Kyle Busch closes in on the 200 wins milestone

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Kyle Busch closes in on the 200 wins milestone


Kyle Busch closes in on the 200 wins milestone


Kyle Busch is now one win away from 200 across all three NASCAR national series.

With a weekend sweep at ISM Raceway, dominating wins in both the Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup Series races, the 33-year-old crossed off career NASCAR victories No. 198 and 199.

On the Xfinity side, Busch is the winningest driver in its history with 94 total.

The Gander Outdoors Truck Series was off this weekend, but Busch is the most recent and winningest driver there as well with 53 career victories.

On Sunday, he earned his 52nd win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

“I don’t know what else to say that I’ve not already said,” Busch remarked when asked about being on the verge of 200 wins. “It’s just a goal that I set out a long, long time ago. I don’t remember who asked me — it might have been [now Darlington Raceway president] Kerry Tharp.

“Just having the opportunities that I’ve had, just going out there and trying to win each and every time we’re in a race car, that’s what my job is. If we just keep winning, the stats will keep piling up, that’s all I can say.”

After performing his race-winning burnout, Busch said the pending accomplishment is not for him to opine over. With the number 200 associated with Richard Petty’s tally in the Cup Series alone, Busch has been adamant that his wins are not comparable, but a separate accomplishment within the sport.

“I think it’s a pretty cool accomplishment,” said Busch on Saturday after his Xfinity win. “There’s so many different ways you can argue it or debate it or whatever, and it has nothing to do with Richard [Petty]; it’s just a number.

“Richard’s accomplishment and what he’s been able to do and what he’s done for the sport — that’s huge.

“I feel as though I’ve been in the position to win as many races as I have is due to a lot of great people. Being able to go out there and celebrate 200 wins — well I don’t know that it will happen again, but if it does, that person should certainly cherish that moment. I hate that you get beat up so much about an accomplishment, but I guess that’s part of life. Haters gonna hate.”

Further down the line, Busch would like to get to 100 Cup Series wins. The only driver in NASCAR history to reach triple-digit wins, behind Richard Petty, was David Pearson at 105.

“I think [Kyle] is driven by things like that, by records,” said team owner Joe Gibbs. “I know how badly he wants to be able to win at every race track, because I can pick up from him, talking to him, how badly he wants things. I think he’s driven by trying to do something great, and I think [getting to 200] will be a big deal for him.

“I wasn’t a real good athlete, so I don’t know first hand, but sometimes great athletes like him think a little differently. I do think he’s challenged by things, and he loves the idea of accomplishing some real goals.”

Busch has said he will retire from running Xfinity Series races once he reaches 100 wins in that series. With NASCAR’s restrictions on how many Xfinity Series races a Cup driver can compete in each season, Busch only has three races remaining this year. He has already won the two he’s entered.

As for all the trophies, Busch said his Kyle Busch Motorsports race shop in Mooresville, North Carolina houses them.

“Plus all of the KBM driver trophies and stuff like that,” said Busch. “We gone through our fair share of trophy cases. Every time we build a new one, we fill it up. It’s a good problem to have.

“There are actually a few trophies in people’s offices. A couple of them sitting on the floor. They’re all over the place.”