Kyle Busch
35-Year-Old Driver  
Joe Gibbs Racing
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Busch cemented his NASCAR legacy last season with a five-win, 27 Top-10 campaign, and walked away with his second Cup Series championship after winning the season finale at Homestead. For five-straight seasons Busch has registered at least four victories and Top-5 finishes in the driver standings. The Joe Gibbs Racing star has become the gold standard in NASCAR's top division and is finally in position to start piling up the championships much like what Jimmie Johnson did in the early 2000's. Busch will set out to defend his championship in 2020. Adam Stevens returns as crew chief of the No. 18 Toyota team, and the duo will look to continue their dominance. Recent trends point to 5+ wins and roughly 26-28 Top-10 finishes. Busch will once again be one of the top contenders to win the championship, and a regular face among the leaders each week. Read Past Outlooks
Top-5 Finish at Michigan
NASCAR Cup
August 9, 2020
Busch finished fourth in the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
ANALYSIS
Busch was able to marginally improve over his Saturday performance at the Michigan oval. He quickly raced inside the Top 5 in the opening 40 laps and he remained there most of the day. Busch was only able to manage 4 laps led for the afternoon, so again top-end speed was an issue. However, the No. 18 Toyota handled far better than it did Saturday and that allowed Busch to race among the leaders in the closing laps. The Top-5 finish was his second of the weekend and 10th of the season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Busch may have pulled up short in his quest to win a second championship in 2018, but he didn't fail to deliver the stats last season. The Joe Gibbs Racing star continued to be among the leaders in the Monster Cup Energy Series, by posting a career-best eight victories. He also forged career-bests of 22 Top-5 and 28 Top-10 finishes last season. It's hard to have a much better season than this, and not win the championship. However, due to the fickle nature of the Chase and how NASCAR crowns their champion, Busch walked away fourth in the final driver standings. That gives him four consecutive seasons in the Top-4 of the standings. It also signals averages of 6 victories and 23 Top-10 finishes over the last four seasons. That's nearly as good as it gets. With all the team components returning in 2019, including crew chief Adam Stevens, we expect Busch's streak of dominance to continue.
The Joe Gibbs Racing star pulled out all the stops to win a second championship last season. Busch grabbed five wins and 22 Top-10 finishes en route to a runner-up finish in the final driver standings. He led a career-best 2,023 laps last season, so he was up front a lot. With last season's efforts, Busch has finished first, second and third in the standings each of the last three years. At 32-years-old he's in the prime of his career, and with the average age of the Monster Energy Cup Series getting younger, he should be set up for dominance for years to come. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota will win a second championship at some point, that's almost a foregone conclusion. This season could be it. Certainly his excellence and consistency each of the last three seasons have established Busch as one of the most dominant drivers in the sport.
The 2015 series champion was unable to defend that title last season. Still, Busch had an incredible year, and one that easily ranks in the Top 3 of his career. The Joe Gibbs Racing star piled up four victories and a career-best 25 Top-10 finishes. The veteran driver of the No. 18 JGR Toyota wound up third in the final driver standings, and he was in the hunt for the championship until the final laps of last season. We expect the status quo to continue with this driver and team in the upcoming season. Busch and crew chief Adam Stevens have built the No. 18 team into something very special over the past two seasons. The level of performance is good enough to warrant multiple win seasons, and championship contention for the foreseeable future.
After suffering leg and foot injuries in last season's Speedweeks at Daytona, Busch came back after missing the first 11 races of 2015 to mount a historic comeback. He would win five races, including the season finale at Homestead, en route to winning the Sprint Cup Series championship. Busch's first title was a pretty impressive feat given the serious injuries he received in his Daytona crash. In just 25 starts the Joe Gibbs Racing star amassed 12 top-5 and 16 top-10 finishes to go along with those five victories. It took 11 full-time seasons for Busch to claim his first championship, but we're willing to bet it won't be nearly as long before his next. He's averaged three wins and 20 top 10s over the last five seasons, which makes the driver of the No. 18 an elite level driver in NASCAR's top division.
For the first time in his Sprint Cup career, Busch ended last season on a very strong note. The Joe Gibbs Racing star typically struggles to finish the season and has traditionally been a bad performer during the Chase. Not in 2012. Busch posted seven Top 5’s and eight Top 10’s in those final 10 races of last season and accumulated the second-most points of any driver in the series. Had he been a participant in the Chase for the Cup there’s little doubt he’d been a prime contender for the championship. Busch seems to be finally developing some good chemistry with crew chief Dave Rogers. The two have been working together for three seasons to get to this point. We expect very big things for the No. 18 Toyota team in 2013.
Busch exceeded everyone's wildest dreams in 2005. His rookie season saw him become the youngest (19) driver to ever win a Nextel Cup race. The sky's the limit in the 2006 season for this promising young talent.
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Fifth-Place at MIS
NASCAR Cup
August 8, 2020
Busch finished fifth in the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Crash and DNF at New Hampshire
NASCAR Cup
August 2, 2020
Busch crashed and finished 38th in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Top-5 Finish at Texas
NASCAR Cup
July 19, 2020
Busch finished fourth in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Wins Vankor 250
Gander Outdoors Truck
July 18, 2020
Busch won the Vankor 250 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night.
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Fails Post-Race Inspection
XFINITY Series
July 18, 2020
Busch's winning car failed inspection and was disqualified, handing the victory in Saturday's Xfinity race to Austin Cindric, who crossed the finish line second, NBC Sports reports.
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