Herring Burl "H. B." Bailey - 11/15/1936 - 4/17/2003 - was a NASCAR driver.  Although he never ran a full schedule, he still had he share of fans.  He became the first driver to take a qualifying lap for the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994, despite the fact he did not make the race.  Bailey said he began racing at Playland Park, near Houston, in 1954.  He won the track championship there in 1959.  Coincidentally A.J. Foyt started his career in 1953 at Playland Park.  Bailey made his first Cup start at atlanta in 1962 driving his self owned 1961 Pontiac.  He would start 37th and after a crash finish 30th.  He was never able to claim a Cup win; and his best finish was fifth on two occasions.  He finished fifth in a Daytona Qualifying race in 1965; and then would finish fifth in the Southern 500 in 1972.  He would roll off in 15th position; lead six laps during the race and eventually end up 5th (but 16 laps down).  His final Cup start would come at Darlington in the Southern 500 in 1993.  He would start 40th; but after only 54 laps smoke would billow from his car and he would retire with a blown moter; finishing 37th.  He died of heart failure on April 17, 2003.  When he died, Richard Petty said "Our sport was built by people like H.B. Bailey", who raced alongside Bailey for virtually his entire career.  "We all did things the same way in those days – we drove ourselves to the race track, we worked hard when we got there, we raced hard and then we drove home.  "H.B. was a racer through and through, and the sport is better off because he was a part of it.  We will miss him."

 

 

ELZIE WYLIE "BUCK" BAKER SR - 3/4/1919 - 4/14/2002 - as an American stock car racer. Born in RichburgSouth Carolina.  Baker entered his first race in 1939 in Greenville, South Carolina, but failed to finish because one of his tires flew off.  Despite his inauspicious start, Baker went on to become one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR's history. His first NASCAR Cup start came at Charlotte in 1949. He would bring home his 1949 Kaiser in 11th place. he just ran a few races his first few years (1949- 1952); but did claim his first Cup win in 1952. It came at Columbis Speedway in Columbia SC. He would start first; lead 82 laps and get the win.  In 1953 he started running in almost all of the CUP events and picked up four additional wins; Including his first Southern 500; and finished fourth in points.  1954 saw Baker wins mfour more times while finishing third in the points. 1955 saw Baker move one step closer to the Championship as

this  season he finished second in the points while winning once at once at Charlotte and twice at North Wilkesboro.  1956 saw Buck have a career type season.  He would post 14 wins and finally break through and win the points Championship.  1957 saw a repeat of 1956 as Baker won on 10 occasions and again win the Championship.  1958 he finished second in the points and garnered three wins.  From that point on he would only win a total of five races over the next 15 years and never finish better than fifth in points.  He did win a third Southern 500 in 1964 and it would be his final career win.  His final Cup start would come in 1976 at Charlotte in the National 500.  He would start 38th, complete 301 laps and finish 24th.  He was the first back-to-back winner of the Grand National (now Monster Cup) Championship.  He finished in the top five in points six times.  Baker's 46 victories rank him 11th in all thetime list.  In 1953, 1960 and 1964, Baker won the

Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. After his retirement in 1976, Baker opened up the Buck Baker Racing School, where Jeff Gordon drove his first stock car. His son, Buddy, is a 34-year Winston Cup veteran and now teaches at the school along with Buck's daughter, Susie Baker. In 1998 he was named one of the NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers. Baker died on the night of April 14, 2002 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the age of 83, of natural causes.

 

ELZIE WYLIE "BUDDY" BAKER JR - 1/25/1941 - 8/10/2015 - nicknamed "Leadfoot" or more famously Buddy, is a former American NASCAR race car driver.  Buddy Baker was born in Florence, South Carolina, the son of two time winner of the NASCAR Cup Championship and a Hall of Fame member Buck Baker.  Baker began his NASCAR career in 1959.  In 1970, he became the first driver to ever exceed 200 mph on a closed course.  The same year, with a victory at the Southern 500, he became the first NASCAR driver to win the same race at the same venue as his father. (Buck did it in 1953.)  During his career, Baker won nineteen races including the 1980 Daytona 500, NASCAR's most prestigious race.  Baker is one of eight drivers to have won a Career Grand Slam, by winning the sport's four majors – the Daytona 500, Aaron's 499, Coca-Cola 600, and the Southern 500.; Richard Petty, David Pearson, Bill Elliott, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson are the other eight to have accomplished the feat.  He is the only one of the nine to not win the championship.  Buddy Bakers Cup career began in 1959 at Columbia Speedway in Columbis SC.  He would start 18th but break a shock 53 laps into the 200 laps race and would end up 14th.  He would claim his first Cup win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the 1967 National 500 driving the #3 for Ray Fox.

Baker would start fourth; lead 160 laps and go on to win by over a lap.  His second win would come the following year at Charlotte in the World 600.  His next win would create the record where he became first driver to win the same race as his father.  1971 he would again win; this time in the Rebel 400 At Darlington.  Win number five would once again come at Charlotte in the Coke 600 wheeling the #11 STP Dodge owned by Petty Enterprises.  He and Petty would part ways in mid season and Baker would go to drive the #71 K&K Insurance Dodge owned by Nord Krauskopf.  1973 he would repeat as the Coke 600 winner.  He won both races at Talladega in 1975,

and one of them there in 1976 driving the #15 for Bud Moore.  Baker was always a "foot-to-the-floor" type driver.  He'd either win or blow up trying.  The super speedways fit his hard charger driving style.  If the motor could stand it; he'd put the car at the point.  1977-1978 saw several equipment failures and Baker went win-less as he and new owner Bud Moore couldn't figure out the combination.  In 1979 Baker moved to drive for Harry Ranier.  They clicked and he posted three wins.  1980 was a big year as Baker would driver the #28 NAPA Olds to a win in the Daytona 500.  They called his silver car the "Gray Ghost" because it was so fast.  NASCAR made them add orange pin striping so that slower cars could see him coming up behind. Baker also won Talladega 

that season.  His final win would come at Daytona in the 1983 Firecracker 400.  He'd win by over 1/2 a lap as he led 45 of the 160 laps driving the #21 Valvoline Ford for the Wood Brothers.  His final Cup race came in the 1992 Winston 500 at Talladega.  He started 36th but would burn out a wheel bearing just 12 laps from the end and finish 31st.  During the time of the aero wars and the fast Plumouth Super birds; Baker was able to became the first driver to ever exceed 200 mph on a closed course.  This World Record feat was accomplished in the Chrysler Engineering blue No. 

88 Charger Daytona.  His speed was clocked at 200.447 miles per hour; a record that was broken later that year by Bobby Isaac.  It was recently found out that the Isaac car had two four barrel carbs on it, therefore that run was not done in a legal car.  From 1991 until 2000, he became a television commentator on The Nashville Network.  He was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.  In the summer of 2015 Baker announced that he had inoperable lung cancer.  In making the statement of his condition Baker said "Do not shed a tear. Give a smile when you say my name. I'm not saying goodbye. Just talk to you later,".  Baker passed away on August 10, 2015.  Some info from WikiPedia

 

RICK BALDWIN - 6/10/1955 - 6/12/1997 - Baldwin competed on the NASCAR circuit. He ran a few races each season during 1981-86; running his self owned Dodge Mirada and Chrysler Imperial. In all he raced 11 events; with the most starts coming in 1983 (5). His first start came in 1981 At College Station TX. He would start 29th and blow a motor on lap 149 finishing 21st. His best career finish would come in his second Cup start; held at Charlotte in the 1982 National 500. He would qualify and post a 

strong steady drive all day bringing home his #84 Aladdin Hotel home in 12th spot. His final Cup start would be at Dover in the 1986 Budweiser 500. He qualified 27th; but when his engine expired on lap 39 he would be relegated to a 34th place finish. A month later on June 14, 1986, Baldwin was substituting for the injured Buddy Arrington at the Miller American 400 at Michigan International Speedway, part of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. During qualifying, Baldwin spun and hit the wall between turns one and two driver's side first. The protective window netting failed to prevent his head from striking the wall during the impact, resulting in massive head injuries. After 11 years in a coma, Baldwin died two days after his 42nd birthday in 1997. The fatality was the first driver death in the history of Michigan International Speedway. Some info from Wikipedia

 

TOMMY BALDWIN SR - 3/14/1947 - 8/19/2004 - a NASCAR Modified Series race driver.  He competed for 40 seasons, winning 6 modified races as well as numerous other races.  He finished third in the points in 1992.  His 11 wins at Riverhead Raceway spanned from June 30, 1978 to June 6, 1992.  He was given the "Most Popular driver" award on the Modified tour for 2003.  He died in an accident on lap 10 of the New England Dodge Dealers 150 at the Thompson International Speedway on August 19, 2004.  He spun into the infield to miss another competitors car and struck a concrete block protecting a light pole; drivers side first.  He had a daughter, Tammy, and a son, Tommy Baldwin, Jr., who was a crew chief and now a car owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. Info from WikiPedia.

 

 

TREVOR BAYNE - 2/19/1991 - an American NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series race car driver.  He drove the number 21 Ford Fusion for Wood Brothers Racing in the Cup Series, and the number 16 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing in the Xfinity Series.  Bayne was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and began his racing career racing go-karts at the age of five.  After eight years, he moved to Allison Legacy Race Series, where he became the youngest top rookie.  Two years later, he moved to the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Southern Division.  In 2008, he signed a contract with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. to race in the NASCAR Camping World East Series, where he recorded one win, six top-five, and seven top-10 finishes.  In 2009, he began racing in the Xfinity Series for Michael Waltrip Racing.  After one year with MWR, he moved to Roush Fenway Racing, driving in the NASCAR Xfinity series... and began racing in the NASCAR Cup Series for Wood Brothers Racing.  Bayne ran jut one event in the Cup Series in 2010, when he 

participated in the 2010 AAA Texas 500 for the Wood Brothers Racing team.  During the race, he finished in the 17th position, after starting 28th.  In 2011, he returned to Wood Brothers Racing for a limited schedule for the second consecutive year.  In the first race of the season (and second Cup start of his career), the Daytona 500, he finished first, thereby becoming the youngest winner in the race's history at the age of 20 years and one day.  The victory was his team's first win since the 2001 season.  It was the Wood Brothers first Daytona 500 win since 1976 (David Pearson).  Bayne joins some elite company.  A list of drivers who wheeled a Wood Brothers car to victory in the Daytona include; Tiny Lund (1963), Cale Yarborough (1968), AJ Foyt (1972), and 

Pearson.  Just a few of the other notable drivers who have driven for the Wood Brothers include, Glen Wood, Banjo Matthews, Junior Johnson, Fred Lorenzen, Speedy Thompson, Curtis Turner, Buddy Baker, Dale Jarrett, Neil Bonnett, Kyle Petty, Ken Schrader, and Bill Elliott.  The Wood brothers were still reluctant to run a full series schedule concentrating only on tracks where they thought they could run competitively; and Bayne continued to be the driver through 2014.  Bayne was offered a full time ride in 2015 for Roush racing.  Roush Racing had been the dominate Ford team for years; but about this time Roush racing started to struggle with fielding competitive race cars.  However, that season he posted two top ten finishes and in 2016 followed that up with five top ten finishes with two of these being in the top five.  The best being a third at Daytona.  At the end of the 2016 season Bayne has made 130 Cup 

starts with one win, three top fives, and ten top tens.  Bayne will be back full timewith Roush Fenway Racing in 2017 drivingthe #6 Advocare Ford.  Some info from WikiPedia

 

JOHNNY BEAUCHAMP - 3/23/1923 - 4/17/1981 - American NASCAR racer from Harlan, Iowa.  He is best known for finishing second at the 1959 Daytona 500 in a photo finish after being declared the unofficial winner.  In 23 NASCAR starts he had ten Top 10 finishes, seven Top 5 finishes, and two victories.  In the 1959 Daytona 500; Beauchamp crossed the finish line at about the same time as Lee Petty.  Beauchamp was declared the unofficial winner of the race, so he drove the Holman Moody owned Ford to victory lane.  Petty protested the win. "I had him by two feet," Beauchamp said. "I glanced over to Lee Petty's car as I crossed the finish line and I could see his headlight slightly back of my car.  It was so close I didn't know how they would call it, but I thought I won."  NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. studied photographs and news reals for three days before declaring Petty the official winner.  He competed in seven events that season, recording his first 'official' NASCAR victory in Atlanta's Lakewood Speedway the week after Daytona.  Beuachamps first Cup race was in Rapid City Iowa.  Out of 15 cars in the race; Johnny's car would have radiator issues after only 34 laps and he'd finish last.  He ran three races in 1953 in his home state of Iowa; then didn't race from 1954-1956.  In 1957 he ventured down to Daytona to race on the beach course.  He started 13th and finished second to Cotton Owens when the checkered flag fell.  As mentioned above he would win his first race at 

Atlanta's lakewood Speedway in 1959.  He started on the pole, led all 100 laps and beat second place Buck Baker by over a lap.  In 1960 he raced for Holman Moody and Dale Swanson in eleven events.  He won his second and final NASCAR race that year at a 400 lap event at Nashville Speedway USA.  He would start second; along side Rex White.  At lap 333 Beauchamp would be leading when it started to rain and the race was called official.  In 1961 Beauchamp and Petty were involved in an accident at the 1961 Daytona 500 qualifying race just three laps from the finish.  Leader Banjo Matthews lost control of his car, spinning in front of the field.  Lee Petty and Beauchamp's cars sailed out of turn four and landed outside of the racetrack.  Petty suffered career ending injuries, though he came back for a few more races.  Even though Johnny only suffered minor head injuries; Beauchamp would retire and this would be his final race also. Info from WikiPedia

 

CHRISTOPHER BELL - 12/16/1994 - Bell started racing in 2011, winning the 66 Mike Phillips Memorial micro-sprint car race.  The following year, he finished second in the Short Track Nationals at I-30 Speedway, a race sanctioned by the American Sprint Car Series.  In 2013, he joined Keith Kunz Motorsports in USAC racing, replacing Kyle Larson.   On October 31, he joined CH Motorsports' sprint car racing program.  Bell concluded 2013 as the USAC National Midget Champion.  In 2014, he began racing asphalt Super Late Models for Kyle Busch Motorsports, including competing in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.  On May 7, he won his first career WoO Sprint Car Series race at Jacksonville Speedway.  As a Super Late Model driver, he won races at New Smyrna Speedway, South Alabama Speedway and Southern National Motorsports Park.  During the year, he won 24 Quarter Midget races and 26 total dirt races, including the Turkey Night Grand Prix. In 2015, Bell made two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts at Irwindale Speedway and Iowa Speedway, driving the No. 54 for Bill McAnally Racing; he 

finished 15th and second, respectively.  In June, Bell returned to Iowa to make his Camping World Truck Series debut for KBM in the American Ethanol 200.  Bell finished second to KBM teammate Erik Jones in the race's practice session, and finished fifth in the race.  On July 8, Bell was announced as Justin Boston's replacement in the No. 54 at Kentucky Speedway.  Bell won his first career Truck race in the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway after holding off Bobby Pierce on the green–white–checker finish.  On October 29, 2015, KBM announced that Bell will compete full-time in the Truck Series in 2016.  His season started on a terrifying note at Daytona, when on the final lap, Brandon Brown pushed Timothy Peters into him causing his truck to spin.  His truck gripped the track, causing it truck to go on two wheels before it launched into the air and barrel rolled multiple 

times.  The following week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bell was leading the race on his way to win, when he blew a tire and crashed into the wall, ending his day.  Bell finished on the lead lap the following race at Martinsville; albeit in 19th.  Things took a turn upward the next race as he got his first top 5 of the season; and followed that up with a third place finish at Dover.  He broke through to win at Gateway Raceway located just outside St. Louis and went on a run the remainder of the season having just one finish outside the top eleven.  He ended the season with 11 top 5 finishes and 17 top 10's finishing third in the points chase.  Bell is scheduled to return to Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2017 wheeling the #51 for the full season and a run at the Championship.

