Memorable moments: A look at Kyle Busch’s 200 career NASCAR victories

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FONTANA, Calif. Kyle Busch overcame a pit road speeding penalty to score his 200th career NASCAR victory at Auto Club Speedway, where Busch has had a rich history.

Busch scored his first career Cup victory Sept. 4, 2005 at Auto Club Speedway. He was the winner in a memorable finish at this track in 2013 — victory No. 130 in his NASCAR career.  Running third, Busch swept past the dueling cars of Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin as they made contact, sending Hamlin into the wall.

Sunday, he earned his 200th career NASCAR victory. Here is a look at some of those memorable wins and the list of all his victories:

Kyle Busch celebrates victory in the Funai 250 NASCAR Busch Series race at Richmond International Raceway May 14, 2004. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Victory No. 1 — May 14, 2004: Richmond Raceway — Busch Series: The 19-year-old started on the pole and led 236 of 250 laps to score the victory. “That was awesome,” Busch said in victory lane. Busch had to hold off Greg Biffle for the win. Said Biffle: “I could have gotten to his bumper at the end of the race. I figured I’d let him go. I didn’t want to race like that. He ran a good race.”

Victory No. 9 — Sept. 9, 2005: California Speedway — Nextel Cup Series: The 20-year-old became the youngest Cup winner at the time when he took the checkered flag at what is now called Auto Club Speedway. Busch announced in victory lane that he was donating his race winnings to the Hurricane Katrina relief fund. More than 1,800 people were killed in the storm, which flooded New Orleans.

Victory No. 24 — March 9, 2008: Atlanta Motor Speedway — Nextel Cup Series: Busch scored his first Cup victory for Joe Gibbs Racing and also gave Toyota its first victory in NASCAR’s top series. 

Victories No. 76, 77, 78 — Aug. 18, 20-21, 2010: Bristol Motor Speedway — Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide, Sprint Cup Series: He swept all three races, becoming the first driver in NASCAR history to win in each of its top three series on the same weekend. It was during driver introductions for the Cup race that Brad Keselowski said into the microphone that “Kyle Busch is an ass.” Keselowski was upset about contact between the two of them the night before in the Nationwide race. He would repeat this feat in 2017 with victories No. 178-180.

Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 28, 2015. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

Victory No. 143 — June 28, 2015: Sonoma Raceway — Sprint Cup Series: Scored his first Cup win in his fifth series start that season. He missed the first 11 points races after breaking his right left and left foot in a crash in the Xfinity Series season opener in February at Daytona.

Victory No. 154 — Nov. 22, 2015: Homestead-Miami Speedway — Sprint Cup Series: He wins the season-ending race to cap his comeback from missing the first 11 points races and captures his first Cup championship.

Victory No. 188 — May 27, 2018: Charlotte Motor Speedway — Monster Energy Cup Series: He scored his first points-paying Cup victory at this track. The win gave him at least one win at all 23 facilities that host Cup races. He led 377 of 400 laps. Said Busch: “It’s just something cool tonight to be able to accomplish something that I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. I remember being eight, nine, 10 years old and wanting to win races at Charlotte, wanting to win the Coke 600, wanting to win the All-Star Race and just remembering watching those races under the lights here and dreaming of one day going to Victory Lane, and now finally it’s here.”

Victory No. 200 — March 17, 2019: Auto Club Speedway — Busch had the dominant car but a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 123 dropped him to 18th and created some question of it he could get back into the lead. He took the lead for good on Lap 175.

