Kyle Busch has a chance to both reach and exceed 200 NASCAR national series wins this weekend at Auto Club Speedway.
Busch is entered in both Saturday’s Xfinity Series and Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup Series races. He has 199 victories across the top three divisions in the sport and a weekend sweep, like the one he pulled off last week at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, would push the 33-year-old driver over the 200 mark.
But Busch is not putting any added pressure on himself to perform.
“I’d assess it is pretty good, I guess,” Busch said of his chance to meet and exceed the 200 win level. “It would certainly be nice to get it done on the West Coast swing, but it’s not a necessity. It will happen when it happens and you can’t push too hard and do stupid things or make mistakes in order to think too much about that number.
“You just have to let the race kind of play out and let it come to you and we’ll see where we are at. Really looking forward to Fontana, it’s been a great place for me over the years and would love to get the Interstate Batteries Toyota back to victory lane there again no matter what number win it ends up being.”
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There has been a great deal of discussion about how Busch’s inevitable win total matches up to the 200 Cup wins racked up by Richard Petty. While Busch is proud of the pace he’s on and the accomplishment, he’s not interested in comparisons to “The King.”
“I think it’s a pretty cool accomplishment,” Busch said. “There are so many different ways you can argue it or debate it or whatever and it has nothing to do with Richard (Petty), it’s solely a number. I think it’s an accomplishment of its own.
“With Richard’s accomplishment and what he’s been able to do and what he’s done for the sport, that’s huge. I feel as though I’ve been in this position to win as many races as I have due to a lot of great people and, being able to go out there and celebrate 200 wins, I don’t know that it will happen again, but if it does, that person should certainly cherish that moment.”
As for what lies ahead, Busch remains focused on putting more wins on the board and pursuing a second career Cup championship this year. But he remains committed to getting to Victory Lane whenever he straps into a car or truck for that matter and plans on letting others do the counting.
“I don’t know – 250, I guess – the race to 250,” Busch said when asked what was next. “Certainly as I get older here, it’s going to start slowing down, and with the restrictions that I’m under, it already has slowed down. I would have been to 200 a hell of a long time ago if I could have run as many races as I wanted to in Truck and Xfinity and what-not.
“It’s about being able to win on Sundays and I feel like I’ve won a bunch of races on Sundays – I’ve got 52 of them and the race there is going to be the race to 100 on that side. I think that’s kind of what the next goal will be – to try to get 100 Cup wins.”