 

JOHNNY BENSON - 6/27/1963 - an American NASCAR driver and the son of former Michigan modified driver John Benson, Sr.  His career highlights include the 1993 American Speed Association AC-Delco Challenge series championship, the 1995 Xfinity Series championship, the 1996 NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year award, and the 2008 NASCAR Truck Series championship.  Benson was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He was late model champion at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan before joining the American Speed Association (ASA) in 1990.  During Benson's rookie season in the ASA he captured one pole position, led 174 laps and scored eight top 10 finishes to blitz the competition for the ASA's Pat Schauer Rookie of the Year award.  In 1993, Benson made his Xfinity Series debut at Michigan International Speedway, driving the No. 41 Delco Remy Chevrolet for Ernie Irvan.  He started 20th, but finished 40th after an early crash when he had flipped in the race. 

 Benson was hired to drive full-time for BACE in 1994.  He won his first career race at the SplitFire 200 and finished sixth in points, winning Rookie of the Year honors.  The following season, Benson won early in the season at Atlanta and Hickory and had nineteen top-tens, winning the championship.  In 1996, he moved up to the Cup Series.  A series Benson's father John Benson, Sr competed in for one race back in 1973.  He joined the No. 30 Pennzoil team owned by Bahari Racing.  He failed to qualify for one race at the Food City 500, but won the 1996 NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year title.  He won one pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  In August he 

dominated the Brickyard 400 before a problem on the last pit stop ended his chances for victory.  In 1997, Benson had eight top-tens, but did not finish in the top-five once.  At the end of the season he announced he would be joining Roush Racing to run the brand-new No. 26 General Mills/Cheerios Ford Taurus.  He missed the season opening Daytona 500, then finished 30th at the following race.  He then had a streak of no finishes worse than ninth over the next five races and rose as high as tenth in points.  For the rest of the season, his best finish was ninth and he qualified no higher than second.  He finished 20th in points. Benson had numerous crew 

chiefs in 1999.  He had two top 10 finishes and finished 28th in the final standings.  After a long negotiation, he was able to buy out his contract and announced he would leave Roush.  At the start of the 2000 Winston Cup Series Season Johnny found himself without a sponsor when he signed on to join Tyler Jet Motorsports to run the No. 10 car.  The team showed up at Daytona Speedweeks with a white unsponsored Pontiac Grand Prix.  Lycos.com signed on to be the team's sponsor for the year on the morning of the Daytona 500.  During the race Johnny and crew chief James Ince gambled on a late pitstop when they took only 2 right side tires and fuel, to come out with the lead with 43 laps to go.   He held off the field until a multi-car crash brought out the caution in the final 10 laps.  

On the restart with 4 laps to go Benson was leading with Dale Jarrett and Jeff Burton right behind.  Jarrett bumped Benson, sending him up the track going into turn one, then passed him for the win while Benson slid back in 12th.  At the July Pepsi 400, the Tyler Jet Motorsports car showed up at Daytona again with a white car.  During the weekend before the race the team removed the Lycos.com decals.  Reports said that it was because Lycos never paid.  Tyler Jet went sponsorless for the next 4 races before Aaron's came aboard right before the team shut down.  During the sponsorless run the team was sold to MB2 Motorsports.  In August, Valvoline announced they would not only sponsor the team but 

become part owner.  Benson finished in thirteenth place in the final points.  Benson started 2002 with a 10th-place finish in the Daytona 500 despite a crash early in the race.  In May, Benson agreed to race in the Richmond Busch Series race for Marsh Racing in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet.  Benson was involved in a wreck in the early stages of the races and ended up with broken ribs and he missed three Cup races.  At the Pepsi 400 in Daytona he started sixth, and on the eighth lap he got together with Michael Waltrip.  Benson ended up rebreaking his ribs which put him out of action for two more races.  As 2002 come to a conclusion; Benson would find himself winning at Rockingham driving the #10 Valvoline Pontiac; he beat out Mark Martin by .2 seconds.  Benson would start 26th and have a good run all day.  The last 100 laps were run 

under green; and with 28 laps to go Benson would bypass Kurt Busch to take the lead for the first time.  He would go on to lead the final 28 laps to get the win.  2003 would be the final season Benson ran full time in the Cup series; he would have two top five finishes and finish 24th in points.  He would run 10 more Cup races over the next four years with a 27th place finish being his best effort.  His final Cup race was in 2007 at Homestead.  He would start start 20, but see his engine expire after only 73 laps and finish last.  As little success as Benson had in the Cup series; he did have much succes in the Xfinity and Truck series.  He ran 11 years in the Xfinity series winning three times.  Once in 1994 and twice in 1995; all while 

driving the #74 owned by Bill Baumgardner.  Benson would also run 10 season in the NASCAR Truck series.  He posted 14 wins in his 138 starts.  From 2006-2008 he would finish in the top three in points; winning the Championship in 2008.  He won all 14 of his Truck wins during this period; driving the #23 truck for owner Bill Davis.  On June 13, 2009 Benson was burned in a fiery crash in an ISMA Supermodifieds race at Berlin Raceway.  He was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital with where he was hospitalized suffering from a broken collarbone, separated shoulder, three broken ribs, bruised lungs, a fractured wrist and third-degree burns on one elbow.  After undergoing two surgeries for the burns and a separated shoulder, Benson fully recovered.  However; he would only attempt five more starts in the NASCAR series.  All would come in the Truck series.  Benson showed he still had the abilities to be competitive as all five finishes were inside the top 10; with a best being fifth at Martinsville and Kansas.  For his Cup career Benson made 274 starts over a 12 year span with the one win; he also had 18 top five finishes.  He ran in 91 Xfinity races winning three times and claimed the Championship in 1995.  He raced in the Trucks 138 times and claimed 14 victories and the Championship in 2008. Some info from WikiPedia

 

GREG BIFFLE - 12/23/1969 - Biffle was born in Camas, Washington, where he grew up, and began his racing career driving on short tracks around the Pacific Northwest.  He first gained attention as a driver when he raced in the nationally televised Winter Heat Series in the winter of 1995–1996.  Biffle dominated the series championship that winter, leading former ESPN announcer and NASCAR champion, Benny Parsons, to recommend the driver to Jack Roush.  This is the only team Biffle has ever drove for though 2016.  At the end of 2016 Biffle announced he was leaving Roush Fenway racing to look for another ride.  Roush Racing hired Biffle to a drive full-time in the NASCAR Truck Series in 1998.  Despite not winning a race that season, Biffle's four pole positions are the most by a Truck Series rookie to date and they helped him earn an 8th-place finish in the final standings and the Rookie of the Year 

 Award.  He followed it up with a stellar 1999 season in which he recorded nine wins, a single-season Truck Series record that still stands as of 2009.  He finished second in the final standings, just eight points behind champion Jack Sprague.  In 2000, Biffle won the Truck Series title with another five-win season, beating his Roush teammate Kurt Busch by 230 points.  It was Biffle's first championship in one of NASCAR's three major series.  It was announced that Biffle would move up to 

 the Busch Series for 2001; however, he ran four more Truck races for Roush that season and won at Phoenix.  Biffle joined the Xfinity Series full-time in 2001 and won the Rookie of the Year Award with five wins a fourth-place finish in the final standings.  The following season, he won another four races and earned 20 top-five finishes out of 34 races en route to his first Xfinity Series title and the second NASCAR national championship of his career.  Biffle began his Cup Series career in the 2002 season.  He attempted to qualify in a Roush Ford for the 2002 Daytona 500 but failed to make the race.  He would make his first Cup debut nine races later at California, a race in which he finished 13th; his best finish of his seven starts.  Biffle began competing full-time in NASCAR's top division in 2003, with a sponsorship from W.W.Grainger, who 

 had previously sponsored him in the Xfinity and Truck Series.  He earned his first win in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona that season and finished second to Jamie McMurray (who would later join him as a teammate at Roush) for Raybestos Rookie of the Year.  Biffle placed 20th in the final points standings.  Biffle made an immediate impact in his sophomore season in 2004, earning the pole in the Daytona 500.  However, Biffle was forced to start at the rear due to an engine change.  Despite missing NASCAR's first-ever Chase for the Cup, Biffle won twice that season, at Michigan and Homestead en route to a 17th-place finish in the final points standings.  2005 was Biffle's breakout season. He won six races (at California Speedway, Texas, 

Darlington, Dover and Michigan along with the season finale at Homestead), the most of any driver that year, and qualified for the Chase for the first time in his career, bringing home a second-place finish in the standings, 35 points behind champion Tony Stewart.  Biffle regressed in 2006, missing the Chase for the Cup despite winning twice. He finished 13th in the standings.  Biffle won only one race in 2007, at Kansas Speedway.  In June 2008, Biffle signed a year-year contract extension with Roush Fenway Racing.  Despite going win-less during the 26-race regular season, Biffle made for the Chase for the Sprint Cup that year and won the first two Chase races, at New Hampshire and Dover.  In doing so, he became the first driver to win the first two Chase races in a season.  Biffle qualified for the Chase for the second year in a row in 2009 but, for the first time since 2002 (when he ran a limited schedule),

failed to record a win.  In 2010 Biffle qualified for the third year in a row for the Chase despite spotty performance in the regular season.  He won at Pocono and Kansas.  For 2011, Biffle's season improved, thanks in part to the implementation of Ford's new FR9 engine.  However, crew chief Greg Erwin was replaced after Kentucky by Matt Puccia.  The addition of Puccia helped Biffle's performance late in the season, despite the team missing the Chase and finishing 16th in points.  Biffle missed the Chase in 2011 for the first time since 2007.  In 2012 Biffle and Puccia remained at RFR, and gained the points lead after Las Vegas after three consecutive third-place finishes.  At the 2012 Daytona 500, Biffle found himself second coming to the white flag for the third time in two years and again finished third.  Eerily, the third place at Vegas came in 

Biffle's 333rd Cup start.  Biffle's first win of the 2012 season came at Texas Motor Speedway in the Samsung Mobile 500 after passing Jimmie Johnson with 30 laps left in the race.  Biffle won at Michigan holding off Brad Keselowski after Jimmie Johnson blew an engine.  Biffle started off 2013 by being in the same position for the third time in four years; in second place coming to the white flag in the 2013 Daytona 500 but this time ended up sixth.  In the 2013 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan, Biffle won his fourth race at the track and the 1,000th victory for Ford.  Biffle only posted three top 5 finishes in 2014 with a best of second at Talladega.  SO close but not not able to grab the checkered flags at the restrictor plate tracks.  2015 was a duplicate of 2014 with Biffle posting three top 5 finishes and a best of second (in Coke 600).  During this down turn in results; Roush Fenway racing had been on a down swing and was badly lacking performance compared to the top teams of Joe Gibbs, Rick Hendrick and Roger Penske.  For the previous two season Biffle's team mates had performed poorly also.  Only Carl Edwards was able to get a win, while Stenhouse post only one top 5.  Edwards moved on from Roush Fenway to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015 leaving Biffle as the lead driver.  Bayne replaced Edwards and the trio was only able to manage four top 5 finishes.  2016 saw even more pitiful results and led Biffle to announce mid-season that like his team mates Kenseth and Edwards before him; would be leaving Roush at the end of the season.  The same trio of drivers wheeled cars for Roush and only posted seven top 5 finishes; Five of those being fifth.  The best was a second place by Stenhouse at Bristol.  As 2017 rolls around Biffle is currently a free agent and is without a ride for this year.

 

RYAN BLANEY - 12/31/1993 - is an American professional stock car racing driver.  A third generation racer and son of Sprint Cup Series driver Dave Blaney; Blaney started his racing career in quarter midget racing, winning his first race at age 9;  At age 14, Blaney debuted in late model racing at Orange County Speedway, while in 2009, at age 15, he began competing in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS)-sanctioned South Super Late Model Series, finishing second in points and winning the series' Rookie of the Year award; he finished third in the PASS national points as well.  Continuing to compete in the PASS South Super Late Model Series in 2010, Blaney scored his first career win in the series at Dillon Motor Speedway, adding two additional wins on his way to a second consecutive second-place finish in the PASS South championship standings.  He also made his debuts in the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and East in 2011, scoring top ten finishes in every start in the three series;  In 2012 he signed with Tommy Baldwin Racing to compete in six NASCAR Xfinity Series races, driving the No. 36 SealWrap-sponsored 

Chevrolet, starting at Richmond International Raceway in April.  Blaney qualified in the Top 10 in his debut at Richmond International Raceway, and finished seventh in the race.  In July 2012, Blaney announced that he had signed a contract to drive for Penske Racing a minimum of three races in the 2012 Xfinity Series season, starting at Iowa Speedway in August.  He also ran selected races in the NASCAR Truck Series for Brad Keselowski Racing, finishing sixth in his debut in the series at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Blaney won his first career Truck Series race on September 15, 2012, at Iowa Speedway; at the time, he was the youngest winner in Truck Series history at 18 

years, eight months, and 15 days. The previous record was 20 years and 18 days set by Kyle Busch in 2005.  Blaney returned to the Truck Series in 2013, driving the full schedule for Brad Keselowski Racing and competing for the series' Rookie of the Year award.  Blaney won his first career pole in the series at Kentucky Speedway in June, then won his second career Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway in August.  Blaney also competed in the Xfinity Series at Iowa Speedway in June, substituting for Joey Logano after a rain-out created a schedule conflict; Blaney finished ninth in the event.  Blaney competed in a second 

Xfinity Series race in 2013, at Kentucky Speedway on September 21, and led 96 of the race's 200 laps to win his first career race in the series, beating Austin Dillon and Matt Crafton.  Blaney was the only race winner in the 2013 Xfinity season to not have any Cup experience.  In January 2014, Blaney announced that in addition to a full Truck Series schedule with BKR, he would be running 15 Xfinity Series and two Cup Series races for Team Penske during the year.  In his first Cup start he would drive the #12 SKF Ford.  He made his debut at Kansas Speedway, finishing 27th.  In August, it was announced that Blaney would be running in the Xfinity Series for Penske in 2015, and would 

also run twenty Cup Series races for Wood Brothers Racing in the No. 21 Ford during the 2015 NASCAR Cup Series season.  Blaney won his second career Xfinity race in August 2014 at Bristol Motor Speedway, beating Kyle Busch in a green-white-checkered finish.  The next week, Blaney won his first Truck race of 2014 in spectacular fashion at Ron Fellows' own Canadian Tire Motorsports Park raceway, edging German Quiroga by 0.49 seconds in a photo-finish.  In the Cup Series, Blaney performed well for a rookie in the No. 21 for the Wood Brothers team.  He picked up his first Top 10 at Talladega in the Geico 500, running as high 

as second and finishing 4th.  He didn't qualify for three races due to rain-outs.  He nearly won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Xfinity race, finishing second to Kyle Busch after being passed on the final lap.  He won at Iowa and nearly won at Road America in his debut at the track.  He again won at the Kentucky standalone race in September beating Ty Dillon on a late race restart.  Blaney got his second top 10 of his career in Cup at Kansas for the Hollywood Casino 400 finishing seventh.  2016 saw NASCAR impediment the Charter system and the Wood Brothers racing team was not awarded a charter by NASCAR.  Hence; Blaney would have to qualify in on time 

at every race for the 2016 season.  He did so with no problems often running up front in many of the races and posted three top five finishes and added nine top tens.  For 2017 the Wood brothers have leased a charter for team #32 GoFas racing

 
 
 

 

