Kyle Thomas Busch is a professional stock race car driver and team owner. Busch drives the No. 54 Toyota Camry in the Xfinity Series and the No. 18 Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and started driving a go-kart at age six. Busch grew up working on cars in the family owned garage. His driving career began in 1998 at age 13. His driving career has been met with much success. Busch also manages to keep the Xfinity and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races entertaining for fans, with his rowdy antics.
- Rowdy Antics: Busch is notoriously known for his lack of filter. He smashed a Gibson Les Paul guitar after a NASCAR Nationwide Series Federated Auto Parts 300 win at Nashville Superspeedway. The guitar was the trophy for winning the event. In 2011, he was placed on probation due to a conflict with a competing driver, Kevin Harvick. He received a speeding ticket that same year for driving 128 mph in a 45 mph zone. At Texas Motor Speedway, in 2011, he intentionally caused Ron Hornaday Jr. to wreck, which angered NASCAR officials and resulted in problems with his sponsor, M&M Mars. After receiving a pit road penalty, Busch flashed an obscene gesture at a NASCAR official. Jeff Burton accused Busch of racing dirty after some maneuvers in a race. However, most non-biased race fans believe Busch is a competitor and races hard, not dirty.
- Records: Busch won two NASCAR Top Touring Series races in the same day, which is a record. He is on the record as having the most NASCAR Xfinity Series wins in a single season. Busch holds the number of most wins in a season across the top three NASCAR series. He broke the combined record for most wins in all three of NASCAR’s National Touring Series. In 2005, he became the youngest pole winner in a Cup Series race at California Speedway. In 2006, he became the youngest driver to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
- Upcoming Sprint Cup at Charlotte: Busch is currently hoping to win his first Sprint Cup at the Charlotte Motor Speedway the weekend of October 10th and 11th, 2015. A win Sunday should definitely break his tie for third place among the sixteen Chase drivers. His four win season places Busch as a favorite for a possible win at Charlotte.
(Photo is courtesy of Kyle “Rowdy” Busch as uploaded by Raniel Diaz at Flickr’s Creative Commons.)