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BUSCH LOOKS TO CONTINUE XFINITY DOMINANCE AT TMS
Two-time defending O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge champion Kyle Busch comes into Saturday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway with an amazing 75 career wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series after his victory at Kansas a few weeks ago.
It was more than four years ago that the 30-year old passed Mark Martin to become the series’ all-time wins leader. So when will he stop chalking up victories in the series?
With his 50th career victory in NASCAR's No. 2 division back in 2011, Busch leapfrogged Martin to become the series' all-time wins leader and keeps piling the wins on.
"I don't know if you get to 100 and call it good or what you do," Busch said. "Fortunately, I've been in a good situation with Joe (Gibbs, team owner) and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing to race in the XFINITY Series, and if we've got sponsors that continue to want to be on my race car and to go out there and to put a good show on, then I'll continue to do it.
"It's a job, it's a paycheck for these guys and it's fun for me to be able to do and to collect trophies and also just kind of set that mark a little bit higher. Hopefully, nobody will get it."
When Busch scored his first triumph in the series in 2004 at Richmond, did he ever expect to get to 75 wins?
"I don't think I ever would have said I'd get to 75," he said. "I think I remember Mark Martin at that time was around 40 or 42 when I started, and I was like, 'That's a lot of wins.' Now it's 75.
"I'm stretching it. I'm trying to put it out there where it may never be reached again, but if it is ever reached again, then I'm sure that driver will be hated just as much as I am."
Busch’s seven XFINITY Series wins at the track are the most in TMS history. A victory would tie for his most wins at one track in this series. He has recorded eight at Bristol and Charlotte.
A win also would tie his own track record of winning an XFINITY Series race in three consecutive years. He did so previously from 2008-10 when he won five consecutive XFINITY Series races at TMS. The only other driver to accomplish this feat in speedway history is Kevin Harvick, who did so from 2005-‘07 in the same race.
"It's certainly a blast to drive these cars," Busch said. "It's good to be on top here at Texas. It's always really cool to be in Victory Lane at Texas."
MULTIPLE WINNERS IN THE SERIES
In a series that has dominated this season by Sprint Cup drivers in Victory Lane with 22 wins in 30 races, there have been three drivers eligible for the XFINITY Series championship that have been able to win multiple races.
Series leader Chris Buescher and Regan Smith are the series regulars who have each won twice this season. Both of those drivers have started all 30 races. Ryan Blaney is the other driver with two wins, but has accomplished that in just 12 starts.
These three will be looking for their first win at Texas Motor Speedway in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Smith and Buescher had their best XFINITY races at TMS in April as they finished third and ninth, respectively. Blaney’s best finish is second in the fall XFINITY race in 2012.
ANOTHER CHANCE AT A CLEAN SWEEP
Kyle Busch won the first two races at last year’s AAA Texas 500 tripleheader weekend before falling short on Sunday of completing the rare weekend sweep. He is entered in all three again at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.
If he had won all three races, it would have given him only the second three-race weekend sweep at one track in NASCAR history. Busch pulled off the first sweep in August 2010 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
SCOTT LOOKS FOR FIRST WIN
Brian Scott has enjoyed a strong season, sitting in ninth place in the standings with three races remaining. He has posted 16 top 10s, which is the most of any XFINITY Series driver that does not have a win.
Scott has been close to getting his first career win, but remains winless in 205 career starts heading into Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. He has made 11 XFINITY Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway with his best finish being sixth in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge in 2014.