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2018 Cup Season in Review: Kyle Busch

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500

PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 11: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway on November 11, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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Kyle Busch

CREW CHIEF: Adam Stevens

TEAM: Joe Gibbs Racing

POINTS: Fourth

WINS: Eight (Tied career-high from 2008)

LAPS LED: 1,469 (Down from 2,023 in 2017)

TOP 5s: 22 (Career-best; previous high was 17 in 2008 and 2016)

TOP 10s: 28 (Career-best; previous high was 25 in 2016)

POLES: Four (Down from eight in 2017)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Won Coke 600 for first career Cup win at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Career-best average finish of 8.3 was series-best ... Won three consecutive races at Texas I, Bristol I and Richmond I ... Swept wins at Richmond ... Advanced to the Championship 4 for the fourth consecutive year ... Enjoyed a mid-season stretch where he finished in the top five in nine of 10 races.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Suffered just three DNFs at Dover 1, Daytona II and the Charlotte Roval ... Finished fourth in the standings, his lowest position in four years of making the championship round.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2019: Expect Busch to do more Kyle Busch things coming off arguably the best season of his career that didn’t end in a championship. Busch is scheduled to make his 500th Cup start in the second race of the year at Atlanta Motor Speedway.