Series

Track

Driver

Date

1

Xfinity

Richmond

Kyle Busch

5/14/2004

2

Xfinity

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

5/29/2004

3

Xfinity

Kentucky

Kyle Busch

6/19/2004

4

Xfinity

LOR

Kyle Busch

8/7/2004

5

Xfinity

Michigan

Kyle Busch

8/21/2004

6

Truck

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

5/20/2005

7

Xfinity

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

5/28/2005

8

Truck

Dover

Kyle Busch

6/4/2005

9

Cup

Auto Club

Kyle Busch

9/4/2005

10

Truck

Atlanta

Kyle Busch

10/29/2005

11

Cup

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

11/13/2005

12

Xfinity

Bristol

Kyle Busch

3/25/2006

13

Truck

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

5/19/2006

14

Cup

Loudon

Kyle Busch

7/16/2006

15

Cup

Bristol

Kyle Busch

3/25/2007

16

Xfinity

Daytona

Kyle Busch

7/7/2007

17

Xfinity

Richmond

Kyle Busch

9/7/2007

18

Xfinity

Kansas

Kyle Busch

9/29/2007

19

Truck

Atlanta

Kyle Busch

10/27/2007

20

Truck

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

11/9/2007

21

Xfinity

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

11/10/2007

22

Truck

Auto Club

Kyle Busch

2/23/2008

23

Truck

Atlanta

Kyle Busch

3/7/2008

24

Cup

Atlanta

Kyle Busch

3/9/2008

25

Xfinity

Texas

Kyle Busch

4/5/2008

26

Xfinity

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

4/11/2008

27

Xfinity

Mexico City

Kyle Busch

4/20/2008

28

Cup

Talladega

Kyle Busch

4/27/2008

29

Cup

Darlington

Kyle Busch

5/10/2008

30

Xfinity

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

5/24/2008

31

Cup

Dover

Kyle Busch

6/1/2008

32

Cup

Sonoma

Kyle Busch

6/22/2008

33

Cup

Daytona

Kyle Busch

7/5/2008

34

Xfinity

Chicago

Kyle Busch

7/11/2008

35

Cup

Chicago

Kyle Busch

7/12/2008

36

Xfinity

LOR

Kyle Busch

7/26/2008

37

Cup

Watkins Glen

Kyle Busch

8/10/2008

38

Truck

Bristol

Kyle Busch

8/20/2008

39

Xfinity

Auto Club

Kyle Busch

8/30/2008

40

Xfinity

Dover

Kyle Busch

9/20/2008

41

Xfinity

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

10/10/2008

42

Xfinity

Texas

Kyle Busch

11/1/2008

43

Truck

Auto Club

Kyle Busch

2/21/2009

44

Xfinity

Auto Club

Kyle Busch

2/21/2009

45

Cup

Las Vegas

Kyle Busch

3/1/2009

46

Truck

Atlanta

Kyle Busch

3/7/2009

47

Cup

Bristol

Kyle Busch

3/22/2009

48

Xfinity

Texas

Kyle Busch

4/4/2009

49

Xfinity

Richmond

Kyle Busch

5/1/2009

50

Cup

Richmond

Kyle Busch

5/2/2009

51

Xfinity

Nashville

Kyle Busch

6/6/2009

52

Xfinity

Loudon

Kyle Busch

6/27/2009

53

Xfinity

Gateway

Kyle Busch

7/18/2009

54

Truck

Bristol

Kyle Busch

8/19/2009

55

Cup

Bristol

Kyle Busch

8/22/2009

56

Truck

Chicago

Kyle Busch

8/28/2009

57

Truck

Loudon

Kyle Busch

9/19/2009

58

Xfinity

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

10/16/2009

59

Truck

Talladega

Kyle Busch

10/31/2009

60

Truck

Texas

Kyle Busch

11/6/2009

61

Xfinity

Texas

Kyle Busch

11/7/2009

62

Xfinity

Homestead

Kyle Busch

11/21/2009

63

Xfinity

Auto Club

Kyle Busch

2/20/2010

64

Truck

Nashville

Kyle Busch

4/2/2010

65

Xfinity

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

4/9/2010

66

Xfinity

Texas

Kyle Busch

4/19/2010

67

Cup

Richmond

Kyle Busch

5/1/2010

68

Xfinity

Dover

Kyle Busch

5/15/2010

69

Cup

Dover

Kyle Busch

5/16/2010

70

Truck

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

5/21/2010

71

Xfinity

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

5/29/2010

72

Xfinity

Loudon

Kyle Busch

6/26/2010

