Earnhardt. Pearson. Allison. Yarborough. Gordon. Petty.
All these drivers are legends within NASCAR and all Hall of Famers in their own right.
These men made records that are meant to be challenged and broken.
Record-breaking is where we are with Kyle Busch. His win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race last weekend at ISM Raceway puts him one win away from Richard Petty’s magical mark of 200. The only difference is that Busch has done it among NASCAR’s top three series of Trucks, Xfinity, and Cup; while Petty’s 200 wins came only in the top flight of NASCAR.
Kyle Busch’s current total wins among the three series currently are as follows:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series-52
NASCAR Xfinity Series-94
NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series-53
He is the all-time win leader in the Xfinity AND the Truck Series. At the age of 33, Busch currently sits 11th on the all-time win list for the Cup Series. That is one below Lee Petty’s 54. If Busch continues at his average of 3.25 wins a year and retires at 45 (Jeff Gordon retired at 44 for reference), he would have 93 wins at the Cup level. Yes, that would be tied for third on the all-time win list with Jeff Gordon. I believe Busch has the potential to collect more wins than that in Cup. I don’t think it is crazy to think that 105 Cup wins wouldn’t be too far out of his reach if he keeps his current form.
The point I’m making is this: HE IS GREAT.
When Busch achieves 200 total wins it will be absolutely, and unequivocally different from Petty’s 200 wins. So stop trying to compare the two like it is apples to apples because it isn’t and won’t ever be a fair comparison. Two completely different eras, two completely different drivers, and quite frankly, there isn’t enough respect for what Kyle Busch has done throughout his NASCAR career.
Appreciate his greatness while it’s happening because we might never see anything like the future Hall of Famer ever again.