If you are not a big fan of auto racing, then you may not necessarily know much about Kyle Busch, but for those who are ardent fans of the NASCAR series, the American driver is somewhat of a god. Variously nicknamed Rowdy and Wild Thing, Busch started racing with go-karts at the tender age of six and turned pro a few years later. Since then, it has been victory after victory as the Nevada native has gone on to set several records across all top three NASCAR cup series, including most race wins in a season.
Busch has also won not less than three championships, including the NASCAR Cup Series Championships (2x) and the Xfinity Series (1x). This glory has however not come without much sacrifice as the driver has paid the price in several ways. Regardless of injuries or collisions with his fellow driver, Kyle Busch is one man who is passionate about his chosen field and would allow nothing to stand in the way of his victory.
Highlights Of Teams He Has Raced For Across The Three Major NASCAR Cup Series
Kyle Thomas Busch started his racing career in 1998 at the age of 13. In the space of three years (between 1999 and 2001), he won more than 65 races in the Legends Car Racing, and this had many NASCAR race teams itching to sign him. The team that was eventually lucky to land him was Roush Racing and he spent three years with them, 2001–2003, during which he represented them in the Gander RV and Outdoors Track Series.
The young Kyle took part in about six races and managed a ninth-place finish in one of them. His run was however stopped in its stride by NASCAR’s 2002 decision to impose a minimum age limit of 18 on its drivers. This new rule left the 17-year-old unable to compete for some time until he achieved the required age in 2003.
Stint With NASCAR Cup Series – Hendrick Motorsports And Joe Gibbs Racing
Kyle Busch has been most prolific when it comes to the NASCAR Cup Series and he has spent a total of 17 years in this division. Five out of these 17 years was spent racing for Hendrick Motorsports while the remaining 12 years was with Joe Gibbs Racing (an organization owned by former NFL coach Joe Gibbs and his son, J.D. Gibbs). Busch made his NASCAR cup series debut at the Nashville Superspeedway in April 2003. Since then, he has participated in about 560 races out of which he has won 59. He has taken the pole position in about 32 of them and has finished in the top ten category in 309 races.
For his efforts, the driver won the NASCAR Cup Series champion in 2015 and 2019. He also emerged as the regular-season champion in 2018 and 2019. Kyle has also made history as the first driver in the series to win every track that he has competed in. He also set a record as the youngest race winner in the cup series, after winning the 2005 edition of the Darlington Speedway in California.
Xfinity Series – Hendrick Motorsports, Braun Racing, D’Hondt Motorsports, And Joe Gibbs Racing
When it comes to the Xfinity Series division, Kyle Busch has raced for several teams such as Hendrick Motorsports, Braun Racing, D’Hondt Motorsports, Joe Gibbs racing, as well as his own team, Kyle Busch Motorsports. He has taken part in a total of 356 races out of which he has won an impressive 97. The Nevada native has finished in the top ten on 257 occasions and clinched the coveted pole position in 68 races.
Kyle’s best finish in the Xfinity Series came in the year 2009 when he finished in the top five of 25 races that season. He also won nine races to beat out other drivers and emerge champion of the division that same year.
Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series -Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, Billy Ballew Motorsports, And Kyle Busch Motorsports
The only NASCAR Cup Series where Kyle Busch is yet to win a championship is the camping truck series. Despite collaborating with teams such as Rouse Racing, Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, Billy Ballew Motorsports, as well as his own Kyle Busch Motorsports, the driver is yet to taste the ultimate glory in this division.
This is however not for a lack of effort on his part. Kyle has taken part in a total of 155 races out of which he has won 59. He has clinched the pole position on 22 occasions and finished in the top ten in about 123 races. All these have however failed to materialize into a championship but Kyle continues to rely on his team to help him achieve victory.
KB Motorsports came into existence in 2009 after Kyle bought the remaining assets of Xpress Motorsports, as well as purchased trucks from Roush Fenway Racing. The team has thrived for more than a decade and has been sponsored by various brands, including Rowdy Energy, Safelite, Mobil 1, and Textron Aviation.
How He Overcame Injuries And Accidents To Win His First Championship
Injuries are a normal facet of life for every professional athlete and racing drivers are not different. Even though there is not much physical contact in their sport, they can still suffer serious consequences stemming from unavoidable accidents. Kyle Busch found himself at the receiving end of one such accident in a 2015 season and it was brutal. Prior to the commencement of that season, specifically in December 2014, the Nevada native experienced a recurring inflammation in his left foot. He underwent successful surgery to relieve it and came back primed for the 2015 season.
Kyle did well in the first few races of the season. His run was however derailed by a multiple car crash during an Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway, in February 2015. With just a few laps left to go, Busch’s car veered off the track, went through the grass, and hit the interior wall head-on. There was no SAFER wall barrier and as such, he felt the impact of the crash. He found it hard getting out of his car and was treated on the grass for about 10 minutes before being stretchered off and transported by an ambulance to Halifax Hospital for further medical evaluation.
The evaluation revealed a compound break in his right leg, as well as a fracture in his left foot and he underwent surgery to repair it. The prognosis predicted that Busch would miss the remainder of the season but he was able to make it back in just four months. He received a medical waiver and was able to qualify for the playoffs after winning some races. All his hard work was eventually rewarded when he triumphed in the playoffs and won his first-ever championship that year.
Infertility Struggles Plagued His Family For Years
For any eligible bachelorettes looking to land the race car driver, we are sad to inform you that he has been off the market for years now. Kyle Busch is fittingly married to an auto racing enthusiast, Samantha Sarcinella.
Samantha hails from St John, Indiana, and is quite accomplished academically. She holds a psychology degree from Purdue University, as well as a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Currently, she is a fitness and lifestyle blogger. She also lends her efforts to her husband’s charity foundation, the Kyle Busch Foundation. The charity sends gifts to children on holidays. It also foots the bills for cancer patients among other charitable endeavors.
Busch and wife first met in Indianapolis in 2007. Sam was checking the credentials of fans participating in ride-a-longs before the race and at the end of the event, a PR person asked her if she would like to take a ride herself. She said yes and her co-passenger turned out to be Busch. They struck up a conversation and started dating and had a long-distance relationship for several months. After dating for two years, the couple tied the knot on December 31st, 2012, in a Catholic church in Chicago. Their nuptials were even featured on Style Network.
Busch and wife have been together for about 12 years now and she has cheered him on through the victories. She has also shed tears when he suffered the horrific 2015 track accident. On the home front, the couple has had to deal with fertility issues. Samantha suffered from a case of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and had to undergo multiple IVF treatments. Luck eventually shined on them as they welcomed their son, Brexton Locke Busch, into the world on May 18, 2015. The couple is hoping to have a second child but that dream is still a work in progress as they suffered a miscarriage in November 2018.