NASHVILLE, Tenn – Kyle Busch is being duly celebrated at the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Awards this week in Nashville, Tennessee, after claiming the 2019 Monster Energy Series championship and joining seven-time Cup champ Jimmie Johnson as the only active multi-time Cup series champions in the sport.
Busch, 34, won five races in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota this year including the championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway – marking the fifth consecutive year he has won at least four races in a season. He has equaled or exceeded that four-win mark nine times in his 15 full-time Cup seasons.
Busch tied an all-time best Cup Series mark with 11 consecutive top-10 finishes to open the season. His 27 top-10s was most in the series and marked the fourth consecutive year he’s had at least 22 top-10 finishes in the 36-race season.
He topped the series in laps led (1,582) – the 10th time he’s led at least 1,000 laps. He earned the most stage wins (12) and posted the best average finish (8.9) – marking the second consecutive year Busch has averaged a finish better than 10th. And his pole position at Phoenix in the next to last race of the schedule was good enough to extend his streak of winning a pole to 12 straight seasons.
Busch has finished fourth or better in the championship in six of the last seven seasons, including two Cup titles (2015 and 2019) and a championship runner-up in 2017.
On Thursday night, that list of accomplishments from this past season will be celebrated for the annual awards banquet (8 p.m. ET/NBCSN). This will be the second time (2015) that Busch was celebrated, but the first in Nashville. See, this is the first year that the banquet will be in the “Music City.”
In the past, the annual banquet was always held in either New York City or most recently in Las Vegas.
So far, Nashville has rolled out the red carpet in a big way for NASCAR. They held a NASCAR night on Tuesday night in the Grand Ole Opry, NASCAR Media Availabilities on Wednesday followed by Burnouts on Broadway on Wednesday night then concluding the week of fun on Thursday for the banquet.