Busch, but his two previous top starts this year are not particularly predictive because they were on the short, flat tracks of Martinsville in March and New Hampshire in July. The last time Busch won the pole on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track was at Texas last spring and he won the NRA 500.
Oct 9 - 8:25 PM

It took 15 attempts, but Kyle Busch finally earned his first career top-five at Kansas by finishing third in the Hollywood Casino 400. His previous best of seventh was logged back in 2006 when he raced for Hendrick Motorsports.

That came at the right time with the points being reset for the Contender round and more than half of the Chase field experiencing some form of trouble at Kansas. It does not guarantee he will advance to the Eliminator round, but another strong run next week at Charlotte would put his fate firmly in his own hands.
Oct 5 - 8:09 PM

Sprint Cup regular (No. 18 Toyota) Kyle Busch wins the Kansas Lottery 300, his 69th victory in 292 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.

This is the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota driver's sixth NNS victory and 21st top-10 finish in 2014. This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in ten NNS races at Kansas Speedway.
Oct 4 - 7:13 PM

In terms of career average finishes, Kansas Speedway ranks as Kyle Busch’s worst track with a 22.7 in 15 attempts. His second-worst track in terms of average finishes comes up in two weeks at Talladega.

While it was not stellar to begin with, Busch’s Kansas numbers are skewed by three consecutive DNFs to accidents in 2012 and 2013. That has to be considered as part of his handicap, however, because Busch has a tendency to overdrive when his car is not performing.
Oct 4 - 9:10 AM

Sprint Cup regular (No. 18 Toyota) Kyle Busch has the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for the Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.

The average speed of 178.615 mph in the No. 54 Toyota Camry was best of the five cars that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. No. 60 Chris Buescher (177.754 mph), No. 5 Kevin Harvick (176.992), No. 9 Chase Elliott (176.870) and No. 29 Milka Duno (166.548) are the rest on this list.
Oct 3 - 7:17 PM

Kyle Busch earned his third consecutive top-10 at Dover with a 10th-place finish in the AAA 400.

This makes him one of only four drivers to sweep the top 10 in the three Chase races to date, but it comes on the heels of six consecutive races outside that mark. Busch is a good, but not yet great value for fantasy owners. The other three drivers to sweep the top 10 so far in the 2014 Chase are Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Larson.
Sep 29 - 12:48 PM

Sprint Cup regular (No. 18 Toyota) Kyle Busch wins the Dover 200, his 68th victory in 291 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.

This is the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota driver's fifth NNS victory and 20th top-10 finish in 2014. He is now the all-time Dover wins leader, breaking a tie with Joey Logano. This is his fifth victory and 14th top-10 finish in 19 NNS races at Dover International Speedway. Busch also won this year's spring race at Dover. It is his second Dover sweep (first came in 2010).
Sep 27 - 7:13 PM

Kyle Busch started on the outside pole at Dover this spring, but crashed while battling for a top-five position on the track. He qualified second again this week and hopes that he fares better in the AAA 400.

If Busch stays out of trouble, he should be a good gamble to finish in the top 10. Even knowing he simply needs a solid finish to advance to the next round of the playoffs, he often cannot help pushing the envelope, however.
Sep 27 - 10:17 AM

Kyle Busch sustained significant damage in an accordion-style accident during a restart on lap 189. He dropped to 23rd while make repairs, but stayed on the lead lap and ultimately finished eighth.

Busch currently sits fifth in the standings and if he advances to the Contender round, it will probably be this effort that earned enough points to make the difference. The No. 18 team is prone to accidents and mistakes, but if they are priced right in some games Busch could be a good value because of their perseverance.
Sep 21 - 9:07 PM

Kyle Busch has earned three consecutive runner-up finishes at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and would love to improve his effort by one spot in the Sylvania 300.

The bad news is that Busch failed to score a single top-10 in the four races leading up to that streak and his NHMS average in 2011/2012 was a modest 22.8. He does not have very much current momentum from the 2014 season and should be happy to score a top-10.
Sep 18 - 12:00 PM

Chase contenders Kyle Busch finished seventh and Kurt Busch finished eighth in the 400 at Chicagoland. Even more remarkable, the brothers survived contact with one another late in the race before earning their top-10s.

They took different paths in the past several races to get into the Chase, but both have stepped up their effort to begin the playoffs. This was Kyle’s first top-10 since Indianapolis, but it was the fourth such finish in that same span of races for Kurt. Neither driver has shown noteworthy consistency, however, and they need to string more than two top-10s together before fantasy owners view them as favorites.
Sep 14 - 8:29 PM