In the annals of sports history stand giant, mythical athletes - men and women who have conquered unspeakable limitations and obstacles to achieve the unimaginable. From the Stadion races of Ancient Greece to the NASCAR and Formula One races of today, larger-than-life titans have clashed in bouts of noble competition, testing their strength, endurance and fortitude against their peers. By the end of the Nineteenth Century, foot and horse racing had some new competition with the advent of the internal combustion engine. And before the exhaust could clear, people were already racing automobiles.
Today, the “authentic” American auto racing series is recognized internationally as NASCAR. Forged from the legacy of prohibition era bootleggers, NASCAR was built on ingenuity, courage and a need for speed. This year, Toyota Camry driver Kyle Busch became more than a champion. With his NSCS Championship, the 30-year-old joined the annals of legendary stock car drivers.
Every triumphant comeback story starts with the promise of greatness running head first into unforeseen devastation. Kyle Busch found devastation in the form of a concrete wall on the 112th lap at the first XFINITY Series race of the season. Only one day before the Daytona 500, the Great American Race at Daytona International Speedway, Kyle Busch lost control of his No. 54 Toyota Camry following a multi-car crash, sliding out across the grass and slamming nose first into the interior wall. According to Busch his car left the track at 176 mph, and hit the concrete wall at 90 mph. Attempting to protect himself as well as he could, with only seconds to think, Busch positioned his legs to minimize the impact. He was able to shield his head and upper body, but immediately Busch knew that he’d broken his leg. X-rays showed that Busch had sustained a compound fracture to both his lower right leg and mid left foot, requiring multiple surgeries and an extended period of physical therapy.
After making his return to racing in May, Busch finished 6th in the All-Star Race on May 16th, followed by an 11th place finish on May 24th in the Coca-Cola 600. That was only the beginning as Busch gained a win at the XFINITY Race at Michigan on June 13th, followed by wins at both the Sprint Cup Race at Sonoma on June 28th and the Sprint Cup race at Kentucky on July 11th. Finding himself in 30th place in the Sprint Cup point standings, after missing the season’s first 11 races, Busch then completed the comeback of the century, overcoming injury and winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 in Miami to become the Sprint Cup Series Champion.
2015 National Sprint Cup Series Champion
5 – First Place Finishes
12 – Top Five Finishes
16 – Top Ten Finishes
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735 - Laps led
Busch is responsible for 133 of Toyota's 332 NASCAR Wins with 30 NSCS, 65 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) and 38 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). Toyota drivers have earned 11 NASCAR manufacturer's trophies with three NXS (2008-2010) and eight NCWTS (2006-2010, 2013-2015). But the 2015 NSCS driver's championship is the top prize by a Toyota driver in NASCAR since joining series competition in 2007.
In 2008, ten years after starting his driving career, Busch joined Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing, winning the Kobalt Tools 500, becoming the Sprint Cup points leader for the first time in his career, and garnering Toyota their inaugural Sprint Cup points race win. Since 2008, Busch has won more races than any other driver - spanning three NASCAR national series.
“Winning this NASCAR championship has been a huge aspiration for Toyota. We are honored to finally be on this stage and join Kyle and Joe Gibbs for our first Sprint Cup Series title. The consistency and hard work by our team partners and TRD team members has enabled Toyota to enjoy successes across multiple racing platforms and we are dedicated through unwavering support of all NASCAR series.” - Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing, performance and guest experience for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS).
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