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Kyle Busch’s Career Compared to all time Greats

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Love him or hate him, Kyle Busch is one of NASCAR’s all time greatest drivers. The 32-year-old from Las Vegas has had an unprecedented amount of success at every level of the sport. With this prosperity has come some of the most loyal fans (and haters) in all of American sports.

Among active drivers, Busch ranks second in career Cup wins to Jimmie Johnson. Kyle Busch’s triumph in Saturday’s Bristol night race was his 40th career Monster Energy Cup Series win. It was the second time in his career he had swept all 3 races in a weekend at a single track. It was his second Cup win this year and 6th at Bristol.

Busch’s Record in Lower Series

In the second-tier Xfinity Series, Busch holds the all time win record with 91 victories. Earlier this year, Busch stated that he would stop running so many Xfinity races once he reaches 100 wins. This will more than likely happen sometime in 2019. In 9 Xfinity starts this year, Busch has 5 wins.

In the Camping World Truck Series, Busch is second on the all time wins list with 49 checkered flags. The all time record of 51 wins will likely move from Ron Hornaday Jr to Busch next season. In 7 truck races this year, Busch has 3 wins.

When combining all 3 national series, Busch has 180 wins and 2 championships. It appears that Busch will easily surpass King Richard Petty’s mark of 200 NASCAR National Series wins in the next few years. He is the all-time wins leader in Xfinity, and will more than likely achieve that status in Trucks.

Hall of Fame?

Without a doubt, Kyle Busch will one day be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. His talent behind the wheel of a car (or truck), personality, and refusal to lose has left a strong reputation with all fans. The man who went from laying in a hospital bed during the Daytona 500 to the championship stage in Homestead is arguably the most talented driver on track today.

At 32 years old, Kyle’s career is not slowing up anytime soon. After his days in the Cup Series are over, he has hinted at running the Truck Series full time in order to win all 3 championships. Nobody in the history of all 3 series has accomplished this feat. The man is continually aiming for and rewriting countless racing record books. However, his true status among names like Earnhardt Sr, Petty, Johnson, and Gordon cannot be measured until after his racing career ends.