Born: May 2 1985
From: Las Vegas NV
Lives: Mooresville NC
Drives: #18 M&M's Toyota
For: Joe Gibbs Racing
Teammates:#11 Denny Hamlin
#20 Joey Logano
Crew Chief: Dave Rodgers
Best Year: 2007 Finished fifth in points
Career Wins: 20
Kyle Busch was born May 2, 1985 in Las Vegas. He was almost destined to become a racecar driver because his father was a racer and his older brother
was the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series Champion.
At age six, Kyle got his first go cart. He honed his racing skills by trying to keep up with Kurt.
When Kyle was 13 years old, he began racing Legends Cars, winning a total of 65 victories and 2 track titles in Las Vegas.
In 2001 Kyle started competing in Late Models, and posted 10 victories for the season. During this time while Kyle was still in high school, his older brother Kurt Busch became a rookie in the NASCAR circuit.
At the age of 16, Kyle made his debut in the Craftsman Truck Series driving for Roush Racing. But NASCAR changed the rules, you now had to be 18 to race in any of the top three NASCAR series. While waiting to turn 18 Kyle focused on school and raced in the ASA(American Speed Association). To jump start his racing career he graduated a year early with honors. Finally when he turned 18 Kyle signed with
and began driving in the Nationwide Series. His first start was at
Lowe's Motor Speedway,
he finished second driving the #87 Ditech.com Chevrolet.
In 2004 Kyle replaced the 2003 Nationwide Series Champion
(who moved up to the Cup Series) in the #5 Lowes Chevrolet and drove full time in the Nationwide Series. He had five wins, five poles and won Rookie of the Year honors while finishing second in points to
Martin Truex Jr.
Also in 2004 he made his first Cup Series start at his home track, the
Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
He raced a total of six times in the Cup car in preparation to move up to Cup racing full time in 2005.
In 2005 his rookie year in Cup Series racing he won twice and was the youngest driver to win a Bud Pole Award while finishing 20th in the series points standings.
In 2008 Kyle signed with Joe Gibbs Racing to drive the #18 M&M's Toyota Camry.