BRETT BODINE - 1/11/1959 - is a former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver.  Brett is the younger brother of 1986 Daytona 500 winner Geoff Bodine and the older brother of 2006 NASCAR Truck Series champion Todd Bodine.  Bodine attended Alfred State College and received an associate's degree in mechanical engineering before he became a professional race car driver.  Growing up watching his brother Geoff race in the modifieds, Brett decided to embark on a racing career on his own.  He began in hobby stock races at the track owned by his parents in 1977 before moving up to the modifieds in 1979.  The 1983 season was Brett’s most successful in the modifieds as he recorded 56 starts, 6 wins, 20 top fives, and 30 top tens en route to 7th in the overall standings wheeling his #12 machine.  He also won his first NASCAR Modified National Championship event, the Stafford 200.  1984 was the last full season of modified driving duties for Bodine.  The 1985 season saw Bodine move up to the NASCAR Xfinity series driving the #5 Levi Garrett Pontiac.  In just thirteen starts that season he

managed 3 poles, 3 wins, 7 top fives, and 10 top tens.  1986 saw Bodine run his first full season in the Xfinity series and he fell just 20 points short of winning the championship.  Driving the #00 Thomas Brothers Old Country Ham Oldsmobile he tallied 2 wins, 16 top fives, and 24 top tens to go along with 8 pole positions.  Bodine again drove the full Xfinity series schedule in 1987 and was voted the series most popular driver.  He accumulated 5 poles, 8 top fives, and 17 top tens, and finished 3rd in the championship.  In 1988, Bodine moved to the Cup series full-time for Bud Moore Engineering.  In the opening race at the Daytona 500, Brett Bodine was involved in Richard Petty's infamous tumble. Coming off turn 4 

Bodine could not see Richard Petty landing in front of him after flips, and Bodine drove straight into Petty spinning Petty in circles.  He drove the #15 Crisco Thunderbird posting 5 top-10 finishes and finishing the season 20th in points.  Bodine returned in 1989 and recorded 6 more top tens in the #15 Motorcraft Ford before finishing 19th in points.  Bodine and Bud Moore parted ways following the season, partly because Ford wanted a more high profile driver.  Bodine's breakout season came in 1990. Driving the 

#26 Quaker State Buick Regal for champion drag racer Kenny Bernstein, Bodine won his first race at North Wilkesboro Speedway, which came under some controversy.  During a long 17-lap caution flag, scoring was mixed up, and some felt that Darrell Waltrip was robbed of the win because of the error.  It was found that Waltrip was up front but by the time it was clear that Waltrip won, Bodine had already been declared the winner officially.  When Waltrip protested Bill France said "You leave this kid alone DW...it is his first win and you will win more races."  The win stood.  What happened it turned out was that Bodine was running on the tail end of the lead lap; about to be lapped by waltrip. when Kenny Wallace spun 

and brought out the yellow. The pace car accidently picked up Bodine as the race leader instead of Waltrip. This happened on lap 318. Everyone picked and no matter the issue; Bodine got out of the pits first and was able to lead every lap from then until the checkered flag.  Bodine wasn't able to equal his 1990 effort, and parted ways with Bernstein after the 1994 season.  He signed with Junior Johnson piloting the Lowe's Ford Thunderbird.  He posted two top ten finishes and finished twentieth in points.  After the season, Johnson sold the team to Bodine and his wife Diane.  Bodine also bought former boss Kenny Bernstein's old team and 

merged them together to form Brett Bodine Racing.  Bodine raced with Lowe's sponsorship for one more year, scoring a top ten finish and placing 24th in the standings.  For 1998 Bodine found reliable sponsorship from Paychex and his Ford Taurus showed a marked improvement from the past seasons.  He qualified for every race for the first time since 1995 and placed 25th in the final standing.  Paychex returned in 1999 but Bodine was unable to carry the momentum of the previous year and slipped to 35th in the standings after missing 2 races.  The eventual struggles of being an owner/driver had slowly crept up on Bodine, and he found himself struggling with the responsibilities of fielding a competitive team.  He signed up Ralphs Supermarkets to sponsor his car for 2000, and sold half the team to businessman Richard Hilton.  The latter deal 

fell through, but while he was still able to keep Ralphs as a sponsor, the failed buy-out put the team behind in its preparation.  Bodine continued to struggle through 2000 though, as he failed to qualify five times that year, and again wound up 35th in points.  Ralphs returned as the sponsor and Bodine turned it around slightly in 2001, posting two top ten finishes (the first time he finished that high since 1997), and qualifying for all the races while placing 30th in points.  Brett Bodine Racing also expanded to a two-car team for the first time in its history, fielding the #09 Ford for older brother Geoff, who

himself was struggling to maintain his NASCAR Cup career.  Ralphs decided not to return as the sponsor of the team.  With no major sponsors Bodine received sponsorship from minor sponsors such as Wells Fargo, Timberland Pro, and Dura Lube.  Three races into the season Hooters was signed to a deal, although at this point Bodine's team was already well behind in development.  Several key members of the team, including the crew chief, had left due to worries about being able to run the full season.  As part of the deal, Bodine fielded a car from Hooters original driver Kirk Shelmerdine, for a couple of races.  But after the team failed to make a race, Shelmerdine and his

team splintered.  Bodine missed four races during the season and finished 36th in the points.  Hooters returned in 2003, but with far less funding than the already small amount they had provided the previous season.  Bodine became involved in a difficult time during a divorce from his wife and team co-owner Diane.  The dispute lead Bodine to file a restraining order against his wife, whom he alleges hit and threatened to ruin him financially.  The domestic violence protective order also required Diane Bodine to stay away from NASCAR tracks where her husband was scheduled to race.  At the same time Hooters withdrew sponsorship for the Bodine racing team.  Bodine had planned to run a partial schedule, running six events until June, when Hooters pulled the plug on its sponsorship program.  In the next race at Michigan, Bodine was seriously injured in a practice accident.  The impact was violent, and Bodine suffered 

a broken collar bone and damaged teeth.  He recovered from his injuries and tried again with a one race ride with the struggling Morgan-McClure Motorsports, but the car failed to make the field.  With no major sponsorship for his team and most of his employees laid off, Bodine attempted to run at Indy in a fan sponsored "Brick Car" where, for $500, fans would get their name on the car.  The program was a success, but Bodine failed to qualify for the race by .001 seconds.  Rumours of a sponsor for 2004 and beyond surfaced, but nothing panned out and the team was sold.  After all the recent events and struggles, he decided to retire from driving.  For his 18-year Winston Cup career Bodine started 480 races with 5 poles, 1 win, 16 top fives, and 61 top tens while winning over 13 million dollars in prize money.  As of 2017; Bodine currently works for NASCAR at its research and development center as the Director of Competition, R&D.  He works on cost-cutting measures for the sport, and he drives the pace car during all NASCAR Cup Series events, except for those events with a promotional or celebrity pace car driver.  Even then, during races with a celebrity pace car driver, Bodine rides shotgun and guides the driver through all NASCAR pace car protocols. Some info from WikiPedia.

 

GEOFF BODINE - 4/18/1949 - is an American motorsport driver and bobsled builder. He is the oldest of the three Bodine brothers (with Brett Bodine and Todd Bodine). Bodine was quite an accomplished driver before he hit the big-time in NASCAR's premier division. In 1978, Bodine won more races than any other Modified driver in recorded history. Driving cars owned by Dick Armstrong with Billy Taylor and Ralph Hop Harrington as crew chief, Bodine started 84 feature events and won 55 of them. Geoff is best known for his NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) career. He ran his first Cup race in 1979 driving the #47 Race Hill Rarm Oldsmobile for Jack Bebee in the Daytona 500. He started 16th; but at the half way mark Bodine's motor gave out and he ended up finishing 29th. IT was unfortunate because Bodine had moved up nicely from his starting spot and was in a battle for the lead; having led six laps just before his motor failure. His first full season in Winston Cup came in 1982 when he earned the Rookie of the Year title driving the #50 Performance Connection sponsored Pontiac owned by Cliff Stewart. In 1983 Stewart convinced Gatorade to come on as a sponsor and Boding would have a best finish of second; just getting beat out of the win by Bobby Allison. Bodine went to drive for Rick 

Hendrick in 1984 driving the #5 All Star Racing Chevy. His first win would come at Martinsville where he edged out Ron BOuchard to get his first career Cup win. This would be the initial win for car owner Rick Hendrick on his way to great success. Later in the year Bodine would also claims wins at Nashville and Riverside; and finish ninth in the points. His next win woud come while still driving for Hebdrick as he picked up the win in the 1986 Daytona 500 where he won driving his Levi Garrett Chevy. He won twice more before going to drive for Junior Johnson in 1990piloting the Budweiser livery. He'd 

capture three wins his initial season with Johnson and post his career best finish of third in the points chase. He win again for Johnson in 1991 and then depart to drive the #21 Motorcraft Ford for the Bud Moore in 1992. This season saw him win twice; back to back races at Martinsville and North Wilkesboro; and in 1993 Bodine won on the road course of Sonoma. In 1994 Bodine started his own race team which showed immediate success. He posted three wins that season but went win-less in 1995. In 1996 he would claim his final Cup win on the road course at Watkins Glen edging out Terry Labonte by less than 1/2 second. Bodine would race full time the following three seasons. In 1997 

he'd finish second on two occasions; but in all three years combined he would only post five top 5 finishes. From 2000-2011 he raced part-time and over that span only posted one top 5 finish; a third in the 2002 Daytona 500. His final Cup race would come in 2011 at Homestead. He would start 42nd but complete the race and finish 30th. He would also race 14 seasons (94 races) in the Xfinity series; however never more than a few races per season. His first Xfinity win came at Darlington in 1982. He'd post six wins in the series; three of them coming at Darlington; including the final Xfinity win. He was always competitive in the NASCAR Truck Series also. He raced 22 races there over a 15 year span. He usually just raced a couple races per year. Bodine was involved in a vicious, fiery 

accident at Daytona International Speedway in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on February 18, 2000. Geoff was on the outside of two other trucks (one of which was driven by Kurt Busch, a rookie at the time) on the front stretch tri-oval during the 57th lap. Kurt Busch and Rob Morgan made contact, resulting in Morgan's truck swerving into Bodine's truck. This caused Bodine's truck to become airborne and hit the catch fencing, completely destroying it (and rupturing the fuel cell in the process), leaving nothing but the roll cage intact. It then barrel-rolled down the track where it was hit several more times by other trucks before coming to rest on its roof. 13 other

trucks were involved in the accident, making it one of the largest wrecks in NCTS history. As a result of the impact, Geoff broke his right wrist, right cheekbone, a vertebra in his back, and his right ankle, and also suffered a concussion. Nine fans were also injured in the accident. Amazingly, Geoff returned to the track that had nearly claimed his life to finish third behind Elliott Sadler and the race winner Ward Burton in the 2002 Daytona 500. Bodine has always been a great innovator and brought many ideas to Winston Cup. Bodine's creativity and innovation are not just limited to NASCAR racing. Bodine is the co-owner of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Company. His bobsled interest 

started during the 1992 Winter Olympics when the U.S. Bobsled Team was having a tough time during competition. Bodine learned that the sleds being used were all imported and not built locally. He felt that he could help the team win with better bobsled technology derived from his race car engineering background and experience. With these beliefs, Bodine took a few runs in a bobsled at Lake Placid, New York to confirm his feelings and to learn more about the sleds. Bo-Dyn Bobsleds (Bo for Bodine, "Dyn" for Chassis Dynamics) was created in 1992 by Bodine and his good friend and chassis builder, Bob Cuneo of Chassis Dynamics. Bodine founded the USA Bobsled Project to help create a winning bobsled for the U.S. teams. The U. S. 

National Team first used their sleds in 1994. Ten years after Bo-Dyn's inception, the U.S. team won three medals in Bo-Dyn Bobsleds during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, American bobsledder Steven Holcomb piloted a Bo-Dyn Bobsled named "Night Train" to gold. He has 565 starts, 37 poles, 18 wins, and nearly $16 million in winnings during his NASCAR Cup career. He was honored as one of "NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers" during NASCAR's 50th anniversary celebration. Some info from WikiPedia

 

TODD BODINE - 2/27/1964 - an American NASCAR driver.  Todd is the younger brother of former racers Geoff Bodine and Brett Bodine.  Bodine is known for his bald head, which has given him the nickname 'The Onion'.  Bodine would make his Xfinity Series debut in 1986, for Pistone Racing at Martinsville.  He qualified and finished 27th in the 30-car field, falling out of the race early with an engine problem.  He then skipped three years of racing but returned to the Xfinity series in 1990 and ran eight races.  He best finish being a third at Dover. The next three years he would race full time in the Xfinity series driving all three season for owner Frank Cicci and sponsored Hungry Jack / Fiddle Faddle in the #34 Chevy.  In 1991 he got his first Xfinity win.  It would come at Dover.  In 1992 he'd add three more Xfinity wins and finish third in the points battle.  1992 also saw Bodine make his first Cup start at Watkins Glen.  He'd start 21st but crash out on lap 16 and finish 37th.  1993 saw make 10 more Cup starts with a best finish of 23rd; but he would visit victory lane three more times in the Xfinity series however only finish 

ninth in the points.  1994 and 1995 saw Bodine go full time Cup racing; while scaling back to part-time in the Xfinity Series.  Bodine would wheel the #75 Factory Stores Ford owned by Butch Mock.  Bodine would post a third place finish at Atlanta in 1994 and it would be his best career Cup finish.  He only ran one Xfinity race in 1994 and three in 1955.  However in 1995 he would win at Rockingham.  Also in 1995 Todd would make his first NASCAR Truck Series starts.  He drove five races for Jack Roush and have all five finishes inside the top ten.  After that he would not race in the Truck series again until 2004.  From 1996-2000 Bodine would go back to racing full time in the Xfinity Series - while racing part time in the Cup Series.  In 1996 he would win while driving the Cape Canaveral Cruise Chevy at 

South Boston, VA; and finish third in points.  1997 was pretty much a repeat of 1996 as he would win once (Fontana) and finish second in points driving the Stanley Tools Pontiac.  1998 he only raced part time; but in 1999 and 2000 he had a full time ride driving the Phillips 66 Chevy.  He won at Michigan in 2000 and finished fourth in points both years.  2001-2003 found him back in the Cup series driving the #66 K-Mart Ford for Travis Carter.  In 2002 he would post his final top five Cup finish at Richmond.  In 2002-2003 he drove "most" of the races for owner Stanley Herzog; winning a race both seasons.  The win in 2003 at Darlington would be his final Xfinity win.  In 2004 he dabbled a bit in all three of NASCAR's premier series.  21 races 

in the Cup series; 6 in Xfinity and 10 in the Truck Series; winning two times in the Truck series.  He would never run more than five races in any season in the Cup or Xfinity series.  Starting in 2005 he concentrated fulling on competition in the Truck Series. 2005 saw him win five times but finish third in the points hunt driving mostly for Germain Racing.  2006 saw him return to Germain Racing and post three wins and claim the Truck series Championship.  From 2005-2010 he would win 19 times, and never finish worse in the points than fourth.  He again won the Truck points Championship in 2010; all this time still driving for Germain Racing.  In 2012 Bodine went to drive for Tom Deloach in his Totota Care Toyota.  He'd post a win at Dover; his last of his career.  His final Truck start came would

come in 2013 atPocono.  He would start seventh and race hard and competitive all day.  He even led 16 laps; but when the checkered flag flew; the best he could finish was 11th.  It's not known if Bodine's career is over.  He did race a couple races in the Xfinity series in 2015-2016.  SO who knows we may see him pop up in a car somewhere in 2017.