73

Xfinity

Chicago

Kyle Busch

7/9/2010

74

Xfinity

LOR

Kyle Busch

7/24/2010

75

Xfinity

Iowa

Kyle Busch

7/31/2010

76

Truck

Bristol

Kyle Busch

8/18/2010

77

Xfinity

Bristol

Kyle Busch

8/20/2010

78

Cup

Bristol

Kyle Busch

8/21/2010

79

Truck

Chicago

Kyle Busch

8/27/2010

80

Truck

Loudon

Kyle Busch

9/18/2010

81

Xfinity

Dover

Kyle Busch

9/25/2010

82

Xfinity

Auto Club

Kyle Busch

10/9/2010

83

Truck

Talladega

Kyle Busch

10/30/2010

84

Truck

Texas

Kyle Busch

11/5/2010

85

Truck

Homestead

Kyle Busch

11/19/2010

86

Xfinity

Homestead

Kyle Busch

11/20/2010

87

Truck

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

2/25/2011

88

Xfinity

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

2/26/2011

89

Xfinity

Bristol

Kyle Busch

3/19/2011

90

Cup

Bristol

Kyle Busch

3/20/2011

91

Xfinity

Auto Club

Kyle Busch

3/26/2011

92

Xfinity

Talladega

Kyle Busch

4/16/2011

93

Truck

Nashville

Kyle Busch

4/22/2011

94

Cup

Richmond

Kyle Busch

4/30/2011

95

Xfinity

Darlington

Kyle Busch

5/6/2011

96

Truck

Dover

Kyle Busch

5/13/2011

97

Truck

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

5/20/2011

98

Truck

Kentucky

Kyle Busch

7/7/2011

99

Cup

Kentucky

Kyle Busch

7/9/2011

100

Xfinity

Loudon

Kyle Busch

7/16/2011

101

Cup

Michigan

Kyle Busch

8/21/2011

102

Xfinity

Bristol

Kyle Busch

8/26/2011

103

Xfinity

Richmond

Kyle Busch

9/9/2011

104

Truck

Loudon

Kyle Busch

9/24/2011

105

Cup

Richmond

Kyle Busch

4/28/2012

106

Xfinity

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

3/2/2013

107

Xfinity

Bristol

Kyle Busch

3/16/2013

108

Xfinity

Auto Club

Kyle Busch

3/23/2013

109

Cup

Auto Club

Kyle Busch

3/24/2013

110

Xfinity

Texas

Kyle Busch

4/12/2013

111

Cup

Texas

Kyle Busch

4/13/2013

112

Xfinity

Darlington

Kyle Busch

5/10/2013

113

Truck

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

5/17/2013

114

Xfinity

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

5/25/2013

115

Truck

Dover

Kyle Busch

5/31/2013

116

Xfinity

Loudon

Kyle Busch

7/13/2013

117

Xfinity

Indianapolis

Kyle Busch

7/27/2013

118

Cup

Watkins Glen

Kyle Busch

8/11/2013

119

Truck

Bristol

Kyle Busch

8/21/2013

120

Xfinity

Bristol

Kyle Busch

8/23/2013

121

Cup

Atlanta

Kyle Busch

9/1/2013

122

Truck

Chicago

Kyle Busch

9/13/2013

123

Xfinity

Chicago

Kyle Busch

9/14/2013

124

Xfinity

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

10/11/2013

125

Xfinity

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

11/9/2013

126

Truck

Homestead

Kyle Busch

11/15/2013

127

Truck

Daytona

Kyle Busch

2/21/2014

128

Xfinity

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

3/1/2014

129

Xfinity

Bristol

Kyle Busch

3/15/2014

130

Cup

Auto Club

Kyle Busch

3/23/2014

131

Truck

Kansas

Kyle Busch

5/9/2014

132

Truck

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

5/16/2014

133

Truck

Dover

Kyle Busch

5/30/2014

134

Xfinity

Dover

Kyle Busch

5/31/2014

135

Truck

Kentucky

Kyle Busch

6/26/2014

136

Xfinity

Richmond

Kyle Busch

9/5/2014

137

Truck

Chicago

Kyle Busch

9/13/2014

138

Xfinity

Dover

Kyle Busch

9/27/2014

139

Xfinity

Kansas

Kyle Busch

10/4/2014

140

Truck

Texas

Kyle Busch

10/31/2014

141

Xfinity

Texas

Kyle Busch

11/1/2014

142

Xfinity

Michigan

Kyle Busch

6/13/2015

143

Cup

Sonoma

Kyle Busch

6/28/2015

144

Cup

Kentucky

Kyle Busch

7/11/2015

145

Cup

Loudon

Kyle Busch

7/19/2015

146

Xfinity

Indianapolis

Kyle Busch

