Saturday, October 1, 2022

That’s 100 Xfinity Series Wins For Kyle Busch, Now What?



LEBANON, TENNESSEE – JUNE 19: Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 M&M’s Toyota, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville Superspeedway on June 19, 2021 in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch claimed his 100th career Xfinity Series win in Saturday’s Tennessee Lottery 250, extending his all-time win record in the series.

It’s been a milestone long-sought-after for not only Busch but for a part of the NASCAR fanbase.

Since joining Joe Gibbs Racing in 2008, Busch has added a whopping 88 wins to JGR’s Xfinity win tally, solidifying himself as one of the most decorated drivers of the series.

The Las Vegas driver has four double-digit win seasons for JGR in the Xfinity Series with his most recent coming in 2016. While his performance is hall-of-fame worthy, parts of the fanbase became alienated when his name appeared on the entry list. For the series that advertises “Names Are Made Here”, why is someone who is already established in the highest NASCAR series continuing to dominate a lower series?

So Busch made the ultimate proposal – once he reached 100 Xfinity Series wins, he would be done with the series.

Rowdy was quoted in 2019 at Texas saying, “I’ve said it over and over again. I would be there by now and I would have been out of it by now but apparently, NASCAR and the fans love me there so much they keep make limitations on keeping me there. I’ve also said that I’ll get to 100 and then I don’t need to be there.”

So… now that he has his achievement.. now what? Is he really going to just walk away?

Busch spoke with Claire B Lang on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio following his win in Nashville on Saturday to offer insight on his future.

“I’m not sure if they sold anything for next year, I don’t know anything about what next year’s plans are but if we’re done, we’re done,” Busch said.

With NASCAR limiting full-time Cup drivers to just five races per season in the lower series, the sponsorship deals for Busch in 2021 were sold in packs of five. With three starts this season in Xfinity, Busch won them all at COTA, Texas Motor Speedway, and now Nashville. Thanks to the contractual obligations to the agreements, he’ll pilot the No. 54 at Road America and Atlanta in July, and could very well extend his win count to 102 this year.

If he could keep going, he would, but Busch said that the negativity surrounding “only one particular Cup driver” is barring him from continuing.

“I’m just tired of hearing it,” Busch told SiriusXM. “I’ll go do my own deal and run on Sunday, and run my truck when I can run my truck because I own the team, and then we will see what happens later on down the road.”

Busch will look to make it 101 Xfinity Series wins when he visits Road America on Saturday, July 3rd at 2:30 PM EST on NBCSN.

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