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

 

 

eNASCAR Pro Invitational Qualifier to be streamed online

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The qualifying race for Sunday’s eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series event at a virtual Texas Motor Speedway will be streamed on enascar.com/live, NASCAR announced.

The qualifier features Xfinity, Truck and regional series drivers looking to advance to the eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series race that will be at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox, FS1 and the Fox Sports App. At this time, four drivers from the qualifier will advance. That number could change depending on any late additions or drops to the race featuring Cup drivers.

MORE: Roush, Greg Biffle reunite for eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series race

MORE: North Wilkesboro to make its comeback on iRacing 

MORE: eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series reminds Clint Bowyer of being a rookie

The qualifier is scheduled to take place at 11:02 a.m. ET and have 34 drivers battling for those four transfer spots.

The qualifier will be 30 laps at a virtual Texas Motor Speedway. The race will have no cautions.

Practice begins at 10:30 a.m. ET. Qualifying begins at 10:55 a.m., lasting five minutes, followed by the race.

Last week, six drivers advanced from the qualifier to the main event. They were: Anthony Alfredo, Justin Allgaier, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Ty Majeski and Ryan Truex.

Drivers scheduled to compete in Sunday’s qualifier at a virtual Texas Motor Speedway are (with car number):

02 – Spencer Boyd

7 – Justin Allgaier

08 – Jeb Burton

15 – Brennan Poole

16 – Justin Haley

22 – Austin Cindric

23 – Sam Mayer

26 – Tyler Ankrum

27 – Ruben Garcia

29  – Kaz Grala

29a – Trevor Bayne

33 – Anthony Alfredo

35 – Todd Gilliland

36 – Jesse Iwuji

40 – Ryan Truex

45 – Ty Majeski

46 – Chandler Smith

50 – Jeffrey Earnhardt

52 – Stewart Friesen

53 – Joey Gase

54 – Kyle Weatherman

63 – Scott Stenzel

68 – Brandon Brown

74 – Sheldon Creed

78 – Ryan Ellis

80 – Joe Graf Jr.

81 – Christian Eckes

90 – Alex Labbe

93 – Myatt Snider

98 – Chase Briscoe

99 – Harrison Burton

TBD – Derek Kraus

TBD – Drew Dollar

TBD – JJ Yeley

March 28 in NASCAR history: Texas Terry Labonte gets a home win

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Terry Labonte’s last two Cup Series wins were anything but forgettable.

The last one, in 2003, came in the Southern 500. That was the same race he earned his first Cup win in way back in 1980.

But four years earlier, the two-time champion got a home win.

A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, the driver nicknamed “Texas Terry” claimed a victory in the 1999 race at Texas Motor Speedway. It was just the third Cup race held at the facility after it opened in 1997.

Labonte started fourth and would lead 124 of 334 laps around the 1.5-mile track, including the final 12 after he passed Dale Jarrett on the outside going into Turn 1 for the lead.

Jarrett wouldn’t get a chance to fight for the lead again. With four laps to go, Jimmy Spencer crashed on the frontstretch to bring out the caution. Labonte took the checkered and yellow flags together for his 21st Cup win.

“We picked places to go test this year and I said ‘I want to go here cause this is a race I want to win,” Labonte told CBS. “Besides Daytona, coming here to Texas is awesome.”

Making the day even better for the Labonte family was Terry’s younger brother, Bobby, placing third.

Also on this day:

1954: The premier series held two races on different sides of the country. Dick Rathmann won a 125-mile race at Oakland Speedway in California after starting last. In Georgia, Al Keller won his first career race at Savannah’s Oglethorpe Speedway.

1982: Sam Ard claimed his first career Xfinity Series win in a race at Martinsville Speedway. Ard would go on to win 22 Xfinity races and the championships in 1983 and 1984.

1992: Robert Pressley passed Harry Gant on the last lap to win the Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway.

1993: Dale Earnhardt came back from a lap down to win at Darlington Raceway. It was his first win since the Coca-Cola 600 10 months earlier. Alan Kulwicki finished sixth in what would be his last race before his death in a plane crash on April 1.

2004: Kurt Busch won at Bristol for his third consecutive victory on the half-mile track.

Roush, Biffle reunite for eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series race

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After four years, Roush Fenway Racing and Greg Biffle are getting the band back together … digitally.

Roush Fenway Racing announced its former driver will compete in Sunday’s eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series event on a digital Texas Motor Speedway.

Like he did in the Cup Series from 2003-2016, Biffle will pilot a No. 16 Ford in the race (1 p.m. ET on Fox and FS1).

“How exciting is it to get back behind the wheel of the No. 16,” Biffle said in a press release. “I watched the iRace last week on TV and I was really impressed with the overall quality of the broadcast and the racing. It was just a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to being a part of the show this weekend.

“We are running a really cool Castrol scheme on the car. I think it’s going to show up really well. My plan is to log a ton of practice time leading up to the race, so hopefully we can have a strong showing and you’ll see a lot of the Castrol green and red on the broadcast.”

This will be Biffle’s iRacing event debut.

After parting ways with Roush Fenway Racing after the 2016 season, Biffle returned to NASCAR last year for a one-off Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with Kyle Busch Motorsports, which he won.

NASCAR teams impacted by North Carolina stay at home order

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced a stay at home order for the entire state of North Carolina, beginning at 5 p.m. ET Monday because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The order is for 30 days.

The move impacts all NASCAR teams based in North Carolina.

“These are tough directives, but I need you to take them seriously,” Gov. Cooper said in afternoon news briefing.

MORE: N.C. Governor enlists Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson for COVID-19 PSA

MORE: North Carolina stay at home order

The order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to stay at least six feet away from each other. The order requires all residents to stay at home except for essential activities. The order states: “non-essential business and operations must cease.”

The order also states that among the definitions for an essential business and operation is “Businesses that meet Social Distancing Requirements. Businesses, not-for-profit organizations or educational institutions that conduct operations while maintaining Social Distancing Requirements:

a. Between and among its employees; and

b. Between and among employees and customers except at the point of sale or purchase.”

Mecklenburg County and Cabarrus County, which are home to such race teams as Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Chip Ganassi Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and JTG Daugherty Racing, were already under a stay at home order through April 16.

By the end of the week, more than 20 states will have issued stay at home orders, including California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Ohio.