Kurt's Career Highlights
- Earned his first victory of the season April 26 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Busch started third and led six times for a race-high 291 laps en route to his 26th career Sprint Cup victory and his second win at Richmond. Busch’s Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Kevin Harvick finished just .754 of a second behind Busch, marking the second time in team history that SHR finished 1-2.
- Won the Sprint Cup Series pole award at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth for the Duck Commander 500 with a lap of 27.857 seconds at 193.847 mph. Busch’s Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Kevin Harvick qualifies second to give SHR a sweep of the front row for the second time in 2015 and the third time in company history. The last time SHR qualified 1-2 was March 20, 2015 at Auto Club Speedway when Busch won the pole and Harvick qualified second.
- Won the Sprint Cup Series pole award at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California for the Auto Club 400 with a lap of 38.889 seconds at 185.142 mph. Busch’s teammate Harvick qualifies second to give SHR a sweep of the front row. The last time SHR qualified 1-2 was July 15, 2011 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman won the pole while Tony Stewart qualified second.
- Finished 12th in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings as a member of the 16-driver Chase for the Championship. It was the eighth time in his career he qualified for the Chase.
- His eighth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth marked his 200th career Sprint Cup top-10 finish.
- By virtue of his 31st-place finish in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 17, Busch secured his spot in the 2014 Chase.
- Attempted “The Double” by racing both the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25. He finished sixth at Indianapolis, which tied Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart, for the highest finish by a driver in the first half of a Double attempt. Busch suffered an engine malfunction at Charlotte Motor Speedway and finished 40th. He completed 906.5 of the combined 1,100 miles for both races. He completed all 200 laps at Indianapolis and 271 of the scheduled 400 laps at Charlotte.
- Won the STP 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on March 30. It snapped an 83-race winless streak for Busch and delivered SHR co-owner Gene Haas and sponsor Haas Automation its first Sprint Cup Series win as a primary sponsor.
- Finished third in the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on 3/23. It was his first top-five and top-10 finish driving the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet with Stewart-Haas Racing.
- On Tuesday, March 3, Busch announced on the “FOX and Friends” television morning show his plan to race in both the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25, 2014. Busch is just the fourth driver in the history of both races to attempt “The Double,” and the first since Robby Gordon attempted the feat in 2004.
- Finished 10th in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings as a member of the 13-driver Chase for the Championship. It was the seventh time in his career he qualified for the Chase.
- Helped secure a berth in the Chase for Furniture Row Racing, making the Colorado-based team the first single-car organization in the 10-year history of the Chase.
- Twice earned a season-best finish of second-place – at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on September 7 and Kansas Speedway in Kansas City on October 6.
- His runner-up finish at Kansas marked his 100th career Sprint Cup top-five finish.
- Won one Sprint Cup pole – Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on May 10 to bring his career total to 16.
- Finished 25th in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points after driving for two teams during the season.
- Moved to Furniture Row Racing beginning with the race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on October 13 for the final six races of the season. Ended the season with three consecutive top-10 finishes.
- Started the season with Phoenix Racing and scored a season-best finish of third-place at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway on June 24.
- Won two NASCAR Nationwide Series races for two different teams in 15 starts. Wins came at Richmond on April 27 for Kyle Busch Motorsports and at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on July 6 for Phoenix Racing. The two wins brought Busch’s career total to five Nationwide Series wins.
- Finished 11th in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings as a member of the 12-driver Chase for the Championship. It was the sixth time in his career he qualified for the Chase.
- Won the non-points Budweiser Shootout Sprint Cup race at Daytona on 2/11 for his first win ever on a superspeedway.
- Won the first of the two Gatorade Duels at Daytona on February 17.
- Won two Sprint Cup points races – Sonoma on June 26 and Dover (Del.) International Speedway on October 2. The win at Dover marked the 24th of his career and moved him to 26th on the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup win list. The wins extended his streak to 10 consecutive seasons with at least one victory.
- Took the Sprint Cup points lead after a ninth-place finish on March 6 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
- Won three consecutive Sprint Cup poles – Kansas on June 4, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on June 11 and Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on June 18. The three poles brought Busch’s career total to 15.
- Won third career NASCAR Nationwide Series race on August 13 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. It was the only Nationwide start of the season for Busch. The win was his second career Nationwide win at Watkins Glen. He won the race from the pole.
- Finished 11th in Sprint Cup point standings as a member of the 12-driver Chase for the Championship. It marked the fifth time in his career that he qualified for the Chase.
- Won two Sprint Cup points races – Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 7 and Charlotte (N.C.) on May 30. The wins brought his career win total in Sprint Cup competition to 22 and extended his streak to nine consecutive seasons with at least one victory.
- Won two Sprint Cup poles – Las Vegas on February 26 and Michigan on June 11. The two poles were the 11th and 12th of his career.
- Won the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star race on May 22 at Charlotte.
- Finished fourth in Sprint Cup point standings as a member of 12-driver Chase for the Championship.
- Won two Sprint Cup points races – Atlanta on March 8 and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on October 8. Busch won the race at Atlanta after leading a race-high 234 of the 330 laps.
- The win at Texas was the 20th of Busch’s career and the first for him in Texas. The two Sprint Cup wins extended Busch’s streak to eight consecutive seasons with at least one victory.
- Busch led the championship point standings after a sixth-place finish on April 26 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
- Finished 18th in the Sprint Cup point standings.
- Won the Sprint Cup race on June 29 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon. It was Busch’s third Sprint Cup win at the mile oval.
- Finished in the runner-up position in the season-opening Daytona 500.
