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Can Kyle Busch win 100 Nationwide races…and does it matter?

By admin | August 23, 2013

 Does it really matter how many lower division wins Kyle Busch piles up?

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.

Should Mark Martin’s Nationwide wins be considered when his career is being evaluated?

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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15 Responses to “Can Kyle Busch win 100 Nationwide races…and does it matter?”

  1. Jimmy Kincaid Says:
    August 24th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Before the NASCAR Hall of Fame opened I cannot remember anyone talking about combined victories. It’s starting to get like Major League Baseball where someone invents a new statistic every year. I’m sure that Kyle Busch will be in the Hall for what he does in Cup. His truck series and Nationwide victories should be the icing, not the cake.

  2. Tony Geinzer Says:
    August 24th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I find nothing amusing that Rowdy smokes em like they are Holy, because he’s run and won everything this weekend save for the National Championship Modifieds. If Bristol was before the Brickyard next Summer in July,Rich, the setups would be tougher than most Road Courses. But, hey, I want to see a “Mystery Driver” Make the Race like it was Good Old Milwaukee.

  3. Offkilter Says:
    August 24th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I don’t think it really matters to anyone except for the media. The tv anouncers have ALOT of man live for Kyle for some mystical reason.
    There are a couple of big differences between Martin and Kyle. Mark has always went about his business with class as opposed to being an a-hole. But the big difference in the two is the amount of mistakes Kyle continues to make. Kyle is a talent for sure, but i don’t remember Mark banging off the walls every other weekend like Busch seems to do.

  4. midasmicah Says:
    August 25th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    To put it bluntly, I don’t watch nationwide races with cup drivers entered. Which means I watch very few of them. This series has become a farce. Cup drivers take the wins and the biggest money pay outs.

  5. Jay Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 4:30 am

    The Busch/Nationwide series pretty much died when tracks like Hickory, South Boston,and Myrtle Beach were taken away.Geoff Bodine won somewhere around 50 modified races in a single year and he didn’t have the media shouting it from the rooftops.All this hype yet Busch never has won the Sprint Cup, Daytona 500, Coke 600, Brickyard 400 or the All Star race. JGRs best pilot is in the #20

  6. Bill B Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 5:59 am

    He might make it to 100 wins in NW but NO, it doesn’t matter. All it proves is that a driver in the pro series can go beat up on a field of triple-A drivers.

  7. Lydia Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I guess if we compare racing to other sports…in baseball or football do they combine “minor” and “major” league wins for players? My mindset is Kyle (or any other Cup driver) SHOULD win when running NNS or Trucks…so when Kyle wins it’s kind of anticlimactic … It’s fine to tally NNS wins or Cup or Truck…but they shouldn’t be lumped together.

  8. william floyd Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 7:58 am

    There was no uproar when Mark Martin was winning all those Busch races, and he was usually the only cup driver entered. Speaking of Mark, he got 20th place in Tony’s car, only because of the big wreck at the end. Vickers took the car Mark had been driving to mid 20 finishes and finished up top. Tony will be sorry he chose Mark to finish out the year.

  9. Tyler West Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 8:04 am

    The man likes to race!! So let hi!

  10. Jesse Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I’ll say it again, when you have a billion dollar factory building your engines verses a in house engine shop your going to win more than anyone else.

  11. Larry Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Nascar should be long past these Cup Drivers moonlighting in the truck and nationwide series. Kyle is a talented cup driver with the best crews and equipment racing against mostly up and coming drivers. Kyle is padding his record and Nascar is letting him do it. His wins mean very little because of his talent and equipment and crew. And, actually I think his winning is hurting attendance in the truck and nationwide races. Why? Because if you want the see the truck and nationwide regulars compete with each other and have a chance to win then Kyle takes that away from a lot of fans and they stay home. After all, unless you are a Kyle Fan why in world would you want to go to a race knowing there is a very good chance that Kyle will dominate the race? Yes, it’s way past time that Nascar ban all these cup drivers from the lower series. Like I said, Kyle’s numbers look impressive in the truck and nationwide series but most of them he has won by his cup talent and with the best cars, equipment and crews. Not much of an accomplishment in my opinion and Nascar ought to be ashamed of themselves for letting this happen but I reckon Toyota has bought Nascar out. Pitiful!

  12. Jill Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I definitely think Kyle will win 100+ NNS races! I am always amazed when people say he is not a fan favorite. Every time I’ve been to a race track, I’ve waited no less than 30 minutes at Kyle’s hauler to buy a t-shirt! If he is not a fan favorite, who were all those people buying Kyle Busch merchandise??!! His lines were the longer of any other driver! Not a fan favorite? Hmmm!

  13. dawg Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    How many tournaments could Tiger win if they let him play on what was formerly known as the Nike Tour, & would it matter?

  14. Ken Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I no longer watch Nationwide and Truck races when Cup drivers are running them. It’s against the spirit of competition; why should the Cup guys be allowed to run the lower series? No other sport allows the top guys to drop down and beat up on the little guys. Guys like Tommy Houston, Tommy Ellis, and Sam Ard won their races in BGN/Nationwide equipment, not running for Cup teams. It’s disgusting and disgraceful that, over the years, Martin, Harvick, and now Busch have been allowed to destroy a once-pround series!

  15. Wayne T. Morgan Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I could care less if Kiddy Kyle wins two hundred NNS races. What counts is winning Sprint Cup! It’s like at one local track where a couple of drivers run Late Models and then run the street stock race for a 100.00 and win. Same point as Kiddy Kyle, rub that ego and say your the best.