NSCS: The Year Of The Milestones- Who’s Next?

July 22, 2011 No Comments

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Kyle Busch reached a significant milestone last week, as he won his 100th career NASCAR national series race.

Busch is the only driver who has competed regularly in all three of NASCAR’s national series and won 100 races. With 49 Nationwide Series wins, he also is one win away from being the all-time winningest driver in that series.

But there are several other significant milestones that NASCAR drivers and teams are closing in on and could reach this year. Here’s a peek:

Martin Gets 50 Wins in the NNS:

While Mark Martin doesn’t “compete” in enough Nationwide series races to really contend for a win, he does plan to race a few more. Martin held on to the record of 49 career wins in the NNS, before Kyle Busch spoiled his party last week with a win at New Hampshire.

There is still always that chance for Martin to get one more win, something I expect could happen in the near future.

Gordon Gets 85 Career NSCS Wins:

It’s hard to believe Jeff Gordon has been climbing up the all-time wins list in recent years, but he has. In 2007, Gordon tied Dale Earnhardt with 76 career wins, and tied Cale Yarborough for fifth with his 83rd victory earlier this year.

Just last June, Gordon became tied with Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for third. One more win and he will own sole possession of third place on the all-time win list.

Then comes the question: Does he have enough left to catch David Pearson for second with 105 wins?

Kyle Busch Gets 50 Wins in the NNS:

“Rowdy” tied Mark Martin last week for the most career Nationwide series wins with 49, just one shy of the record.

It could come in his next Nationwide race Aug. 13 at Watkins Glen. If not, it will be soon. Oh, and did I mention he already has six Nationwide series wins this year?

Hendrick Gets 200 Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Victories:

Hendrick Motorsports has dominated the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for several years now, something other race teams only wish they could say. HMS entered 2011 with a grand total of 194 wins, but has already added 3 more since the season started.

Petty Enterprises is NASCAR’s all-time winningest team with 268 wins – a mark Hendrick easily could reach within the next few years.

Hornaday Goes for 50 NCWTS Victories:

Ron Hornaday is already the all-time winningest driver in the Camping World Truck Series, but could add to his win total before the end of the year. Hornaday has a total of 48 victories in 16 years of racing in this series.

Hornaday already has one win this season, so winning two more shouldn’t be out of the question for this seasoned vet.

No. 20 Has Become Popular Among NASCAR’s Best:

Here is a shocking stat for you- Only 35 drivers in NASCAR history have won 20 or more cup races, that could change this year.

Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth reached the mark earlier this year and several other drivers are close to the milestone.

Carl Edwards currently is sitting with 19 career NSCS wins and is a strong favorite to win a couple more before the end of the season.

Others who are closing in on the 20-win mark are Earnhardt Jr. (18), Harvick (17), Hamlin (17) and Greg Biffle (16).

This is really an awesome time to be a NASCAR fan, as we are witnessing history being made more often than not.



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