Last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch won his 89th career NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Since this, Kyle has announced that once he reaches 100 race wins in the XFINITY Series, he’ll hang up his helmet for good. With only four races left for him to run this season, it’ll likely not be for another couple of years. However, the time is fast approaching for the 32-year-old to focus his attentions elsewhere and away from XFINITY.
Kyle Busch is also known for being the driver of the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and a driver for and owner of Kyle Busch Motorsports. However, his XFINITY career is particularly impressive, having racked up at least 10 wins in a season four times. The next person who even comes close to this is Mark Martin who is second on the all-time win list and has 49 career series victories. That’s just over half of what Kyle has. Perhaps that’s why 100 is Kyle’s goal – so he can double Mark Martin’s all-time win streak.
With regards to the future, this is what Kyle had to say:
“I’ll do it on occasion for Joe (Gibbs) if he asks me as a favor because he wants to assess where his team’s at, but other than that I’m done. “Retirement is fast approaching, so I’m looking forward to that. When I get to 100 XFINITY wins, I’m done with XFINITY. So my retirement with XFINITY is fast approaching.”
It’s not much of a surprise that Kyle has announced this plan of action. He’s a busy man across all three of the NASCAR series, on top of off the track commitments as well. In addition, there’s also the controversial topic of Cup Series drivers running in the XFINITY and/or Truck series. So perhaps now is a good time to call it a day for the not-too-distant future. For this loved/hated driver, many will be sad to learn that the end is in sight for his XFINITY career. By the same token though, many will be elated that he’s stepping aside and leaving a space open for a new potential. No matter which side of the fence you’re on, it’s still hard to deny that 100 wins will be impressive to say the least.