7/25/2015

147

Cup

Indianapolis

Kyle Busch

7/26/2015

148

Truck

Pocono

Kyle Busch

8/1/2015

149

Truck

Michigan

Kyle Busch

8/15/2015

150

Xfinity

Bristol

Kyle Busch

8/21/2015

151

Xfinity

Chicago

Kyle Busch

9/19/2015

152

Xfinity

Kansas

Kyle Busch

10/17/2015

153

Xfinity

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

11/14/2015

154

Cup

Homestead

Kyle Busch

11/22/2015

155

Xfinity

Atlanta

Kyle Busch

2/27/2016

156

Xfinity

Las Vegas

Kyle Busch

3/5/2016

157

Xfinity

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

3/12/2016

158

Truck

Martinsville

Kyle Busch

4/2/2016

159

Cup

Martinsville

Kyle Busch

4/3/2016

160

Xfinity

Texas

Kyle Busch

4/8/2016

161

Cup

Texas

Kyle Busch

4/9/2016

162

Cup

Kansas

Kyle Busch

5/7/2016

163

Xfinity

Kentucky

Kyle Busch

7/8/2016

164

Xfinity

Loudon

Kyle Busch

7/16/2016

165

Xfinity

Indianapolis

Kyle Busch

7/23/2016

166

Cup

Indianapolis

Kyle Busch

7/24/2016

167

Xfinity

Richmond

Kyle Busch

9/9/2016

168

Truck

Chicago

Kyle Busch

9/16/2016

169

Xfinity

Kansas

Kyle Busch

10/15/2016

170

Xfinity

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

11/12/2016

171

Xfinity

Atlanta

Kyle Busch

3/4/2017

172

Truck

Kansas

Kyle Busch

5/12/2017

173

Truck

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

5/19/2017

174

Xfinity

Kentucky

Kyle Busch

7/8/2017

175

Xfinity

Loudon

Kyle Busch

7/15/2017

176

Cup

Pocono

Kyle Busch

7/30/2017

177

Xfinity

Watkins Glen

Kyle Busch

8/5/2017

178

Truck

Bristol

Kyle Busch

8/16/2017

179

Xfinity

Bristol

Kyle Busch

8/18/2017

180

Cup

Bristol

Kyle Busch

8/19/2017

181

Cup

Loudon

Kyle Busch

9/24/2017

182

Cup

Dover

Kyle Busch

10/1/2017

183

Cup

Martinsville

Kyle Busch

10/29/2017

184

Truck

Las Vegas

Kyle Busch

3/2/2018

185

Cup

Texas

Kyle Busch

4/8/2018

186

Cup

Bristol

Kyle Busch

4/16/2018

187

Cup

Richmond

Kyle Busch

4/21/2018

188

Cup

Charlotte

Kyle Busch

5/27/2018

189

Xfinity

Pocono

Kyle Busch

6/2/2018

190

Cup

Chicago

Kyle Busch

7/1/2018

191

Truck

Pocono

Kyle Busch

7/28/2018

192

Cup

Pocono

Kyle Busch

7/29/2018

193

Cup

Richmond

Kyle Bush

9/22/2018

194

Cup

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

11/11/2018

195

Truck

Atlanta

Kyle Busch

2/23/2019

196

Truck

Las Vegas

Kyle Busch

3/1/2019

197

Xfinity

Las Vegas

Kyle Busch

3/2/2019

198

Xfinity

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

3/9/2019

199

Cup

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

3/10/2019

200

Cup

Auto Club

Kyle Busch

3/17/2019

 

 

Goodyear tire info for Martinsville Speedway

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NASCAR Cup and Truck teams continue their respective playoffs this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

The Cup Series begins its Round of 8, while the Gander Outdoors Truck Series will contest its middle race of the Round of 6.

Cup and Truck teams will run the same tire setup at Martinsville, the same tires both series have run at the .526-mile bullring since 2017.

It’s getting later in the fall and we are likely to have cloudy conditions and temperatures in the 60-degree range at Martinsville this week, so track temps will be low, making it more difficult for the track to take rubber,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “Because of the time of year we run at Martinsville, we’ve worked hard over the past several years to come up with a tread compound that will lay rubber in the concrete corners, even in cool temperatures.

