Kyle Busch rewrites NASCAR's record book - for now

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Kyle Busch rewrites NASCAR's record book - for now

Cup Series

Kyle Busch rewrites NASCAR's record book - for now


Kyle Busch’s fondness for the NASCAR history book continued Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With his fourth win of the season and first in the Coca-Cola 600, Busch became the first driver to win at every active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series track. Charlotte had been the last one on his list, having crossed off Kansas Speedway and Pocono Raceway in the last few years.

A year ago, Busch won at Charlotte in the Monster Energy All-Star Race, a non-points event.

There are 23 tracks on the Cup Series schedule.

“It’s awesome. I mean I’ve dreamt of that – not only winning here and winning the Coke 600 as a kid and being in Victory Lane here for this race but to just be a force that people got to be reckoned with,” said Busch.

“I go across the country and race super late models because I want to win at every single racetrack. I just want to show that there is no weakness. My guys have given me that chance here tonight and being able to get to Victory Lane with this M&M’s Toyota; it sure looks pretty in victory lane.”

Busch led 377 of the race’s 400 laps. Starting from the pole, Busch didn’t lead the first lap, which went to Joey Logano, but he quickly took over and never fell back into traffic after that. Green flag pit stops were the only time Busch lost the lead, and pit stops that occurred under caution saw Busch win the race off pit road every single time following the quick work of his No. 18 team.

However, Sunday was the not the first time Busch has dominated at Charlotte.

In his 29 Cup Series starts at the track, Busch has led 1,370 laps with 17 top-five finishes. He also has eight Xfinity Series wins, and seven Camping World Truck Series wins at the track.

Busch’s wins by track:

Atlanta: 2
Bristol: 7
Charlotte: 1
Chicago: 1
Darlington: 1
Daytona: 1
Dover: 3
Fontana: 3
Texas: 3
Homestead: 1
Indianapolis: 2
Kansas: 1
Kentucky: 2
Las Vegas: 1
Loudon: 3
Martinsville: 2
Michigan: 1
Phoenix: 1
Pocono: 1
Richmond: 5
Sonoma: 2
Talladega: 1
Watkins Glen: 2

Unfortunately for Busch, the achievement will only last for four months. In September, the inaugural race on the Charlotte road course will be recognized as a new track on the schedule.

“Somebody already had to give me the bad news and tell me that it’s only for 100 days,” said Busch. “That sucks, but certainly pretty cool tonight and having the opportunity with what I’ve been able to do and what I’ve been able to accomplish.

“It would be nice to come out here and be one-and-done and win the Roval.”