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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer KFB (Kyle Busch) is back on top of the NASCAR Cup Series leaderboard with his first win of the season in the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway which finally concluded Wednesday evening. Fuel economy and a hungry Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex, Jr. didn’t stop “Rowdy” from extending his win streak to 16 straight seasons, equaling Jimmie Johnson (2002-2017), Rusty Wallace (1986-2001) and Ricky Rudd (1983-1998) for the third longest streak in NASCAR history. “We finally got it. I was soRead More

Posted On February 28, 2020By Motorsports TribuneIn Breaking News, Headline News, Monster Energy Cup

Friday Fontana Notebook

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Jimmie Johnson brings vivid memories in return to home track FONTANA, Calif. – Eighteen years ago, Jimmie Johnson came to Auto Club Speedway with no job security. This weekend, Johnson returns to the two-mile track for his last ride as a full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver with 83 victories, seven championships and nothing left to prove. That wasn’t the case in 2002 in his first season with Hendrick Motorsports. Despite assurances to the contrary, Johnson thought he was on a short leash with theRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into February’s running of the Daytona 500. Age: 34 Years in Cup: 16 Career Wins: 56 Biggest Accomplishment: Two-time Cup Series Champion (2015 & 2019) Rolling into Speedweeks as the top dog of the NASCAR Cup Series is Kyle Busch. What can be described as a roller coaster championship campaign, Busch continued building his legendary career. Like going undefeated (5-0) in the Gander RV & OutdoorsRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into February’s running of the Daytona 500. Age: 33 Years in Cup: 16 Career Wins: 51 Biggest Accomplishment: 2015 Cup Series Championship A part of the “Big Three” in 2018, Busch seemed destined to add a second Cup title to his resume after scoring eight wins on the season, but ultimately fell short of that goal in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, finishingRead More
By Brian Eberly, Contributing Writer HOMESTEAD, Fla. –With eight victories heading into Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kyle Busch was having a career year, tying a personal-best mark with victories and setting career-highs in top-fives (21) and top-10s (27). However, Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota lacked rear grip throughout the race and struggled on pit road. It was an atypical performance from one of the strongest teams of the season when it counted the most. “We just didn’t have the rear grip thatRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer * Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season for the top-30 drivers in the series leading into this month’s 60th running of the Daytona 500. Age: 32 Years in Cup: 13 Career Wins: 43 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Victories, 2015 Champion The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season was one of the best for Kyle Busch. Busch, the 2015 Premier Series Champion was the runner-up to fellow Toyota driver, and 2017 Champion Martin Truex, Jr. Toyota Racing accounted for 16Read More
Editor’s note: This is the third of a four-part series focusing on why each of the Championship Four will end Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title in hand. By Brian Eberly, Contributing Writer With five victories, 13 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes, eight poles and almost 2,000 laps led in 2017, most wouldn’t describe Kyle Busch’s season as “trying.” But that’s exactly how the 32-year-old driver described it when asked for one word to represent the season during Championship 4 media availability inRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor Prior to Sunday’s Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the first race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, Joe Gibbs Racing elected to swap the pit crews between the No. 18 and No. 19 cars, giving Kyle Busch the crew that had been working with Daniel Suarez and vice versa for the crew that was working with Busch, as they moved over to service Suarez’s car for the playoffs. The swap was supposed to help Busch in his efforts to beRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. were the class of the field through the first half of last Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, but after the two crashed while battling for the lead on a restart at lap 112, tensions flared between the Joe Gibbs Racing and Furniture Row Racing pit crews. In a video first seen on Fox Sports 1’s NASCAR Race Hub, Busch’s crew chief Adam Stevens was walking back to the garage when a member of Truex’s pit crew sarcastically clapped atRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor As expected, Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team was handed a penalty on Wednesday for unsecured lugnuts found at the conclusion of last Sunday’s race at Sonoma Raceway. Following his fifth place finish in the Toyota/Save Mart 350, two lugnuts were found to be improperly installed on Busch’s Toyota, bringing with it a one race suspension and a $20,000 fine for interim crew chief Ben Beshore. Beshore has been serving as Busch’s crew chief for the past three weeks as hisRead More