Kyle Busch tied Richard Petty’s NASCAR report along with his 200th profession victory throughout the three nationwide sequence Sunday by utilizing a powerful late surge via the sector following a rushing penalty to win the Cup Sequence race at Auto Membership Speedway.
Busch dominated the primary two phases, however a pit-road rushing penalty dropped him to 18th with 73 laps to go. He carved via the sector in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota then received assist from a well timed warning. Busch catapulted into the lead for good with 26 laps left by drafting off Group Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.
The win was the third Cup victory at Fontana for Busch and he is now in place to grow to be NASCAR’s general profession victories chief along with his subsequent win. Busch has earned 53 of his 200 wins within the Cup Sequence, together with 53 within the Truck Sequence and 94 in Xfinity.
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Busch reached the brink of the report by sweeping final weekend’s two races at Phoenix, however missed his first probability to tie Petty within the Fontana Xfinity Sequence race Saturday when a disastrous late pit cease prevented him from catching winner Cole Custer.
Busch was exhilarated instantly after his win.
“All I do is win, win, win, it doesn’t matter what,” he mentioned over the radio. “Are you able to think about if I may have gotten Vegas and Xfinity yesterday? What number of in a row? What number of?”
His crew handed him a white flag with a brand emblazoned with “200 WINS,” and he stood atop his automotive and waved it towards his massive Southern California fan base earlier than taking his customary bow.
“Feels identical to No. 1,” he mentioned. “Feels identical to yesterday. That was such an superior race automotive. Dang. I am glad we placed on a heck of a present for these followers. To win 200, no matter it means, it means rather a lot to me.”
“I simply want that we may maintain it going, working robust, working effectively, and successful races.”
Logano was second and Keselowski third, unable to catch the winningest driver of his period as Busch grew to become the primary repeat winner this NASCAR season.
Busch equaled Petty’s victories mark within the 998th race of his 17-year profession. Petty competed in 1,184 NASCAR races over 35 years.
With profession totals bolstered by years of dominance within the Xfinity and Vehicles sequence — he’s the winningest driver in each sequence’ historical past — the 33-year-old Busch moved right into a tie with the 81-year-old Petty, who believes Busch can be aggressive with the very best drivers of Petty’s period or any period.
All the pieces was arrange for Busch to money in a comparatively straightforward victory at Fontana, and the relentless competitor referred to as Rowdy did not waste the prospect regardless of a hefty piece of unhealthy luck.
A pit street rushing penalty ruined a probable win for Busch two weeks in the past in Las Vegas, however he had loads of time to make up for his mistake at Fontana.
Detractors level to Busch’s many benefits within the Xfinity and Vehicles sequence whereas observing that Petty’s 200 wins all got here in NASCAR’s high sequence, in comparison with simply 53 for Busch.
Busch’s defenders word his spectacular win percentages and the basically totally different nature of NASCAR competitors as of late, when a bigger subject of elite drivers competes in each race versus the fields of various depth and high quality confronted by Petty.
Regardless of who wins the barstool debate, Busch claims he does not suppose a lot about his place in historical past by way of numbers. He anticipated to have a small celebration earlier than turning his focus to Martinsville subsequent week and the yearlong chase of his second profession Cup Sequence championship.