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In the News: Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch made the news in Scholastic News Edition 4 on September 26, 2005.

Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
(Photo: John Russell/AP Wide World)
Kyle Busch recently broke racing records to become the youngest driver in Nextel Cup history to win first place. He and his team owner, Rick Hendrick, didn't have to think twice about what to do with the prize money, which totaled just under $250,000. They are donating it to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"I saw Carl Edwards (the race winner on Saturday) do that last night and I thought it was a real class act, so I'm going to do the same," said Busch after his win.

Busch, 20, is just four days younger than Donald Thomas, the previous record holder. Thomas's record was set nearly 53 years ago, on November 16, 1952. Busch has been racing competitively since the age of 13, and he has always known how to focus on his goals. Because he wanted to begin his career in racing as soon as possible, he concentrated on his schoolwork and graduated with honors from high school one year early in 2002.

He was unable to compete in NASCAR right away, however. New rules stated that all participants in races must be at least 18 years old. But Busch did not let that stop him. While waiting to turn 18, he competed in the American Speed Association and finished the season eighth overall and third in the rookie standings. He already has 65 victories in his career.

Although winning is nothing new for Busch, he was still thrilled at his record-breaking, first-place win at the Nextel Cup.

"My nerves were getting to me," Busch said. "That was just unbelievable. To be able to beat all 42 competitors out here on the NEXTEL Cup Series level, it's just amazing."