Kurt Busch wasn’t the only one with congratulations for his brother Kyle after the Auto Club 400.
The younger Busch collected his 200th NASCAR national series win at the Auto Club 400 Sunday afternoon in dominating fashion. The victory was Kyle’s 53rd in the Cup Series where he is ninth on the all-time wins list. But he is the winningest driver in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series with 53 wins as well, and in the Xfinity Series where he had amassed a record 94.
“Really proud of him — 200 wins,” said Kurt Busch. “He’s always been my little brother, the lazy one on the couch not doing much when we were kids. But a number is a number, and it’s significant, and I’m really proud of him.
“When you’re running Trucks, Xfinity, and Cup, you’re wearing your body out every day going after it. Any time I’ve run Xfinity and then had to go back it up with a Cup race, it’s put a toll on my body.
“He just keeps going and going, and I’m proud of him. Way to go, bud.”
“Kyle Busch’s success behind the wheel of a race car is nothing short of impressive,” said Toyota Racing Development president David Wilson. “His ability to compete and win at every level of NASCAR is what has brought him to this milestone accomplishment of 200 NASCAR victories. One-hundred-seventy-nine of those wins have been behind the wheel of a Toyota, with support from all of us at TRD.
“We’re so proud to have Kyle represent us week-in and week-out in all three of NASCAR’s national series.”
“It’s awesome,” said Kyle’s Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Adam Stevens. “It’s important for people to remember it’s not my 200th win by any means, but it’s cool to be a part of his career. He’s as good as they get. Probably be a first ballot Hall of Famer — I don’t know how anybody could argue that, and just to be so close to that level of talent and help him achieve what he’s achieved is a tremendous honor. And I don’t take it lightly. I never have. You guys have probably heard me say that. But [to] get him to a victory lane a few times and be a part of it on the Xfinity side and a Cup championship, and a few Cup races, and now to be a part of his 200th win … I hope I’m there for 250.”