- Competed for the second time in the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Januray 27-28 for Penske-Taylor Racing with co-drivers Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves. The team led 10 laps before settling for a third-place finish. It was Busch’s first podium finish in the Rolex 24.
- Finished sixth in the Sprint Cup point standings as a member of 12-driver Chase for the Championship.
- Won two Sprint Cup points races – Pocono on July 15 and Michigan on August 12. Earned a perfect Driver Rating of 150.0 in his win at Pocono.
- Won the Sprint Cup pole at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. It was the 10th pole of Busch’s career.
- Won second career Nationwide Series pole at Watkins Glen, making it the second year in a row Busch started the Nationwide race at the road course from the pole.
- Finished 16th in the Sprint Cup point standings in his first season with Penske Racing.
- Scored one Sprint Cup points race win – Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on March 26. The win at Bristol was his fifth career win at the track.
- Competed in and won first career Nationwide Series race on April 8 at Fontana. Busch became the 16th driver to win at least on race in each of NASCAR’s three national series – Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck.
- Earned second career Nationwide Series victory on August 12 at Watkins Glen. The win was scored from the pole.
- Finished 10th in the Sprint Cup point standings as a member of the 10-driver Chase for the Championship.
- Won three Sprint Cup point races – Phoenix International Raceway on April 23, Pocono on July 24 and Richmond on September 10.
- Scored a runner-up finish in the season-opening Daytona 500.
- The win at Pocono was Busch’s first on a track longer than 2 miles.
- Competed in IROC XXIX. Finished sixth in IROC points.
- Competed for the first time in the Rolex 24 At Daytona on February 5-6 for Multimatic Motorsports with co-drivers Scott Maxwell, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle. Team finished 27th after a part failure.
- Earned the Sprint Cup Championship by eight points over Jimmie Johnson after a fifth-place finish in the season finale in Homestead-Miami Speedway.
- During the 10-race Chase, Busch scored one win, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He scored 55 bonus points for leading laps during the Chase, more than any other driver.
- Won three Sprint Cup points races – Bristol on March 28, and New Hampshire on July 25 and September 19. The win at Bristol was Busch’s fourth victory at the track.
- For the second time in his career, Busch completed season sweep of a track’s events by winning the two races at New Hampshire.
- Won two Sprint Cup poles – Darlington (S.C.) on November 12 and Homestead-Miami on November 19. The poles were Busch’s third and fourth of his career.
- Competed in IROC XXVIII. Finished fifth in IROC points.
- Finished 11th in the Sprint Cup point standings.
- Took the Sprint Cup points lead for first time in his career following a second-place finish on February 23 at North Carolina Motor Speedway at Rockingham.
- Won four Sprint Cup points races – Bristol on March 23, Fontana on April 27, Michigan on June 15 and Bristol on August 23.
- Completed first career sweep by winning both races at Bristol. The second of the two Bristol victories was his third career win at the half-mile track.
- The win at Fontana was Busch’s first 500-mile win.
- Secured the IROC XXVII championship with a fourth-place finish at the season finale on August 2 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. En route to the IROC championship, Busch scored his first IROC victory, on April 5 at Talladega.
- Busch won the championship by 11 points over Mark Martin. It was his first year participating in IROC competition.
- Finished third in the Sprint Cup point standings.
- Won four Sprint Cup points races – Bristol on March 24, Martinsville on October 20, Atlanta on October 27 and Homestead-Miami on November 17. Wins at Martinsville and Atlanta were back-to-back, a first in Sprint Cup competition for Busch.
- Three of the points-paying race wins were scored in the span of five events. Busch won the race at Homestead-Miami after starting from the pole.
- Won the pole at Homestead-Miami for his second career pole.
- Finished 27th in Sprint Cup point standings.
- Won first Sprint Cup pole on August 31 at Darlington. Led the race for 74 laps before mechanical problems ended the day.
- Finished a season-best third at Talladega on April 22.
- Scored three top-five and six top-10 finishes.
- Made one start in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition at the Milwaukee Mile, where he finished fifth.
- Finished second in Camping World Truck Series point standings.
- Won first Truck Series race on July 1 at Milwaukee after winning his first career Truck Series pole on June 30.
- Won four Truck Series races – Milwaukee on July 1, New Hampshire on July 8, Dover on September 22 and Fontana on October 28. The wins at Milwaukee and New Hampshire were back-to-back victories.
- Named 2000 Truck Series Rookie of the Year.
- Made Sprint Cup Series debut on September 24 at Dover, where he finished 18th after starting 10th.
- Started seven Sprint Cup races, with his best finish being a 13th-place effort at Charlotte on October 8.
- Selected to take over the driving duties of the No. 97 Roush Racing Ford beginning in the 2001 Sprint Cup season.
- Won the NASCAR Southwest Series championship.
- Won seventh career Southwest Series race.
- Won the Roush Racing “Gong Show” audition to become the new driver of the No. 99 Roush Racing entry in the Camping World Truck Series.
- Named the Southwest Series Rookie of the Year.
- Competed in the Winter Heat Series at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park.
- Joined the Star Nursery race team to compete in the Southwest Series.
- Won the Hobby Stock track championship at Las Vegas Speedway Park.
- Named the Legends Cars National Rookie of the Year.
- Won the Legends Cars Western States championship.
- Won the Nevada State Dwarf Car championship.
- Won the Las Vegas Speedway Park Dwarf Car championship.
- Named the Nevada State Dwarf Car Rookie of the Year.
- Competed in first Dwarf Car competition event at age 14 at Pahrump (Nev.) Valley Speedway.
- Won first Dwarf Car race in his second start in the series while competing at the Las Vegas Speedway Park.