Top 5 Wins of Kyle Busch’s Xfinity Series Career
Kyle Busch recently concluded his Xfinity Series career with his 102nd career victory. This season alone, Busch won in all five of his Xfinity Series starts.
A fantastic career for the greatest driver in Xfinity Series history deserves a look back. There are many victories to look through, but I want to talk about the best of his career.
Here are Busch’s top five wins in the Xfinity Series.
2009 Ford 400: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Despite being a full-time driver in the Cup Series since 2005, Busch decided to run the entire 2009 Xfinity Series schedule. His season certainly didn’t disappoint with nine wins, 25 top-five finishes, and 30 top 10 finishes in 35 races.
Busch led the point standings from the seventh race of the season all the way through the end of the season. He unofficially clinched the championship after the second to last race of the season at Phoenix Raceway.
Once Busch started the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he officially clinched his first and only Xfinity Series championship. He started fifth in the race but took the lead on lap 12.
He basically spent the first 100 laps swapping the lead with Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards, and Joey Logano.
It wasn’t a truly dominant night for Busch; he only led 73 of 200 laps. However, that was the most laps led in the race. Busch did stay up front all night. He had an average running position of second and spent 199 of 200 laps inside the top 15. He also had the fastest lap 40 times that night.
The win may not stand out on its own, but it’s especially special for Busch when you realize it capped off his championship season. Busch went on to win the following season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a much more dominant performance. However, it didn’t carry the same weight as his championship.
Busch also famously won both of his championships in the Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2015 and 2019.
2011 Bashas’ Supermarkets 200
Busch came into this race looking for his second straight win. He won the Truck Series at Phoenix International Raceway the night before, leading 107 of 150 laps.
That was a dominant performance, but I don’t think anyone expected Busch to dominate as he did in the Xfinity Series race.
Busch started the race on the pole and left the field in the dust. He led the entire race and really didn’t have any challengers until later.
The final 30 laps were a battle to the end. Carl Edwards stayed right on the back bumper of Busch and even got alongside him with 20 laps to go. The two battled for a few laps, but Busch managed to hold him off. He maintained a consistent gap and won the race by just over a half-second.
Bush led all 200 laps in the race. He became the first driver since Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2003 to lead every lap in a race. Busch accomplished this feat once again in 2014 at Richmond Raceway.
Busch had to race against Edwards and a pair of future Cup Series champions – Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano.
At the time, it was Busch’s seventh sweep of the Truck and Xfinity Series race on the same weekend.
Phoenix International Raceway turned out to be Busch’s most successful track in the Xfinity Series. He finished his career with 11 wins in 24 starts at the track. Those wins included a pair of three-peats.
However, his 2011 domination will go down as his more impressive victory at Phoenix International Raceway.
2004 Funai 250: Richmond International Raceway
They say you never forget your first. That phrase applies here for Busch’s first career victory in the Xfinity Series.
Coming into his 18th career Xfinity Series start, he had already made a name for himself with three runner-up finishes. Everyone knew his time was coming. It wasn’t a matter of if, but when.
Just two weeks after his 19th birthday, Busch sat on the pole at Richmond International Raceway. He controlled the race early on but swapped the lead with both Bobby Hamilton Jr. and Jamie McMurray.
Busch got the lead back for good on lap 92. He never looked back, leading 236 of 250 laps, including the final 159 laps to win his first career Xfinity Series race.
The laps led may make you think Busch had it easy with a dominant performance, but that wasn’t the case. A rash of late cautions set up a three-lap shootout with Greg Biffle.
Biffle was on the back bumper of Busch in the final laps, but he just couldn’t get around him. It was impressive for a 19-year-old Busch to hold off the past Xfinity Series champion.
Richmond International Raceway continued to be one of Busch’s best tracks in both the Xfinity and Cup Series. He won six times in 23 career starts at the track in the Xfinity Series.
