Kyle Busch Reflects On Last Year’s Highs And Lows Ahead Of Daytona 500by Camille Jones February 17, 2016
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In a year marked by the highest of highs and the lowest of lows for 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Kyle Busch, he returns to Daytona International Speedway with optimism and reflects on his severe crash that took place just a year ago.
The driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 M&M’s Toyota returns to Daytona a year after being injured at the 2.5-mile superspeedway during last year’s NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener. While competing in last year’s Alert Today Florida 300, Busch was caught up in an accident that sent him hard into the inside wall where there was no SAFER barrier. Busch suffered a broken right leg and left foot in the crash and missed the first 11 races of the season.
“It was not quite the way we would have wanted to start a season here last time around 365 days ago, but things obviously turned the corner well,” said Busch during NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday. “Was able to get through rehab and get back in the race car and then go through the season, win some races – three in a row at one point – my first Brickyard 400 and now to be Sprint Cup Series champion at the end of the season was pretty spectacular as well.
“We’d love nothing more than to continue on our championship celebration all the way through this weekend here in winning a Daytona 500 as well.”
Winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship while only competing in 25 out of 36 races left a memory most drivers would want to put behind them, but it holds memories that Busch will celebrate for the rest of his career. He not only overcame the injury sustained at Daytona to win five races and the championship, but he and his wide, Samantha also welcomed his first son, Brexton, in May 2015.
“It’s definitely crazy the way it all that it all happened and the way it went down,” Busch said. “It’s obviously still a story we’re talking about, but for me to go through what all I went through and my family went through and everything to then be able to enjoy the end of the season and the enjoyment of what all that meant in winning a championship was pretty awesome and very special.”
While the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship may have already been crossed off of Busch’s bucket list, he maintains goals for the season and is hopeful for a few more benchmark wins.
“Daytona 500 victory, Coke 600, All-Star race, being able to win a race at every single race track on the circuit that we go to, being able to win 200 races across all three series of NASCAR – that’s been on my goal list – so some of those items,” Busch said.
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