As the one-year anniversary of Kyle Busch’s return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series approaches, it’s amazing to look back at the difference a year makes, and to see what he has accomplished in a relatively short time.
Busch, driver of the No. 18 PEDIGREE® Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), has been nothing short of impressive since his return from injuries sustained in February 2015 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
As the Sprint Cup Series looks ahead to Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Busch’s statistics since his comeback speak for itself. In the 36 Sprint Cup races Busch has started since returning from injury last May, he has won eight times and captured the 2015 Sprint Cup championship. Along with the eight wins, Busch has posted 21 top-five finishes, 25 top-10s and has led 1,414 laps. To go with his three wins thus far this season, Busch has posted top-fives in nine of the first 11 races. He finished the 2015 season on a streak of four consecutive top-fives, giving him a remarkable 13 top-fives in his last 15 races.
The Dover stats for Busch and his PEDIGREE® team are just as impressive – two Sprint Cup wins, five NASCAR Xfinity Series wins and four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins. Busch has led 1,018 laps in his previous 22 Sprint Cup starts at Dover, an average of almost 46.2 per race. He will look to improve on his runner-up finish at Dover last fall which is among his 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes at the concrete mile oval.
So, as Busch and his PEDIGREE® team head to Dover, Busch looks to continue the winning Pedigree he, crew chief Adam Stevens and the entire No. 18 team have built during the year since his return as they look to notch yet another win Sunday afternoon on the Delmarva Peninsula.