 

 

NEIL BONNETT - 7/30/1946 - 2/11/1994 - NASCAR driver who compiled 18 victories and 20 poles over his 18-year career.  Neil Bonnett began his NASCAR career as a protégé of 1983 Winston Cup champion Bobby Allison, working on the team's cars.  He later became part of the famous "Alabama Gang" that included himself, Red Farmer and the Allison family: Donnie Allison; brother Bobby; and, later Bobby's son Davey.  Bonnett's NASCAR career would sputter at the start.  In 1973 he attempted both races at Talladega; but missed the field on both occasions.  In 1974 he again attempted to get in the field in both Talladega races; and this time he was successful.  Bonnett would qualify driving a 1972 Chevy.  He'd break an oil line 50 laps into the race and finish 45th.  Bonnett raced many years before he ever ran the full season and was competitive in the points standings.  It took until 1978 before Bonnett ever ran a full season.  Of course claiming two wins in 1977 might of had a hand in Bonnett getting noticed and owners having confidence in his ability.  He would win at Richmond VA and Ontario CA in 1978 driving the #5 Dodge, crew chiefed by Harry Hyde and Owned by Jim Stacy.  In 1978 he went win-less but was

close on several occasions.  1979-1982 Bonnett would only race part time before returning to run all the races in 1983.  However racing part time didn't mean Bonnett wouldn't collect any checkered flags.  In 1979 he would win three times.  He'd get wins at Atlanta, Dover and Daytona July race and 1980 he claimed two wins; once at Pocono and once at Talladega.  In 1981 he once again would win three times while as in the previous two years he had only run in 22 of 31 races.  He'd wheel the #21 Purolator Ford to victories at Atlanta and Dover; and he'd also claim a win at Darlington in the Southern 500.  After three wins in 1982 driving for the Wood 

Brothers; he would carry them to victory in 1982 in the World 600 at Charlotte.  After driving for the wood Brothers since 1979, Bonnett would depart for RahMoc Enterprises wheeling the #75 Hodgdon Chevy.  He would once again pull into victory lane at the World 600; then he'd get another win at Atlanta and finish in sixth in the points.  Even though Bonnett had a good season; he was lured away by Junior Johnson to high dollar sponsor Budweiser and to be a team mate for Darrell Waltrip in the #12 Bud Machine.  He went win-less in his first season there.  1985 saw Bonnett grab two wins early in the season and be in the hunt for the points chase; but consistent finishes all season long saw Waltrip win the 

Championship while Bonnett would finish a career best fourth.  Bonnett would miss one start in 1986; but he would claim one win at Rockingham.  Rumor was he felt he was playing second fiddle to Waltrip.  So at the end of the season Bonnett put on his walking shoes; left Johnson and went back to drive for RahMoc REnterprises in 1987.  The season was disappointing; but 1988 was see a great improvement as they won two races this season.  They pairing produced wins at Richmond and at Rockingham; the second and third races of the season.  Little did anyone know that the Rockingham win would be Bonnett's last.  On April 1, 1990, Neil Bonnett suffered a life-

threatening crash during the TranSouth 500 at Darlington, South Carolina when his car hit the water barrels in front of pit road drivers-side first.  Left with amnesia and dizziness, Bonnett retired from racing and turned to television, becoming a race color commentator for TNN, CBS Sports, and TBS Sports, and hosting the TV show Winners for TNN.  However, Bonnett still desired to continue racing.  In 1992, he began testing cars for good friends Dale Earnhardt and car owner Richard Childress.  Cleared to race again in 1993 and upon Earnhardt's suggestion, Childress gave 

Bonnett a ride for the 1993 DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway which was numbered 31 and sponsored by GM Goodwrench.  But his comeback race was marred by a crash in which his car spun, became airborne, and crashed into the spectator fence. He was uninjured and called the rest of the race from the CBS broadcast booth after being cleared at the infield care center.  He would also start the final race of the 1993 season in Atlanta, but he dropped out after just three laps.  The reason the team gave for removing the car from the race was a blown engine; however, he was teamed with points leader Earnhardt, and the car was retired to assist Earnhardt in winning the season's championship. Earnhardt needed to maximize his finishing position, and by Bonnett quitting the race he was assured of those three championship points.  That was Bonnett's final cup start of his 

career.  Bonnett secured a ride and sponsorship for at least six races in the 1994 season with car owner James Finch, including the season opening Daytona 500, for Phoenix Racing.  But on February 11, 1994, during the first practice session for the 1994 Daytona 500, Bonnett's car suffered a right front tire failure in the track's fourth turn.  He lost control of his Chevrolet on the track's high-banked fourth turn, swerved onto the track apron, and then up the steep bank before crashing into the wall nearly head on.  Bonnett was taken to nearby Halifax Medical Center, but he had died on impact.  It's ironic how such close friends Dale Earnhardt Sr and Bonnett were; and often went hunting and fishing together; Ironic because both drivers would be killed at at almost exactly the same spot on the track with an impact of almost the exact angle -  and die from a basal skull fracture; dieing only seven years apart. Info from Wikipedia
 

 

RON BOUCHARD - 11/23/1948 - 12/10/2015 - is a former NASCAR driver who was the 1981 NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year.  His brother Ken Bouchard was the 1988 NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year.  Ron Bouchard began racing career at Brookline Speedway as a substitute driver in 1963 by replacing the ill driver for his father's car.  After high school he began racing in his father's car, and he rapidly moved up the ranks to late models at Seekonk Speedway.  He claimed five consecutive track championships from 1967 to 1971. He began racing at other local tracks in the Camaro, and he was noticed by Bob Johnson. Bouchard began his NASCAR career in 1981 in the No. 47 J.D. Stacy Buick for owner Jack Beebe (Race Hill Farm team) Ron captured the 1981 NASCAR Rookie of the Year title even though he only raced in 22 of 31 events. He posted 12 Top 10 finishes in the 22 races, including his only career win in the Talladega 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Running third to Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte on the last lap, he swooped under both of them as they battled side-by-side out of

the final turn. The three cars crossed the finish line nearly simultaneously, with Bouchard winning in a photo finish. After the race, Waltrip, who had thought Bouchard was a lap down, asked, "Where the hell did he come from?". Bouchard's victory is considered by many as the biggest upset in NASCAR history and the win essentially clinched the Cup Series Rookie of the Year award for Bouchard. In 1982 Bouchard finished a career-high eighth in the final points standing and posted three top 5 finishes; with a best finish of third at both Nashville and Daytona. In 1983 he was only able to claim one top 5 finish; and once again it would come in the 

July Daytona race. 1984 saw Bouchard almost win again; this time at Martinsville but he would get out-ran by Geoff Bodine who got the win. He posted five top 5 in '84 and finished 11th in points. BOuchard had raced his whole career for car owner but 1985 would be his final year with the team. Once again he posted five top 5 finishes and almost get a win at Rockingham where he finished second. BOuchard would lead 68 laps on the day; but Darrell Waltrip wouold pass Boiuchard with 31 laps to go and would hold on to take the win by only one second. This would be Bouchard last top five finish of his career. In 1986 he changed to the #98 Valvoline Pontiac for owner Mike Curb (Curb-Agajanian Motorsports). The team generally finished in the Top 20 when they completed a race, but they had 9 DNF's. He posted two top 10 

finishes with a best of sixth in the Daytona 500. In 1987 he raced in the #1 Bull's Eye Barbecue Sauce Chevrolet for owner Hoss Ellington in five events. Their best finish was an eighth at Darlington. His final Cup start came at Talladega on May 3, 1987. He started 13th but would get involved in a major crash involving such drivers as Alan Kulwicli; Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Sterling Marlin, and Richard Petty among others. Bouchard would finish 38th. Ron also raced some in the Xfinity Series. He made 20 starts in the five year span from 1983-1987; also while driving for Jack Bebee. He won on two occasions with both races held at Darlington in 1984. After racing in Winston Cup, Bouchard returned home to Fitchburg, Massachusetts, opening Ron Bouchard's Auto Stores. Ron passed away on 12/10/2015 after battling cancer for several years. For his career Bouchard made 160 cup starts, posting

the one win; with 19 top five and 60 top ten finishes. He also posted two wins in the Xfinity series in 20 starts. Info from WikiPedia

 

CLINT BOWYER - 5/30/1979 - is a NASCAR driver. Bowyer began racing at the age of five in motocross. He went on to capture over 200 wins and numerous championships over the next eight years. In 1996, he began racing street stocks at Thunderhill Speedway in Mayetta, Kansas, and won the Modified championship there in 2000. In 2002, he began racing in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, posting 9 poles, 12 wins and 32 top-five finishes en route to a second-place finish in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national point standings. In 2003, Bowyer raced a full season in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Midwest Series, scoring one top-ten finish in 11 starts. He also would make his first ARCA starts in 2003, and caught the eye of legendary car owner Richard Childress after leading 47 laps and finishing second in his debut at Nashville Superspeedway. After the second-place finish, Richard Childress called Bowyer by phone and offered him a job. Bowyer thought he was joking and hung up on him. Childress called back soon afterward and with a not-too-happy tone he still offered the job to Bowyer. In 2004, Bowyer began by finishing 8th in the ARCA Remax series race at Daytona in the No. 7 Chevrolet for Gerhart. In 2004 Bowyer began running in the Busch Series for Childress, sharing seat time in the No. 21 Chevrolet with Kevin Harvick. He drove in half of the 34 Busch Series races that year, winning one pole and seven top-tens, attaining a season-high 3rd-place finish in the Federated

Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway in June. Bowyer's first full Busch season was in 2005, replacing Ron Hornaday in the No. 2 Chevrolet. He won two poles and two races en route to a second-place finish to repeat-champion Martin Truex, Jr., losing by only 68 points. He also made his NEXTEL Cup debut in the No. 33 Chevy on April 23, 2005, during the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. He would start 25th in his #33 Sylvania Chevy. He finished 22nd one lap down. Richard Childress Racing announced on October 15, 2005, that Bowyer would race the No. 07 Chevrolet full-time in the NEXTEL Cup series, replacing Dave Blaney for the 2006 season. Bowyer began his rookie Cup season with three Top 5 finishes and 

had a total of eleven Top 10's that season, with his best finish being a 3rd at California Speedway. He finished 68 points behind Denny Hamlin for NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors. Bowyer also continued to drive the No. 2 in the Busch Series full-time, winning once and finishing 3rd in points. Bowyer won his first Craftsman Truck Series race in the No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado fielded by Morgan-Dollar Motorsports at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2006, in his third career Truck start, making his first CTS start that year at Martinsville for Green Light Racing. After starting the 2007 season with a last-lap crash at Daytona (crossing the finish line upside down and on fire as teammate Kevin Harvick won), Bowyer won the Budweiser Pole position for the Dodge Avenger 500 at Darlington Raceway. He finished the regular season 9th in points, but was seeded 12th for the 

playoff, since race wins determine playoff seeding. Bowyer won his second pole at the Sylvania 300 at Loudon, and two days later went on to win his first NEXTEL Cup race in his 64th start. The win made Bowyer the fifteenth driver to win at least one race in all three of NASCAR's top series. In 2008, Bowyer continued to drive in the Cup and Nationwide Series full-time. Bowyer dominated the late stages of the Daytona 500 but was spun out by Juan Pablo Montoya with 17 laps remaining. On May 3, 2008, Bowyer earned his second Sprint Cup victory, winning the Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond International Speedway. Bowyer led only two laps, going to the front after Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kyle Busch got together with less than four laps remaining in the race. On August 23, 2008, 

Bowyer was announced as the driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet Impala SS for RCR. Casey Mears from Hendrick Motorsports replaced Bowyer in the Jack Daniel's-sponsored car.[2] This move was necessitated by a sponsor's request, as General Mills did not want Mears, who had been driving in the 2008 season for rival cereal maker Kellogg's. On November 15, 2008, Bowyer won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a narrow margin of victory over Carl Edwards of 21 points. Edwards won the race with Bowyer finishing 5th. Bowyer concentrated primarily on the Sprint Cup Series in 2009 and drove the No. 33 Chevrolet Impala to 15th place in the season standings. Bowyer trimmed his participation in the Nationwide series to 12 races but performed well, winning at Daytona (July 3) and Dover 

(September 26), finishing in the Top 5 in 6 of the 12 races and notching 8 Top 10s. Bowyer started the Cup season in strong fashion, finishing 4th in the Daytona 500 and 2nd at Las Vegas in the 3rd race of the year. With a 6th in Atlanta and a 5th in Martinsville, Bowyer was 2nd in the overall standings after 6 races. A tough stretch in races 7 through 12 dropped Bowyer down to 17th overall, 109 points behind Mark Martin in 12th place. Bowyer would not qualify for the Chase and end up 15th in points. True to form, Bowyer performed well early in 2010, finishing 4th in Daytona, 7th at Martinsville, and 9th at Phoenix to stand 6th after 7 races. However, at Texas in the Samsung Mobile 500 (race 8), Bowyer got caught in a major crash on lap 317 that wiped out 8 other drivers. Bowyer would win twice in 2010 (Loudon NH and Talladega AL). His

wins qualified him for the Chase and he would wind up tenth in points. Bowyer would get off to a slow start in 2011. He finished 17th at Daytona and followed that with a 27th a Phoenix. Starting with race #5 of the season he would have five races in a row where he would finish no worse than ninth; including second place finishes at Texas and Talladega. He would later win the fall race at Talladega and finish 13th in the points. The 2012 season marked a new beginning for Bowyer as he moved from Richard Childress Racing to Michael Waltrip Racing, signing a 3-year deal. He was also able to bring along sponsor 5 Hour Energy; a spoonsor he had untihe went to Stewart-Haas racing at the beginning of 2017. In June, at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma, Bowyer dominated the race, scoring his first road course and MWR win by holding off Tony 

Stewart and Kurt Busch. At the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta, Bowyer clinched a Chase berth while suffering battery issues with his car. He rebounded the following week at the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond, winning the race using fuel strategy despite being spun by Juan Pablo Montoya mid-race. Bowyer would get a third win at Charlotte in the Bank of America 500. He finished the season second in the points; getting beat out of the Championship by Brad Keselowski by 39 points. 2013 Bowyer did not post a single win, but consistent finishes had him in a position to make the Chase via points. However At Richmond International Raceway on September 7, Bowyer became the subject of controversy as, late in the race, audio suggested Bowyer intentionally spun his car to bring out a yellow flag. This happened in the final race before the Chase cut off. Evidence pretty clearly showed that Michael Waltrip Racing (for 

whom Bowyer drove at the time) tried to deliberately alter the finish in the waning laps of the race at Richmond; causing both Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon a spot in the Chase while helping Michael Waltrip Racing team mate Martin Truex to advance. Newman was leading the race at the time and looked sure to win; and Gordon was in a position to advance based on points. An ESPN replay that included communications between Bowyer and his team implied the spin was deliberate. After the race Truex and Gordon had tied in points with the tie-breaker going to Truex. After NASCAR reviewed everything Truex was booted from Advancing to the Chase while BOTH Newman and Gordon got a berth. NASCAR docked all three MWR teams, including Bowyer, 50 driver/owner points. MWR was 

also fined $300,000. Despite the large penalty, Bowyer retained enough points to remain in the Chase.[19] He had already clinched a spot in the Chase at the Irwin Tools Night Race. The controversy and bad publicity lead to NAPA canceling it's sponsorship of Michael Waltrips car at the end of the season. 2014 was an off season for Bowyer - he only posted five top 5 finishes and missed being able to compete for the Chase Championship. 2015 was even worse as he only have two top 5 results with a best third at Sonoma. At the end of 2015 Michael Waltrip Racing closed it doors; and at the end of the 2015 season Bowyer went to Hscott Motorsports as an 'interim" year. HScott had a new team without a top name driver. Scott was supposed to get technical assistance from Stewart-Haas Racing; but it was announced during the middle of the 2016 season that Stewart-Haas was switching to Ford. Thus the technical assistance stopped; and it played out that Bowyer was driving for a single car team with no help. Bowyer was only able to post three top 10 finishes in 2016 with a best of 7th at Bristol. He ended up 27th in points. This eventually led to HScott Motorsports shutting down and closing shop at the end of the 2016 season. Bowyer had a miserable season driving for Harry Scott, and as 2016 concludes Bowyer is going to be taking over the seat at Stewart-Haas vacated by Tony Stewart when he retired at the end of the 2016 season. He has also raced in 14 NASCAR Truck series races; winning on three occasions. He has 181 Xfinity starts with eight wins. To date Bowyer has ran Cup 397 races; posted eight wins; 58 top fives and 167 top ten finishes. Some info from WikiPedia

