If you hear the name Kyle Busch, your reaction as a NASCAR fan is either one of two things: you cheer, or you cringe.
However, the reality is Kyle Busch has accomplished incredible things in his NASCAR career, and he is just getting started. Busch has 195 career wins in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions, only 5 away from “The King” Richard Petty’s 200 win mark. Granted, Petty’s wins occurred in the top series of NASCAR, and in a completely different era in the sport.
Even though Busch’s wins came in three separate divisions of NASCAR’s ladder, the 33-year old racer still can make history of his own by winning 200 races in NASCAR competition. Even Busch himself has stated that his wins would never compare to what Petty has done on the race track.
A debate that NASCAR and its fans have weighed on for years is whether or not Cup drivers should be allowed to race in the Xfinity or truck series. In 2017, NASCAR changed the rules to allow cup drivers limited starts in both of the lower tier series, one that has new drivers collect valuable experience and wins. Busch, among other drivers, still compete in the lower two series of NASCAR. Busch himself captured the Gander Outdoors Truck Series win last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, giving him a record 52 career victories. After he reaches 100 Xfinity Series wins, he has stated he is retiring from that series. He currently has 92 Xfinity Series wins, so reaching 100 is not out of the question.
That leaves only one question: when Kyle Busch is done racing, what will he have accomplished? His own personal goal of 100 cup wins could easily be achieved, as he is only 33 years old and in the prime of his racing career. But, Busch can easily cement his legacy as one of the best ever by continuing to rack up wins in all three series, something that many fans are against. Until NASCAR says “No” for cup drivers to enter Xfinity and truck races altogether, Busch will continue to drive whatever and whenever he can.
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