Kyle Busch’s brother, Kurt Busch, emerged as the champion of the Cup Series in 2004 and secured the victory at the Daytona 500 in 2017. He is a partially retired professional American auto racing driver.
Kurt last participated full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022, steering the Toyota Camry TRD with the number 45 for 23XI Racing.
Kyle Busch’s brother has carved out a reputation for himself in the Cup Series. Yet, Kurt achieved championship status even before Kyle claimed his victory.
Kurt clinched the inaugural playoff-era 2004 title and boasts of 33 career triumphs, including a victory in each of the previous eight Racing seasons. Just like his younger brother Kyle, Kurt is also on a nine-year playoff streak, trailing only Kevin Harvick.
Kurt has been confused with Kyle in recent weeks. Initially, it was announced at the end of August that Kurt was set to join 23XI Racing alongside their second driver Bubba Wallace for the 2022 season.
However, ESPN reported that Kyle was poised to join the team owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin.
In a similar incident a couple of weeks later, as is done annually for the Indy 500, the streets surrounding the race track were given honorary driver names to commemorate the inaugural Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway roads circuit in mid-August.
During the race event, once the street signs were no longer necessary, they directed “KYLE BUSCH ST” to Chip Ganassi Racing.
Coincidentally, Kurt races for Chip Ganassi Racing, and it is actually Kurt who competes for Chip Ganassi Racing.
What Occurred at Daytona 500?
Kyle Busch was highly dissatisfied with how the Daytona 500 concluded on Sunday.
The Daytona 500 on Sunday turned out to be the longest race ever, extending to a record 212 laps and requiring two overtimes due to events that led to cautions in the closing stages.
As Daniel Suarez’s car started spinning and the race was put under caution, at that moment, Kyle found himself in the lead with three laps remaining.
Busch expressed on the radio that had there been no overtime in 1998, he would have been declared the winner, referring to Dale Earnhardt’s single Daytona 500 victory.
Instead of claiming victory as he would have 25 years earlier, Busch finished 19th after being involved in an accident during the second overtime period.
Following the race, Kurt remarked, “I think this is the first time I led lap 200, so I wish it was 1998 rules. But, no, it’s just par for the course, just used to it and come down here every year to just find out when and where I’m going to crash and what lap I come out of the care center,”
He also inquired about the winner because he needed to find out who lucked into it. However, when he was informed that Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had won the race, Kyle remarked, “there you have it.”