 

RICHARD BRICKHOUSE - 10/27/1939 - an American NASCAR driver. His father, James Albert Brickhouse, was in the lumber business, cutting timber for Casey Lumber Co. in Rocky Point. His mother was a schoolteacher. She taught young Richard in third and fourth grade at Rocky Point Elementary. After graduating from Burgaw High, he joined the Army Reserves, then became a farmer. His land was on N.C. 133. He later operated a dirt track there. “I stayed in trouble with the highway patrol,” he said. He lost his license for speeding just three weeks after he got it, racing with friends on the new U.S. 421. Sometime in the mid-1950s, his father took him to the dirt track at Legion Stadium. He was hooked. He raced part time over a 30 year span. His first NASCAR Cup race was at Rockingham in 1968. He would start 16th driving the #03 owned by Dub Clewis. He would make a great run and finish fourth. In 1969 he would run by far the most races in one season. He ran 24 races this year; and the most he ran any other season was seven (1968). IN the first 18 races he 

ran in 1969 he made it know he was a talented driver. He posted seven finishes inside the top 10. His 19th race of the season at Talladega would be an unusual race. This was the inaugural Talladega 500 and tired were a concern. It is primarily remembered because all of the NASCAR stars from the PDA (Professional Driver Association), led by Richard Petty, boycotted the race due to a major lack of tire grip. The field was replaced by other drivers, which introduced future championship winning owner Richard Childress. It also introduced the Dodge Charger Daytona cars for the first in the series. The tire company Firestone dropped out of the sport before race day due to the tire problems. Top drivers of that are that chose to boycott and sit out the race included Richard Petty; David Pearson; Bobby Allison; Donnie Allison; Cale Yarborough; Buddy Baker; Tiny Lund; Paul Goldsmith and eight others. Brickhouse has also joined the PDA, but after being offered the potent Nichels Engineering ride; and the day of the race withdrew from the PDA. Bill France gave all 62,000 fans attending this race free admission to make up for the fact that so many of the star drivers they likely came to see pulled out. Fans were thanked for attending and, as an added bonus, promised they could back and redeem their tickets for free admission for a future race at either Daytona or Talladega so they would still see the big names they wanted. The tires turned out to be a non-issue and the race was a real barn 

burner. It had 35 lead changes and except for on one occasion; the race would be almost half way over before any driver led more than six cconsecutive laps. It was much the same way the second half of the race but Brickhouse would take the lead away from Jim Vandiver with 11 laps to go and win by seven seconds. This would start a long tradition for the "Talladega 500" that produced different winners every year. It took 13 running of this event before a previous winner won the race a second time. Brickhouse ran five races in 1970 and finished fifth in the Daytona 500 qualifying race; and sixth in the Daytona 500 itself. He would step away from NASCAR racinh when he would return in 1979 and run one event (NAPA National 500 at Charlotte) and finish 39th falling out with a blown motor after only 15 laps. In 1982 he ran in two events. Once again he'd run at Charlotte in the National 500 and finish 

27th after a crash. He also raced at Rockingham where he would start 34 but fall out after 337 laps with an oil leak. He finished 21st. After a long lay off of 13 years; he attempted to come back and ran in 1995. He missed the field at Rockingham. For his career Brickhouse ran in 39 Cup races posting the lone win at Talladega. He would have for top 5 and 13 top 10 finishes

 
 

 

DICK BROOKS - 4/14/1942 - 2/1/2006 - was an American NASCAR driver.  Born in Porterville, California, he was the 1969 NASCAR Rookie of the Year, and went on to win the 1973 Talladega 500, becoming the 4th different driver to win the event in four years.  Like Richard Brickhouse, this race win was the only career win for Brooks.  Brooks made his NASCAR Cup Series debut at the first Daytona 500 Qualifying Race in 1969, driving a self-owned Plymouth.  Brooks had a solid year and with 12 top-ten he finished 21st in the final standings.  This also meant Brooks became the Rookie of the year.  He continued to drive his #32 BestLine Plymouth in 1970 and scored 15 top-five finishes in 34 races, improving to 13th in the final points standings.  Brooks came close to winning the 1970 Georgia 500, but eventually finished third to Richard Petty and Bobby

Isaac after having led 133 laps.  Brooks started out his 1973 season when he drove the No. 6 Owens Racing Dodge to a third place finish at the Daytona 500.  He returned to Donlavey and drove eight races for that team in 1973.  The highlight of Brooks's career came at the Talladega 500 when he drove the Plymouth of Jimmy Crawford to an unexpected victory.  Brooks wasn't even supposed to drive Crawford's Plymouth, but after officials ruled that Crawford did not have enough experience on the big speedway, Brooks took over the ride.  The car was #22 and had Micky Mouse on the hood.  The story behind Mickey Mouse on the hood was a comment made by Bill France stating that they were a "Mickey Mouse race team", so they put Mickey on the hood.  Brooks would pull off the starting grid in 24th place.  He would work his way to the front and take the lead for the first time on lap 49.   It was an exciting race as there

was 64 lead changes.  The most laps in a row any driver lead was nine; all the way up to lap 157 when David Pearson led 12 in succession.  On 44 occasions where a lead change occured, the leader would lead 3 laps or less.  Brooks would take the lead on lap 181 and head the field for the final eight laps to get the win.  Without a ride for the 1974 season, Brooks started to field a self-owned Dodge.  From the 16 races that Brooks entered that year he only finished three times.  His best finish of the season was at the Volunteer 500 at Bristol International Speedway.  Brooks returned to Junie Donlavey for the 1975 season driving the No. 90 Ford once again.  In 25 races Brooks scored 15 top-ten finishes of which he finished six in the top-five.  His best result that season was a second

place in the Delaware 500 at Dover Downs International Speedway.  Brooks also finished in the top-ten in the final points standings for the first time that year.  He continued to drive for Donlavey Racing in 1976.  Brooks scored 18 top-ten finishes that year and he finished 10th in the final points standings for the second year in succession.  Brooks continued his good run for Donlavey Racing in 1977.  He scored a total of 20 top-ten finishes that season of which he finished seven in the top-five.  He finished sixt in the final points standings, which would turn out to be a career high.  Brooks had another good year in 1978 with 17 top-ten finishes.  He finished eight in the final points standings and left the Donlavey team at the

end of the season.  Brooks moved to the team of Nelson Malloch in 1979 driving the No. 05 Oldsmobile and Chevy.  Brooks had a lot of mechanical issues during the season and only managed to finish 13 of 27 races that year.  Brooks scored eight top-ten finishes during the year and finished 22nd in the final points standings. He stayed with Nelson Malloch for the 1980 season but Brooks left the team after he only finished five of the first 16 races.  Brooks entered in three more races that season which he all drove for Banjo Matthews.  Brooks only drove five races each season in 1981 and 1982 before reuniting with Donlavey for 1983.  After finishing fifth in the Daytona 500, he had several other solid runs.  After four races, Brooks led the point standings for the only time in his NASCAR career.  Brooks also led the most laps in the third race of the year at

Rockingham but retired on lap 384.  This was the only time in Brooks career that he led the most laps during a race.  The rest of the season was not as good though and Brooks faded to 14th at season's end.  1984 was more of the same as the Donlavey team struggled to keep up with the higher financed teams and Brooks finished 15th.  After driving three races for the Petty Enterprises team in 1985, Brooks left the ride.  His final NASCAR race was behind the wheel of a Rick Hendrick owned car in the 1985 World 600 where he finished in tenth place.  After he retired, he served as a NASCAR sportscaster for a brief period of time in the 1990s as an announcer on MRN Radio broadcasts, where he often wore a pair 

of signature blue jean overalls.  His NASCAR statistics include the win at Talladega Superspeedway, 57 top fives, 150 top tens, 4 top ten point finishes (1975 through 1978), and 358 career races.  Although Brooks only won one NASCAR race, he was a popular figure in that particular league of motorsports; driving for the underfunded Junie Donlavey team throughout his racing career.  Brooks survived a couple accidents, including a motorcycle crash and an incident in a small aircraft while he taxied on a runway landing strip on his South Carolina property; when a wheel caught in the grass and turned the plane over throwing Brooks out of the pilot's seat.  He was taken to the intensive care unit of the

Spartanburg Regional Medical Center after the crash, but his daughter Stacy Jackson said doctors expect him to recover.  After complications from the plane crash in late 2004, Dick Brooks died of pneumonia on February 1, 2006.

 

 

CHRIS BUESCHER - 10/29/1992 - an American professional stock car racing driver.  Buescher began his professional racing career in 2005, driving Legends cars in Texas for Speedway Legends, Winning over 100 races. (Speedway Legends, worked with several top drivers like David Ragan etc.).  In 2008, Buescher moved to North Carolina to be mentored by NASCAR Cup Series driver David Ragan and signing as a development driver for Roush Fenway Racing, Buescher began competing in ARCA competition in 2009; he went on to win the series championship in 2012, becoming the only driver ever to compete every lap in a season of competition in the series.  Buescher made his debut in NASCAR competition for Roush Fenway Racing in 2011, driving two races in the Xfinity Series; he returned to the series in 2013, driving in seven races for the team, in addition to a limited ARCA schedule with Roulo Brothers Racing.  In 2014, Buescher moved full-time to the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing.  After failing to qualify at Daytona, Buescher had a solid rookie season, finishing ninth at Las Vegas, 7th at Richmond, second at Talladega, ninth at Charlotte, 11th at Dover, tenth at Michigan, and 12th at the July Daytona race.  Buescher finished fifth at New Hampshire to earn a spot in the second Xfinity Dash 4 Cash race at Chicagoland; he 

would finish 8th at Chicago and 11th at Indianapolis.  Fastenal returned to sponsor the 60 at Iowa, where Buescher finished 14th.  Cup sponsors Kellogg's and Cheez-It sponsored the car at Watkins Glen.  Buescher won the Xfinity Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio on August 16, his first career win.  Buescher returned to the No. 60 Ford in Xfinity Series for 2015.  Buescher started off the season with a runner-up finish to teammate Ryan Reed at Daytona in the Alert Today Florida 300.  Then, Buescher followed up that second-place finish with another top five finish, fourth, in the Hisense 250 at Atlanta giving him a tie for the points lead with fellow competitor Ty Dillon.  Buescher scored Xfintiy win #2 of his career at Iowa Speedway after passing Chase Elliott for the lead on the final restart of the race, Elliott had lead 114 laps but couldn't hold off a hard charge from Buescher.  Two weeks later Chris would be back in 

victory lane at Dover International Speedway for his second win in 2015.  Chris made contact with teammate Darrell Wallace near the end of the race to make the winning pass, Wallace was upset with his teammate as he cut a tire as result of the contact and would go on to say "I would say I am happy Roush won but I’m not.  In the final race of the 2015 season, Buescher won his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship at Homestead Miami Speedway on November 21.  He finished 11th in the race after receiving the Lucky Dog to get back on the lead lap.  Kyle Larson won the race. Buescher was able to hold off defending champion (of the Xfinity Series) Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon, and Regan Smith in points to win 

the series championship title.  Buescher made his Cup Series debut in the No. 34 Ford for Front Row Motorsports at Fontana in 2015, filling in for David Ragan, who had been substituting for Kyle Busch, who was out for a fractured leg; Buescher finished 20th.  Buescher ran five additional Cup races for FRM in 2015.  In December it was announced that Buescher would move up to Cup to drive FRM's No. 34 full-time in 2016.  Front Row entered an alliance with Roush Fenway. Superspeedway wrecks plagued the No. 34 team.  Buescher started the season with a hard crash at Daytona with Matt DiBenedetto, finishing 39th.  He described this accident, by calling it "the of the hardest hit of my career".  At the Talladega, on lap 96, Buescher was involved in a crash which sent his car into a barrel roll, flipping three times before landing; he was

not injured in the accident.  Buescher also wrecked out of the summer Daytona race, finishing last.  Things began to turn around after Daytona, with Buescher finishing 14th in his rookie attempt at the Brickyard 400.  One week later at Pocono, Buescher took the lead late in the Pennsylvania 400 by being on a different pit sequence.  Buescher; driving the #34 Dockside Ford; took the lead just before a massive cloud of fog moved over the track.  After an hour of waiting, NASCAR gave up on trying to wait out the fog due to approaching severe weather and called the race, giving Buescher his first NASCAR Cup Series victory and the second win for Front Row Motorsports.  Buescher, with the win, became the first driver since Joey Logano in 2009 to win a race as a Cup Series Rookie of the Year candidate (In 2011, Trevor Bayne won a race during his part-time rookie season but was not running for the Cup Series Rookie of the Year award).  Buescher also became the first rookie

to win at Pocono since Denny Hamlin in 2006.  Buescher also brought Front Row Motorsports its first win in 118 races going back to David Ragan at Talladega in 2013.  Despite the win, Buescher was not automatically guaranteed a Chase position because he was outside the Top 30 in driver points, the minimum standing required to qualify for the Chase.  At Bristol, Buescher finished 5th to move into the 30th points position, moving past David Ragan.  Buescher passed his teammate Landon Cassill for 29th in the standings at Richmond and locked in his place in the Chase.  He began the Chase in the 13th position in points.  Buescher would be easily eliminated after the first round though due to underfunded equipment and poor finishes.  He finished 28th at Chicagoland, 30th at New Hampshire, and 23rd at Dover.  In the second round, Buescher finished 16th at Charlotte, 21st at Kansas, and 22nd at Talladega.  On November 29, 2016, Roush Fenway announced the sale of their charter for the No. 16 car to JTG Daugherty Racing, with Buescher taking over the new ride.  The car was officially announced as No. 37 on December 12th and would be a team mate to the #47 driven by AJ Allmendinger.

 

JEFF BURTON - 6/29/1967 - a retired NASCAR Cup Series driver.  Jeff Burton is the younger brother of Ward Burton, who is also a former NASCAR Cup driver.  Burton began driving a handful of races in the Xfinity Series in 1988 in car number 69 owned by his father John Burton.  He competed in the full season for Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year in 1989 in the No. 12 Burton Autosports Pontiac.  In 1990, he drove the No. 12 Armour Lower Salt Bacon Buick for Sam Ard, where he won his first career race.  He moved to J&J Racing's No. 99 Armour / Food Lion-sponsored Chevrolet in 1991 for one year before moving on to FILMAR Racing owned by Filbert Martocci where he would drive an Oldsmobile sponsored by TIC Financial Systems in 1992, and a Ford sponsored by Baby Ruth in 1993.  Burton would later make his first NASCAR Cup start in 1993 in car No. 0 owned by Martocci. 

