Kurt Busch paved his path to the highest level of NASCAR via the NASCAR Southwest Series in 1999. On this date in 1999, Kurt won at his home track of The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (NV). It was the shot in the arm that he need to get his season rolling in the right direction after he finished outside the top 10 three times in the first four races.
The 1999 season produced 13 different winners in 18 races, with only Busch winning more than once. His win total of six was the best of the year, but it was his five straight top-10 finishes and second win of the season that pushed him to the top of the championship standings.
Once atop the points standings, Busch left no doubt by winning four of the final five races on his way to clinching the championship prior to the season finale.
In less then a year, he was a NASCAR Truck Series winner and was also making NASCAR Cup Series starts in the No. 97 John Deere car. Kurt’s younger brother, Kyle, never really got to run in the Southwest Series as it began to decay in 2005.
1983 – Dick Trickle and Al Schill, Sr. split a pair of ARTGO features at Grundy County Speedway (IL). Trickle would win the championship that year with 13 wins. This was the best season for Trickle with ARTGO. Overall, he scored 68 victories with the series.
2014 – Matt Bowling won the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston Speedway (VA) on this date in 2014. In a recent interview with Speed51 as part of our “Where Are They Now” series, Bowling described the win as one of the biggest of his career. Matt Waltz, who led 195 of the 200 laps, finished second.
2015 – Kyle Grissom won the Blizzard Series / Southern Super Series race at Five Flags Speedway (FL). Grissom led 80 laps and held off Dominque Van Wieringen for his first win on the Gulf Coast.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Stat Boy
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