Kyle Busch On the Verge of Triple Digit WinsJuly 15, 2011 No Comments Kyle Busch, coming off a multi-win weekend at Kentucky Speedway, is on the brink of making history. With his next victory, Busch will join Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (106) as the only drivers in NASCAR history with 100 national series wins.
When Busch was asked what he thinks about the milestone, here is what he had to say:
“I don’t think about it. For myself, it’s just my own milestone. It doesn’t have anything to do with anybody else’s milestone that’s been in the sport. It’s something that I said I wanted to accomplish for Kyle Busch, not something that I wanted to accomplish in order to beat David Pearson or Richard Petty or anybody else out there.”
Busch currently sits at 22 victories in the Sprint Cup Series (with three coming this season – Bristol, Richmond and Kentucky), 48 Nationwide victories (five this season – Phoenix, Bristol, Fontana, Talladega, Darlington) and 29 Truck Series victories (five this season – Phoenix, Nashville, Dover, Charlotte, Kentucky).
The 26 year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada would become the youngest driver to reach 100 career wins. Petty reached the same milestone at age 32 and Pearson at age 43.
Regardless of age, many question how comparable Busch is to the two Hall of Famers simply because only 22 of Busch’s 99 wins have came in NASCAR top series (Sprint Cup) while all of Petty’s 200 wins and 105 of Pearson’s 106 wins are in the top series.
“Yeah, certainly there is a difference there,” Busch said. “To know exactly what that is I have no idea. I don’t know because for one I wasn’t even born yet, and those guys may not know because they’re not racing today so they don’t know what it’s like today. Last time I checked I didn’t have a time machine in my pocket so I can’t go back and run in those days.”
Busch will continue his quest for career win number 100 this weekend, starting in both the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.Tags: Kyle BuschCoverage