2019 NASCAR Cup Series Season In Review: Kyle Busch

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

We’ll look back on Kyle Busch’s 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season in this Season In Review post. Busch won the Championship in the final race of the season.

The 34-year-old won his second Cup Series Championship. He won his first Championship in 2015 after missing the first part of the season following a crash that caused him to miss races.

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400
Kyle Busch after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Busch appeared in all 36 races of the season. He led 1,582 laps and completed 99.1% of the laps when he completed 10,167 laps out of a possible 10,255.

He had five wins, while he also had 17 Top 5 finishes. Busch also finished 27 races in the Top 10.

Busch had an average start of 12.3. However, his average finish was 8.9.

Only two races Busch was not able to finish. He had an engine problem during the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 8th in Speedway, Indiana.

Then, later that month, he also did not finish the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course in Concord, North Carolina on Sunday, September 29, 2019. He departed the race with a suspension problem.

Busch won the fourth race of the season, as he won the Ticket Guardian 500 at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona on Sunday, March 10th, 2019. He led 177 laps in the 312-lap race.

The very next weekend, he won the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. He also led 134 of the 200 laps.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver would not win again until he won the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee on Sunday, April 7, 2019. While he had over 100-laps led in the previous two wins, he won this race with 71-laps led.

Busch would then go nearly two months before his next win. He won the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania on Sunday, June 2nd, 2019.

He led nearly half of the laps with 79 laps led in the 160-lap race.

In November, Busch won the final race of the season to clinch the Championship. He won the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida on Sunday, November 17, 2019.

Busch had a race-high 120 laps led in the 267-lap race.

Through 534 races through his 17-year career, he has won 56 races, including his five through the 2019 season. Five is the second-most wins in a season for Busch, who has won eight races twice in his career (2008, 2018). Busch also has 200 Top 5 finishes and 296 Top 10 finishes.

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