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2015 was an amazing year for the Sprint Cup Series champion, Kyle Busch. It began – and nearly ended – in a hospital room in Florida instead of on the track for the Daytona 500 after suffering injuries to both legs in a wreck in the Xfinity Series opener. Busch, once young and “brash,” as team owner Joe Gibbs mentioned in his championship acceptance speech a few weeks ago, immediately worried that he’d have to hang up his steering wheel.
"I'm thinking to myself, 'Man, I'm done,'" said Busch in April. "There's no way I'm going to be able to come back from this. This hurts."
After missing 11 races to start the season, Busch returned to competition in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte on May 16 – two days later, his wife, Samantha, gave birth to the couple’s first son, Brexton Locke. The doting dad progressed through the races following his return, earning his first win of the season on, of all tracks, the difficult to maneuver for a “whole” person Sonoma Raceway – he then went on a tear, winning four times in the next five races, including a weekend sweep at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Thanks to a medical waiver from NASCAR, Busch easily qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He didn’t win another race until the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway – the one that counted the most.
Congratulations to Kyle Busch, his family and his team, for overcoming adversity and finally earning that elusive championship.