Generally, Martinsville has produced some of the best racing on the circuit and that only seems to have been enhanced by the track consistently taking rubber and having multiple racing lines. We continue to work on keeping up with Martinsville and making adjustments where needed, holding a test there this past summer and looking ahead to 2020 when we will have a full fledged night race at the track.”

According to wunderground.com, the forecast calls for a temperature of 58 degrees with a 40 percent chance of rain at the scheduled 1:30 p.m. ET start time for Saturday’s Truck race, and a temperature of 66 degrees with a 19 percent chance of green flag at the 3 p.m. ET scheduled start time for Sunday’s Cup race.

Here is the tire information for this weekend’s races at Martinsville:

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials

Set limits: Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying/start of race and 9 sets for race (8 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying or practice); Truck: 5 sets for the event.

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4588; Right-side – D-4722

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 2,221 mm (87.44 in.); Right-side — 2,251 mm (88.62 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 10 psi; Left Rear — 10 psi; Right Front — 23 psi; Right Rear — 22 psi

As on most NASCAR ovals 1 mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.

NASCAR penalty report after Kansas

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NASCAR issued one penalty from this past weekend’s racing action at Kansas Speedway.

Chris Gayle, crew chief for the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Cup Toyota driven by Erik Jones, has been fined $10,000 for lug nut(s) not properly installed following Sunday’s race.

There were no penalties assessed to the teams of Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick stemming from the altercation following Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.

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Ron Hornaday Jr., Bobby Labonte to take part in Martinsville Truck race activities

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Martinsville Speedway will honor one NASCAR Hall of Famer and one inductee before Saturday’s NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 Truck Series race.

Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. will serve as grand marshal for the race, while Bobby Labonte, who will be inducted into the Hall in January, will serve as the honorary starter.

Bobby Labonte. Photo: Getty Images.

We are honored to have 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Ron Hornaday Jr. as Grand Marshal and 2020 inductee Bobby Labonte as Honorary Starter at the first NASCAR Hall of Fame 200,” NASCAR Hall of Fame executive director Winston Kelly said in a statement. “Ron is the series’ only four-time champion. As the 2000 premier series champion and 1992 Xfinity champion, Bobby is one of only 31 drivers who has won races in all three NASCAR national series with his lone truck series win coming at Martinsville.”

Said Clay Campbell, president of Martinsville Speedway: “We appreciate the NASCAR Hall of Fame making it possible to have two great NASCAR champions available to meet our fans Saturday morning before the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200. Having Ron and Bobby be a part of our race weekend is special for everyone at Martinsville Speedway.”

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NASCAR entry lists for Martinsville

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Eight drivers remain in the playoffs for Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway.

In addition to the Cup Series, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series is also in action this weekend at Martinsville, on Saturday. The Xfinity Series is off this weekend.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for both series:

Cup – First Data 500 (3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)

There are 38 cars entered.

Two cars do not have drivers listed yet on the entry list:

* The No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet.

* The No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet.

JJ Yeley is in the No. 53 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet.

Joey Logano won this race last fall. Denny Hamlin finished second and Martin Truex Jr. was third.

In this year’s spring race, Brad Keselowski won, followed by Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch.

Click here for the entry list.

Trucks – NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 (1:30 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1)

There are 32 Trucks entered in the middle race of the Round of 6 of the Truck playoffs.

One Truck does not have a driver listed yet: The No. 0 Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing Chevrolet.

Tanner Gray, who won the 2018 NHRA Pro Stock championship, makes his Truck Series debut in the No. 15 DGR-Crosley Toyota.

Sam Mayer makes his second start of the season in the No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet.

Danny Bohn makes his first career Truck Series start in the No. 30 On Point Motorsports Toyota.

Carson Ware makes his first career Truck Series start in the No. 33 Reaume Brothers Racing Chevrolet.

Dawson Cram makes his first Truck Series start of the season and fourth of his career in the No. 34 Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota.

Jeb Burton makes his second Truck Series start of the season in the No. 44 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet.

Also, one week after clinching the ARCA championship, Christian Eckes will make his seventh Truck start of the season, once again piloting the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.

Johnny Sauter won this race last fall. Brett Moffitt was second and Myatt Snider was third.

Kyle Busch won this year’s spring race, followed by Ben Rhodes and Brett Moffitt.

Click here for the entry list.

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