Below is a look at the numbers for Kyle Busch as he rolls into Homestead and his second chance to win a MENCS championship.
Kyle by the numbers:
1 – Number of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series titles Kyle Busch has won (2015).
1 – Number of wins Kyle Busch has posted at Homestead-Miami Speedway – 2015 (tied for most among the Championship 4 with Kevin Harvick)
2 – Number of top-five finishes Kyle Busch has posted at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
3 – Number of times Kyle Busch has made it to the Championship 4 in the new Playoff format (tied with Kevin Harvick for the most Championship 4 appearances).
5 – Number of wins Kyle Busch has posted during the 2017 season; three during the Playoffs (Pocono-2, Bristol-2, New Hampshire-2, Dover-2 and Martinsville-2)
5 – Number of top-10 finishes Kyle Busch has posted at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
8 – Number of Coors Light poles Kyle Busch posted in 2017 – series-most
11.8 – Busch’s average finish during the entire 2017 season.
12.2 – Busch’s average finish during the first nine races of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs
13 – Number of top-five finishes Kyle Busch has posted this season.
14 –Number of stage wins Kyle Busch has posted during the 2017 season.
19.8 – Busch’s average finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway
21 – Number of top-10 finishes Kyle Busch has posted during the 2017 season
96.9 – Kyle Busch’s career driver rating at Homestead-Miami Speedway (third-best among the Championship 4).
110.5 – Kyle Busch’s driver rating during the first nine races of the 2017 Playoffs.
279 – Total number of laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway by Kyle Busch
Busch Eyeing Multi-NASCAR Championships Club
After winning the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in dramatic come-from-behind fashion, Kyle Busch is looking to become just the 16th driver in series history to win two or more championships when he races in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio).
Busch would be joining prestigious company:
Richard Petty – 7
Dale Earnhardt – 7
Jimmie Johnson – 7
Jeff Gordon – 4
Darrell Waltrip – 3
Cale Yarborough – 3
David Pearson – 3
Lee Petty – 3
Tony Stewart – 3
Herb Thomas – 2
Tim Flock – 2
Joe Weatherly – 2
Ned Jarret – 2
Terry Labonte – 2
Buck Baker – 2
Kyle Busch will have to battle two other Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers looking for their second series championship in Kevin Harvick (2014) and Brad Keselowski (2012).
The Tale Of Kyle Busch – A Prime Time Performer In 2017
It may have been a slow start to the 2017 season for Kyle Busch, but the 2015 champion has been one of the best drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the back half of the season.
Busch’s first win of the year was the July Pocono Raceway race – leaving only one remaining track he has yet to win a points race at – Charlotte Motor Speedway. He won Bristol’s fall race for his second regular season victory.
Busch scored two wins in the Round of 16 – winning back-to-back races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway to advance to the Round of 12.
He narrowly escaped the Round of 12 after two finishes outside the top-25 at Charlotte and Talladega, but punched his ticket to the Championship 4 in the opening race of the Round of 8 when he won at Martinsville – giving him three wins during the 2017 postseason.
Busch will look to be the top finisher among his Championship 4 competitors at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he has one career win – the 2015 win that sealed his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.
Looking For Another Clutch Performance At Homestead
Heading into the Championship 4 race in 2015, Kyle Busch had never won at Homestead-Miami Speedway. That all changed when he pulled away from fellow title contender Kevin Harvick on a late-race restart to capture the checkered flag and his first championship.
In fact, other than the storybook ending to the 2015 season, Busch has struggled in South Florida. He holds an average finish of 19.8 in 12 races at the 1.5-mile track, with two top fives and five top 10s to his credit, including the win in 2015.
Prior to the trip to Victory Lane two years ago, Busch’s best finish in Miami was fourth in 2012. He finished sixth there last season in his quest for a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.
The Man Behind The Champion
Since pairing up in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with Kyle Busch in 2015, crew chief Adam Stevens has been one of the best crew chiefs in the sport.
The pair has combined for the following achievements in 91 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races together since 2015:
- 14 wins
- 41 top fives
- 59 top 10s
- 3,951 laps led
- 10 Coors Light Pole awards
- One Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship (2015)
- Three-consecutive Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 appearances
- Three-consecutive Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs appearances
The two will look to capture their second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship together this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Coach Gibbs Pursuing Fifth Championship With Kyle Busch
How do you follow-up a hall of fame football coaching career that included three championships at the highest level of your sport?
With four – and counting – championships at the highest level of motorsports.
Coach Joe Gibbs led the Washington Redskins to Super Bowl titles in 1983, ’88 and ’92. His Joe Gibbs Racing stable has won Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships with Bobby Labonte (2000), Tony Stewart (2002, 2005) and Kyle Busch (2015). Toss in two NASCAR XFINITY Series crowns in 2009 with Kyle Busch and 2016 with Daniel Suarez, and you can state a good case that he has had a second hall-of-fame-worthy career.
Coach Gibbs’ lone driver in the hunt for the title in Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is Kyle Busch, but had another successful season overall as three of his four of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers make the 2017 Playoffs.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!