Fast, furious and fun moments from Kyle Busch's 499 Cup starts

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Fast, furious and fun moments from Kyle Busch's 499 Cup starts


Fast, furious and fun moments from Kyle Busch's 499 Cup starts


Sweeping Bristol (twice)

Busch loves to race and the more, the better. With all three series in Bristol every summer, Busch finds himself a busy man, and in 2010 he became the first driver to win all three races at the same track in the same weekend. In 2017, Busch repeated the feat.

Darlington bumper tag

The two consider each other buddies now, but there were no such feelings in May 2011. As Mike Joy summed up, “there was a pass, there was contact, and then … Kyle Busch came and turned Kevin Harvick around.” It was after the race when things escalated. Harvick parked on pit road as Busch came up behind him, got out and attempted to get to Busch, but Busch wanted to no part of it. Busch ran into the back of Harvick’s car, sending it into the wall, and drove away.

Busch benched

Aside from injuries he would suffer in 2015, the only other time Busch has missed a Cup Series race was when he was suspended in November 2011. The penalty carried over after Busch wrecked Ron Hornaday Jr. in the Friday night Truck Series race at Texas. The two had first made contact when Hornaday got out of the groove while underneath Busch and both went up into the wall. Busch then chased Hornaday down under caution, hooked him in the right rear and sent both of them into the wall again.

Championship comeback

A broken right leg and left foot from the Feb. 2015 Xfinity Series race at Daytona saw Busch out of his Cup car until May. Upon his return, and knowing he had a playoff waiver if he won and was top 30 in points, Busch got to work. It took him five weeks to win and then he kept winning with three more victories going into the postseason. Once there, he saved his fifth win for the season finale en route to his first championship.

Everything is great

Good can come from bad. The bad was Busch trying to knock out Joey Logano after the 2017 Las Vegas race in which Logano spun Busch on the final lap. Busch ended up bloody and furious at being “dumped.” A week later, Busch responded to questions with variations of “everything is great” which was eventually turned into a T-shirt and sold for charity.

Charlotte mic drop

With as much racing as Busch does, he sees a lot. So when Austin Dillon beat him on fuel mileage for the May 2017 win in the Coca-Cola 600, he wasn’t surprised and told the media center as much. “I’m not surprised about anything. Congratulations.” And then he dropped the microphone onto the table.

He doesn’t like Brad

There have been plenty of Kyle Busch vs. insert-driver-here rivalries. One of the biggest has been with Brad Keselowski as the two have had numerous on-track run-ins and Twitter exchanges. During Championship 4 Media Day in 2017 Busch simply said, “sometimes you just don’t like a guy.”

Racetrack conqueror

Another milestone was crossed off the list in May 2018 when Busch finally won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. Not only was it another crown jewel event to add to his résumé, but Busch also earned the bragging right of being the first driver to win at every Cup Series track he’s started a race.

Kyle vs. Kyle

Busch and Larson going at it has become common, and entertaining. One particular show was the last lap at Chicagoland in July 2018 when Larson slid up into Busch in Turns 1 and 2, Busch then ran into the back of Larson in Turns 3 and 4, bounced off the wall as Larson spun and Busch beat him to the finish line. The two spoke passionately afterward about the hard racing and having no hard feelings. And Busch gave the world yet another GIF by mimicking a crying gesture to the TV camera.

50th career win

Winning at Richmond is familiar to Busch and with the fall 2018 victory, his seventh of the 2018 season and sixth at the track, Busch moved his Cup Series total to 50. In doing so, he moved into a tie with Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson for 11th on the all-time wins list.