FONTANA, Calif.—Kyle Busch tied Richard Petty’s
FONTANA, Calif.—Kyle Busch tied Richard Petty’s NASCAR record with his 200th career victory throughout the three countries’ extensive collection Sunday via the use of an excellent late surge thru the field following a speeding penalty to win the Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway. Busch dominated the first two levels, but a pit-avenue rushing penalty dropped him to 18th with 73 laps to go. He carved via the sector in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota then was assisted a timely caution. Busch catapulted into the top with 26 laps left by drafting off Team Penske’s teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. The win becomes the 1/3 Cup victory at Fontana for Busch, and he’s now in function to become NASCAR’s average professional victories chief with his next win. Busch has earned fifty-three of his two hundred wins in the Cup Series, at the side of 53 in the Truck Series and 94 in Xfinity. Busch reached the brink of the report via full remaining weekend’s races at Phoenix but missed his first danger to tie Petty in the Fontana Xfinity Series race Saturday when a disastrous late pit prevented him from catching winner Cole Custer. Busch changed into exhilarated immediately after his win. “All I do is win, win, win, irrespective of what,” he said over the radio.
“Can you consider if I may want to have were given Vegas and Xfinity the day before today? How many in a row? How many?” His team handed him a white flag with an emblem emblazoned with “2 hundred WINS,” and he stood atop his automobile and waved it closer to his large Southern California fan base earlier than taking his normal bow. “Feels much like No. 1,” he said. “Feels just like the day before today. That becomes such a beautiful race car. Dang. I’m happy we placed on a heck of a show for those fanatics. To win two hundred, something it approaches, it manner a lot to me.” “I simply wish that we could keep it going, going for walks strong, running well, and triumphing races.” Logano changed into 2nd, and Keselowski third, unable to trap the winningest motive force of his era as Busch has become the first repeat winner this NASCAR season. Busch equaled Petty’s victories mark inside the 998th race of his 17-yr career. Petty completed 1,184 NASCAR races over 35 years. With career totals bolstered with the aid of years of dominance inside the Xfinity and Trucks collection—he is the winningest motive force in both series’ records—the 33-year-antique Busch moved right into a tie with the eighty one-yr-old Petty, who believes Busch could be competitive with the fine drivers of Petty’s generation or any technology.
Everything was set up for Busch to coins in an enormously smooth victory at Fontana, and the relentless competitor called Rowdy didn’t waste the threat regardless of a substantial piece of bad success. A pit street dashing penalty ruined a probable win for Busch weeks in the past in Las Vegas. However, he had masses of time to make up for his mistake at Fontana. Detractors factor to Busch’s many blessings within the Xfinity and Trucks series at the same time as looking at that Petty’s two hundred wins all came in NASCAR’s top collection, compared to simply fifty-three for Busch. Busch’s defenders word his great win possibilities and the essential one-of-a-kind nature of NASCAR competition in recent times when a more prominent subject of elite drivers competes in each race instead of the fields of various intensity and exceptional faced the aid of Petty. No count number wins the barstool debate; Busch claims he doesn’t suppose a lot about his area in records in terms of numbers. He anticipated having a small birthday party before turning his consciousness to Martinsville next week and the yearlong chase of his second career Cup Series championship.