By admin | August 23, 2013
By Richard Allen
On Friday night at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch won his 60th career Nationwide Series race. That’s an impressive number of wins, to be sure. However, he is a Sprint Cup regular driving equipment built and maintained by his Joe Gibbs Racing Sprint Cup team.
Granted, there are a number of other Cup regulars who routinely invade NASCAR’s lower division in equipment provided by Cup teams or satellites of Cup teams. So, Busch’s win total has to be given some credence due to the fact that he is winning against much the same competition he faces in the sport’s top series.
With all of that taken into consideration, the question of just how many lower division races Busch might end up winning is an interesting one. When it is considered that he is already more than halfway there at only 28 years of age, it would seem as if there is the real possibility of him reaching 100 victories in the Nationwide Series.
So, can he accomplish that milestone? And if he does, will it even matter?
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Several years ago, Busch stated his desire to reach a total of 200 combined wins in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Tuck Series divisions. With 27 Cup victories along with 33 CWTS and now 60 Nationwide triumphs, he is well on his way.
In my mind, Busch’s achievements as they are right now, are very impressive. But I regard the Cup wins as far superior to the others, especially those lower division wins accumulated since his becoming a Cup regular. So, I’m not entirely sure how to characterize all the “others”.
And at this point, I think it is fair to point out that there seems to be a bit of a double standard when it comes to weighing Busch’s achievements due to his lack of popularity. For example, when the discussion of Mark Martin’s career comes up and it is pointed out that he has no championships and no Daytona 500 wins, the argument will often be made that he is nonetheless a future Hall of Famer because of his Cup wins AND his Busch Series(now Nationwide) wins.
Sometimes I believe Busch’s achievements are downplayed because he isn’t a fan favorite.
Still, I’m not sure it will really matter for him in terms of getting into the Hall of Fame or placing him among the all-time greats of the sport if he reaches 100 Nationwide wins or 200 total career victories, if the majority of those are piled up in the two lower divisions. To further explain, Joey Logano is nowhere near being considered a Hall of Fame candidate as of right now, even though he has 20 Nationwide wins to his credit.
In the end, whatever number of Nationwide wins he eventually reaches, will only be a number because he is still a Major Leaguer playing in the minor leagues.
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