Kyle Busch
33-Year-Old Driver  
Joe Gibbs Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Busch may have pulled up short in his quest to win a second championship in 2018, but he didn't fail to deliver the stats last season. The Joe Gibbs Racing star continued to be among the leaders in the Monster Cup Energy Series, by posting a career-best eight victories. He also forged career-bests of 22 Top-5 and 28 Top-10 finishes last season. It's hard to have a much better season than this, and not win the championship. However, due to the fickle nature of the Chase and how NASCAR crowns their champion, Busch walked away fourth in the final driver standings. That gives him four consecutive seasons in the Top-4 of the standings. It also signals averages of 6 victories and 23 Top-10 finishes over the last four seasons. That's nearly as good as it gets. With all the team components returning in 2019, including crew chief Adam Stevens, we expect Busch's streak of dominance to continue. Read Past Outlooks
Overcomes Penalty for Top 10 at Richmond
NASCAR Cup
April 15, 2019
Busch overcame a pit road speeding penalty to finish eighth Saturday night in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, kylebusch.com reports.
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The No. 18 Toyota Camry was very fast, and it didn't take long for Busch to claim the lead on lap 32. However, during stage 2 the JGR star would pit under caution and make a costly speeding mistake on pit road. Busch would restart 26th on lap 135 and battle uphill the rest of the way. An ill-handling car would prevent him from racing further forward over the final stage, and Busch would settle for eighth-place at the checkered flag. It was his ninth Top 10 in the first nine races of the season, and he remains squarely atop the championship standings heading into the off weekend.
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NASCAR Barometer: Busch Grabs Eighth Bristol Win
13 days ago
Kyle Busch continues to rack up victories as he held off older brother Kurt to win the Food City 500, his eight Bristol win.
Draft Kings NASCAR: Food City 500
15 days ago
C.J.Radune notes that Kurt Busch has had a great career at Bristol. He has six track victories with the latest being this past fall.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Joe Gibbs Racing star pulled out all the stops to win a second championship last season. Busch grabbed five wins and 22 Top-10 finishes en route to a runner-up finish in the final driver standings. He led a career-best 2,023 laps last season, so he was up front a lot. With last season's efforts, Busch has finished first, second and third in the standings each of the last three years. At 32-years-old he's in the prime of his career, and with the average age of the Monster Energy Cup Series getting younger, he should be set up for dominance for years to come. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota will win a second championship at some point, that's almost a foregone conclusion. This season could be it. Certainly his excellence and consistency each of the last three seasons have established Busch as one of the most dominant drivers in the sport.
The 2015 series champion was unable to defend that title last season. Still, Busch had an incredible year, and one that easily ranks in the Top 3 of his career. The Joe Gibbs Racing star piled up four victories and a career-best 25 Top-10 finishes. The veteran driver of the No. 18 JGR Toyota wound up third in the final driver standings, and he was in the hunt for the championship until the final laps of last season. We expect the status quo to continue with this driver and team in the upcoming season. Busch and crew chief Adam Stevens have built the No. 18 team into something very special over the past two seasons. The level of performance is good enough to warrant multiple win seasons, and championship contention for the foreseeable future.
After suffering leg and foot injuries in last season's Speedweeks at Daytona, Busch came back after missing the first 11 races of 2015 to mount a historic comeback. He would win five races, including the season finale at Homestead, en route to winning the Sprint Cup Series championship. Busch's first title was a pretty impressive feat given the serious injuries he received in his Daytona crash. In just 25 starts the Joe Gibbs Racing star amassed 12 top-5 and 16 top-10 finishes to go along with those five victories. It took 11 full-time seasons for Busch to claim his first championship, but we're willing to bet it won't be nearly as long before his next. He's averaged three wins and 20 top 10s over the last five seasons, which makes the driver of the No. 18 an elite level driver in NASCAR's top division.
For the first time in his Sprint Cup career, Busch ended last season on a very strong note. The Joe Gibbs Racing star typically struggles to finish the season and has traditionally been a bad performer during the Chase. Not in 2012. Busch posted seven Top 5’s and eight Top 10’s in those final 10 races of last season and accumulated the second-most points of any driver in the series. Had he been a participant in the Chase for the Cup there’s little doubt he’d been a prime contender for the championship. Busch seems to be finally developing some good chemistry with crew chief Dave Rogers. The two have been working together for three seasons to get to this point. We expect very big things for the No. 18 Toyota team in 2013.
Busch exceeded everyone's wildest dreams in 2005. His rookie season saw him become the youngest (19) driver to ever win a Nextel Cup race. The sky's the limit in the 2006 season for this promising young talent.
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Rallies to Win at Bristol
NASCAR Cup
April 7, 2019
Busch rallied from an early-race spin to battle back and win the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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10th-Place at Fort Worth
NASCAR Cup
April 1, 2019
Busch made contact with the wall late and finished 10th in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, kylebusch.com reports.
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Wins Texas Xfinity Race
XFINITY Series
March 30, 2019
Busch moved one win closer to a Lone Star sweep with his victory Saturday afternoon in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, the My Bariatric Solutions 300, NASCAR.com reports.
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Wins Fourth Consecutive Truck Race
Gander Outdoors Truck
March 30, 2019
Busch continued his winning ways out west. Busch held off Stewart Friesen by 1.269-seconds for his fourth-consecutive NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory of the season and his fourth-career win at Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR.com reports.
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Fast Xfinity Happy Hour
XFINITY Series
March 29, 2019
Busch was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 187.813 mph.
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