On the Cup side, Busch also has six wins in 31 starts. There’s still time to add to that total, though.
Success or not, the track will always be special for Busch because it was his first Xfinity Series win.
2021 Tennessee Lottery 250: Nashville Superspeedway
We go from Busch’s first win to his 100th. Coming into this race, there was a lot of hype surrounding Busch and his pursuit for 100 wins. Busch had said before that he would retire from the Xfinity Series once he hit 100 wins. This race at Nashville Superspeedway represented his first opportunity to reach that mark.
This was the first race at Nashville Superspeedway since 2011. Busch was one of the few drivers in the Xfinity Series with a start at the track. That immediately gave him the upper hand on the field.
He started the race on the pole but actually lost the lead on the first lap. Busch actually didn’t lead until lap 54. He pretty much controlled the race from there.
The race came down to a two-lap shootout. Busch held off Allgaier in the end to capture his 100th victory, of which he led 122 of 189 laps. It was his second career win at Nashville Superspeedway.
He had already committed to two more Xfinity Series races in 2021, so his career wasn’t over just yet.
He won his final two starts of the season at Road America and Atlanta Motor Speedway to make it a perfect five for five in 2021. This was the first time in his career he went unbeaten in a single season.
The return to Nashville Superspeedway was a special one for NASCAR and the fans. Now, the track will forever be a part of history, thanks to Busch.
2004 Cabela’s 250: Michigan International Speedway
On the surface, it may seem like this was just another Xfinity Series win for Busch. It was his fifth career victory and the final one of his rookie seasons. However, one particular thing stands out about this win for Busch.
Just a few days prior, someone asked Busch about his most memorable Xfinity Series victory. He didn’t go into specifics, but he mentioned Michigan in 2004 for one reason, beating Mark Martin.
Before Busch came along and broke virtually all the Xfinity Series records, Martin was the greatest Xfinity Series driver. Like Busch, Martin was a Cup Series star, but he liked to frequent into the Xfinity Series.
Martin had 45 wins going into that 2004 race at Michigan International Speedway. He hadn’t raced in the Xfinity Series in four years.
The two started on opposite ends of the field, with Busch starting second and Martin starting last. Busch took his first lead of the day on lap 27.
He essentially controlled the race from there. However, a caution with under 15 laps to go erased a nearly five-second lead. This set up a 10-lap shootout between Busch and second-place Martin.
Busch pulled away from Martin to pull off the victory.
You could almost say this was a passing of the torch moment. A 19-year-old Busch beat a 45-year-old Martin. After that, Busch won 97 more times in the Xfinity Series, while Martin won just four times.
On paper, it looks like another win for Busch in the Xfinity Series, but this race carries so much more meaning for him.
Kyle Busch’s Xfinity Series Legacy
Busch will likely go down as the greatest driver in Xfinity Series history. He has an Xfinity Series record of 102 wins, 225 top-five finishes, and 263 top 10 finishes in 362 starts.
He won his only Xfinity Series championship in 2009, but he won a career-high 13 races in 2010. Honestly, you could argue 2014 was his most impressive season. He won seven times and had a ridiculous 25, top-five finishes in 26 starts.
Busch was so good they changed the rules because of him. They used to let Cup Series drivers race as much as they wanted in the Xfinity Series. In 2017, they changed it to only 10 races, but now it’s down to five.
Because of that, no driver will ever reach Busch’s mark. I guess a driver could do it if he spent his whole career in the Xfinity Series. However, if you’re good enough to win 100 races, you should really be in the Cup Series.
A lot of fans are glad Busch’s Xfinity Series career is over. I’ll admit, sometimes it got boring watching Busch win all the races, but I believe it elevated the other drivers. The Series is primarily for young drivers trying to work their way to the Cup Series, and I think Busch helped many drivers get better.
One day, people will appreciate how great Busch was for the Xfinity Series. He still has a chance to add to his legacy in the Cup Series.
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