 He would qualify and start an impressive sixth; but crash out on lap 86 and finish 37th.  1994 was Burton's rookie year in the Winston Cup Series, driving the No. 8 Raybestos-sponsored Ford for Stavola Brothers Racing.  After 5 races, he reached a season-high 14th-place finish in the overall standings, but by the end of the year he dropped to 24th after being disqualified at the Miller Genuine Draft 400 for illegal holes drilled on the 

roll cage, a safety violation.  He had a season-high 4th-place finish on the way to earning 1994 NASCAR Rookie of the Year.  He was one of a record-high 10 rookies eligible for the award that year, besting a class that included future Cup stars Joe Nemechek, Jeremy Mayfield, John Andretti, and older brother Ward.  The next year, in 1995, Burton had one Top 5, along with a 9th place finish.  He also missed 3 races and finished 32nd in points. In 1996, Burton left the Stavola Brothers for Roush Racing.  Driving the No. 99 Exide Batteries-sponsored Ford for his new team, he finished 13th overall in the season points standings despite failing to qualify for the Purolator 500 

in March as a new team (provisionals in the first four races were based on 1995 points, and Burton's team did not have points from 1995).  His career hit a peak from 1997 to 2000, as he never finished lower than fifth in the points standings.  He achieved his first career win in 1997 in the Interstate Batteries 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (the inaugural NASCAR race at the track), and would go on to win 14 more races during the four-year run.  In 1999, Burton won a career-high six races, including the Jiffy Lube 300 for a third straight year, and clinched two of the series' four majors (Coca-Cola 600 and the 50th Annual Southern 500), which would lead to a fifth-place 

finish in points.  His best points finish was in third in 2000, just 294 points behind champion Bobby Labonte.  On September 17, 2000, Burton led every lap of the Dura Lube 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, in unique circumstances (this race was the only Loudon race to use a restrictor plate, imposed for safety reasons after the deaths of Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin, Jr. earlier in the year at the track).  From 1997 to 2000, Burton won an event at NHIS every year.  In 2001, Burton and the No. 99 welcomed a new sponsor CITGO PdVSA.  Burton won another two races, upping his career total to 17, and he finished tenth in points, climbing from a season low of 38th, his position after four races.  In 2002 and 2003, he finished 12th in 

the points and combined for eight Top 5's and 25 Top 10's, but failed to win a race in either year.  CITGOPdVSA then announced that it was leaving Roush Racing at the end of the 2003 season.  Burton ran the 2004 season without a primary sponsor, with races frequently being sponsored by his personal sponsor SKF.  Rumors began to arise that Burton would be leaving Roush Racing.  After originally denying the rumors, it finally happened in mid-2004 when, just before the Sirius at The Glen, Burton signed a three-year contract with Richard Childress Racing (RCR), leaving Roush after eight and a half years with the team.  Upon joining RCR, Burton was placed  in the No. 30 AOL-sponsored Chevrolet. He was the third driver to pilot the car that season; Johnny Sauter was promoted from 

 RCR's Xfinity Series program to take over the car but was released after 13 races and was replaced by Dave Blaney, who was released when Burton became available.  Prior to the driver change, Burton had an average finish of 20.8 and was 23rd in points.  In the 13 races after he changed teams, though, the same stats were improved to 16.6 and 18th.  During the offseason, Burton and his team remained with RCR but were switched to the No. 31 Cingular Wireless-sponsored Chevy, replacing Robby Gordon.  2005 was Burton's first full year at RCR, and he had six Top 10's and three Top 5's for the

year including a third-place finish in the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix in April and a second-place finish in the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.  In 2006 Burton's best finish came in the Chicagoland race where he recorded a second-place finish.  He led the most laps at Indianapolis and Bristol's Sharpie 500, setting the pace for more than half the race.  In the Xfinity Series, he won at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway, breaking his four-year winless streak in any NASCAR series.  After the race at Richmond International Raceway Jeff qualified for the Chase for the Cup.  During the Chase, Burton won the Dover 400 at Dover International Speedway, breaking a 185-race winless streak dating back to 

October 28, 2001, allowing him to take the points lead.  However, a series of relatively poor finishes in subsequent races, including a flat tire at Talladega while running in the top five and an engine failure at Martinsville, eliminated Burton from contention for the championship.  Burrton won the Samsung 500 at Texas on April 15, 2007, driving with a sponsorship from Prilosec OTC, passing Matt Kenseth on the final lap, making him the first driver to have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway.  He later went on to qualify for the Chase for the Cup, he tied for 7th in the 2007  

standings.  In 2008 Burton came very close to winning the 50th annual Daytona 500 driving the #1 AT&T Chevy.  Burton won the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Following contact between Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart, Burton passed Harvick and Stewart for second.  On the ensuing restart Burton passed Denny Hamlin coming off of Turn 2 to win the Food City 500 and finishing off a sweep of the podium for Richard Childress Racing.  Burton also won the 2008 Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.  Burton took the lead from Greg Biffle with just over 70 laps to go.  During the final round of pit stops Burton took fuel only and held off a hard charging Jimmie Johnson for his first multiple win season since 

2001.  Burton had a new sponsor on the No. 31, after Caterpillar was signed through 2011.  Burton was expected to make a run for the championship but a poor season lead Burton to miss the Chase, the first time since 2005.  Burton's best finish that year was a pair of second-place finishes in the final two races at Phoenix and Homestead.  In 2010, he rebounded but he had still not won a race, though he made the Chase and finished second in both Dover races.  He nearly won the fall Martinsville race but a flat tire with 15 laps remaining gave Denny Hamlin the win.  A couple weeks later, he and Jeff Gordon got into a wreck long after the caution was out.  Burton walked up the track to confront Gordon and the two got into a shoving match.  Burton finished 12th in the final standings.  In 2011, Burton was looking for a better year than in 2010.  But a very bad season gave Burton a poor series of finishes.  In 2012, 

Burton gained the sponsorship in Wheaties, BB&T and EnerSys.  The 31 team also switched crew chiefs too, and Drew Blickensderfer became the crew chief.  After a dismal 2012, Blickensderfer was released four races early before the season's end, and Luke Lambert became Burton's crew chief in 2013.  At the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, Burton would make his 1,000th career NASCAR start, the sixth driver in NASCAR history to do so.  On September 4, 2013, Richard Childress Racing announced that Burton would not be returning to RCR in 2014.  On November 8, Burton stated that he would run a part-time schedule in 2014.  He ran two races for Michael Waltrip Racing in the #66 Toyota Cares Toyota; and his final two race's he ran driving the #14 Mobile 1 Chevy for Stewart-Hass Racing.  His final race would come at Bristol.  He would qualify 25 and bring home the car in 15th place.  In 2015 became the full time color commentator for NBC along with former crew chief Steve LeTart.  For his career Burton ran in 695 Cup races and won 21 times.  He had a best finish of fourth in the points (1997).  He also ran in 306 Xfinity races and would visit victory lane on 27 occasions.  

 

WARD BURTON - 10/25/1961 - a retired American stock car racing driver.  He is the older brother of fellow NASCAR driver and NASCAR on NBC broadcaster Jeff Burton and the father of current Xfinity Series driver Jeb Burton.  Burton began his NASCAR Xfinity Series career in the 1990 season and competed full-time for four seasons.  In his first season, he had 23 starts with three Top-10 finishes, ending the season in 21st place.  His results improved steadily over the next three years.  For his second season, he had 29 starts with two Top-5 finishes and 10 Top-10 finishes, completing the season in 18th place.  Burton's third season in 1992 brought his first win on February 29 at Rockingham in the 

number 27 Gwaltney car owned by Alan Dillard.  He completed the season in eighth place overall with one win, three Top-5 finishes and 10 Top-10 finishes.  His final full-time season in 1993 brought three more wins, nine Top-5 and 10 Top-10 finishes, ending up in sixth place in the final points standings.  In 1994 Dillard and Burton moved up to race in the Cup series with Burton at the controls of the 

#31 Hardees Chevy.  They ran 26 of the season's 31 races and had a best finish of second at Pocono.  Mid-way through the 1995 season Burton would be hired to drive for owner Bill Davis.  In their seventh start as a pair Burton would win at Rockingham driving the #22 MBNA America Pontiac.  He would start third; lead 87 laps; and beat Rusty Wallace by two seconds to get the win.  Caterpillar became the new primary sponsor for the car in 1999, when he picked up a 9th-place points finish.  In the 2000 season, he won the Mall.com 400 at Darlington Speedway and had seventeen Top 10 finishes to finish 10th in the final points standings.  Davis Racing switched to Dodge in the next season, when he won the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and had ten Top 10 finishes to finish 14th in the final points standings.  Burton had also led the 

most laps in that year's Daytona 500 but retired after 173 laps after been involved in the Big One.  In the 2002 Daytona 500, Burton drove among the lead cars and was among the lead pack late in the race.  However, he took the lead because Sterling Marlin, who was in front of him at the time, climbed out of his car and tried to fix a damaged right-front fender during a red flag, drawing a penalty as repairs are prohibited during red flag conditions except for non-points paying races.  As Marlin was sent to the back of the field at the restart, Burton inherited the 

lead and maintained it, holding off Elliott Sadler and Geoffrey Bodine for the win.  He also won the New England 300 at New Hampshire but due to numerous mechanical failures, he fell to 25th in the point standings, but after his win in Loudon, however, 2002 would mark the first and only time in his career that he would win multiple races in a single season.  2003 was a season of poorer finishes for Burton.  He only had four Top 10's, and he left Bill Davis Racing with five races left in the season to begin driving the No. 0 NetZero-sponsored Pontiac for Haas CNC Racing.  He finished the season 21st in the final points standings.  In the 2004 season, Burton raced Haas CNC Racing's No. 0 NetZero HiSpeed-sponsored car to three 

Top 10 finishes but was released from the team with two races left in the season.  He spent the next two seasons as a free agent.  Various owners had wanted to hire Ward to drive their Xfinity series cars, or truck series vehicles, but Ward was stubborn, and stated that if couldn't run in the Cup series 'he wouldn't race at all", so he sat on the sidelines for two years while new, younger drivers raced in the lower dividions, and worked their way into competitive Cup series rides.  "Out of sight, - out of mind" would be the phrase that proved to be Burtons undoing.  Many believe if Ward had accepted a lower division ride, he would of easily made his way back up to a top tier Cup series ride.  He returned to the Cup series late in the 2006 season, ocassionally driving the #4 Lucas Oil Chevrolet for 

Morgan-McClure Motorsports.  In 2006 and 2007 Burton ran a total of 19 events for the underfunded Morgan-McClure team driving the #4 State Water Heaters Chevy, and only had a best finish of 14th Indianapolis).  He entered and attempted to qualify for every race in the 2007 season; but the under funded team just didn't have the horsepower to comepete with the high dollar teams.  He made the field in 16 of the 35 races that season.  His final start came at Martinsville.  He would start 36th but had issues in the race and finished 38th.

 

KURT BUSCH - 8/4/1978 - is an American NASCAR and occasional NHRA driver.  He is a second-generation racing driver; his father, Tom, won several NASCAR-sanctioned events.  He is the older brother of 2015 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch.  Busch was born to Thomas and Gaye Busch in Las Vegas, Nevada.  At the age of six, Busch was accompanying his father to the track and driving go-carts himself.  As an underage teenager, he competed in Dwarf competition winning in just his second race, at the Las Vegas Speedway Park.  This father and son team competed at  western tracks from Southern California to Utah.  In 1994, his first full year as a driver, Busch won ten consecutive races at ten different tracks.  His father eventually sold their dwarf equipment and purchased a powerful car for the Legends Series, which Busch began driving in 1996 at age 18.  Busch earned his 

big break after Chris Trickle was wounded in an unsolved shooting. (Trickle would die of the injuries over a year later.  Chris was the nephew of NASCAR Cup driver Dick Trickle).  The Star Nursery team looked for a new driver to replace Trickle for the No. 70 team.  Busch gained national exposure while competing against Ron Hornaday, Jr., Matt Crafton, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick and others for the first time in the 1997 Winter Heat Series at Tucson Raceway 

Park.  Busch's team went on to win the 1998 Auto Zone Elite Division Southwest Series Rookie of the Year.  He followed up by winning the series championship in 1999.  That led to a tryout in a Roush Racing "Gong Show", which he won and earned a NASCAR Truck Series ride.  He raced the No. 99 Ford F-150 sponsored by Exide.  He won four races and finished runner-up to teammate Greg Biffle in the championship standings, as well as winning Rookie of the Year honors.  Roush Racing announced during the 2000 season that Busch was being promoted to the Winston Cup Series to replace Chad Little in Roush's No. 97 Ford for the 2001 season.  Little ended up being released early, and Busch took over the No. 97 John Deere Ford at Dover in 

September 2000.  Busch ran seven of the final eight races (Little drove at Talladega) with crew chief Jeff Hammond.  Busch's best finish was a 13th-place finish at Charlotte.  Busch took over the No. 97 full-time in 2001, and ran for Rookie of the Year honors.  After John Deere left the team, the No. 97 began the 2001 season unsponsored.  After the team signed Rubbermaid to a multi-year contract later in the spring, Busch scored three Top 5's and six Top 10 finishes that year.  Sharpie/RubberMaid would remain as Busch's sponsor through 2005.  Busch's best finish was third at the spring

Talladega race, which was three weeks after scoring his first career Top 5 finish at Texas (fourth), and he added a fifth-place in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.  2002 was Busch's breakout year in the Cup Series.  He won his first victory in the Food City 500 at Bristol, after battling hard with rival Jimmy Spencer on worn tires.  Busch added a second win at Martinsville in October and then won at Atlanta the next week and in the season finale at Homestead.  This gave Busch four wins, twelve Top 5's, and 22 Top 10 finishes, and one pole, all of which would allow him to finish third in the final standings for the year. Busch had an "up and down" year in 2003, finishing

eleventh in the season's points standings, earning four wins (including a season sweep at Bristol, making him the first driver to do that since Rusty Wallace accomplished the feat in 2000). Busch was the runner-up finisher in what was the closest finish in all of NASCAR history – this was the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, held at Darlington on March 16 of that year. The race in this old race track was decided with a two-lap side-by-side battle between him and Ricky Craven. For two laps, the two drivers fought for the victory and touched the cars together.  When the cars attached, the final lap was ferociously fought ending up with Craven shifting ahead of Busch by 0.002 of a second, making it the closest finish in NASCAR history. In 2004,

Busch won three races, two poles, and the inaugural NASCAR Cup Championship.  He won his fourth consecutive race at Bristol after winning the Food City 500 in March (winning that race for the third consecutive year), and became the second driver to win both races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a single season.  He scored ten Top 5's and 21 Top 10 finishes.  Midway through the 2005 season, Busch announced that he would be leaving Roush Racing at the end of the season and would replace Rusty Wallace in the No. 2 Dodge for Penske Racing South.  Initially, Roush was unhappy with Busch's decision to leave his team but when Chip Ganassi Racing announced that Jamie McMurray wanted to join Roush Racing in 2006, Roush agreed to let Busch go.  Busch won three races during the 2005 season, along with nine Top 5's and 18 Top 10 finishes in 34 races.  He finished tenth in the final points standings.  In the 2006 season, driving for Penske, Busch scored one win at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Food City 500, his fifth win at the track.  Busch celebrated the victory by getting out of his car and making a snow angel on the track, due to snow that had fallen at the track that weekend.  He also won six poles and had seven top fives and twelve top ten finishes but finished 16th in the final standings.  He also made his Xfinity Series debut for Penske in the No. 39 Dodge at Texas Motor Speedway, winning in his first race.  In the 

2007 season, Busch had two wins, one pole, scored five top-fives, and ten-top tens through 26 races and qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.  Busch's on-track performance increased noticeably after the addition of Pat Tryson as his crew chief midway through the season.  At the 2008 Daytona 500, Busch was contending to win and had a fast car on the final lap capable to win.  He and his teammate Ryan Newman got by Joe Gibbs Racing rivals, Tony Stewart and Kurt's brother Kyle on the final lap and Kurt decided to instead of trying for the win himself, push Newman to victory.  In turn 4 Newman cleared further 

