Kurt Busch Explains Why He Knew Kyle Busch Was “Headed to Superstar Status” After 2015 NASCAR Title

Published 02/19/2021, 7:00 AM EST
CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 20: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)


Kyle Busch stunned the NASCAR and sports world, back in 2015, after winning the Cup Series title. It was not Busch winning the title, but his ability to overcome the incidents of earlier that season, that left everyone in awe.

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To kick-off the 2015 season, Busch participated in the season-opening race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. There, he suffered a massive injury in a huge wreck and was left with a broken left foot and right leg.

Busch came back from that, endured the demands of the points system and the challenges from his competitors. Then, in November, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Busch won the Championship 4 race and the title. As a result, Kyle also joined older brother Kurt as a NASCAR Cup Series champion.

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Kurt remembers his brother’s heroics and is quite impressed with his achievements.

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 04: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch hugs brother Kurt Busch during the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards show at Wynn Las Vegas on December 4, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Kurt Busch hails brother Kyle Busch for the incredible win

To come back from his injury in 2015 and win the championship. That was an incredible task of personal willpower,” Kurt said in a recent interview.

Along with that win being Kyle‘s maiden Cup championship, Kurt saw that as a significant moment in his brother’s NASCAR career. “That was the transition point. Where I knew he was headed to superstar status in our sport,Kurt said further.

Busch missed the first 11 points races of that season as he recovered from his horrific injury. Once he returned, NASCAR allowed Busch to be able to contend for the title, provided he could win a race as well as make the top-30 on points in the regular season.

While many believed it was highly improbable, Kyle Busch took little time to find form after returning. He won four out of five races at one stage in the season. Going further, he produced very strong results and made the Championship race.

There, he fought off the challenge of champion drivers like Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, and Martin Truex Jr. to win the title. The victory went down as one of the most impressive ones in NASCAR history, given the enormity of the comeback.

Busch has been on a winning spree since then

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Since then, Busch continued his stellar run at the highest level of the sport. He backed up the 2015 title with another one in 2019. The Joe Gibbs Racing star also has 57 wins in the Cup Series, and he aims for many more records in years to come.

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 17: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota poses with the trophy after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Homestead Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

He started his 2021 season with a win, in the Busch Clash. After a disappointing 2020 year, Busch will be highly motivated to asset his dominance this season.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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