By admin | April 22, 2011
By Richard Allen
Here’s some breaking news for you. Kyle Busch has won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the Nashville Super Speedway.
There is absolutely no doubt Busch is a talented driver. But we get it already. He can win in the minor leagues.
Friday’s win in the Bully Hill 200 was the Las Vegas driver’s 26th truck series victory out of only 89 career starts. Add to that, Busch has achieved 47 Nationwide wins in 209 starts in that division. And more, after leading 140 of the 150 truck race laps in Nashville, Busch surpassed the 20,000 laps lead mark in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions.
He has also scored twenty Sprint Cup Series wins.
All of those are impressive totals. However, the NASCAR CWTS and the Nationwide wins are, when you get right down to it, minor league wins.
I know the analogy has been used many times before but a Sprint Cup regular winning in either of the two lower divisions is tantamount to Alex Rodriguez going to the Arizona Fall League for minor league professionals and counting his homeruns there toward his career totals.
And let me add this- I am not just picking on Busch. His name goes at the top of the column because he won on Friday night. I have the same thoughts about Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and other Sprint Cup stars who regularly compete in the lower classes.
At some point does there not come a time when a top tier driver using top tier equipment to win lower tier races becomes boring, even to the person involved?
Busch has stated that his goal is to win a total of 200 races in NASCAR’s top three divisions. Without question, that would be an impressive feat.
I assume the number 200 was chosen by Busch because of Richard Petty’s number of career wins at the highest level of the sport.
In the long run, Kyle Busch’s racing career will not be judged on the number of lower level wins he achieves. If he wants his name to be mentioned with the all time greats of the sport, it is Sprint Cup wins and championships that will assure that. Piling up truck series wins just confirms something we already know, he can win in the minor leagues.
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