DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — At this level, with NASCAR historical past correctly teed up, Kyle Busch is just able to buckle up, fireplace up and, hopefully, increase up a 200th trophy.
The 33-year outdated future Corridor of Famer has received 199 instances mixed in NASCAR’s three nationwide collection — Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Gander Outdoor Truck. The historic mark might include a win in Saturday’s Manufacturing Alliance Group 300 Xfinity race at California’s Auto Membership Speedway or Sunday’s Auto Membership 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on Fox, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Or maybe . . . he eclipses the milestone in a single weekend by successful back-to-back races and turning into the primary driver in NASCAR historical past to attain 201 victories within the three mixed collection.
Followers and historians are desirous to see whether or not he units the mark. Busch figures he’s extra prepared than anybody to see the place his fortunes take him; then once more, he pressured Friday, his need to win races has little to do with historic numbers and all the pieces to do with private excessive expectations.
“It would not change something,” Busch stated of being on the verge of win No. 200. “Simply come out right here and we’re entered in each races. We come out right here and attempt to do one of the best we are able to to win. If we win on Saturday and that’s win (No.) 200, then so be it. It’s what it’s.”
He added, “If it occurs on Saturday, perhaps a hat or one thing in Victory Lane. Apart from that, we go onto the subsequent one. There’s not going to be a lot celebration round it as a result of it’s simply going to be centered on the subsequent race, which goes to be the subsequent day.”
Actually Busch’s document on the two-mile Auto Membership Speedway — positioned just a little greater than three hours from his residence city, Las Vegas — ought to present loads of confidence and optimism.
Busch has three Monster Vitality Sequence wins on the observe, together with his very first collection win in 2005. He has a document six Xfinity Sequence wins, too, together with three consecutive from 2010-11. And he is an ideal 2 for two within the Gander Outdoor Truck Sequence on the observe, though the Truck Sequence is not racing this weekend. Busch’s 11 mixed nationwide collection victories at Auto Membership Speedway make him the winningest driver on the facility.
His 199 wins are as different as his work on the Fontana, Calif., observe. He has 52 Monster Vitality Sequence wins (11th-most all time) and his 94 Xfinity wins and 53 Truck Sequence victories are most ever in these respective collection. He received each the Xfinity and Cup races final week at Phoenix. He swept the 2 collection at Auto Membership Speedway in 2013.
His opponents don’t doubt that Busch might rating his 200th win this weekend, and it is seemingly that Busch, together with his youth and having established a multi-win tempo for the previous 15 years, will seemingly add many extra victories — and possibly extra championships — to his trophy complete.
“I hate to see Kyle Busch win as a lot as anyone does,” 2017 Auto Membership Speedway winner Kyle Larson stated with fun.
“It’s simply superb to see how good he’s in all sorts of collection and race automobiles and his win percentages are unbelievable even with all of the restrictions that you’ve got now with the quantity of races you possibly can run.
“He nonetheless wins simply as a lot, if no more. For him to be pretty much as good as he’s at each race observe is fairly spectacular. You’ll be able to have a look at most drivers and pinpoint their greatest race tracks, and I don’t know in case you can actually do this with Kyle Busch.
“Each race observe is his greatest race observe.”
As reverent as Busch has been concerning his win complete and the place it locations him traditionally within the sport, he’s fast to remind that he simply needs to win, interval. The headlines, the document books and the excitement concerning the accomplishment are usually not what has motivated him, though he conceded trackside Friday afternoon that it will likely be a particular second to say No. 200.
“Actually, I’ve had a couple of of my associates and stuff ship me some hyperlinks of issues they noticed this week of some articles and issues,” Busch stated. “I learn what [200 Cup-race winner] Richard [Petty] stated the opposite day, which was cool. He talked about how if I used to be thrown again of their period with [David] Pearson and Petty, I might compete with these guys.
“That’s very respectful and I respect that. I’m honored he stated that. I really feel I’d wish to assume the identical means that I might do it. It doesn’t matter. It’s a unique time and place. Total, excited to only proceed on and preserve successful.”
Holly Cain writes for the NASCAR Wire Service.