 
 

challenges and won the race, thanking his win on Busch in victory circle.  It was Roger Penske's first Daytona 500 win and it made Penske one of the few owners to win both the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 in an owner career.  On June 29, Busch broke a 29-race winless streak at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 was called due to rain on lap 284.  It was his first win since Michigan's late summer race in 2007, and his fourth win since joining Penske Racing and 18th overall.  He began his 2009 season at the 2009 Daytona 500, he was involved in a wreck on lap 124.  At Las Vegas he and his younger brother Kyle had a touching moment when Kyle Busch won at Las Vegas, their hometown.  In victory circle, Kurt came in and shared a big hug with Kyle.  Legendary driver and NASCAR announcer Darrell Waltrip

called it "The most touching thing I have ever seen".  He remained in the top five in points for the rest of the season.  He qualified for the Chase, and ended up fourth in the standings, the highest-ranked car that was not under the Hendrick Motorsports banner.  On May 22, 2010, Busch won the 26th Annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.  He then followed it up by winning the Coca-Cola 600 the following weekend, becoming only the seventh driver to win both in the same year.  Busch eventually made the Chase being seeded fifth in points. Busch would finish out the season eleventh among the Chase contenders. Brad Keselowski had been added to Roger Penske's team in 2010 and in 2011, Busch and Keselowski swapped teams and crews. Busch won the pole for and led most of the race at Kansas, for 152 laps. However, a fuel 

pickup issue late hurt his chances of winning. Teammate Brad Keselowski took the victory.  However, a few weeks later on June 26, Kurt finally got an elusive road course victory at Infineon Raceway.  Not only did he win, but he also led the most laps with 76.  Because of Brad Keselowski's injury during a practice crash at Road Atlanta, Busch filled in for Keselowski in his NASCAR Xfinity Series car for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International, and Busch managed to get the pole and the win.  Following his release from Penske Racing, Busch reached an agreement to drive for Phoenix Racing, driving the No. 51 Chevrolet, for the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season.  He also ran a limited Xfinity Series schedule for the team, while running additional Xfinity Series races for Kyle Busch Motorsports, sharing the No. 54 car with his younger 

brother.  At the 2012 Aaron's 499 at Talladega, Busch paid homage to the 2006 racing comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby by running his No. 51 car with the paint scheme of Ricky Bobby's No. 62 "ME" Cougar car from the movie, causing NASCAR on Fox commentators Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip to jokingly refer to Busch as "Ricky Bobby" throughout the race, and Busch also dropped movie lines into radio chatter with his spotter and crew chief.  Busch's girlfriend spent months getting permission from Sony and Will Ferrell as well as other trademark and license holders.  At Darlington, Busch was turned with Ryan Newman, and both drivers' days were ended.  On pit road Busch gestured and did a 

burnout in front of Newman, leaving one of Newman's pit crew members to have to jump to avoid being hit by Busch's car.  Busch was fined $50,000 and put on a five-race probation for driving recklessly through Newman's pit stall.  Newman was not penalized. On June 4, 2012, Busch feuded with Justin Allgaier at the Xfinity event at Dover and after talking to his boss and brother Kyle.  When asked by Bob Pockrass about being on probation, Busch said, "It refrains me from not beating the shit out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions.  But since I'm on probation, I suppose that's improper to say as well. If you can talk about racing things, we'll talk about many things, Bob.  It is not racing, you're 

here just to start stuff, you know that's you're all out here for!" NASCAR immediately suspended Busch from the Pocono race as a result for violating their policy forbidding swearing publicly. According to a NASCAR news release, Busch was suspended for violating Section 12-1 of the NASCAR rulebook, which covers "actions detrimental to stock car racing; violation of probation; verbal abuse to a media member. On September 24, 2012, it was announced that Busch would drive the No. 78 Chevrolet SS for Furniture Row Racing for the 2013 season, replacing Regan Smith.  2013 started off for Busch the very same way that 2012 had - driving with a new team, in this case, Furniture Row Racing.  During his stint driving for Barney Visser; Busch's best

finish would come at Richmond when he finished second.  He would be comepetitive in the car as he posted 11 top five finishes; including finishing in the top three on five occasions.  Tony Stewart and Gene Haas teamed together to form Stewart-Haas racing begining in 2014 and Kurt Busch was one of their first picks as a driver.  Busch had his outbreaking race for his new team at Fontana.  He led a bit of the race after Jimmie Johnson blew a tire with 7 laps to go.  He led on the restart against teammate Tony Stewart but lost the lead on the final lap after allowing Kyle Busch to slip past

and win.  The next week at the STP 500, on lap 43, Busch collided with Brad Keselowski on pit road during a caution, causing massive damage to Keselowski's car.  There would be several instances of beating and banging between the two drivers after Keselowski's car was repaired and came out of the garage.  By the end of the race, Busch was battling Jimmie Johnson for the lead in the final 27 laps.  Busch took the lead with 11 laps remaining, and kept it to win his first race since 2011, and first at Martinsville since 2002.  On Memorial Day weekend; Kurt became one of the few drivers to "do the double".  Race at both the Indy 50 and Coke 600 on the same day.  He would show his raw talent as a race car driver showing how smooth and fast he could be at the tricky track of Indianapolis.  He qualified 

12th and ran at the front all day.  It even looked like he had a good enough car to win.  He completed all 200 laps and finished sixth and was voted Rookie of the Race.  At the Coca-Cola 600, Busch in his attempt to complete all 1,100 miles in the same day, came up short, blowing a motor after 271 laps.  He finished 12th in the points that season.  Busch started out his season on a rough note in the 2015 Sprint Unlimited, when he got collected in 2 multi-car accidents.  At the second Budweiser Duel, he was running second behind Jimmie Johnson with nine laps to go.  He went below the yellow line by accident and improved his spot.  He was given a stop-and-go-penalty by officials which sent him to the back of the field for the final results.  On February 20, Busch was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR after a Delaware family court cited "more likely than not" that Busch had abused his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll.  Regan Smith replaced him for the Daytona 500 along with the races held at Atlanta and Las Vegas.  On March 11, NASCAR lifted Busch's indefinite suspension, making him eligible to compete again, starting with the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix.  Additionally, Busch was granted a waiver by NASCAR, making him still eligible for the Chase if he won a race between then and the autumn Richmond event.  When it was all said and done; it was proven that Driscoll had made false allogations; and in fact she was indicted for stealing from a military charity she used to run.  An 11 page indictment handed down charged Driscoll with "misappropation of more than $599,000 for the years of 2006-2014". It stated she had "used the Armed Forces foundation's money to pay for her personal bills, diverted foundation funds to her personal bank account and lying to the Internal Revenue service".  Busch would finish 8th in 2015 championship points despite missing the first three races of the season, scoring 21 top 10s and 3 poles.  Busch started off the 2016 season bringing home a 10th-place finish in the Daytona 500 and winning two consecutive poles for the Atlanta and Las Vegas.  He got his first and only victory of the season at Pocono, ironically the only race of the season when his crew chief Tony Gibson was suspended.  Busch had a very consistent season, breaking a record for most consecutive lead-lap finishes to start the year.  His streak ended, however, when he got his first DNF of the season during the 23rd race at Bristol after suffering contact from Joey Logano.  He remained in top ten in points throughout the year and finished 7th in the championship standings.  As 2017 dawns; Busch is set to stay with Stewart-Haas and wheel the Monster Energy #41; but this year he'll be driving a Ford as Stewart-Haas has elected to switch away from Chevy chassis.  Along with his venture into racing the Indy cars; he also spent some time drag racing.  Busch began training in January 2011 under veteran NHRA Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson and obtained his NHRA Pro Stock competition license.  He made his drag racing competition debut on March 10 at the 42nd annual Tire Kingdom Gatornationals in Gainesville.  On March 12, Busch qualified in the Pro Stock field, and made his first professional drag racing Elimination-round start on March 13, losing to Erica Enders by 0.004 seconds.  Busch is only the third driver to cross over between NASCAR and NHRA, the other two being Richard Petty and John Andretti.

 

 

KYLE BUSCH - 5/2/1985 - an American NASCAR driver and team owner.  Busch is the younger brother of 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kurt Busch.  He also currently holds several records in NASCAR competition.  At age 19 years and 317 days, Busch became NASCAR's youngest ever pole winner in a Cup Series race at California Speedway in 2005.  He holds the record for the most wins (5) in a Xfinity Series rookie season.  Furthermore, Busch became the first driver to win a race and a championship in a Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series, winning at Atlanta Motor Speedway during the 2008 season and the 2015 Cup Series championship.  Additionally, he is the only driver to win four straight spring races at Richmond International Raceway (2009–2012), and was also the inaugural winner of the first Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, in 2011.  Busch was born in Las Vegas, Nevada.  His first driving lessons came at the age of six when he drove around the cul-de-sac of his family's Las Vegas neighborhood in a makeshift go-kart.  Although he could not reach the throttle, Busch still was able to pick up the basics from his father Tom, who controlled the gas pedal as Busch drove the vehicle.  Busch worked in the family garage with his father and older brother Kurt as he grew, becoming crew chief for his brother's dwarf car team at age ten.  Busch began his driving career in 1998, shortly after his 13th birthday; from 1999 through 2001, 

Busch won over 65 races in legends car racing, winning two track championships at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring short-track, before moving to late models; Busch scored ten victories in late model competition at the Bullring during the 2001 season.  At the age of 16, Busch began competing in the NASCAR Truck Series, driving the No. 99 Eldon Ford for Roush Racing as a replacement for Nathan Haseleu, who was released midway in the 2001 season.  He made his debut at Indianapolis Raceway Park, posting a 9th-place finish in his first race in the series.  In his second race at Chicago Motor Speedway, he was leading until his truck ran out of fuel with 12 laps to go.  Busch was the fastest in practice for a 2001 Truck Series race at California Speedway in Fontana, CA, when he was informed he was not allowed to participate in events 

at the track, due to the fact that the CART FedEx Championship Series, running at the track the same weekend, had its race sponsored by Marlboro cigarettes.  Busch was decreed ineligible to compete due an interpretation of the Master Settlement Agreement of 1998, prohibiting people under 18 years of age in participating in events sponsored by tobacco companies;  Tim Woods III replaced Busch in the No. 99 Ford for the event.  Busch competed in a total of six races in the Truck Series in 2001, finishing ninth twice, at IRP and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Six weeks after the incident, NASCAR imposed a minimum age of 18 years starting in 2002 to prevent incidents of the sort from happening again;  this was partially because Winston was the series sponsor of its premier Winston Cup Series at the time.  In 2002, Busch graduated a year early with honors from Durango High School in Las Vegas, Nevada to focus on his driving career.  That same year, he made his debut in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Lowe's Motor Speedway, finishing twelfth in the No. 22 Chevrolet for WP Motorsports.  Busch entered the 2003 season as a development driver for Hendrick Motorsports; he ran seven ARCA RE/MAX Series races for the team, scoring his first career win at Nashville Superspeedway in April, and winning again at Kentucky Speedway in May.  Having turned 18 in early May, he resumed his NASCAR career, driving seven Xfinity Series races in the No. 87 Chevrolet for NEMCO Motorsports.  He posted two-second-place finishes in the seven races, including in his debut at Lowe's Motor Speedway, and again at Darlington Raceway.  Busch began his 2004 season by competing in the ARCA Re/MAX Series 200-mile race at Daytona International Speedway; he won the event, beating Frank Kimmel for the win.  He began his first full time Xfinity season in 2004, replacing Brian Vickers in the 

 

No. 5 Lowes Chevrolet.  Busch scored his first career pole in the series in the fifth race of the year at Darlington Raceway, and his first career win in May at Richmond International Raceway in the Funai 250.  Busch won four additional races, tying Greg Biffle for the record for most wins by a driver in their rookie year, and finished 2nd in points behind series champion Martin Truex, Jr.  Busch also made his debut in the Nextel Cup Series in 2004, driving the No. 84 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.  He attempted to qualify for nine races in 2004, qualifying for six events with his first being at his home track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway; he posted a best finish of 24th at California Speedway.  In October 2004, it was announced that Busch would be competing full-time in the Sprint Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports starting in 2005, replacing Terry Labonte in the No. 5

Kelloggs Chevrolet as Labonte semi-retired to run a partial season.  Busch won his first career Sprint Cup race at California Speedway in September, winning the Sony HD 500; at the time he was the youngest winner in the history of the series, at an age of 20 years, 4 months and 2 days, four days younger than previous recordholder Donald Thomas.  Busch won a 2nd race later in the year at Phoenix International Raceway, on his way to finishing 20th in Cup series points and winning the NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year title.  Busch also became the youngest polesitter in Cup Series history when he was the fastest qualifyer for the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway in February.  Busch also competed on a limited basis in 

the Xfinity Series and ruck Series in 2005; in Xfinity Series competition he ran fourteen races, winning at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May; he won three races in eleven starts in the Truck Series driving the #15 DiTech truck for Billy Ballew Motorsports; his first career win, at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 20, made Busch the youngest winner in series history at the time. Busch scored one Nextel Cup Series win in 2006, taking the checkered flag in the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at Loudon NH.  Busch qualified for the Chase for the Cup  for the first time in his career by finishing second at Richmond International Raceway in September, moving

into the top ten in points; he finished the year tenth in points.  In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Busch ran all but one race over the season, winning the spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and finishing seventh in points; in the Truck Series, Busch competed in seven races, winning the Quaker Steak and Lube 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway; Busch's truck was painted to resemble the Rowdy Burns car from the movie Days of Thunder.  In 2007, Busch became the first Cup Series driver to win in the Car of Tomorrow, winning the Food City at Bristol Motor Speedway in March over Jeff Burton; despite winning, Busch stated an intense dislike of the Car of Tomorrow after the race.  The win was the 200th NASCAR national touring series  win for Hendrick Motorsports; the 600th NASCAR victory for Chevrolet; and the first win for a Chevrolet Impala in NASCAR since Wendell Scott won at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida in December 1963.  In the NASCAR All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May, Busch and older brother Kurt were involved in an accident while racing for the win, knocking each other out of the race; afterwards the brothers were angry with each other, Kurt joking that "I won't be eating any Kellogg's soon", referencing Kyle's sponsor, and Kyle refusing to be interviewed.  Both drivers were warned to avoid further incidents; while the brothers later stated that they were reconciling, it was later revealed that the two refused to speak to each other until their grandmother scolded them at the family Thanksgiving dinner later that year.  In June 2007, it was announced Busch would be leaving Hendrick Motorsports after the end of the 2007 season; a contract extension had been proposed, but instead  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was signed replace Busch starting with the 2008 

 

In August Busch announced that he would be joining Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2008 season, replacing J. J. Yeley in the No. 18 Toyota.  Busch started his association with Joe Gibbs Racing by leading the most laps in the 50th Daytona 500, finishing 4th; he posted another 4th-place finish the following week at Auto Club Speedway, becoming the series points leader for the first time in his career.  At Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Kobalt Tools 500, Busch scored his first win with JGR and the first Cup points-race win for Toyota.  Busch won Cup races at Talladega Superspeedway, Darlington Raceway, Dover International Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Daytona International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Watkins Glen International over the summer of 2008.  Busch entered the Chase leading the points standings, but consecutive 

poor finishes at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway dropped Busch from a 20-point lead to twelfth in points; Busch rallied to finish tenth at the end of the season.   Busch also ran in thirty Xfinity Series races during the 2008 season; Busch competed for three different teams over the course of the Xfinity Series season, driving four different cars (some races in the #18 NOS Energy car); he collected ten race wins.  In the truck series he'd claim three wins this season Including a win driving the #51 Miccosukee Truck.  Busch started his 2009 season

with a win at Daytona International Speedway in his Gatorade Duel qualifying race for the Daytona 500; he led the most laps in the Daytona 500 but was involved in an accident and failed to finish the race.  The next week at Auto Club Speedway Busch became the first driver in NASCAR history to win two national touring series races in the same day, winning the Truck Series San Bernardino County 200 and Nationwide Series Stater Brothers 300.  Busch then won Sprint Cup races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway.  On May 2, 2009, Busch became the second driver in Sprint Cup Series history to win a race on his birthday, after Cale Yarborough with a win in the Crown Royal Presents the Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway.  Busch ran the entire 2009 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule, making it the first

time he had done so since his rookie year in 2004.  In the 2009 Xfinity Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, Busch won the race, clinching his first NASCAR Championship; having won nine races over the course of the season.  On December 11, 2009, Busch announced the formation of Kyle Busch Motorsports, planning to field two teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2010.  On August 21, 2010, , Busch became the first driver in NASCAR history to win all three NASCAR national touring series events run in a single weekend.  This was achieved at Bristol Motor Speedway, where Busch won in the NASCAR Truck Series, Xfinity Series, and Cup Series events over a four-day period.  In the XFinity Series he won 13 races in 2010, breaking the all-

time record for most Xfinity Series wins in a season previously held by Sam Ard with 10.   In 2011 Busch again would sweep the March weekend at Bristol wheeling his Zline sponsored #18, his second sweep of a Bristol weekend.  Following an on-track incident with Kevin Harvick during the Southern 500 on May 7, and a post-race scuffle that saw Busch push Harvick's unoccupied car on pit road with his car, Busch and Harvick were fined $25,000 and put on probation for four races.  Following the Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway, Busch became involved in an altercation with Richard Childress; Busch had bumped Childress' No. 22 truck, driven by Joey Coulter, on the race's cooldown lap

and according to witnesses about 30 minutes after the race Childress came up to Busch, put him in a head lock and started punching him.  Childress had previously stated, following Busch's altercation with Harvick at Darlington, that he would consider it personal if Busch damaged another vehicle he owned;  Childress was fined $150,000 for the incident, and placed on probation for the remainder of the year.  Busch stated that the bump had been congratulatory, and that had he realised the resulting damage would upset Childress he would have paid for the repairs.  On August 26, 2011 Busch won the Xfinity Series Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway, surpassing Mark Martin for the most Xfinity Series wins ever, with 50, and also simultaneously became the first driver to win three consecutive races at Bristol

