Who Is Tom Busch, Father of NASCAR Champions Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch?

Published 04/14/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 14: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Hazelnut Toyota, talks with Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 GEARWRENCH Chevrolet, during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


There are many siblings that have driven in the NASCAR Cup Series. However, not many have been able to impress fans in the pinnacle of NASCAR. Fortunately, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch are a sibling duo that has managed to excite NASCAR enthusiasts. But the Busch family has a bigger connection with motorsports.

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The younger half of the duo, Kyle, is the 2009 NASCAR Xfinity champion. Above all, ‘The Candy Man’ is a multiple-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, having won the 2015 and 2019 Cup Series Championships.

Kurt, on the other hand, is the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion. He won the 2017 Daytona 500 and is currently the longest-tenured active driver in the Cup Series in terms of career starts.

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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)
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So, how else is the Busch family connected to motorsports?

The answer is their father – Tom Busch.

Tom Busch: The force behind Kurt and Kyle Busch

The father of the Busch brothers, Tom Busch, was a mechanic at a Ford dealership and a tools dealer. He was himself once a short-track racer, and his boys followed his suit. Tom was able to instill the craze of motorsports in Kurt and then in Kyle.

“I like it now a lot better than in the old days when I owned both cars,” Tom Busch said.

“They raced each other so hard. Basically, Kyle had my old car, and Kurt had Kurt’s car. There were no spare parts. We didn’t have enough parts to race two cars.

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“They were both out there on my dime racing each other. They raced each other hard but clean, but if there was one slip — well, let’s just say we used to have a lot of fun racing.”

Both of them credit their father to be the inspiration behind getting into motorsports.

“I think a lot of credit goes to Tom Busch for giving us the opportunities throughout life to be in the positions that we’ve been in and to have two championship caliber sons each and every year go into championship contention, and hopefully one of us can win it,” Kyle said.

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Tom is a lucky man, as was able to see the first Daytona 500 in 1959 and has witnessed his sons fight at the same race time and time again.

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Abhay Aggarwal

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Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.

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