Busch Eyes Win No. 100

Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch looks to become the third NASCAR driver with 100 career victories. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kyle Busch will get his first shot at win No. 100 across NASCAR’s top three divisions on Saturday when he takes the green flag in the Nationwide Series New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The 26-year-old currently holds third place on the all-time win list with 99 career victories. Only Richard Petty (200 wins) and David Pearson (105 wins), both in the Hall of Fame, are ahead of him on that list.

In his nine-year NASCAR career, Busch has experienced a fair share of success in each of the top three series with 22 Sprint Cup wins, 48 Nationwide wins and 29 Camping World Truck wins.

“To have won 99 (races) is certainly cool. Getting to 100 is definitely one of my goals.” Busch said. “Whether it’s an important one or not, to me it’s something that I want to do, it’s something that Dave (Rogers, crew chief) is passionate about in helping me do, and Joe Gibbs (team owner) and all of Joe Gibbs Racing, as well.”

Busch has an excellent chance of meeting that milestone this weekend. He heads into this Saturday’s Nationwide Series race as the two-time defending event winner. His commendable resume at Loudon also includes one Sprint Cup victory and two Camping World Truck victories.

The No. 18 Toyota has already been in Victory Lane five times this season in the Nationwide series and his familiarity of the upcoming 1.058-mile track should give him the advantage once again.

He is also carrying a lot of momentum after last weekend at Kentucky Speedway, where he earned his third Sprint Cup win of the season and fifth Camping World Truck win this season.

“We’re working as hard as we can to get as many as we can, whether it’s Sprint Cup, Nationwide or Camping World Trucks. It feels a lot better when they’re Sprint Cup wins,” Busch said.

After 18 Sprint Cup races, Busch holds the lead in the point standings. He is four points ahead of second-place Carl Edwards and it is the third time that Busch has captured the top spot this season.

Along with chasing the triple-digits mark, Busch is also in contention for the all-time wins record in the Nationwide Series. Mark Martin is the current leader with 49 victories, but Busch is right behind him with 48. He is half Martin’s age and has 19 fewer starts. With the end of Martin’s illustrious career in sight combined with Busch’s continued dominance, it is safe to say that he will far surpass the record.

Qualifying for the New Hampshire 200 will kick off at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Busch has one career Nationwide pole at Loudon, but his back-to-back wins came after starting from the fourth and ninth positions and his Sprint Cup win came after starting fourth.

Last weekend in Kentucky was a prime example that he can have success no matter where he starts in the field. In the Camping World Truck race, Busch was forced to start in the back of the field due to arriving late to the mandatory pre-race driver’s meeting. It took him only 61 laps to capture the lead and he went on to win the race.

Busch will not race in the Truck series again until August 6. His replacement this weekend at Iowa Speedway is Brian Ickler.

“(Busch) wins almost every race in the same equipment, so there is a lot of pressure to run up front,” said Ickler.

It is likely that Busch will pick up his 100th victory before he returns to trucks, but each win is equally as special to him, no matter what series it comes in.

“Certainly whenever the next one is, I’ll be cherishing it just as much as I did the last one,” Busch said.

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