 

Motor Speedway in the Xfinity series.  On November 4, 2011, Busch was involved in an incident during the NASCAR Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350K at Texas Motor Speedway.  While passing the lapped truck of Johnny Chapman, Busch made contact with series regular championship contender Ron Hornaday, Jr., causing a caution flag to be displayed.  While under the yellow flag, Busch drove to Hornaday's truck during the caution and deliberately turned him into the outside wall, smashing Hornaday's truck and ending Hornaday's title hopes.  NASCAR immediately black-flagged Busch  and parked him for the remainder of the race for his aggressive driving; this was the first case of this being done since Robby Gordon was parked in a 2007 Xfinity Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.  Busch declined comment after speaking with

NASCAR officials. Hornaday stated, I'll  be at his house Monday morning" if Busch was not suspended.  The next morning, NASCAR president Mike Helton announced, following discussion with Busch and team owner Joe Gibbs, that Busch would remain parked for the remainder of the weekend, including the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge and the Sprint Cup AAA Texas 500. On November 7, NASCAR fined Busch $50,000 for "actions detrimental to stock car racing"; in addition, Busch was placed on probation for the rest of the year, being warned that he would be suspended indefinitely if he committed another offense detrimental to stock car racing or disrupted the orderly conduct of a NASCAR event during the remainder of the 2011 season.  On November 10, it was reported that M&M's, the primary sponsor for Busch's Cup team, refused to sponsor the 18 for the last few races as a result of Busch's behavior in Texas.  Aric Almirola was briefly considered by Joe Gibbs Racing to replace Busch for the remainder of the year; while it was decided by the team to allow Busch to drive in the final two races of the season with Interstate Batteries sponsorship.  Busch started the 2012 season announcing he would be moving, in the Xfinity Series, from running for Joe Gibbs Racing to running only a limited schedule races in cars prepared by his own Kyle Busch Motorsports team, driving alongside his brother Kurt, in addition to cutting back his Truck Series schedule to only three races.  He failed to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup, finishing 13th in Sprint Cup points, and was win-less in Xfinity Series and NASCAR Truck Series competition.  Heading into the 2013 season, Busch merged his No. 54 Xfinity Series team with Joe Gibbs Racing as part of a multi-year contract extension with the team; he continued to field his own 

 

 #77 Toyota in the Xfinity Series with driver Parker Kligerman.  At Fontana, Busch dominated the weekend, winning both the Xfinity and Cup races.  At Charlotte, in the Xfinity Series, Busch was back in the winner's circle at History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, having already won at the track in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 in the NASCAR Truck Series the previous weekend.  The next day at the Coca-Cola 600 in the Cup Series, Busch had qualified in 8th, and was leading when an unusual incident occurred on lap 121; with Busch leading, one of the cables to a FOX Sports cable camera on the front straightaway snapped and fell on the track in the turn 4 grandstands, injuring 10 spectators.  Busch ran over it, as did Mark Martin, Marcos Ambrose and several others, suffering damage to the underside of his car.  A red flag was waved

but while under normal red flag conditions, crews are not allowed to touch the cars, enough cars took damage from hitting the cable that NASCAR gave all teams 15 minutes to check for damage and do any repairs if needed.  At the restart, all cars returned to the position they were in.  On lap 258, Busch's engine blew, ending his night and finishing him in 38th place.  Despite this, Busch finished fourth in the final points, his best career point finish at the time.  In 2014, Busch announced that he would drive the No. 54 car part-time in the Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, splitting the ride with Sam Hornish, Jr.  He also stated that he would drive the No. 51 truck part-time for 10 races in the Truck Series, with Erik Jones driving the other 12.  Kyle Busch's first highlight of the season came at Daytona in the NASCAR truck series race.  He took the lead half-way in the 100 lap event, after leader Ben Kennedy (grandson of Bill France Jr.) ran out of gas.  He led 25 laps and Timothy Peters got by Busch with 5 laps to go.  With help from Ron Hornaday Jr. and Ryan Truex, Busch used a high-line move, to beat Peters by an inch for the win in a photo-finish.  Kyle Busch led some laps during the Daytona 500 and was running 4th on the final lap but got collected in an accident involving former arch rival Kevin Harvick.  Harvick apologized for causing the wreck, but he and Busch both called out the track for not having safer-barriers in the front-stretch.  Busch hinted in a post-race interview that the wreck was the hardest impact he's ever had in a race-car.  On March 23, 2014 at Auto Club Speedway, Busch started 14th and was running fifth on the final restart.  His older brother Kurt Busch appeared to have the win locked up, but Kurt and Tony Stewart got into an aggressive battle for the lead that 

 

resulted with Busch catching up to the leaders and passing for the win on the final lap.  Kyle Busch also had a good Xfinity series season.  He shared the No. 54 with Sam Hornish Jr. bringing the 54 to victory many times.  During the spring and early summer, Busch had great results in the truck series wheeling the Totota Care #18 truck.  In the first 5 races he entered he dominated and won.  Busch made it to the second round of the Chase  and while he was 2nd in points coming in to Talladega, a crash on lap 103  eliminated him from contention due to a 40th-place finished which dropped him to 10th.  Busch finished 10th in the 2014 Cup series standings.  On February 21, 2015; Busch was involved in a multi-car accident with eight laps to go during the Xfinity Series race at

Daytona International Speedway.  The accident happened exiting the tri-oval, and saw Busch slam into a concrete wall head-on with no SAFER barriers, Busch climbed out of his race car with the help of medical and on-track officials.  He laid on the ground before being placed on a stretcher as medical personnel attended to his right leg.  He later was transported to Halifax Medical Center for further evaluation.  A few hours later, the diagnosis was found to be a massive compound fracture in the lower right leg, a small fracture in the left foot, and a sprained left finger. Matt Crafton replaced Busch for the Daytona 500.   From Atlanta through Talladega, David Ragan replaced Busch. For Kansas, Erik Jones  drove Busch's car. Busch announced on March 12 that his recovery progress was going well. The crash, as well as Jeff Gordon's crash in Atlanta weeks later

was a wake-up call to several race-tracks to install more SAFER barriers.  Within 180 minutes since the crash, Daytona's CEO took responsibility for the crash, saying that the speedway "did not live up to its responsibility today.  We should have had a SAFER Barrier there.  We are going to fix that right now."  Other tracks such as Talladega Superspeedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, and several other tracks vowed to install SAFER barriers alongside the whole track soon afterwards.  Busch made his first media appearance since the crash on April 15.  He came in a wheelchair and explained the wreck.  He took responsibility for the wreck stating: "I got greedy there trying to win the race and I pushed Erik Jones.  I felt relieved at first because I avoided getting hit by him but then the upset air crooked my car left.  It was 100% my fault and it was the hardest hit I've ever had in a race-car for sure.  As soon as the wreck happened, as soon as I hit, I knew instantly that my right leg broke.  I could feel it.  It was a sharp pain.  I want to get back sooner than later, but we've obviously got to be smart about it too knowing that I've got a long career ahead of me still.  We don't need to rush anything too crazily."  On May 12, 2015, Busch announced on Twitter that he would return to NASCAR at the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte on May 16.  On June 13, nearly four months after his injury, he won the Xfinity Series race at Michigan in his second start of the season.  In order to make the Chase in 2015, Busch needed to be in the Top 30 in points and have one win in the Cup Series.  At Sonoma, Busch won after a late race caution shuffled Jimmie Johnson out of contention because he did not pit and Busch had fresher tires.  A few laps later, Busch was leading over brother Kurt Busch and Clint Bowyer.  Their race against each other for second place allowed Busch to keep enough distance to hold first place.  He had built up just enough time to come in first knowing that his brother had passed Bowyer and was quickly gaining on him.  On July 11, 2015, Busch won at Kentucky, making him only 87 points from breaking the top 30 in points, and be eligible to enter the Chase.  Busch finished 17th at Daytona the next event; then went on a tear winning the next three races in a row and moving himself into the top 30 in points in the process; and guaranteeing himself a spot in the Chase with one car to go before the cut off.  Busch used 2 top tens during the first round of the Chase advanced to round two.  However his hopes to advance to the next round took a heavy hit during the race at Charlotte.  after running second to team mate Matt Kenseth for

 

most of the race, Busch and Kyle Larson collided while entering pit road, spinning Larson and eliminating both from contention for the race win.  Busch hit the wall several times during the final 50 laps due to oil on the race-track from the No. 51 driven by Justin Allgaier who had lost a transmission after an on-track collision.  After the race Busch and several other competitors such as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. criticized NASCAR for allowing the drivers to race in oil during the final 50 laps.  On November 15, 2015, Busch clinched a spot to stay in contention as the Championship 4 for the final Chase at Homestead.  On November 20, Kyle Busch Motorsports's Erik Jones won the Camping World Truck Series championship, making Busch the owners champion.  On November

22, 2015 Busch won the Ford EcoBoost 400 to win his first ever Cup Series championship.  Busch ended the season with five wins, twelve top fives, and sixteen top tens, despite racing in only 25 of 36 races. Before the 2016 season started, Busch announced that he would no longer race in Xfinity or Truck Series restrictor plate races any more because of his Daytona crash in 2015.  He would claim four Cup series wins this season and again make it to the final race to compete for the Championship.  He would end up third in points when the checkered flag flew.  He won 10 Xfinity series races and added two Truck series wins.   Jimmie Johnson would pull out a last minute upset victory after struggling all day to run in the top ten to claim his record tying seventh Cup Championship.  2017 sees Busch once again racing for Joe Gibbs; an owner he has raced with since

2008.  To date he has posted 38 Cup series wins; along with 86 Xfinity Series wins; and 46 Truck series victories.  A total of 170 wins in NASCAR's top three divisions.  NASCAR has implimented a new rule for 2017 that limits the number of races a CUP driver can race in the lower series; so no doubt the amount of wins Busch collects in the Xfinity and Truck will deminish from this point forward.

 

 

ROBERT "RED" BYRON - 3/12/1915 - 11/11/1960 - was a NASCAR driver who was successful in the sanctioning body's first years.  He was NASCAR's first Modified champion (and its first champion in any division) in 1948 and its first Strictly Stock (predecessor to Monster Cup) champion in 1949.  Along with Bob Flock, he is considered one of the best drivers of the era.  Born in Colorado he moved to Anniston, Alabama at an early age, Byron began racing in 1932 and was successful racing in Talladega by the start of the 1940s.  His racing career was interrupted when he served in the United States Army Air Forces as a flight engineer during World War II.  Byron's B-24 was shot at (not down) during the war and he suffered a serious injury to his left leg.  It took nearly two years for doctors to rebuild his leg but he managed to make a good recovery, although he was left with a limp and he needed a special set up to race.  Due to the war injuries of his left leg and foot, he used hand brakes during the races.  Before World War II, Byron raced in the AAA Indy series, mainly in Sprint Cars and Midgets.  He achieved his first Stock Car victory in July, 1941, while on a two-day liberty from training with the USAAF, and with the war intervening, did not return

to racing for five years.  When he returned  from the war, Byron, limp and all, returned to racing, and with the help of race engineer Red Vogt was still successful.  He won his first race following the war at Seminole Speedway, near Orlando, in 1946, beating Roy Hall and Bill France.  In 1948, Byron became a part of the newly formed NASCAR Modified Series racing with Raymond Parks' team.  In 1949, Byron began racing in NASCAR's newly formed Strictly Stock series, which became the Grand National series, Winston Cup, and the modern-day Monster Cup series.  With Parks in tow, Red was equally successful in the inaugural 8-race season.  Just as in 1948, he won at Daytona Beach, and also won at a dirt track in Martinsville.  Byron, as with his previous year in a modified, ended the year as the series' first champion.  After his NASCAR inaugrial season championship, Byron raced sparingly in 1950 and 1951.  He competed in 15 events in his career, and had 2 wins, and 8 top 5

finishes.  Despite his brief career, he was selected to the National Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1966. In 1998, as part of NASCAR's 50th Anniversary celebration, he was selected as one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.  He died of a heart attack in a Chicago hotel room on November 11, 1960, at the age of 45. Info from WikiPedia

 

 

WILLIAM BYRON - 11/29/1997 - Byron became interested in racing when he was six years old after seeing a stock car race on television, later attending a race at Martinsville Speedway in 2006.  He is not related to NASCAR's first champion Red Byron.  He began racing on the iRacing online computer simulator as a teenager, with over 100 wins and 298 top fives in online competition.  In 2012, he and his father explored how Byron could start racing offline – in real cars.  He started racing Legends that year at the age of 15, relatively late for modern drivers.  That year he won 33 races and became the Legend Car Young Lions Division champion.  For 2014, Byron signed with JR Motorsports late model program, in addition to continuing Legends competition.  Byron competed in the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet

at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina for JRM.  Byron was signed to drive in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for 2015 by HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, with sponsorship from Liberty University.  Byron also continued racing late models for JR Motorsports.  In his debut K&N East in February at New Smyrna Speedway, Byron finished 7th.  Byron won the second race of the season at Greenville-Pickens Speedway after starting second and leading all 152 laps (two laps past the scheduled distance).  Byron made his ARCA Racing Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in July, driving the No. 55 Liberty University Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports.  Byron finished second after leading 120 laps.  He 

scored four K&N East wins en route to winning the series championship.  On October 29, 2015, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that Byron would run a full-time schedule in the team's No. 9 Toyota Tundra in the Truck Series during the 2016 season.  To prepare him for the run, KBM fielded the No. 9 for him in the 2015 Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway.  Byron started the 2016 season on a low note crashing on the final lap at Daytona to finish 13th, and finishing 32nd at Atlanta after blowing an engine.  Later, Byron would get his first top 3, 5, and 10 in the Truck Series after finishing a strong 3rd at Martinsville.  Byron won his first Truck Series race at Kansas in May, after avoiding Ben Rhodes and Johnny Sauter's crash on the last lap of the race, and took his second race win in Texas in June.  He won the next race at Iowa, finished 17th at Gateway due to a crash, and won yet again at Kentucky, propelling him to first in points.  He followed that up with his fifth win of the season at Pocono Raceway, breaking the Truck Series record for most wins by a rookie.  The previous mark was held by Kurt Busch during the 2000 season with four wins.  He won the first race of the Round of 8 at New Hampshire, but suffered an engine failure at the last race of the Round of 6 at Phoenix, which cost him the chance to join the Championship four.  With a win at the final race at Homestead, he placed fifth in the overall standings, with a total seven wins and eleven top 5s, and 16 top 10s in 23 races.  William also won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.  Despite not being in contention for the driver's championship, William's team Kyle Busch Motorsports still collected the owner's title for team No. 9.  On August 18, 2016, Byron and Hendrick Motorsports announced they have signed a multi-year driver agreement, with Byron running full-time in the Xfinity Series driving the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports in 2017.

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