Let me give you four names that should mean a great deal to any NASCAR fan; Harry Gant, Curtis Turner, Donnie Allison, and Alan Kulwicki. All four of these men deserve to be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame and most likely will be eventually. And besides being famous and successful drivers in NASCAR?s top series, all four of these men have something in common.
They all have fewer wins in that series than Kyle Busch.
Here are three more names you that should be familiar to you; Fonty Flock, Buddy Baker, and Davey Allison. These three all have 19 wins, just the same as Kyle Busch, tying all four of them for 36th on NASCAR?s all time win list. I?m thinking Busch won?t stay there for long.
This is only his 7th year in the Sprint Cup Series, (6 full time.) and he has begun to re-write the record book. His 19 wins have come in ?only? 210 starts. By comparison, it took Buddy Baker 33 years and 700 starts to get his 19 wins. Harry Gant started 474 races over a 22 year span and won ?only? 18 times. And yes, I know that times were different and circumstances were different for all of them. It doesn?t change the fact that Busch, at 25 years old, is only just beginning and has already surpassed some of the biggest names in the sport.
And now, this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch has written a new record by being the first driver ever to win in all three of NASCAR?s national touring series in a single weekend. He won the Camping World Truck Series race, the Nationwide Series race, and the Sprint Cup Series race. Of course, very few have even attempted to do this, but that doesn?t diminish the difficulty in achieving it.
Yes, he can be arrogant and brash. He?s the guy the fans love to hate. Boos outnumber cheers when he?s introduced and when he wins. Other drivers will say things about him that can?t be repeated in polite company. And he takes it all in and uses it to his own advantage.
Love him or hate him, think he?s a brat if you want to, but you have to respect his talent behind the wheel of a race car and what he?s accomplished in a relatively short time. He?s far from being the best driver that ever strapped himself into a race car, but he?s also far from being done yet.
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