Busch brothers moving up grid

Kurt, Kyle alongside Labontes in victories by NASCAR siblings

May 04, 2011

The Busch brothers are loved by some and loathed by others with good reason:

They win races.

Kyle and Kurt Busch have 43 Cup victories following Kyle's triumph at Richmond, pushing them to a fifth-place tie among racing brothers in NASCAR history. Kurt Busch has 22 and Kyle 21. Here's a list of who they are chasing:

•94 wins — Bobby (84) and Donnie Allison (10).

•88 — Darrell (84) and Michael (4) Waltrip.

•62 — Tim (39), Fonty (19) and Bob (4) Flock.

•49 —Herb (48) and Donald (1) Thomas.

•43 —Terry (22) and Bobby (21) Labonte.

Kyle Busch has stayed on his course of consistency with his third consecutive spring victory at Richmond. He is third in the points standings, trailing only Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson. Kurt Busch is sixth.

'Victory' laps: The idea was floated in 1993. Four guys came up with the concept of the "Hey Buddy Tour" — back then, just a group of friends getting on motorcycles and riding though the country. They have picked up a few hitchhikers since then. A lot, actually.

About 175 motorcycle enthusiasts will participate in the 17th Anniversary "Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America" beginning Saturday. And as charitable efforts go, this one is awesome.

Through the years, more than $14 million has been raised for various causes, including Victory Junction, a camp for chronically ill children Kyle and Pattie Petty founded in honor of their late son, Adam.

"Once we got started, we decided we needed to give back to the towns we rode through, so we started donating to children's hospitals along the way," Kyle Petty said. "The past few years though, it really has enabled us to make a difference at Victory Junction. We've built a water park and sent hundreds of kids to camp all because a bunch of people like to ride. It's pretty amazing to me."

The ride is 2,400 miles throughout the East Coast, with several stops along the route before it ends in Amelia Island, Fla., on May 14. Check out kylepettycharityride.com for information.

Bayne struggles: Trevor Bayne missed last weekend's race at Richmond after he was hospitalized with nausea and fatigue. The symptoms were related to an insect bite he suffered earlier this month, and he is undergoing tests. He was hospitalized following that incident as well.

"The doctors will finish those tests and, hopefully, get the results back and figure out what the diagnosis is," Steve Newmark, president of Roush Fenway Racing, said last weekend at Richmond. "In a perfect world, what's going to happen is they're going to say, 'Roush Fenway, you overreacted.' In our view, the racing is kind of irrelevant right now when you're talking about the health of a 20-year-old kid.''

George Diaz

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